Most agree that â€œif you fail to plan,Â you plan to fail.â€ Invest the time nowÂ planning and preparing for your newÂ role as an officer or chairman on aÂ PTA board. This will be the key to success.
PTA presidents receive job-specific resources in the service mailing sentÂ in August that they will pass on to youÂ and other board members. Review the information from the president toÂ enhance your skill set as a leader.
Follow up by talking to your predecessor about how and when things wereÂ done in the past and what worked best.Â Both strategies ensure you will beÂ well-equipped to handle your newÂ position.
Mark your calendar to attend PTAÂ trainings. Local councils and districtsÂ often hold job-specific workshops tailored to your needs. Participating inÂ training also connects you to a network of experienced leaders as mentors youÂ can call on during your term.
To initiate and refresh programs for theÂ upcoming year, explore potential newÂ resources by visiting the CaliforniaÂ State PTA website â€“ www.capta.org â€“and the National PTA website â€“www.pta.org. There are a wealth ofÂ ideas for programs and activities toÂ adapt for your PTA.
In addition to preparing for your role,Â set aside time and arrange to meet as aÂ new board to assess past activities,Â identify current needs and set futureÂ initiatives to map out the PTA year. Taking this proactive approach, duringÂ the summer break, prepares you to work smarter and more effectively as aÂ PTA leader and as a PTA team.
~ Leadership Commission, California State PTA, June 2011