Highlands Council of PTA's

Connecting Families, Schools and Communities

The 2021 Ed100 Online Summer Academy for California Student Leaders

Don’t let students miss out! Student leaders are essential — now more than ever. Every high school in California should be well-represented at this important summer conference.  The Ed100 Online Academy for Student Leaders is a massive, free online conference for leaders from all of California’s 2,000+ high schools. Each California high school is invited Read more about The 2021 Ed100 Online Summer Academy for California Student Leaders[…]

Jewish American Heritage Month

During his presidency, George W. Bush formally declared May as Jewish American Heritage Month, in 2006. This month the nation recognizes  Jewish people  who are living in and contributing to the social fabric of the United States. Originally, there was Jewish Heritage Week, which began in the 1980s under President Carter. Since Bush’s proclamation, every Read more about Jewish American Heritage Month[…]

Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. PTA is dedicated to expanding mental-health supports and services for our kids. As parents, we know what it takes to keep a child physically healthy — nutritious food, exercise, immunizations — but the basics for good mental health aren’t always as clear. The first “basic” is to know that Read more about Mental Health Awareness Month[…]

The Role of Students in PTA’s

“S” is for “Student” Students are part of the leadership of at least 325 high school communities in California, at least in name. Most high school PTAs have an “S” in their formal name (PTSA), which generally indicates that the board includes at least one student. In practice, though, most student leaders of PTSAs are Read more about The Role of Students in PTA’s[…]

California State PTA Responds to Verdict in Chauvin Trial

We are a nation traumatized by racial injustice. The murder verdict in the George Floyd case is one important signal that police who use excessive force and discriminatory practices are not above the law. Incidents of discriminatory practices and racial injustice happen not only on our public streets but in our public schools. As PTA Read more about California State PTA Responds to Verdict in Chauvin Trial[…]

California State PTA Responds to the Georgia Shootings

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 Read more about California State PTA Responds to the Georgia Shootings[…]

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[…]

What is Social Emotional Learning?

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?[…]