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Hello summer! We hope you are finding time this month to enjoy time with family and friends while many California schools are on summer break. You may also want to get a jump start on all things PTA before the busy back to school rush  we've got you covered with invaluable advice for leaders from leaders. Mark your calendar to attend one of the School Smarts program virtual meetings to learn how you can help bring it to your campus. Read our blog post to brush up on Media Literacy and planning tips for PTA leaders. Learn more about keeping arts education as part of every school curriculum. Listen to the National PTA podcasts for more on teen mental health. Have a teen that is going to be graduating from high school next year? Take a look at a one-stop college planning resource from our sponsor, College Board.

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Make PTA Planning Part of Your Summer. You’ll Be Glad You Did.

Summer is certainly a time to relax and take a breath, but for PTA leaders it’s also the ideal time to get a head start on the next school year. When things begin to get busier with the start of school, you and your team will be ready to hit the ground running. That’s particularly valuable if you are a new PTA president or if you have new people on your board. Read on to glean  helpful advice from your Leadership Services Commission.

Making Media Literacy Happen

Having a world of information at our fingertips has become a way of life and we want our kids to have the tools they need to function well in that world. If our kids are going to be educated about media literacy, educators and families all have a part to play. Unfortunately, the approach to media literacy education is fragmented at best and completely missing at worst. PTAs can make an impact – read the blog post for some great ideas and resources to help you get started.


Summer Tips to Stay on Track for College & Career Planning

Sponsored by College Board
As summer arrives, students might have extra time to think and plan for life after high school, particularly if you’re a rising senior. There are many options that graduating seniors can explore ranging from trade schools and vocational programs, to taking a gap year, or applying to college and this big decision requires thoughtful consideration. 

For those choosing to apply to college, College Board has several tools to help with college and career planning – no matter where you are in your journey. Click here for more information and a one-stop resource for all student and parent college planning needs. 



School Smarts Information Sessions

Throughout the state, schools and families have used School Smarts to develop parent leaders, strengthen communities, and create effective partnerships between families and their schools. Register below to join us for a virtual review of the program and learn about its impact on parent graduates and how you can help bring this to your school community. 



A Message to California PTA's from Governor Newsom

Governor Newsom celebrates PTA's 125th anniversary with a video message during the 2022 California State PTA Convention. View or download the video acknowledging the positive impact California PTA's have had through their hard work and dedication to improving the lives of all children and families.

Welcome Packet for PTA Leaders

Coming Early August! 

Keep an eye out for the 2022-23 Leader Welcome Packet, which was created by PTA leaders for PTA leaders to support and guide you and it is filled with resources for you and your PTA volunteer team.

Use the PTA calendar can help keep you on track for the year and be sure to fill in your local deadlines, so you don’t miss out on any opportunities. Take time to look through the resources provided to learn new ideas, gain inspiration, and guidance. Pass the information out to your board members and learn where you can go on our website for more resources. If you haven't already, be sure to follow us on social media to keep in touch and receive California State PTA updates. 
Only PTA officers entered in MYptez will receive this valuable resource. It's not to late to get on the list! Update your PTA info now!

Survey: Share Your Thoughts on Arts Education

The CCSESA Arts Initiative in collaboration with the California Department of Education and The California Arts Project would like feedback from families of California TK-12 students about how they can provide families with information about the new California Arts Education Framework for Public Schools, Transitional Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve. The survey takes about 5 minutes and will ask your thoughts about arts education. Your feedback will directly inform our future learning opportunities for families.


Continue Talking About Mental Health

Listen to National PTA's Notes from the Backpack: How Can We Normalize Talking About Mental Health? The episode is part of their Healthy Minds miniseries and features mental health advocate, Allison Raskin as she shares her personal journey and work to destigmatize mental health topics. She offers advice for normalizing discussions of mental health in your family and community! 


LCAP/LCFF and the Arts

As a critical component of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), every school district must engage parents and the community to create a Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP). With this plan, your school board decides how to invest in local schools. In making its decisions, your board is required to gather input from parents and school communities and it provides a great opportunity for parents and teachers to let decision-makers know how important the arts are to learning. 
  • To learn more about LCFF/LCAP and how it works start here
  • For a timeline on when to speak up and advocate for your school district’s LCAP, view it here
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