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February 2014
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Feb. 17-21: PTA's Take Your Family to School Week
National PTA's Take Your Family to School Week begins next week, Feb. 17! All of the tools you need—including templates in Spanish—are now available. Our digital toolkit includes promotional and customizable resources to help plan your Take Your Family to School Week, Feb.17-21, 2014. Share your plans or send us your photos. We'd love to feature your family fun. For more info, visit Questions? Contact National PTA Programs or (800) 307-4782.
Every Child Spotlights the African-American Child
This month, National PTA's Every Child in Focus campaign is centering on the African-American Child. Check out our State of the African-American Child article and a special message from Marian Wright Edeleman—founder and president of the Children's Defense Fund—which highlights the importance of individual time, energy and funding to the challenges that the African-American child faces every day.
Join the discussion online @PTAThornton @NationalPTA and #EveryChild and visit our PTA One Voice blog for info on the unique challenges facing African-American children. Our African-American child page also shares how PTAs can better empower, support and improve outcomes for students and families. We want to hear from you, so be sure to share your ideas or plans to host an Every Child in Focus event.
Apply for a Smart from the Start Community Outreach Grant
Funded by the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation (HWCF), 10 grants of $10,000 will be awarded to PTA regions, districts and councils to educate families of children ages 3-5 and partner with a local neighborhood community to improve awareness of energy balance concepts. The application deadline is March 28.

National PTA and the HWCF will host a webinar Feb. 18 on the grant requirements, online application process, and existing resources available. Five bonus points will be awarded for participation. Register now to participate. 

Questions? Contact National PTA Programs.


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April 2014
May 5-9: Celebrate National PTA's Teacher Appreciation Week
Join National PTA in recognizing the work of outstanding teachers during National PTA's Teacher Appreciation Week May 5-9. This year, we celebrate the 30th anniversary of this week, and encourage PTAs at the national, state and local levels to recognize the incredible contributions teachers make on behalf of children each and every day. 
National PTA will also launch a new social media channel during the week. Learn more about what you can do to support Teacher Appreciation Week in this video announcement from National PTA President Otha Thornton.

For more info, visit our Teacher Appreciation Week page. 
National PTA 2014 Convention Update
The 2014 Annual National PTA Convention and Exhibition is an event you don't want to miss! The convention—June 19-22 in Austin, Texas at the Austin Convention Center—is your opportunity to network with more than 1,000 PTA members and partners and hear from experts in the PTA and education community in a robust offering of inspiring education sessions and special guest speakers. Registration will open in February 2014. For preliminary information on early-bird convention registration rates, hotels and travel, visit Need ideas on promoting the Annual National PTA Convention and Exhibition? Review our convention toolkit for PTA leaders
Apply now for the Jan Harp Domene Diversity and Inclusion Award
The Jan Harp Domene Diversity and Inclusion Award will be presented to the one local, council, district or state PTA that best demonstrates outstanding achievement in the areas of diversity and inclusion. We invite you to review the application information and submit your nomination by 8 p.m EST, on March 15.The award will be presented during the Annual National PTA Convention and Exhibition, held June 19-22 in Austin, Texas. 
Waiver Extension Guidelines
The U.S. Department of Education recently released a letter—with a template for the optional request—for a one-year extension for the state ESEA flexibility waivers. Extension requests must be submitted to the Department of Education no later than Feb. 28, or 60 days after receipt of your state's Part B monitoring report, whichever is later. For more info read the full letter.
Agriculture Secretary Vilsack to Keynote Leg Con
U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will be the keynote speaker at the 2014 Legislative Conference, March 11-13. Secretary Vilsack will speak at the luncheon Wednesday March 12. For more info on LegCon including workshop titles, descriptions, and speakers, visit
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Alexandria, Virginia 22314
Phone: (703) 518-1200
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