Your PTA can achieve excellence and qualify for National PTA’s highest honor by participating in the National PTA School of Excellence program. This program provides tools to help your PTA increase family engagement in student learning and school improvements. When designated a National PTA School of Excellence, your PTA will automatically be considered for the Phoebe Apperson Hearst Award. Recipients of the Hearst Award receive: A visit from the NPTA president, on-stage recognition and award presentation at the NPTA Convention and $2,000 to use on future family engagement strategies.
Research shows strong family-school partnerships make a difference in student success. No matter what their family income or background may be—students with involved parents or caregivers are more likely to earn higher grades and test scores, attend school regularly, have better social skills, and graduate and go on to postsecondary education. (Henderson, A., & Mapp, K., 2002)
Enroll your school in the National PTA School of Excellence program by September 1, 2013 at www.PTA.org/Excellence or via phone at 800-307-4PTA (4782). You will receive the Getting Started Guide, which describes program components, including your first steps to gather feedback from families and set goals with your school partner.