California State PTA Online Newsletter                                              April 2018
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In this newsletter:


California State PTA Sponsors AB 2878 to Strengthen Family Engagement in Schools

Family engagement is a key predictor of student success. That’s why California State PTA is sponsoring Assembly Bill 2878 by Assemblymember Rocky Chávez (San Diego).

Research shows authentic family engagement leads to reduced absenteeism, decreased dropout rates, increased student achievement and increased graduation rates which lead to young adults who are college and career ready.

This bill demonstrates a commitment to connecting families, schools and communities and to improving student outcomes. AB 2878 seeks to use research-based guidelines to define what authentic family engagement could look like in the Education Code to help guide schools. The suggested activities have been developed using research-based family engagement practices and standards, including, but not limited to, the PTA National Standards for Family-School Partnerships. It could also include:

  • Outreach in multiple languages
  • Outreach to parents and families that are underrepresented in the school, school district or county office of education
  • Outreach strategies that are diverse and innovative.

Adding Family Engagement to LCFF Priority #3 would better reflect the true engagement local education agencies could implement, based on their local needs. It’s time to engage all parents and families for the success of our students, our schools and our state.

Learn more:

Be on the lookout for upcoming information so you can help keep family engagement moving forward, and be sure to share your family-engagement success stories with us so we can spread the word in the Capitol and in our communities and across California! Thank you for all that you do for our kids – it makes a difference.

For questions, please reach out to Director of Legislation Lea Darrah at ldarrah@capta.org or Executive Director Sherry Skelly Griffith at sgriffith@capta.org.


Strategies for Student Success at 2018 Convention

There's still time to register for the largest parent-teacher event in the nation: California State PTA's Annual Convention in Ontario from April 27 – 29! You won't want to miss the excitement as thousands of PTA parent-volunteer advocates and leaders along with educators and community leaders address education, health and community issues affecting our state’s kids and families, as well as:

  • Workshops and table talks led by dynamic leaders to strengthen your skills as a PTA member
  • Inspiring guest speakers on hot topics in education
  • Exciting exhibitors with ideas for school assemblies, fundraising and more – with free samples and prizes
  • A wonderful display of artwork from the Reflections contest from students across the state
  • Hundreds of other like-minded parents, educators and advocates working for children and families
  • Thrilling special events and activities for all
  • PTA-branded merchandise from the PTA Store to show off at your school
  • And much more!

You can be part of all the convention excitement by being a part of our social media! Be sure to follow California State PTA on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and tag your posts with #PTA4Kids.


Student Assessments Help Your Child Succeed

It's that time of year again – time for students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 to take the statewide assessments!

California State PTA has free, downloadable resources to help you understand what the assessments and scores mean for your child's school success:

  • What the Scores Mean – This flier offers family-friendly explanations about the assessment scores and is available in English and Spanish
  • Questions to Ask – This flier offers a list of questions for families to ask to stay involved in their child's assessments and education, and is offered in English and Spanish
  • Smarter Balanced Resources – This flier from California State PTA and Children Now offers answers and resources on frequently asked assessment questions
  • And much more!

Learn more about the new student assessments and what they mean for your child at www.capta.org/student-assessments.


Give PTA Membership as a Gift

What better way to celebrate a child’s promotion or graduation than with a gift to all children – a PTA membership? You don’t have to have a child in your local school to join; say thank you by joining your local PTA or California State PTA. Give the gift of a PTA membership to others and show your school community how we can all positively impact the lives of children and families.

PTA membership supports student success in our own communities as well as across the state and nation. Simply joining PTA shows an investment in all children's futures.

If joining PTA to help all children isn’t reason enough, check out these exclusive, money-saving Member Perks before summer is here to get a head start on summer vacation planning!

Please keep in mind that it’s because of the dues of PTA members like you and the other thousands of parents, families, educators and community leaders throughout the state that we are able to continue to offer great resources and materials – thank you!
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