It is an honor to serve Maryland PTA and to have the opportunity to serve the state’s children as we embrace the future of education for all children.
As Maryland PTA begins its second century of advocacy for children, I ask for your support on the road ahead as we are guided by the mission our predecessors forged for PTA.
Maryland PTA has been the oldest and largest volunteer child advocacy association. For 100 years, we have worked side-by-side with policymakers at every level to improve the lives of Maryland’s children, including the passage of child labor laws, providing nutritious hot lunches in school, improvements to treatment of children in the justice system and overall increased educational opportunities for all children.
This is a history that you, our many PTA leaders, have had a hand in shaping as you work to serve our students. I want to congratulate you for taking part in PTA. At 180,000 strong, you make a difference in our students’ success. Through our efforts, Maryland schools and our communities are engaging all families in expanding learning opportunities for all children.
During the 2015 Maryland PTA Convention at the Crowne Plaza Rockville, many PTA leaders took part in workshops on a variety of topics and heard from Debra Strauss, National PTA Vice President for Membership.
I would like to congratulate Latisha Corey of Prince Georges’ County who was elected by the membership as our new President Elect and Debbie Demery of Baltimore City who was elected as Vice President of Councils.
The Nominating and Board Development Committee did not return nominations for other officer positions; therefore, the offices of Treasurer, Secretary and Vice President of Leadership remain open. In addition to the transition of the officer positions, some committees remain in need of committee members. If you have an interest in serving in a committee, please send your contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are on the cusp of change as we work to harness the power of all parents as we continue to lead and advocate for educational excellence for our children. Maryland PTA is embracing the diversity of our school communities. Our mission, to welcome all children into our schools, is unequivocal. We value each student that comes to school, regardless of their economic background, disability, giftedness, ethnic, gender, non-traditional learners or racial background. We do this because we are PTA.
We recognize our responsibility to approach changes in education policy through engagement and outreach, and to recognize that advocacy is achieved through stakeholder consensus and collaboration. We do this because we are PTA.
Maryland PTA is a strong and vocal advocate of keeping children safe; Safe at school, Safe at home, and Safe online. PTA believes that our children’s school should provide a safe and nurturing environment for both teaching and learning. We do this because we are PTA.
As we embrace the future, it is important to utilize every tool available to us that provides educators, families and PTAs with the information they need to deepen family engagement in schools through the National Standards for Family-School Partnerships.
Let’s remember the reason we all started our journey into PTA in the first place. The overall mission and purpose of PTA is to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children.
Our PTA values are simple yet powerful.
Collaboration: We work in partnership with a wide array of individuals and organizations to accomplish our agreed-upon goals.
Commitment: We are dedicated to promoting children’s health, well-being, and educational success through strong parent, family, and community involvement.
Accountability: We acknowledge our obligations. We deliver on our promises.
Respect: We value our colleagues and ourselves. We expect the same high quality of effort and thought from ourselves as we do from others.
Inclusivity: We invite the stranger and welcome the newcomer. We value and seek input from as wide a spectrum of viewpoints and experiences as possible.
Integrity: We act consistently with our beliefs. When we err, we acknowledge the mistake and seek to make amends.
Only then can we speak for every child with one voice.
Thank you to all of our sponsors, exhibitors, speakers, special guests and especially thank you, to our members, for another successful convention. We are looking forward to continuing the legacy of Maryland PTA.
An enormous amount of important information was shared throughout convention. Click here for a convention overview; get information about our sponsors, exhibitors, and workshop recaps.
Thank you for your continued support our children and communities.
The following message is on behalf of Marques Ivey,
Chair, National PTA Bylaws & Policy Committee
The National PTA Board of Directors has approved the proposed bylaws revision submitted by the Bylaws and Policy Committee. The proposed bylaws document and additional supporting materials can be found at http://www.pta.org/bylaws. Included on the site are the following materials:
Current National PTA Bylaws
Proposed National PTA Bylaws Revision
Proposed Amendments to National PTA’s Articles of Incorporation
Cross Reference Document that highlights the Proposed Bylaws changes
Image Highlighting the Alignment of National PTA’s Governing Documents