National PTA Releases New Webinar: Mythbusters

National PTA has released the second in a four-part webinar series designed to educate parents on the Common Core State Standards and empower them to support the transition at school and at home. The goal is for parents to be knowledgeable about the standards and new assessments and to support them every step of the way as states transition to the standards.

Common Core State Standards: Mythbusters provides an overview of the biggest myths and misconceptions surrounding the standards and information that will help parents separate fact from fiction.

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National PTA School of Excellence Program | Deadline Reminder December 6th

As you know, the deadline for schools enrolled in the School of Excellence Program was extended until Friday, December 6th.

While the National PTA strongly encourage schools to complete their Family-School Partnership Scans by Friday, December 6th,  the National PTA will not be shutting down the link for schools to complete their Family-School Partnership Scan until the end of the month for any school that may have experienced any technical difficulty with the enrollment process. If you know of any schools that will need this extra time to complete their family-school partnership scan, please notify Dr. Renee Jackson. We want to give schools ample time to complete this very important step on their road to excellence. Schools can access the School of Excellence portal at

Thank you to many of you or other leaders who have reached out to schools enrolled in the program to encourage them to continue the next steps for completion.

Please remember to visit the state portal where you can receive updated information, milestones, and materials for the program If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Erin Thwaites or myself, Dr. Renee Jackson at

Deadline to Submit your Family-School Partnership Scan extended to December 6, 2013!

 We want to make sure you are all aware of the new updates regarding the School of Excellence Program. Schools have to complete the Family-School Partnership Scan to stay in the program and the deadline has been extended to December 6th. There were many schools that had some trouble getting the scan online and we didn’t want anyone to stress about getting this done by November 15th because they were not able to access. The web address to the portal is . This is for schools to submit their scan and will remain open until all schools that wish to complete the scan have had the opportunity to do so.

Schools should submit their scan online at . Once they complete their scan online, the email that enrolled their PTA into the program will receive a PDF link of their Roadmap immediately. If they don’t receive the Roadmap via email immediately, they need to check their SPAM or JUNK folder or ask the person who enrolled to check their email. Below are also some helpful links that you can use for your PTA as well.

To contact for any assistance –

To access the state library –

The log in information is the following:

User name: Diversity

Password: Means

I want to thank each of you again for your patience during this first year of our program rollout. Your feedback is crucial on this GaPTA journey!

HEAR YE…HEAR YE…HEAR YE | Atlanta Falcons vs Washington Redskins

Atlanta Falcons vs. Washington Redskins

Sunday, December 15.2013


This message comes to you from the office of Male Involvement.

Have you been racking your brain for something to do with your kid(s) and/or the entire family?  Well your timing couldn’t have been more perfect.

The aforementioned dated event lends the perfect opportunity for you to fulfill that desire.

So why don’t you grab your Atlanta Falcons attire and join many other males and their families from across the State along with Georgia PTA Board of Directors for a wonderfully exciting game.

 Remember “We Are Today’s PTA”….the Falcons would like our support but more importantly, OUR kid(s) need our support. The PTA bus is idling and we are waiting on you and the family.

 Hope to see you at the game!!


Reginald B. Forrest

Georgia PTA Male Involvement Chair




(Atlanta, GA – October 28, 2013) On Friday November 8, IKEA will announce the 10 local public schools selected to participate in the IKEA Atlanta Soft Toys For Education PTA CHALLENGE. Since 2003, the Soft Toys for Education Campaign has reached more than 10 million children through 90 projects in 46 countries. To date, we’ve donated $74 million to UNICEF and Save the Children programs to help make schools more child-friendly.

These programs include:

·         Providing educational supplies

·         Training teachers in child-friendly teaching techniques

·         Improving access to education for minority children

·         Building better water and bathroom facilities in schools

About the IKEA Foundation

soft_toy_fy14_global_presskit_Page_09The Soft Toys For Education Campaign falls under the umbrella of the IKEA Foundation (formally IKEA Social Initiative). It was formed in 2005 to manage the company’s commitment to social involvements on a global level. The mission of the IKEA Foundation is to improve the rights and life opportunities of many children – fighting for children’s right to a healthy and secure childhood with access to quality education. To support this mission, The IKEA Foundation will donate €1 (as of September 25, 2013, €1 is equal to $1.35 in the US) for every soft toy and children’s book bought between November 10, 2013 and January 4, 2014.


IKEA Atlanta would like to extend support to education locally by challenging public schools in Fulton, North Fulton, DeKalb, Gwinnett, and Cobb counties to get involved in this global Soft Toys For Education Campaign (must complete attached form). Selected 10 schools will encourage their parents, teachers, and the community to purchase a soft toy at IKEA ranging in price from $0.99 to $19.99. All 10 schools will have the opportunity to win a donation from IKEA.

Prizes include:

$5,000 Grand Prize: School with record of 5,000+ soft toys purchased $2,500 Prize: School with record of 2,500-4,999 soft toys purchased $1,000 Prize: School with record of 1,000-2,499 soft toys purchased $250 Gift Card (7 total): Schools with record of 250+ soft toys purchased


Starts: Sunday, November 10, 2013 Ends: Saturday, January 4, 2014

IKEA in Atlantic Station 441 16th St NW Atlanta, GA 30363


“At IKEA, we want to improve children’s lives and education is the most powerful tool in Atlanta and throughout the world” commented Jim Anastos, Store Manager at IKEA Atlanta.

The New Face of PTA

National PTA President Otha Thornton appeared on “NBC Nightly News’ with Brian Williams” Tuesday October 8. President Thornton addressed leadership, advocacy, and membership. The profile aired in conjunction with NBC’s Education Nation with cameo appearances from Georgia PTA president, Rita Erves and featured the event held during the Glynn County Council Membership Bowl.

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OTHA THORNTON: Honored [POWER 100 2013] The Thinkers

OthaThorntonOtha Thornton: He Speaks, The World Listens

Georgia PTA has received some very exciting news regarding Georgia Native and National PTA President, Otha Thornton, Jr.  President Thornton is being honored as “One of the Nation’s Most Influential African-Americans” by EBONY Magazine.  President Thornton is a past Georgia PTA Legislative Chair and member of Georgia PTA Board of Directors.  President Thornton will be featured in the December/January issue of EBONY, which will hit newsstands in early November. He also will be honored during the EBONY Power 100 Gala on November 4 at the Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City. A prestigious recognition, the 2013 EBONY Power 100 list includes media mogul Oprah Winfrey, actress Kerry Washington, civil rights icon U.S. Rep. John Lewis and Marian Wright Edelman, founder of the Children’s Defense Fund.

“The EBONY Power 100 speaks volumes about the diversity of our accomplishments and the power of our collective influence across virtually every spectrum of society,” said EBONY Editor-in-Chief Amy DuBois Barnett. “We are thrilled to honor these exceptionally talented people who have inspired and enthralled us and who have helped to shape our lives.”


“The most recognized and respected source for perspective on the African-American community, we are elated that EBONY has chosen to honor our president and the important work of National PTA,” said Eric Hargis, executive director of National PTA. “This prestigious honor underscores President Thornton’s leadership and the difference he and National PTA are making in the lives of our country’s youth through the promotion of educational success, health and well-being, and strong family and community involvement.”


Thornton was installed as president of National PTA in June 2013, making history as the first African-American male chosen to head the 4 million member association. Under his leadership, National PTA has collaborated with prestigious organizations including the NFL and AARP. Since taking the helm, Thornton also has launched an awareness campaign to celebrate the achievements of diverse student populations and share resources and advocacy tools to help school communities address the unique needs of every child. In addition to being recognized by EBONY, Thornton recently was featured on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams.


Georgia PTA commends President Thornton on his much deserved recognition and prestigious award.


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