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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.
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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
Announcements and Top Stories
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[…]
The board should have a summer meeting to get to know each other and begin planning for the new term. Make sure that the annual financial report is completed — then file your taxes! Complete the end-of-year audit and add the new check-signers to the bank account. Select your membership theme for the year, set Read more about Summer PTA To Do List[…]
Do you know a high school student whose leadership potential you want to help nurture? If so, please invite them to sign up for Ed100’s California Student Academy. EdSource is proud to partner with Ed100 and organizations across the state in this unique opportunity for California’s young people to develop their leadership skills and learn Read more about Calling Student Leaders, A Free Conference for Every High School Student[…]
The smooth transition of outgoing and incoming board members and officers is of vital importance and can determine your PTA’s leadership success for years to come. The transition process is the responsibility of both incoming and outgoing officers and board members. It gives closure to those leaving their positions and allows those coming in to be Read more about GOOD TRANSITIONS = GREAT STARTS![…]