IDEAS FOR GETTING TEACHERS INVOLVED
- Put an enthusiastic and supportive teacher member on your membership committee.
- Enlist the help of the principal. A principal’s encouragement to join goes a long way.
- Send out personalized invitations to teachers and staff to join PTA at the beginning of the school year. Be sure to include a membership envelope.
- Send out reminders to teachers who have not joined PTA including another membership envelope.
- Survey all teachers mid-year asking if they joined PTA and why, and if not, why not.
- Send all teachers information about the California State PTA Continuing Education Scholarships reminding them that they must be members to apply.
- Remind teachers and staff that PTA is more than a local fundraising group for their school. It is an advocacy organization focused on student success!
- Hold a grade level or departmental membership competition. Provide winning group with bagels or danish.
- Challenge the staff at a nearby school to a friendly membership competition.
- Provide monthly opportunity drawings for teachers and staff who join with donated items from local merchants.
- Reward teachers and staff with a breakfast or luncheon when 100 percent membership is achieved.
- Participate in the Teachers Matter … Members Matter challenge to enter into a drawing for one FREE room night at the 2016 California State PTA Convention.
WAYS TO INCREASE PTA MEMBERSHIP
Write letters to city council, elected officials, and school board members encouraging them to join
Attend Rotary, Optimist, Kiwanis Club meetings and recruit their members
Host a PTA table at any/every community event
Invite senior citizens to activities such as school plays
Incorporate local community organizations and businesses into your activities and programs. Ask for donations to be used as giveaways and thank them publicly for their support
Provide your board members with membership envelopes and encourage them to take them to all community functions, events and businesses.
Involving those who speak other languages:
Attend an ELL (English Language Learner) advisory meetings with a translator and explain the role of PTA
Hold a multi-cultural event that involves everyone
Have a board liaison position to the ELAC (English Learners Advisory Committee) parent group
Provide interpretation to those that need it at all meetings and events. Recruit parents to help with language challenges, recruit translators from the community, provide headsets, hold bilingual meetings, etc
Keep all parents informed and provide information of value. Translate all printed materials as needed.
BUILDING STUDENT MEMBERSHIP
StudentsStudents are considered full members. Here are some great ways to encourage students to join your PTA:
Put an enthusiastic and supportive student member on your membership committee.
Provide membership invitations with membership envelopes in the summer registration packets to all students including incoming students from middle/junior high schools.
Set up a PTA/PTSA table on student registration days and other school events. Highlight activities that benefit students.
Publicize the California State PTA Graduating High School Senior Scholarship and the membership requirements.
Provide student members with school and community service volunteer opportunities which can be listed on their college applications.
Encourage and welcome students in PTA leadership positions. It looks great on their college applications!
Involve students in the planning and execution of PTA events.
Consider changing your meeting time to encourage more student participation.
Partner with ASB for discounts at the student store or provide discounts on PTA student store items for members.
Encourage student delegates to attend the California State PTA Annual Convention.
Challenge a nearby high school to a friendly student membership competition.
DADS’ INVOLVEMENT STRENGTHENS PTA
There are more than 70 million fathers in the United States. That means 70 million possibilities for PTA membership, inclusion, engagement and strength for our schools and kids.
One out of every three children in America —more than 24 million in total — live in a home without their biological father present, according to a 2012 White House Fatherhood Report. And, roughly one out of every three Hispanic children and more than half of African-American children also live in homes without their biological fathers.
More engaged fathers and father figures — whether living with or apart from their children — can help foster a child’s healthy physical, emotional and social development. There’s no doubt of the positive impact male role models can have on their children’s lives.
MEMBERSHIP: MAKE IT ABOUT MEN
DadsRecruiting men as PTA members may mean rethinking how your PTA is run on a day-to-day basis. If your PTA mostly relies on female caregivers, reaching out to men may involve breaking down barriers and trying new approaches and strategies:
Communicate directly to dads – How you and your PTA speak to members and potential members can impact the level of men’s involvement. Simply slimming down language and shortening messages in your communications can be more appealing to male readership. And be always sure to explain and emphasize how men’s unique involvement benefits kids.
Just ask – Nearly half of men who responded to a recent National PTA survey said they haven’t gotten involved with PTA simply because they weren’t asked. Those involved said their spouses’ participation led to their own involvement. So encourage women in your PTA to invite the men in their children’s lives to get involved, and take your PTA to places with large male contingents – such as service clubs – to share our message and ask for participation and membership.
Create men-focused groups and events – Surveys also show that men prefer to volunteer for hands-on projects and dad-only events with clear expectations. So organize special events and groups for dads to enjoy working on and being involved with together and define volunteer roles and expectations.
Respect men’s time – More than 70 percent of recently surveyed dads said time was a barrier to PTA involvement, and the majority said they wanted fewer meetings at more convenient times. Make efforts to schedule workdays in mind for all parents and organize results-driven meetings with clear agendas and topics.
Celebrate engagement – When you start getting more men involved, it’s great to celebrate! Letting the school community know will help emphasize and publicize your welcoming environment for all parents and members. Thank dads publicly at meetings and in your PTA communications, and always encourage more male membership – we’re all in it together for our kids!
NATIONAL NEED FOR MALE ENGAGEMENT
More than 1 million men visit schools across America each year as part of the National PTA MORE Alliance (Men Organized to Raise Engagement).
Organizations in PTA MORE are dedicated to raising the level of engagement between children and the important men in their lives. Members of PTA More serve as conduits for greater father and significant-male involvement, resulting in positive outcomes and successful relationships for children, parents, schools and communities.
Works with schools and communities to provide programs to engage fathers and positive male figures in the educational and social development of children.
Develops male leaders who work with fathers and male role models to enhance positive male parenting and involvement with youth.
Acts as a resource for families, communities and schools on fatherhood initiatives and issues
Increases visibility and outreach of quality programming by coalition members.
To learn more about PTA MORE, read an article on this PTA initiative and visit National PTA.