Sunday, May 11, 2014

National PTA President Otha Thornton Highlights NPTA Family Engagement Programs

National PTA President Otha Thornton encouraged and challenged PTAs to increase family engagement at their schools. “When we talk about family engagement, it can save us so much money in schools. For every parent, aunt, uncle or grandparent that is engaged, it saves schools about $1,000 per student,” he explained. Thornton pointed PTAs to the National PTA website,, for programs and grants to jump start efforts to increase parent engagement. One of the best examples of a parent engagement program is the National PTA Schools of Excellence program. This involves going online and completing a survey, which is assessed by the NPTA, and provides customized suggestions for PTA units to increase parent engagement. A video clip of Thornton’s message will be available on the WSPTA website soon.