Last year, more than 300 PTAs partnered with schools to participate in National PTA’s School of Excellence program. Of those participants, National PTA is pleased to recognize 170 schools from across the country as the 2014-2016 National PTA Schools of Excellence for their achievements in building strong family-school partnerships. Read the press release announcing the 2014-2016 recipients.
In a report on the analysis of the 2014-2016 National PTA School of Excellence honorees, we found a:
•46% increase in the number of families that feel their school and PTA always empower them to support student success
•102% increase among families that feel their school and PTA always speak up for every child
•53% increase in the number of families that feel their school and PTA always share power in decision-making and school improvement
•78% increase in families that feel their school and PTA always collaborate with the community
Two of the 170 National PTA School of Excellence honorees have also been awarded the 2014 Phoebe Apperson Hearst Award for innovation in family engagement. You can find more info on the Hearst Award Page.
National PTA School of Excellence is a recognition program that supports and celebrates partnerships between PTAs and schools to enrich the educational experience and overall well-being for all students.
As a National PTA School of Excellence, families feel welcomed and empowered to support student success, and PTA is a key partner for continuous school improvement.
The path to excellence starts with a joint commitment of PTA and school leaders to work together to achieve PTA’s National Standards for Family-School Partnerships.
Through the School of Excellence program, your PTA and school will gain new ways to engage families in school decision-making, such as improvements to programs, practices and policies related to education, health, safety or the arts. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (800) 307-4782 for more info.
What does it take to become a National PTA School of Excellence?
1.Enroll your PTA between April 1 and Oct. 1. 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.
2.Survey your school community and share the results with National PTA by submitting a Family-School Partnership Scan by Nov. 1.
3.Receive a customized “Roadmap to Excellence” containing recommendations that respond to your specific results from the Family-School Partnership Scan.
4.Complete the National PTA School of Excellence application before June 1, 2015.
5.Celebrate your excellence! All National PTA School of Excellence recipients will receive a toolkit to support celebration activities.
In the 2014-2015 school year, put your school on the National PTA School of Excellence map.