Viewing posts from: October 2018

Statement on the Shooting Death at Butler High School

National PTA Statement on the Shooting Death at Butler High School

National PTA President Jim Accomando issued the following statement on the shooting at Butler High School in Matthews, N.C.:

“While we don’t know the specific circumstances of this tragedy, our hearts and minds are with the parents, students, families and educators at Butler High School.

“Any act of violence at a school or involving children and youth is intolerable. Every student deserves to learn and grow in a safe environment. And no parent should fear for the safety of their child every time they leave home for school.

This is yet another call for action to prevent gun violence in the United States of America. School safety is a critical priority for all parents, educators, students and community members that cannot be taken for granted. We must make every attempt to reduce violence, especially incidents that involve firearms.

“It remains a top priority of PTA to promote safety for children and youth and improve education. PTA has a strong history of supporting and advocating for policies in the areas of gun safety and violence preventionjuvenile justicemental health and students’ overall well-being.

“PTA is also committed to supporting students, families, schools and communities in coping with and preventing violence. We offer a variety of resources at PTA.org/SchoolSafety.”

Get your tickets for Founders Day!

Get Your Tickets for Founders Day!

Founders Day is a celebration of the North Carolina PTA entering its 100th year of advocating for students. The event will include:

  • Keynote speaker NC Teacher of the Year Freebird McKinney
  • Refreshments provided by Jason’s Deli
  • Silent auction

Admission is free! Come celebrate with the NCPTA.

Get your tickets today!

We’ve taken our silent auction online this year, with bidding opening on Tuesday, October 30. You can view items and preregister for the auction here.

Details
November 3, 2018
1:00-4:30pm

Interested in Interning at NCPTA?

NCPTA is looking for an intern!

Safe Routes to School Advocacy Intern

The North Carolina Parent Teacher Association (NCPTA) is the state’s oldest and largest volunteer organization advocating for the education, health, safety and success of all children and youth while building strong families and communities. PTAs across North Carolina impact more than 685,000 children and their families.

The Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Advocacy Intern will be responsible for membership engagement, capacity and partner building, developing educational materials, and coordinating and assisting with advocacy trainings to support NCPTA’s Safe Routes to School advocacy objectives. The SRTS Advocacy Intern will work with the Director of Family Engagement and report directly to the Executive Director.

This is a part-time, grant-funded, paid internship from date of hire through September 30, 2019. As this is designed as an internship, NCPTA will work with student to obtain credit if desired and eligible and to accommodate class schedule.

Responsibilities:

  • Work with the Director of Family Engagement, Executive Director, and other stakeholders to develop and implement campaign to secure state appropriations for SRTS programming and infrastructure including:
    • Liaising with state officials
    • Creating and updating informational materials for various audiences
  • Develop a coalition of stakeholders to advocate for state appropriations for SRTS programming and infrastructure and coordinate stakeholder meetings including:
    • Assessing current coalitions and workgroups to evaluate opportunities for collaboration and synergy
    • Assessing current stakeholders and partners to identify opportunities to engage diverse voices
    • Engaging members in advocacy
  • Organize advocacy and training events
  • Plan and develop communications with members, elected leaders, coalition members, and the general public about SRTS including:
    • Creating a social media messages and talking points
    • Creating and distributing local messages and calls to action
    • Creating member communications
  • Provide bi-weekly reports to funding organization

Qualifications and skills:

  • A graduate student or recent graduate in health policy, policy administration, transportation, planning, or a related field with applicable work or volunteer experience
  • Working knowledge of the political and legislative environment of North Carolina and the federal and state policies impacting SRTS and bike and pedestrian modes of transportation preferred
  • A knowledge of and commitment to NCPTA’s non-partisan advocacy work and the history of PTA advocacy
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Passion for NCPTA’s mission and vision
  • Spanish bilingual preferred

Those looking to gain valuable advocacy experience with an established nonprofit organization are encouraged to submit a brief cover letter and resume to office@ncpta.org by October 26. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis until position is filled.

 

Don’t miss our Lunch and Learns!

Back by popular demand! Don’t miss these great opportunities to learn from an expert!

December 11, 2018: “New” Math for Parents

What’s up with “common core math”?!? It’s not as complicated as you think!  Math teachers today are striving for  understanding, not memorizing. “Numerical fluency” is the starting point for building fundamental math skills before middle school. We will talk about this shift in approach and what parents can do to help their children.

Details

Time: 12 noon-1 p.m.
Location: NCPTA Headquarters, 3501 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27612
Cost: $20
Lunch will be provided.


Past 2018-2019 Lunch and Learns

September 27, 2018: Surviving the College Admissions Process

Want to learn how to help your high school student through the college admissions process? Join Rhonda McRae of A2Z College Planning to learn how to plan, prepare and pay for college. This is a can’t miss opportunity for parents of high schoolers!

October 2, 2018: Understanding Your Child’s IEP

Join us for “Understanding Your Child’s IEP” — a step-by-step guide through the IEP document to help parents understand the purpose of each section and learn to evaluate their own child’s IEP. Stacey Gahagan is an attorney who represents families through informal advocacy and litigation, when necessary, to ensure students with disabilities receive a FAPE in the least restrictive environment as promised by the IDEA. Ms. Gahagan is committed to teaching parents and helping them to become better advocates for their children.

NCPTA Membership Sip and Chats are back!

NCPTA Membership Sip and Chats are back!

Local Unit & Council Membership VPs/Chairs, and Board of Directors  are invited to attend this monthly gathering to receive training, membership support, celebrate each other’s accomplishments, and to hear great things happening in PTA Units across our State.

Dates: Monthly on the 15th; the first is October 15

Time: 8:00-9:00 p.m.

Join us online (preferred) via www.zoom.us (Meeting ID: 535 049 008) or join by phone: 1-646-876-9923 (Meeting ID: 535 049 008).

Savings for PTAs from NCPTA and Bloom!

NCPTA and Bloom have combined forces to offer $5 one year VIP Savings passes to North Carolina families! Bloom is a Wilmington-based company that offers valuable savings via app to families nationwide.

These savings include:

  • $5 off at Target
  • $100 travel voucher eligible for use at thousands of hotels
  • 20% off at Papa Johns for a full year

Your $5 purchase helps ensure we have the resources to address current emerging issues that affect the education, health and well-being of our children. With your purchase, NCPTA will continue to be effective in disseminating resources that help further our mission and support our children during these challenging times.

To learn more and buy your $5 savings pass, click here!

PTAs Unite to Support Hurricane Florence Impacted Areas!

NCPTA is currently matching schools in need with schools that would like to support them.

  • If your PTA has been impacted by Hurricane Florence and would like to connect with a fellow PTA unit, please email the office at office@ncpta.org.
  • If your PTA would like to help a fellow PTA unit whose school has been impacted by Hurricane Florence, please email the office at office@ncpta.org.

PTAs impacted by the storm and seeking information on the National PTA Disaster Relief Grant, please contact the State PTA Office for details.

Additionally, FAST NC (Florence Aid to Students and Teachers of North Carolina) is an effort led by a bipartisan group of current and former North Carolina education leaders to help the state’s public schools as students and educators struggle to return to normal following Hurricane Florence and its impact. For more information and to donate, click here.