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PTA’s, or parent-teacher associations, have been around since the late 1800’s, and members are just as passionate now as they were so many years ago. They’re often one of the most available resources for parents who want to get more involved in their school. This article by Anne Stafford provides a great commentary on Parental Engagement from a parent’s perspective; it also shows the ways in which PTA’s can help teachers and parents cooperate and communicate.

Here’s our summary of why PTA’s and schools are great when they work together:

  • When like-minded parents meet together for the sole purpose of improving and helping their school, good things can happen. Parents can more easily communicate with schools, and vice versa.
  • Parent volunteers are often the backbones of school-run fundraisers. It only makes sense that they should be able to have a voice in the ways in which school fundraisers are set up and run.
  • Parents and teachers can accomplish great things when they work together. They can help improve curricula, raise money, develop school-wide programs to help the underprivileged- the list goes on and on!
  • PTA’s provide an effective platform through which parents and schools can work together to endure the best possible education and school environment for students.

Have anything to add about Parental Engagement in PTAs? Tell us in the comments!