Viewing posts from: March 2014

North Carolina PTA Advocates for Higher Teacher Salaries

North Carolina PTA believes ensuring that North Carolina students are receiving a high quality education is impossible without simultaneously attracting some of the state’s best and brightest individuals to enter the teaching profession, stay in the classroom, and influence the learning experience in a positive way. Teacher salaries have been frozen in North Carolina since 2008 except for a 1.2 percent across-the-board increase in 2012.

On March 31, NCPTA Executive Director Debra Horton and Public School Forum of NC Executive Director Keith Poston presented on behalf of a K-12 Education Consortium of parents, teachers, and school administrators to the NC General Assembly’s Educator Effectiveness and Compensation Task Force. They asked the members of the Task Force to consider a teacher salary increase to reflect teachers’ differing levels of experience and to increase teachers’ salary to the level it would have been if teacher salaries had not been frozen in 2008.

Learn More
Consortium’s handout on teacher salary.
Consortium’s presentation to the legislative Task Force.

NCPTA to Present to Food Desert Zones Committee

Child health is one of NCPTA’s top legislative priorities. Yet some families continue to face challenges when access to healthy foods is limited or not fully utilized. NCPTA will address these concerns and also present on policies and activities that promote health and access to nutritious foods during the House of Representatives Committee on Food Desert Zones meeting on March 24 at 1 p.m.. If you are interested in listening to the audio broadcast of the Committee meeting on March 24, you can go to the North Carolina General Assembly’s audio link for Room 544.

NCPTA’s Legislative Priority on Health and Wellness
The education of children depends, to a great degree, on their overall health. Our public schools must help children learn the value of balanced nutrition, sensible exercise and good overall health. North Carolina PTA will support public policies at all levels of government and school programs that help to maintain the health and wellness of children.

Lunchtime Leadership Webinars Offered on Wednesdays in April

Join NCPTA on Wednesdays at Noon for a series of PTA leadership topics.

April 9      Playground Design: Best Practices for Outdoor Learning
April 16    And the Nominees Are . . . PTA Nominating Committee 101
April 23    Learning Standards and Curriculum for NC Students
April 30    Strengthening Family and School Partnerships

Register today!

NCPTA Hosts 2014 Parent Education & Leadership Conference in Winston-Salem

Join hundreds of educators and parents in Winston-Salem on May 30 and 31 for the 2014 NCPTA Parent Education & Leadership Conference. A panel discussion will feature hot topics in the classroom, including curriculum, assessments, school funding, teacher pay and accountability.

Workshops will begin on Friday and include the following topics and trainings:

  • Advocacy
  • Finance
  • Healthy Schools
  • Social Media
  • Male Involvement
  • Leadership
  • Grant Writing

The NCPTA Annual Awards Ceremony and Reception will be Friday evening.

View the event details for ongoing updates about topics and speakers.

Save $15 per person!
Early Bird Registration is available until April 15.

NCPTA Announces 2013-2014 State-Level PTA Reflections Winners

Congratulations to students in North Carolina who placed at the state level for PTA Reflections, a national arts recognition program that encourages students to explore their talents and express themselves.

First-place winners move on to the National PTA competition. View a full listing of category placements for dance, film, literature, music, photography and visual arts.

Join us at the NCPTA Reflections Celebration on Saturday, April 5, 2014 to celebrate these young artists!

NCPTA Applauds 16 PTAs for Receiving Grants from BCBSNC Foundation

PTAs in 10 counties have received grant awards from Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) Foundation to help school communities access opportunities for physical activity. The BCBSNC Foundation worked in partnership with NCPTA to provide Healthy Active Communities Physical Activity Equipment Grants with a focus on North Carolina public schools (K-12).

The grants awards provide up to $5000 to support PTAs in their work to start or enhance projects to help communities achieve increased physical activity. The equipment-only grants are one-time, one-year grants.

Congratulations to the following PTA schools:

Aurelian Springs Elementary School, Halifax

Aycock Middle School, Guilford

Brush Creek Elementary, Madison

Chowan Middle School, Chowan

Cone Elementary School, Guilford

Cullowhee Valley School, Jackson

Draper Elementary, Rockingham

Lindley Elementary, Guilford

Peeler Open Elementary School, Guilford

Perry Harrison School, Chatham

Pittman Elementary School, Halifax

PS Jones Middle School, Beaufort

Scotts Creek Elementary School, Jackson

South End Elementary PTA, Rockingham

Sugg Bundy Elementary School PTA, Pitt

Topsail Elementary School PTA, Pender

To learn more about these grants, the NCPTA Just ASK! health programs, or future opportunities, contact Marianne Hedrick Weant.

New Award Opportunities Offered by NCPTA

The North Carolina PTA is proud to offer awards programs to recognize and enrich the work of local PTA volunteers.

“We have simplified the application process and added some new categories,” said Debra Horton, executive director of NCPTA. “Local PTA member participation and nominations enable us to share outstanding accomplishments of PTAs across NC at our annual Parent Education & Leadership Conference.”

Award Categories for 2013-2014
Outstanding Local and Council PTA Achievement
Membership Enrollment
Administrator of the Year
Community Partner
Gwin G. Hughes Healthy Living Award
Heroes and Helpers
Outstanding Student Service
Outstanding Volunteer
Principal of the Year
School Nurse
Teacher of the Year

Awards recipients will be recognized at the 2014 Parent Education & Leadership Conference.

Apply online before April 1, 2014.
Only PTA units in good standing are eligible to apply. If you have any questions please contact the NCPTA office by email at

Institute for Emerging Issues Offers MOOC-Ed: World Class Teaching

More than 1,300 individuals from across the state attended the Emerging Issues Forum: Teachers and the Great Economic Debate to hear national and international speakers discuss and debate how to train, retain and support world-class teachers in every classroom in North Carolina.

What’s Next?

In an effort to facilitate continued community engagement and promote action around these priorities, the Institute for Emerging Issues (IEI) has designated a virtual space for a six-week “boot camp” that is open to all who wish to participate. Beginning March 10, participants can learn how to build a local team, develop an advocacy-in-action plan unique to their school or community, and apply for funds to implement that plan through IEI’s six-week, focused online activity: MOOC-Ed: World Class Teaching.

This self-guided project based learning class is offered in partnership with the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation. It will focus on the themes and priorities from this year’s Forum, including work-force development, teacher training and retention, and the broad economic impacts of teacher quality in NC.

Join the MOOC-MENT!
It begins March 10 and runs through April 21.
Access the class anywhere, online, on your own time.

Emerging Leaders Conference Takes a Healthy Twist

In recent years, NCPTA has focused Emerging Leaders Conference topics on healthy learning. Nearly 100 PTA leaders gathered in Charlotte on Saturday, Feb. 8 for this year’s event. Guests were treated to a special appearance by Ben Hartsock of the Carolina Panthers. Hartsock even brought some of his family along and participated in a panel discussion with Fuel Up to Play 60, PTSA youth, educators and parents.

“We kept the crowd on the move with Energizer breaks and creative activity ideas for the classroom,” said Debra Horton, executive director of NCPTA. “They were literally dancing in the aisles, and we all had some great laughs.”

It’s National School Breakfast Week
March 3-7, 2014
School Breakfast was a big focus at the conference. Fuel Up to Play 60 and Action for Healthy Kids offer great resources on the importance of fueling up right with breakfast. View the Breakfast is Brain Fuel Toolkit.

Action for Healthy Kids has the following opportunities coming up in April and May 2014:

School Grants for Healthy Kids
Apply before May 2, 2014 for grants ranging from $500 to $5,000 to create or enhance universal and alternative breakfast programs or physical activity programs.

School Breakfast: Meeting New Meal Requirements Using Alternative Breakfast Models
Wednesday, April 2 at 4 p.m. ET
Register now.

Send us a note and tell us what your PTA is doing to encourage a healthy breakfast for all children.