The Utah State Board of Education envisions schools will make a mindset shift and move from involving families to engaging families to ultimately empowering families. Family Engagement is a key factor in the success of students and schools. Family engagement is one of five predictors in school improvement (Organizing Schools for Improvement: Lessons from Chicago. Chicago: University of Chicago Press), and cannot be seen as an add on, but instead should be seen as a part of teaching and learning (Dr. Karen Mapp, 3 Prerequisites of Effective Family and Community Engagement). Although not a program, a commitment to family engagement should be a priority of Tier 1 instruction.
Utah State Board of Education Parent and Family Engagement
Title I, Part A: Monitoring and Compliance
Partners in Education: A Dual Capacity-Building Framework for Family-School Partnership
United States Department of Education
Would your school like to form a PTA? When your school has a PTA, you become part of the largest group of volunteer parents in the state working to make life better for our children. We give you access to ideas, information and collaboration at the state and district level that makes your job more fun and much easier. You gain tax-exempt status without worrying about all of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) paperwork yourself. There are no start-up fees and each individual PTA determines the amount of their own membership dues. If you would like more information on starting a PTA at your local school send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Given the longevity and universal name recognition of the Parent Teacher Association, it is easy to understand how "PTA" is commonly used to describe all parent groups, whether or not they are actually affiliated with PTA. Parents, teachers, and even administrators frequently are confused or even unaware of the differences between PTA and other parent organizations. So what truly differentiates PTA from all other parent groups?