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Welcome to the Maryland PTA Website

 

 
A Word From Our President

MDPTA President Elizabeth Ysla Leight

 

Maryland PTA's Commitment to Positive, Safe Environments for All Students


Maryland PTA and National PTA have a commitment to maintaining a positive and safe environment for all students. Maryland PTA believes that all children should have access to safe, supportive and inclusive learning environments so they can focus on achieving academic success and preparing for their futures. This commitment falls on parents and educators and PTA as we play a critical role in reducing incidents in our schools based on recent events.  It is important for all parents and educators keep in mind that National PTA and Maryland PTA maintain that we speak for Every child. One Voice.

We ask that all of our constituent councils and local PTAs realize their important role in helping children understand what it means to respect and support all children and families.  As we embrace the diversity of our school communities and families, in its many dimensions, including race, nationality, culture, religion, sexual orientation, economic status, ethnicity, gender, legal status, mental ability, and national origin, it is important that we stay firm to our values and principles and continue to embrace all children.  

For over 101 years, Maryland PTA has had the privilege of working with families and educators to help children reach their full potential.  Questions have been raised about whether we are providing positive role-model choices for children and communities who feel disconnected and divided due to recent events.  In communities across Maryland, schools have been subject to student protests, social media postings, vandalism, and actions that can, at best, be described as bullying.  The schools have become far from positive, save environments that we want all students to experience. In fact, students are nervous as a result of attitudes and viewpoints brought about by these actions.  All children have the right to go to school without fear of harassment or threats. 

Listen and Ask 
What can PTA do to help students and schools?  PTA is built on the values of Collaboration, Commitment, Diversity, Respect and Accountability. We urge or local PTAs and area councils to work with your school community, school officials and community at large to curb inappropriate activities that may arise in your community.  Encourage and support your school leaders to hold dialogues with you families to teach about appropriate and respectful behavior. PTAs play a critical role in reducing incidents of bullying in our schools and have for many years. In 2005 National PTA adopted a resolution against bullying and established support policies and programs to address the prevention, intervention and elimination of bullying and cyberbullying. PTA believes that parents should have the best information and resources available to help prevent and respond to acts of bullying and inappropriate speech at school.  For that reason Maryland PTA and National PTA have partnered to provide resources for parents at www.pta.org.  National PTA  has sponsored a webinar on Bullying and Cyberbullying Prevention which is on their website.  We urge PTA to encourage parents, school staff and other caring adults to learn how parents, students and school communities can appropriately respond to and address bullying and cyberbullying. 

Teach Positive Choices
We encourage PTAs to work with parents to develop an inclusive school climate and engage the school community in dialogue by brining students, parents and leaders together for productive discussion and brainstorm Use of inappropriate language towards others is bullying.  on ways to overcome inappropriate behavior in our schools.  We hope that the parent leaders will develop a plan of action that educates and empowers students, families and the broader school community around bullying prevent and create safe school environments for all students.  National PTA has provided a Learning Hero flyer that you can share with parents to begin the dialogue entitled "Talking to Children About the Election".  A copy is available on the Maryland PTA Website for you to use.  Use this as a guide to talk to children about small choices and actions we take every day to make our world better.  Continue to support important skills like how to practice self-control and how to approach challenges with perseverance and focus on the positive.  

We hope that every PTA in Maryland will live up to our mission to make every child's potential a reality and work together every day to make that possible.

 

 

   Elizabeth Ysla Leight, Esq.

   President

 


 

 

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