Community Involvement Commissioner

The Community Involvement Commission will involve all members of the community, business, religious, and government entities in improving the quaity of life and education of all children.  Working together opens new horizons of posibilities for our future.

It involves:

  • Students
  • Parents
  • Teachers
  • Administrators
  • Businesses
  • Community Leaders
  • Community Organization

 

Community Involvement Focuses

 

On a local level, the programs the commissioner will cover are determined by their executive board based on the needs assessment, which is done at the beginning of the year.

● Business and Community Sponsorships and Partnerships
● Community/Public Involvement
● Educating Family and Community Groups
● Education Foundations
● Information/Communication Network Plans
● Lifelong Education/Community Education
● Minority Leadership and Involvement
● Parent/Community Involvement Events (i.e.: REAL Soccer Community Night in April, etc.)
● Teacher Appreciation (usually done in May)
● Volunteer Coordination
● Volunteer Appreciation

 

 

Post Convention 2018

Updates from the 2018 Convention classes 4A - The Community as Your Partner and 5B Volunteers and Teachers

See attachments to find:

  • The powerpoints from each class
  • Handouts from each class
  • Committee and Chairman Procedure Notebooks - An outline on how to put one together
  • National Standards Goal Sheet

SEE ATTACHMENTS BELOW FOR CLASS HANDOUTS, POWERPOINTS AND VOLUNTEER AND TEACHER APPRECIATION IDEAS

School of Excellence

It’s not too late to enroll in the School of Excellence Program

Enroll before October 1, 2017(link is external).

Even if you are not sure you want to participate, you can enroll and receive the materials to help better evaluate if you have the capacity to implement the  program. If you don’t feel ready this year, start to lay the groundwork now, so that you can participate next year. 

Who is the program for? Any PTA who wants to implement best practices for family-school partnerships. You don’t have to see your PTA as “excellent” to get started. If you’re already excellent, this program will make you even better and if your school needs some guidance about how to improve, this program will give it. 

What is required? Once you sign up and get your “Getting Started Guide”, you’ll have a clearer picture, but the program will require a survey to get started and then will take your school survey data and provide a “Roadmap to Excellence” to help you implement the most needed aspects of the National Standards for Family-School Partnerships. At the end of the year, you will complete a follow up survey and then the final application. 

What resources will I have? In addition to all the National PTA resources, you will have access to Utah PTA leaders who have participated in this process before, as well the State PTA School of Excellence Library. 

Apply Today! Go to www.pta.org/programs(link is external) and follow the links for School of Excellence.

Attached Documents: 

Mix It Up at Lunch Day

 

A national campaign launched by Teaching Tolerance in 2002, Mix It Up at Lunch Day encourages students to identify, question and cross social boundaries. And we ask schools to participate on the last Tuesday in October each school year!

In our surveys, students have identified the cafeteria as the place where divisions are most clearly drawn. So for just a day, we ask students to move out of their comfort zones and connect with someone new over lunch. It’s a simple act with profound implications. Studies have shown that interactions across group lines can help reduce prejudice. When students interact with those who are different from them, biases and misperceptions can fall away.

For more information, visit the Teaching Tolerance website: http://www.tolerance.org/mix-it-up/what-is-mix

Refugees: Understanding, Helping and Educating

Thank you to all those that came to the Vital Issues Conference and participated in the Refugee Panel Class.  The presenters were wonderful and you asked thoughtful and provoking questions.  It was very informative panel!  As promised, here are the links to all of the handouts, volunteers opportunities and informational videoes used in the panel's presentation. 

 

This is a great video that explains the refugee entry process to the USA.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQUIxQ6TFZc

 

Want more information about the presenters or the organizations they serve?  Visit their websites:

Catholic Community Services - http://www.ccsutah.org/

International Rescue Committee - https://www.rescue.org/

Asian Association of Utah - http://aau-slc.org/

Youthlinc - http://www.youthlinc.org/

 

 

Want to help?  Visit - http://www.uw.org/211/volunteer-center/help-refugees-utah.html

Volunteering

A volunteer can be many things - a role model for the students, an extra pair of hands to help teachers and staff or a liaison between schools and the community.

Each school can make its own Volunteer Handbook," personalized for your own school. Using the "Guidelines for Volunteers" Handbook (listed below), please add your own theme and/or school name to the cover page, add a welcome message from your principal on page 2, and list your schools and councils in their region on page 4.

PTA formed and working within a school is most beneficial to the individual child's growth and development when its actions and programs promote parental involvement and community interaction within the school. The old adage, "It takes a community to raise a child," is most evident in the local school environment. 

 

When calculating the hourly wage go to www.independentsector.org and use the volunteer rate Utah =$24.27

National PTA Volunteer Program - Three for Me

Three for Me is a PTA program designed to effectively involve parents and families in support of children and their education. Three for Me will help schools, PTAs, parent groups, and other volunteer based organizations reach volunteer hours never thought possible. Learn how to tap into the many talents and skills that parents are happy to offer.

With Three for Me, you will find:

  • Creative ways to connect all families to their child's school and education
  • Ideas to strengthen home-school-community partnerships
  • Resources to motivate parents

Get Three for Me started at your school, or organization today and put a new face on parent involvement!

For more information, visit the Three for Me website

Attached Documents: 

Appreciating Your Volunteers with Awards

Recognizing your volunteers with awards is an excellent way to show how much they are appreciated. Utah PTA and National PTA have several awards specifically for volunteers.

Please visit the Utah PTA Awards page to read about some of the awards that are available.

We encourage you to nominate volunteers who have provided tremendous service to receive these awards, especially the Outstanding Volunteer, Utah PTA Advocacy Award, Utah PTA Spirit of PTA Award, and Utah PTA Involvement Award.

Teacher Appreciation Week

Since 1984, National PTA has encouraged all citizens to show their appreciation to teachers during the annual National PTA Teacher Appreciation Week. Each May, Teacher Appreciation Week offers the opportunity for citizens to reaffirm their commitment to parent-teacher partnerships. The following is a calendar of publicity and program ideas to prepare you for Teacher Appreciation Week and follow-up ideas to use after Teacher Appreciation Week.

Utah PTA is suggesting that your Teacher Appreciation Week be held the first full week in May.

Thanks for all that you do for the teachers and the children of the state of Utah.

Here are some ideas from National PTA: http://www.pta.org/teacher_appreciation.asp#.T1TqoiXJ2oU.hotmail

Sponsorships and Partnerships and Donations

 

Forming relationships with sponsors and partners can effectively help local, council, and region PTA units to further their goals.

In the Utah PTA Board Handbook, Sponsorships and Partnerships are defined as follows:

  • Sponsor: A sponsor is a person or organization that provides service or support for a PTA project or activity in return for recognition as a sponsor of PTA.
  • Partner: A partnership is an agreement between PTA and another entity or organization in which the PTA and the partner work in cooperation for mutual benefit.

There are specific legal rules and regulations governing non profit organizations relationships with sponsors and partners, particularly when monies are involved and when acknowledging these relationships. Please work closely with your PTA treasurer to make sure these rules are followed to maintain your non profit status.

 

 

Community Involvement Resolutions

PTA Resolutions help our organization to function with consistency and unity. It is important that we speak as one voice for the benefit of Utah’s children. Becoming aware of existing resolutions will help you to know what the official stand is on any given issue. If a needed resolution is not in place, you may be the one to bring it forward and help Utah PTA address an issue that will increase our ability to raise healthier, happier, safer children. You can find the full text for each resolution at www.utahpta.org/advocacy/resolutions.

 

Utah PTA Health Resolutions (Keep in mind that many Commissions overlap in their focus. If you do not see a resolution here, it may be listed under another Commission, such as Safety. For National PTA Resolutions see: www.PTA.org/1901.htm)

National Standards

National Standards For Family-School Partnerships

A New Way of Leading

In a 2002 research synthesis authored by Anne T. Henderson and Karen L. Mapp, and published by SEDL, “A New Wave of Evidence: The Impact of  School, Family, and Community Connections on Student Achievement,” concluded that when families are involved in their children’s learning, both at home and at school, their children do better in school. The report also points to specific types of involvement as being especially beneficial to children’s academic success.

 

  • Finding 1 - Programs that link learning to family improve student achievement
  • Finding 2 - Speaking up for children protects and promotes their success
  • Finding 3 - All families can contribute to their children’s success
  • Finding 4 - Community organizing gets results

What are the National Standards for Family-School Partnerships?

The National Standards for Family-School Partnerships are voluntary guidelines to strengthen parent and family involvement on behalf of children in schools and other programs. The six standards and their quality indicators provide PTAs, schools, and communities with the components that are needed for highly effective family-school involvement programs. PTA leaders and all those interested in more effective family/school/community connections will find the National Standards for Family-School Partnerships to be a valuable resource and catalyst for action.

How Were the Standards Developed?

The standards were developed by the National PTA in collaboration with parent involvement researchers and other national leaders. They are endorsed by more than 30 professional education and family-school involvement organizations. The standards clearly delineate those practices that have been shown to lead to success and high-quality parent involvement programs. The standards were developed to be a practical tool for meeting the threefold purpose of the national standards:

  1. To promote meaningful parent and family participation
  2. To raise awareness regarding the components of effective programs
  3. To provide guidelines for schools that wish to improve their programs

How Can My PTA Use These Standards?

Before you begin to develop new or improve on existing family-school involvement programs, form a committee or action team including all of the stakeholders—parents, teachers, administrators, support staff and community leaders. Be sure everyone involved understands the group’s purpose: to recognize the importance of parent and family involvement, review the standards, look broadly at current programs or practices at your school and make recommendations about what steps are needed to initiate positive change.

Developing genuine collaboration is critical. The views of all stakeholders should be considered and valued and no one group should control the outcomes. Establishing trust and a true partnership will take time, but the extra effort is well worth the lasting benefits that can be gained. Meaningful change requires thoughtful, incremental steps. Laying a solid foundation can make all the difference in the final outcomes and success of your programs.

The National Standards for Family-School Partnerships are voluntary guidelines to strengthen parent and family involvement on behalf of children in schools and other programs. The six standards and their quality indicators provide PTAs, schools, and communities with the components that are needed for highly effective family-school involvement programs. PTA leaders and all those interested in more effective family/school/community connections will find the National Standards for Family-School Partnerships to be a valuable resource and catalyst for action.

 

What are the National Standards?

Standard 1 - Welcoming All Families Into The School Community

  • Families are active participants in the life of the school and feel welcomed, valued and connected to each other, to school staff and to what students are learning and doing in class.

Standard 2 - Communicating Effectively

  • Families and school staff engage in regular, two-way and meaningful communication about student learning.

Standard 3 - Supporting Student Success

  • Families and school staff continuously collaborate to support students’ learning and healthy development, both at home and at school and have regular opportunities that will support their success.

Standard 4 - Speaking Up For Every Child

  • Families are empowered to be advocates for their own and other children, to ensure that students are treated fairly and have access to learning opportunities that will support their success.

Standard 5 - Sharing Power

  • Families and school staff are equal partners in decisions that affect children and families and together inform, influence and create policies, practices and programs.

Standard 6 - Collaborating With Community

  • Families and school staff collaborate with community members to connect students, families and staff to expand learning opportunities, community services and civic participation.

 

For more information on the National Standards, please look at the attached documents below or visit https://www.pta.org/home/run-your-pta/National-Standards-for-Family-School-Partnerships