Viewing posts from: November 2014

NCPTA and Mecklenburg PTA Council Host Planning Event for 2015 National PTA Convention

PTA leaders are invited to join Otha Thornton, President of National PTA, for a special planning session as North Carolina gears up to host the 2015 National PTA Convention in Charlotte.

Saturday, December 6, 2014
Dave & Busters at the Concord Mills Mall
8361 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
10 a.m – 2 p.m.

Register Today for this Free Event!

Register by sending an email to with your name and PTA.

Local PTAs Make the Honor Roll

We applaud the PTAs who sent in dues by Nov. 15 and had total number of members equal to or greater than last year’s membership. Honor Roll PTAs are on track to meet their goals, and they are doing their part to help children in North Carolina reach their potential!

See the 2014-15 Honor Roll list.

NCPTA Membership Chair Provides Tips to Strengthen PTA Membership

Welcome to a new school year!  I hope that your year is off to a fantastic start.  This year brings with it another opportunity to build and strengthen your PTA unit.

All of our members are involved in PTA to help children.  It could be your child, grandchild, niece, nephew or the neighbor’s child, but we are all here to help the children in our communities.  Every member is important to your PTA unit and your unit wouldn’t exist without members.

How can you strengthen your PTA Unit?  Here are some tips to help increase your membership retention.

  • Learn the names of your members – and use them!  Yes, I am Katelyn, Zachary and Brandon’s Mom … But I do like to be called Mandy as well.  Your members are more likely to become volunteers if you establish a personal relationship with them.  If you see them at school or in the community, say hello!
  • Smile and be positive!  People are attracted to positivity.  Nobody wants to volunteer in a negative environment.  Even if there has been drama in the past.  The past is just that, THE PAST.  You now have the power to change things and this starts with a positive attitude.
  • Listen to your members.  We all tend to get set in our ways, but all of our units are constantly evolving.  The community at your school changes each year – families come and families go.  The needs of your school are different every year as well.  Don’t get stuck in a rut of doing the same things just because you have always done them that way.  Your new members bring with them new ideas, talents and enthusiasm for helping your school.  Have an open mind.
  • Say THANK YOU!  It does not matter if your volunteer stayed for 10 minutes shelving books or ran your biggest fundraiser of the year.  Saying these two words may be simple but they go a long way.  Use them on a regular basis.

And lastly, I want to share with you an idea that I recently came across.

An “out of the box” idea.  There is really “no box” except for the one that you create for yourself and your organization.  Often, you are the people who supply the plans for building the box along with wood, nails and the hammer to create this box.  It is those self-imposed barriers and obstacles that really only exist in our minds and we create the circumstances to bring them to life.  By breaking down these barriers we can build strength, partnerships and relationships with our members to ultimately make the biggest impact for our children.

We only have 180 days in a school year to make a difference… what are you waiting for?  Oh, and Thank You for volunteering your time and talents to the children!

Do you need additional resources?  Be sure to check out the Back To School Kit at

Social Emotional Health is Essential for 21st Century Learners

Article by Melissa E. DeRosier, PhD, founder of 3C Institute

Researchers and educators alike have identified skills like ‘critical thinking,’ ‘collaborating,’ and ‘leadership’ as vital for success in school and the workplace in the 21st Century. Similarly, students must be skilled in self-regulation, self-awareness, and relationship skills to achieve under Common Core State Standards. A knowledge base of facts, formulas, and information is no longer sufficient—today’s learners must be socially and emotionally healthy.

Social and emotional learning (SEL) is not an add-on or ‘would-be-nice’ any longer—SEL is the foundation upon which academic success is now built. To solve problems, you need to take time to weigh options, gather facts, and not jump to conclusions. To work together in a group—say on a science project—you must be able to communicate clearly, cooperate with one another, and negotiate when there are disagreements. And to be a leader, you need to be able to engage with others, take their perspective, and make persuasive arguments. Social skills such as empathy, impulse control, communication, and cooperation are at the heart of children’s ability to perform these necessary tasks.

We know from decades of research that when schools deliberately attend to the social emotional health of students and embed SEL into the daily routine, safer, more productive learning environments are created and students are in a much stronger position to be successful. For more information about how you can bring effective SEL into your school, visit and

Melissa E. DeRosier, PhD, is the founder of 3C Institute which creates research-based social emotional learning tools in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education. She has over 20 years of experience working with the NC schools to help prevent bullying and improve the health and wellbeing of students. She can be reached at or 919-677-0102, ext. 511.