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WI PTA President Heidi Nicolazzo
Hello Everyone! 

I can feel Spring is right around the corner for us, and as we all know, time for elections is coming up in a few short months. This is the time to be figuring out your nominating committee and putting nominations together. This committee should be formed at least (2) months prior to your elections. Your nominating committee presents a slate of officers at least 30 days prior to the election. Please see the enclosed article on elections included in this month’s edition of the newsletter. With the installation of the new officers, usually in May, this would be a great time to start your transition and training. WI PTA offers many articles and personal help with training and making the transition as painless as possible for your incoming board. WI PTA is here to help you with any questions you might have in a wide variety of topics including, but not limited to Advocacy, Officer Training, and Memberhub setup and WEPAY help. Help is always here by sending your question to info@wisconsinpta.org.

We have a quick reminder that our State PTA Convention is coming up on April 25, 2020 in Sun Prairie. Please find the registration form enclosed in this newsletter edition. Please see the (4) for $250.00 deal. It saves your unit $50.00 by registering this way. This is a steal!

I hope you are having a wonderful start of your new year, and we look forward to talking to you soon.


Heidi Nicolazzo
WI PTA President


You are Your Child's Advocate;


Healthy Kids-E-Learning;Middle Level Education Proclamation; Wisconsin Celebrates Middle Level Education Month in March; 

Health & Safety
Health & Safety

Children's Health


IRS Update on Applying for 501(c)3 Status for Revoked Units; 


Happy Charter Months; Taking Payments on Memberhub; Join Today's PTA; Empowered, Informed, Responsible- Join Us


Officer Election Procedures; Nominating Committee; Interested in Becoming a PTA?; Diversity and Your Unit; Training Schedule

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2020 National PTA Convention & Expo; 


Educator's Credit Union, AIM Insurance; Children's Wisconsin


Save the Date- WI PTA Convention; WI PTA Convention Registration

President's Message
2020 President's Message

Helping children to emerge as leaders, now and for the future!

Make Your Voice Heard
You are Your Child's Advocate
Make Your Voice Heard with Membership in Today's PTA

Being a PTA advocate means lending your voice to issues that affect your child at home,
at school and in the community. With PTA, you are able to better share your ideas with other
parents, teachers, school administrators and community leaders to become part of the
decision-making process. Your voice matters!

Membership in PTA gives you access to resources, tools and help from other PTA members
to create a strong voice to effect change for your child. Founded in 1897, PTA is the oldest
and largest volunteer child advocacy association in the United States with more than 4 million

Speak up for your child. 

✓ Tips on speaking with your child's teachers and
✓ Parents' Guides for Student Success to help you 
    reinforce learning at home.
✓ Notices of when school board meetings take
    place and how you can get involved.
✓ How-to instructions on writing a letter to the editor
    concerning issues you are passionate about.

✓ Tools to write to your state legislators about
    issues that affect your children.
✓ Instructions for meeting with your state leaders to
    discuss important issues.
✓ Opportunities to attend your state PTA's
    convention or advocacy days.

✓ Access PTA.org/TakesAction and send an email
    to your member of Congress on issues important
    to students, plus get ready-to-go talking points.
✓ Resources and training on how to effectively
    meet with your Congressional leaders to discuss
    important issues.

Find out more at your local PTA meeting or online at PTA.org/Advocacy.

View full National PTA flyer here  →
Education scene

WHEREAS early adolescence is a time of the most significant physical, social, emotional, and intellectual changes for children between the ages of 10 and 15; and

WHEREAS early adolescence offers opportunities for children to be challenged, learn, and develop; and

WHEREAS the state of WIsconsin recognizes middle level students require school structures, teaching approaches, and high quality educators who respond to their needs to succeed; and 

WHEREAS middle level educators teaching early adolescent learners bring a special understanding and passion for this unique age group; and

WHEREAS the combined efforts of parents, educators, community members, and organizations dedicated to middle level education benefit the children, the schools they attend, and ultimately the state of Wisconsin.

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT I, Carolyn Stanford Taylor, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, do hereby proclaim March as Middle Level Education Month and encourage everyone to celebrate this important time in the education of our children. 


Middle Level Education Month
March 1 - 31, 2020 


Wisconsin Celebrates
Middle Level Education During March

March is Middle Level Education Month in Wisconsin, and it represents a time to highlight the support students in Wisconsin receive during one of the most important growth periods of their life.

Early adolescence (between ages 10 to 15) has long been recognized as a formative time in which children undergo some of the most dramatic changes in their lives. From physical, intellectual, social, and emotional transformations, the brains and bodies of children develop rapidly during this stage, and there are endless opportunities to expand understanding, knowledge, skills, and experience.

Serving as the state affiliate of the Association for Middle Level Education, the Wisconsin Association for Middle Level Education are advocates for best practices in schools throughout the state. WAMLE works continuously with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction to encourage Wisconsinites to take time to recognize the importance of middle level education and realize the unique characteristics children going through early adolescence boast.

This month is a great time to invite local and regional stakeholders into your middle school classrooms to gain a better understanding of how Wisconsin educators are engaging early adolescent learners.

For additional resources related to middle level education, visit AMLE’s website, or check out the National Association of Secondary School Principals’ website.

Children’s Wisconsin programming helps kids (and adults) learn healthy habits
Healthy Kids

Establishing healthy habits in childhood can be a key factor to contributing to a person’s overall health, happiness and well-being throughout their lifetime. Children’s Wisconsin offers several educational opportunities focused on getting kids on the road to a healthy lifestyle:

Mission: Healthy Kids
A partnership of Kohl’s Cares® and Children’s Wisconsin, Mission: Healthy Kids offers free resources for educators and families focused on nutrition, physical activity and mindfulness. The program promotes policy, systems and environmental changes in schools that improve health, and it offers resources for students, parents and educators. Resources and topics include: healthy sleep for kids, sugar facts, healthy school celebrations, vegetarian diets, stretching and exercise videos, healthy cooking videos, tips for reducing screen time and much more. Visit missionhealthykids.org to get started. 

Mission: Health E-learning program for grades K-8 
Mission: Health programming is a valuable tool to educate kids about the importance of nutrition and physical activity in maintaining overall health and wellbeing. The program is available for grades K-8 and is individualized by grade to meet students at their developmental level. Programming for older grades includes elements of mental health and developing skills in health literacy.

Implementing Mission: Health programming in your classroom is one way you can help students learn these valuable life skills. Watch the new Mission: Health video to learn more.  Then, enroll your classroom in Mission: Health here.

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Nutrition. Physical Activity. Mindfulness. 
Mission Healthy Kids
For Parents and Educators


Mission: Health K-8 e-learning for classrooms available on HealthyKidsLearnMore.com 

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IRS Update About Applying For a Tax
Exemption For Revoked Units
Form 1023 Revisions and
Required Electronic Submission

The IRS is revising Form 1023, Application for Recognition of Exemption Under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and its instructions, to help charities apply for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status.

Effective January 31, 2020, applications for recognition of exemption on Form 1023 must be submitted electronically online atwww.pay.gov. The IRS will provide a grace period during which it will continue to accept paper versions of Form 1023 (Rev. 12-2017).

The user fee for Form 1023 will remain $600 for 2020. Applicants must pay the user fee through www.pay.gov when submitting the form. Payment can be made directly from a bank account or by credit/debit card.

IRS News Release on the Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act provisions

The following provisions may apply to tax-exempt organizations' current and previous tax years:

- Retroactive Repeal of Unrelated Business Taxable Income – Qualified Transportation Fringe Benefits aka"parking lot tax" 

The Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2019 retroactively repealed Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 512(a)(7), which increased unrelated business taxable income by amounts paid or incurred for qualified transportation fringes. Congress had previously enacted this provision as part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, effective for amounts paid or incurred after December 31, 2017.

If you wish to claim a refund or credit of the UBIT reported on your Form 990-T for 2017 or 2018 under Section 512(a)(7), you may do so by filing an amended Form 990-T as described in the form’s instructions. 

More information on this process is available on IRS.gov.

- Tax simplification for private foundations 

The legislation reduced the 2% excise tax on net investment income of private foundations to 1.39%. At the same time, the legislation repealed the 1% special rate that applied if the private foundation met certain distribution requirements. 

The changes are effective for taxable years beginning after December 20, 2019. 

- Exclusion of certain government grants by exempt utility co-ops 

Generally, a section 501(c)(12) organization must receive 85% or more of its income from members to maintain exemption. 

Under changes enacted as part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, government grants are usually considered income and would otherwise be treated as non-member income for telephone and electric cooperatives. Under prior law, government grants were generally not treated as income, but as contributions to capital. 

The 2019 legislation provided that certain government grants made to tax-exempt 501(c)(12) telephone or electric cooperatives for purposes of disaster relief, or for utility facilities or services, are not considered when applying the 85%-member income test. Since these government grants are excluded from the income test, exempt telephone or electric co-ops may accept these grants without the grant impacting their tax-exemption. 

This legislation is retroactive to taxable years beginning after 2017. 

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Today's PTA Parent's Are...


Speak Up For Your Child. Join Us.

Today’s PTA offers you the tools and resources you need to stay engaged in your child’s academic and social success. Join our network of empowered, informed, and responsible parents, teachers,
school administrators, mentors, and others who are experiencing the PTA difference.


Become a supporting member here.


View full National PTA Flyer →
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PTA provides opportunities to network with parents, teachers, and school administrators and share ideas on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.


Gain up-to-date information and practical next steps about local and national issues affecting the education of all children. E-learning, ‘how to’ guides, and whitepapers are at your fingertips.


Use your PTA membership to become a part of the solution, influencing positive changes in your child’s education, health, and safety.

Today's PTA

“ ...Blackboards, music class, and gym supplies are things public schools can no longer take for granted. Our school’s PTA stepped in to help provide valuable resources for our

- PTA Dad, Memphis, TN


“PTA has made a positive impact on our students’ academic success and a difference in our schools and communities.”
- School Administrator, Cleveland, OH

Congratulations and Happy Charter Month! 
Congratulations February Charters

Families United PTA, Waukesha 2 years
21st Century Prep School, Racine 6 years
Charles W. Nash PTA, Kenosha 12 years
Milwaukee Spanish Immersion, Milwaukee
                                                      27 years
Jefferson Elementary PTA, Janesville 51 years

Congratulations March Charters

Clayton PTA, Neenah 16 years
County Line School PTA, Germantown 64 years
Frank Lloyd Wright PTA, West Allis 54 years
Jefferson Elementary PTA, West Allis 58 years
Toki Middle School PTA, Madison 9 years
Washington PTA, Janesville 45 years

Taking Payments Online Through MemberHub

Learn how to complete your agreement to take payments online. Here's what you need to know:

MemberHub partners with WePay, a Chase Bank-owned company, to process all payments.

WePay is a trusted platform to accept payments online. WePay handles payments for a variety of purposes, such as donation campaigns, online merchants, events, and more.

MemberHub is only integrated with WePay for payments processing.

All payments you take through MemberHub will be automatically routed to your PTA checking account, and all transactions will be reported inside your WePay PTA portal. 

By law, WePay has to ask for your Social Security Number to make sure you are who you say you are, and that you’re authorized to act on behalf of an entity (your PTA).

Your SSN is for identity verification ONLY as part of the KYC (Know your Customer) process. This process is much like opening a bank account on behalf of your PTA at Chase. Chase is federally required to officially know someone connected to the account.

WePay doesn’t run credit checks, so inputting your SSN for this purpose won’t affect your credit score. Your taxes won’t be affected, either, as long as you input the correct name and Employer Identification Number (EIN) for your PTA in WePay.

When you start the payments application form in MemberHub, you’re actually on the WePay/Chase Bank site.

MemberHub doesn't have access to your data, so we don't store it and your privacy is tightly controlled. WePay keeps all the information you enter in WePay safe with bank-level security measures. Read more about the security WePay offers.

How to make sure WePay can verify your account information

If you got an email that says WePay couldn’t verify your identity or connection to your organization, update your account information using the link in the email.

· Double check that you correctly entered your tax identification number. Even a small typo can prevent WePay from verifying your information.

· If you're using your SSN, please make sure to enter your full legal name, which should match the information you provide to file your taxes.

Processing fees

· WePay and MemberHub fees are 3.5% + $0.50 per credit card payment.

· If you pay your state dues by eCheck (ACH), the cost is just $1 per transaction, no matter how much it is, which is great for larger payments. In many cases, $1 is less than a stamp, envelope, and your time to handle it. NOTE: At this time MemberHub allows eCheck for state dues payments only. eCheck cannot be used for transactions in the MemberHub store.

· There are no fees for cash or check payments for members entered manually.

You can choose who absorbs the fees in the store settings tab -- the PTA or the person paying. This setting is currently storewide and applies to all items/orders placed online.


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Training Elections Ahead
The Nominating Committee:
The Most Important Committee in Your PTA

Why is the Nominating Committee Important?
The future of your PTA is in the hands of the nominating committee. This makes it the most important committee in PTA. It is this committees job to select the nominees who will lead your PTA in the coming year.

The nominating committee is elected. Your bylaws should state how and when the nominating committee is elected. The president may not appoint the committee and may not be a member or attend its meetings.

Elected members of the nominating committee should be:
· Knowledgeable about PTA
· Aware of the qualifications necessary for each office
· Aware of the eligible, qualified, and willing nominees
· Willing to set aside adequate time to do their work with care
   and without haste
· Aware of the importance of their assignment
· A representative of your membership.

View the National PTA Pamphlet →
Prior to the Election

A nominating committee is elected by the PTA membership at a meeting at least two months prior to the election.

The nominating committee convenes and reports a slate of candidates at least 30 days prior to the election. For additional information on the nominating committee, see the local unit bylaws Article VIII and the publication “The Nominating Committee”

At a Meeting at Least One Month
Prior to the Election

Announcing the Nominees:
 The president asks for the reports of the nominating committee by stating
“We will now hear the report of the nominating committee.”

 The chairman of the nominating committee rises and presents the report:
“MadamlMr. President, the nominating committee submits the following nominations for the officers of the __________PT A for the ____ year.
1. For President: Mr./Mrs. A
2. For Vice-President: Mr./Mrs. B
3. For Secretary: Mr./Mrs. C
4. For Treasurer: Mr./Mrs. D
Signed: Mr./Mrs. E, Chairman, Mr./Mrs. F, & Mr./Mrs. G”

 The chairman gives the written report of the nominating committee to the president.

 The president then restates the report

Nominations from the Floor:
Additional nominations may be made from the floor by any PTA member. Eligible nominees are defined in the bylaws, Article VIII.

 The president proceeds by stating
“For President, _._is nominated by the nominating committee. Are there any further nominations for president?“
(Always allow plenty of time for nominations from the floor.)

 If a member nominates another person, the president states:
“__________(name), has been nominated. Do you consent to the nomination? (If yes, then asks) Are there any further nominations for president?”

Closing the Nominations:
If there are no additional nominations from the floor the president declares nominations closed by stating
“Are there any further nominations for President? (Pause)
If not (pause) without objection, nominations are closed .”

Nominations from the floor and closing the nominations should be completed for each office individually before moving on to the next office.

The Election

The organization's bylaws, Article VIII state the voting date and procedures.Only PTA members can vote.

Voice Votes:
 Most bylaws provide that where there is but one nominee for each office, the election may be by voice.

 If there is only one nominee for every office, the vote may be made on the whole slate at once.
The president states
“__________ has been nominated for President. Those in favor of _______ for president, say "Aye." Those opposed, "No."
“The ayes have it and _______ is elected President.” (Repeat for all offices.)

“The following have been nominated. (Reread the slate of officers). Those in favor of the slate as presented, say "Aye." Those opposed, "No”. The ayes have it and the slate has been elected.”

Ballot Votes:
If there is more than one candidate for an office or when the bylaws require a ballot vote, this requirement cannot be suspended even by a unanimous vote.

 The president appoints four (4) tellers who:
1. Verify those wishing to vote are paid PTA members.
2. Give each voting member a ballot.
3. Collect ballots or make sure they are placed in a sealed ballot box.
4. Count the ballots when the polls privately.
5. Create a written report of the results and give to the president.

A majority vote is necessary to elect unless the organization's bylaws provide otherwise. If ballots have been counted and no one candidate for a particular office receives a majority of the votes, additional balloting must be held, with all nominees for that office on the ballot, until one candidate receives a majority.

Introduction of Newly Elected Officials:
 After voting for all offices is completed, the president declares the officers elected as follows
“The officers you have elected for the _____ PTA for next term are:”
(List the officers)

 Newly elected officers assume their official duties at the time prescribed in the bylaws Article VIII.

Installation of Officers

An installation “ceremony” is an opportunity to set forth the privileges, duties, and opportunities for service that are transmitted to the new officers. This also allows the membership to become acquainted with the new officers. Installations are optional and may be held at the time of election or at another time before assuming office.



Installation of Officers
Tuesdays at 7:00pm
WI PTA Connect
Zoom Training

November 26 - Audit & Taxes
December 17 - Leadership
January 28 - Nominating
February 25 - Foundersday
March 24 - Convention
April 28 - Elections
May 26 - Yearend
June 23 - Transitions
July 28 - Goals & Plans
August 25 - Back2School

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Interested in Becoming a PTA?

Welcome to the Wisconsin PTA! 

Thank you for your interest in the Wisconsin PTA. As you may know, PTA is the largest volunteer organization working as advocates for the health and welfare of all children. By joining the PTA structure, your voice is heard on many issues concerning children and youth - statewide and nationally, from Madison to Washington D.C.

The Wisconsin PTA takes pride in the fact that we can offer many resources for your parent group to become a tremendous success. Besides supplying you with printed resources, and a website we also have people who live in your area that can provide you with personal assistance.

Partnered with the National PTA we are able to bring to your school many meaningful programs such as: Reflections Art Program, Take your Family to School Week, After School programs just to name a few.

One of the factors that set the PTA out amongst the many parent groups is that we have a powerful voice in Washington in regards to the legislative issues that affect our children. The Wisconsin PTA is committed to staying abreast and advocating on the issues that affect the children of Wisconsin. We take great pride in knowing that our PTAs are providing better lives for not only their children but all children throughout Wisconsin and the nation!

This informational pack includes a variety of materials for your review. If you have any questions or would like additional information, contact the WI PTA office at 608-244-1455.

I hope that the enclosed information will inspire you to partner with the PTA. Thank you once again for your interest and we look forward to hearing from you.


Heidi Nicolazzo


PTA Membership: What does it mean to be a member?

· Membership is open to anyone who believes in the Mission and Purposes of National Parent Teacher Association. Individual members may belong to any number of PTAs and pay dues in each. Every person who joins a local PTA automatically becomes a member of both the state and National PTAs.

PTA Vision: What the future will look like if PTA accomplishes its mission.

PTA Mission: The overall purpose of PTA.

· The overall purpose of PTA is to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children.

PTA Values: What PTA stands for.

· Collaboration: We work in partnership with a wide array of individuals and organizations to accomplish our agreed-upon goals.

· Commitment: We are dedicated to promoting children’s health, well-being, and educational success through strong parent, family, and community involvement.

· Accountability: We acknowledge our obligations. We deliver on our promises.

· Respect: We value our colleagues and ourselves. We expect the same high quality of effort and thought from ourselves as we do from others.

· Inclusivity: We invite the stranger and welcome the newcomer. We value and seek input from as wide a spectrum of viewpoints and experiences as possible.

· Integrity: We act consistently with our beliefs. When we err, we acknowledge the mistake and seek to make amends.


Given the longevity and universal name recognition of our organization, it’s easy to understand how “PTA” is commonly used to describe all parent groups, whether or not they are actually affiliated with PTA. Parents, teachers, and even administrators frequently are confused or even unaware of the differences between PTA and other parent organizations. So what truly differentiates PTA from all other parent groups?

Defining the Difference

· PTA is the nation’s original parent group in schools. We are the nation’s premier resource for parent involvement.

· PTA is a national, grassroots, not-for-profit organization; neither the organization nor its leaders make any profit or receive any financial benefit from PTA activities.

· PTA is composed of over 5 million members in 23,000 local units. These units are supported by a national and state system that provides them with information, resources, and training.

· PTA is run by volunteers and led by volunteers, and we are accountable to our members, parents, and schools.

· Members receive the information and training they need to advocate effectively at the local, state, and national levels for funding, programs, and services for their schools.

· PTA is an inclusive organization that is open to all those who care about children and schools. Each of the 23,000 local units selects the programs and activities that it will undertake to address the needs of its local school and children. While the PTA national organization creates many successful programs for local units to use, there are no PTA-mandated programs.

·State PTAs and the PTA national organization provide support to help local PTAs succeed.

· As a PTA chartered by Wisconsin PTA, you will automatically receive a federal tax exemption as a 501(c)3 non profit. There is no fee as there is for groups that apply for exemption on an individual basis.

· Members receive special discounts and promotional offers from PTA National Member Benefits Providers.


Your PTA will have the opportunity to enhance their leadership skills.

· Each fall the Wisconsin PTA also offers leadership training that will provide your board members with the skills and knowledge that is essential to being an affective and successful parent group.

· Networking and leadership/personal development occurs at the annual convention in the spring of each year. This is also where all of the Wisconsin delegates conduct the business of the organization.

· Further enhance your Leadership with Wisconsin PTA LEADers Program. An ongoing 3 step program designed to help volunteers lead, be effective and efficient, advocate, and develop programs.

· Your PTA will receive ongoing and regular communications and resources.

· Three (3) times a year the Wisconsin PTA mails out materials to be used by the individual PTAs such as: membership cards, leader handbooks, award applications, etc. Extra mailings are sent as needed.

·The Parent Teacher newsletter is e-mailed directly to all who subscribe and unit officers to share with your members six (6) times a year. Previous editions can also be viewed on our website: www.wisconsinpta.org The Wisconsin PTA website is regularly updated with pertinent information that is relevant to the Wisconsin PTAs. Information regarding PTA programs/events, contact information, online registrations, legislative information, PTA shop, to name a few, can all be found there. There is a special Members Only section that is full of resources pertinent to everything your unit needs.

· Units can checkout free of charge various programs and resources.

· Important legislative activities, deadline reminders and additional information are sent out in email alerts.

· Most importantly, you will get support!

· The Wisconsin PTA is made up of 20 volunteer board members from all over Wisconsin. Any one of these board members is there to assist you when needed. We are only a phone call or e-mail away!

· A PTA office in Madison staffed during most normal business hours to assist you with questions and inquires.

· A committed group willing to take on our state government regards the issues that affect our children. Our combined PTAs throughout Wisconsin have one very powerful voice!


Beyond the fact that a PTSA identifies itself as including students in their membership, there is no difference between the two. PTSA’s are most often found at the middle, intermediate, and high school levels. The greatest benefit of becoming a PTSA is that it will give your unit a greater insight as to the wants and needs of the students themselves. Additionally, your student members can serve in appointed or elected leadership roles on your boards, chair committees, and attend leadership trainings plus the annual convention.


The consideration to become a PTA is an excellent choice. There are over 200 PTA’s in Wisconsin that work together to benefit children all over the state as well as in their own schools.

Here are the steps needed to become a PTA:

1. Get a group of parents & teachers together and vote to become a PTA.

2. Notify the Wisconsin State PTA office @ (608) 244-1455 and we will send you a start up packet that will contain everything you need for steps 3-5.

3. Review the Election Procedure and elect officers for your PTA. Fill out your officer list in Memberhub.

 4. Fill in and submit the information from the rest of the startup packet and form a committee to create/submit your bylaws. You will need to hold a meeting to approve your bylaws before they are sent in. 5. Begin a membership drive. You can find ideas on the www.wisconsinpta.org website. PTA Membership dues are $5.25/member per year. $3.00 per member stays at the state level to finance projects and programs to benefit local units. $2.25 per member goes on to the national level to finance projects and programs on behalf of all children and youth.

· Set goals and keep doing all the great things you have been doing.

· Start using the resources that are available to you - help is just a click or phone call away. Contact Wisconsin PTA with any questions you may have!


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Diversity and Your Unit

Starting and maintaining a diversity initiative can be incredibly rewarding—but it also can be a little overwhelming. The following are some quick tips to get you started on your journey to create or enhance your PTA’s diversity initiatives.

Assemble a Diversity Committee
To better understand the children and families that you are serving, assemble a diversity committee that fully represents your community. Who are the leaders and key influencers in your  community? 

What are the key diversity groups that should be represented in your initiative? Remember to think beyond ethnicity. (See Part II of this Toolkit, “Supporting Multicultural Membership Growth,” for ideas.) Having a well-balanced team of diverse members can assist you in identifying the most pressing concerns and help you gain "buy-in" from others in the community to support and contribute to your diversity and inclusion initiatives.

Set Goals, Milestones, and Realistic Expectations
To keep your diversity initiatives on track and to measure the effectiveness of your efforts, the diversity committee needs to establish goals. Goals are crucial to the success of your initiatives, enabling you to:

  • Hold leaders and members accountable
  • Establish a budget
  • Plan for staffing
  • Set timelines for completion

Setting milestones for your goals will allow you to pace and streamline your diversity efforts for efficiency and success. To stay on track, you will need to reassess your milestones monthly or quarterly and make adjustments accordingly.

Setting realistic expectations among the diversity committee members and the groups that you represent is important. New committees often start very passionately with big goals and many objectives in mind. However, if they do not have the required resources or approval to achieve those goals and objectives, it can become disappointing to both leaders and members. Consistently failing to meet expectations also can create a negative perception of the initiative among the groups being served. 

To avoid this pitfall, establish realistic goals that can be accomplished with the resources that you have and within the timeframe allocated. Communicate regularly with your membership across various channels to minimize misconceptions and keep everyone informed.

Try New Ideas
Having a diversity committee allows your PTA to explore and learn through new experiences. Some of the best ideas come from hearing many different perspectives during the brainstorming and planning phases of an initiative. As you plan your events and activities for the year, make sure that you get input from as many viewpoints as possible. Solicit ideas from team members who may be more quiet or reserved; their contributions are just as valuable. Don't be afraid to try something new or step outside of the box. Some ideas may work well, and some may not. Either way, your committee will learn and grow from the experience. 

Communicate With Other Diversity Groups
When implementing diversity initiatives, you do not need to operate in a vacuum. PTA affiliates across the United States have organized diversity committees that have executed very successful initiatives. In addition, you can reach out to diversity groups within your community, in your state or a neighboring state, or across the United States. Connecting with other diversity groups or leaders can provide insight and best practices to enrich your initiatives.

Celebrate Your Successes
As you pursue your diversity and inclusion goals, be sure to applaud your own hard work and success. You and the groups that you serve all have daily demands and responsibilities. Therefore, it is important to pause and take time to celebrate milestones and accomplishments and recognize the progress that you have made. 

Celebrations and recognition can take many forms: an informal, inexpensive "thank you" email, letter or greeting card; a public acknowledgement to the entire committee; an informal potluck meal; or thoughtful keepsakes. The key is to take time to acknowledge and celebrate accomplishments, to keep committee members motivated and encouraged.

Article courtesy of National PTA. Found on pta.org

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2020 National PTA Convention & Expo

Parents and educators working together to make a difference for every child.


Join over 1,500 PTA leaders, educators and parents in charming Louisville, Ky., for family-friendly fun and unparalleled leadership development. Get ready to ignite your PTA’s outreach and expand your impact in your school community with what you’ll learn at the 2020 National PTA Convention & Expo, June 18-21.

This is your time to…

·Engage with mission-minded peers and experts

·Transform your leadership and membership approach through interactive workshops

·Get timely updates on trends and issues affecting our children

Experience the true southern hospitality of our host city, Louisville, Ky., the home of the famed Kentucky Derby, the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory, the Muhammad Ali Center and more. Fill up on the iconic Hot Brown, Fried Chicken and don’t-miss-it Derby Pie. You’ll head back home revived and ready to continue our mission to make every child’s potential a reality. Register here.

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April 25, 2020
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