Dear PTA Leaders and Members,
California State PTA condemns the Georgia shootings and the recent violence against Asian Americans in our country. Our association stands firmly against racism in all forms and denounces all racial violence.
It is critical that we rise to correct inequities and injustices. California State PTA and our constituent associations remain committed to improving diversity, equity and inclusion throughout our association, schools, and communities and to ensuring the safety, well-being and future of every child and family.
We can build a better future for all of our children when we unite as a community, intentionally acknowledging how race, culture, and languages spoken are assets in improving the lives of all children and families.
President, California State PTA
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Established in 1921, Highlands Council of PTA's currently represents twenty one PTA organizations in the city of Los Angeles, as authorized by the Los Angeles Tenth District of the California State PTA; and is affiliated with the National PTA.
The Council was established under the authority of the California State PTA, for the purpose of collaboration, leadership training, and coordination of the efforts of the member units.
Highlands Council provides the units an opportunity for cooperation in promoting their common interests and discussion regarding their common issues. It coordinates the work of the member units with other agencies or organizations in the area working for children and youth.
It serves as a channel of communication between the state, and the Tenth District PTSA and the units.
Adhering to California State PTA's mission, Highlands Council of PTA's resolves to positively impact the lives of children and families by representing our members, and empowering and supporting them with skills in advocacy, leadership and communication.
To promote the welfare of children and youth in home, school, community, and place of worship.
To raise the standards of home life.
To secure adequate laws for the care and protection of children and youth.
To bring into closer relation the home and the school, that parents and teachers may cooperate intelligently in the education of children and youth.
To develop between educators and the general public such united efforts as will secure for all children and youth the highest advantages in physical, mental, social and spiritual education.
First Vice President for Programs
Second Vice President for Membership
Resources for Families During School Closure
Visit the LAUSD Resources for Families During School Closure website for information such as Latest News, Grab and Go Centers, Hotline Numbers, Enrollment.
The California State PTA Toolkit provides guidance, instruction and ideas to ensure a successful term as a PTA officer or chairman. Discover valuable information to assist your PTA/PTSA with the important work that you do on behalf of all children and families.
The 2020 Insurance Guide has been developed to assist PTA leaders in selecting appropriate fundraising activities, sponsored
programs and events. Using this publication will help prepare for the risks associated with these activities.
National PTA Diversity and Inclusion Toolkit
Starting and maintaining a diversity initiative can be incredibly rewarding—but it also can be a little overwhelming. The following are resources to get you started on your journey to create or enhance your PTA’s diversity initiatives
Parents’ Guide to Arts Education in California Public Schools
California State PTA and Create CA have teamed up to offer the Parents’ Guide to Arts Education in California Public Schools (also known as the VAPA Guide). This guide provides an overview of what your child will learn in the arts disciplines of dance, music, theater and the visual arts by the end of each grade level.
Announcements and Top Stories
AALDEF joins groups criticizing rise in anti-Asian violence and calling for community-based response
Asian American Legal Defense Fund (AALDEF) February 17, 2021 As a national network of local and national Asian American organizations and individuals that convened in the wake of the pandemic a year ago, we have been working together to share best practices and lessons learned from responding to anti-Asian violence. We are horrified by the Read more about AALDEF joins groups criticizing rise in anti-Asian violence and calling for community-based response[…]
Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. SEL programming is based on the understanding that Read more about What is Social Emotional Learning?[…]
Highlands Council is looking for parents, students and community leaders to be a part of the DEI committee. Cynthia Dickson, DEI Chairperson for Delevan Drive Elementary PTA has developed several initiatives to be addressed by the committee: A HC DEI Guide that can be shared across member schools/PTAs Cultural Interdisciplinary Calendar and Program that supplements Read more about Highlands Council DEI Committee[…]
You may not be aware, but every school has LGBTQ youth and families. Is your PTA using inclusive language and offering affirming programs and activities? We sat down with two guests from the Human Rights Campaign Ellen Kahn, senior director of programs and partnerships, and Jodie Patterson, board chair of the HRC Foundation, to learn Read more about How to Help LGBTQ Youth Thrive[…]
Technology and communication problems left him out of virtual classes and chronically absent. NOVEMBER 19, 2020 by John Fensterwald, EdSource Kusema Thomas II got Fs on his first two sixth-grade report cards at a Los Angeles Unified middle school. His homeroom teacher marked him absent for 38 days over 10 weeks. His English teacher warned that Read more about How Kusema Thomas missed six weeks of distance learning in LA Unified middle school[…]
By Elizabeth Laird, Center for Democracy & Technology About This Guide How Do I know If My Child’s Information Is Protected? A Parent’s Guide to Student Privacy seeks to empower parents and help you ask your child’s school questions to advocate for your child’s privacy. The guide is meant to raise awareness around student privacy and Read more about A Parent’s Guide to Student Privacy[…]
By Arianna Prothero , Education Week, September 2, 2020 School leaders and educators are facing pressures from all quarters when it comes to starting school this fall—whether it’s trying to make up for lost learning, navigating the logistical challenges of safely opening school buildings, or steering the political challenges of closing them. All of this is Read more about Why Students Need Social-Emotional Learning Now[…]
By Lauren Camera, Senior Education Writer, US News & World Report, Aug. 12, 2020, at 9:47 a.m. WHEN PRESIDENT Donald Trump signed a series of executive orders aimed at providing economic relief to blunt the repercussions of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the action eviscerated high-level negotiations on a bill to provide a major new infusion of federal support, leaving the Read more about Schools Left in the Lurch as Negotiations on Coronavirus-Relief Bill Collapse[…]
Secure your spot for a summer of world-class leadership training, inspirational keynote speakers and transformational approaches your PTA can use for the upcoming school year. Here’s what you need to know: General registration closes 11:59 p.m. EDT, July 19. Register now. If you wish to vote as a state PTA delegate for National PTA elections, Read more about Time’s Running Out to Register for #PTAConLive20[…]
Helping Your Child Cope with Media Coverage of Community Racial Trauma: Tips for Parents – Short video with excellent recommendations for parents and teacher alike. Can be subtitled in multiple languages. Estos videos pueden subtitularse en varios idiomas. Positive Behavior Intervention and Support/Restorative Practices – facilitating circle in a virtual space. George Floyd, Racism and Law Enforcement – ADL’s Read more about Resources on Community Unrest, Justice and Support[…]