President’s Message

Hello, Wisconsin PTA and welcome to the beginning of the 2022 – ‘23 PTA year!

Thank you all so much for the wonderful welcome over the last year!  I am so glad to be able to get to know so many of the leaders who are moving the PTA mission forward.  After this past year of celebrating 125 years of advocating for all children, we are so excited to dig into the important work that still needs to be done.  We are still advocating for

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Our Mission

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

As the largest volunteer child advocacy association in the nation, Parent Teacher Association (PTA) reminds our country of its obligations to children and provides parents and families with a powerful voice to speak on behalf of every child while providing the best tools for parents to help their children be successful students. National PTA and all of the branches under them are a not-for-profit organization of parents, educators, students, and other citizens who are active in their schools and communities. Membership in PTA is open to anyone who is concerned with the education, health, and welfare of children and youth.


Current Focus Areas

On the local level our units and councils partner with their schools to increase parent involvement and enhance and expand the educational opportunity of all children in their community. They work to improve the health, welfare and safety of all community members and to engage the community in the work of the schools. They provide programs to help families overcome barriers of language, culture and poverty so that their children can succeed in school and grow to be productive adults.
We have been a member of the School Finance Network and have actively participated in the formation of a school funding reform plan and are now actively advocating for the passage of the associated bill in the legislature. We also advocate for full funding of mandated programs.

We partner with the leadership team of the Wisconsin After school Network.

We know that having parents engaged in student learning increases achievement. We help and encourage our PTAs to become partners with their schools and to help the school engage all parents who have children there.

We advocate for a better nurse/student ratio and better trained school staff for improved handling of health issues during school hours.
We advocate for health insurance for all children and have partnered with Badger Care to help spread awareness.
Our annual Walk for Healthy Kids provides mini grants for health and wellness programs. Substance abuse prevention, particularly awareness of inhalant abuse.


Councils, Local Units & Members

Local Units and Councils are grouped in 8 geographical regions throughout Wisconsin and are assigned Region Advisors to assist local units. Check the Region Map to see who your Region Advisor is.

Councils are made up of three or more local units in a school district or region.  These units work together to provide scholarships, provide PTA programs such as the Reflections Arts Program, and provide opportunities for leadership development for their local units.  If you would like more information on your area council or how to start one, please email

Check out our Local Unit Toolkit to find more resources on running your local unit.

Wisconsin PTA is the largest and oldest volunteer child advocacy organization in the state. Parents, teachers, senior citizens, students, decision makers, business leaders, and anyone concerned about the health, education, and welfare of children is encouraged to join WALU!
A WALU membership is an excellent way to show your support for the Wisconsin PTA even if there is not a PTA in your community. WALU membership is only $10.00. Benefits of Membership:
  • Show your support for the PTA Mission:  to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for every child.
  • Receive the Wisconsin PTA newsletter
  • Opportunities to volunteer or attend our events
  • Participate in advocacy campaigns
  • Discounts from National PTA Sponsors

Request a visit from a board member, collaborate with the leadership team for training, or request a zoom meeting! Wisconsin PTA is a team of volunteers who have all had experience leading a local unit in one or more roles over the years. Combined we have over 100 years of experience and knowledge for you to call on and we are here to help!

National PTA connects all of the members, all of the 54 State PTAs (including Puerto Rico & US Virgin Islands), and provides more resources and leadership opportunities through its elected board of directors. As a member of your local unit, you are also a member of Wisconsin PTA, and National PTA. Learn more about the National PTA at