July 2, 2019 
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  News from National PTA Convention  

At the National PTA Convention in Columbus, Ohio, NYS PTA was proudly represented with 25 New York delegates in attendance. These attendees participated in leadership bootcamps, voted for resolutions and bylaws, and presented workshops.

Even more exciting news, our own past NYS PTA President Bonnie Russell was elected to the National PTA Nominating and Leadership Recruitment Committee! Bonnie will now visit other states on behalf of National PTA seeking candidates for the National PTA Board and committees. We wish Bonnie our congratulations and luck in this new position!

As a reminder, the NYS PTA Board of Directors voted in February to oppose any and all dues increases that were proposed at this National Convention. We are very pleased to share that, after much debate, there will be NO dues increase this coming PTA year. All dues increases that were put before the delegates failed.

Our delegation's attendance at National PTA Convention reminded us all of the importance of YOUR attendance at our Convention! It's truly where your voice can be heard, so save the dates - November 8-10 in Tarrytown, NY!

  Your Thoughts on Career and Technical Education in NY  

The NYS Education Department's Office of Career and Technical Education (CTE), is conducting a survey to support improvement initiatives made possible by the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V). Perkins provides over $24 million to New York's secondary-level CTE. Career and Technical Education, offered at the middle and high school levels state-wide, consists of agricultural education, business education, family and consumer sciences education, health sciences education, technology education, and trade and technical education.

These surveys are gathering information from a range of perspectives to inform the development of a four-year plan to improve the quality and availability of CTE. Your input is important, so we hope you will take a few moments to complete the survey. Your participation will help create quality CTE opportunities for all students in New York.

Click HERE to share your opinion

  Find Your PTA Superpower at the Summer Leadership Conference  

When: July 27, 2019

Where: The Desmond, Albany, NY

Registration is now OPEN!

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Registration deadline is July 8, 2019!

  Don't Miss the Family Engagement Conference  

When: Friday, July 26, 2019, 11:30 am-5:00 pm

Cost: $36/per person (includes lunch)

Where: The Desmond, Albany, NY

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To make every child's potential a reality, we must be innovative and bold in our family engagement strategies. Join us as we present workshops which have a focus on strengthening partnerships between family and school, meaningful and practical family engagement concepts, and support for the whole child and family.

This 5 hour conference includes lunch, keynote and two workshops.

  Parent Resources  

How to help kids dodge cigarette, vaping and marijuana marketing, and stay smoke-free. From @commonsense

Life lessons from parenting a child with ODD behavior: My son's out-of-control, unpredictable behavior caused my husband and I to re-examine how we dish out discipline. From @greatschools

Supporting LGBTQ Students in Elementary School: Three strategies elementary school teachers can use to foster a sense of inclusion for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer students. From @edutopia

What is Juneteenth, how is it celebrated, and why does it matter? From  @TeenVogue

  Parent Update from the NYS Education Department  

Dear Parents,

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) recently identified 562 high achieving and high progress schools as Recognition Schools.

Click HERE to read NYS Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia's letter to parents.

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