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Resources for Parents and Community Members
Promoting the education, health and safety of children and families for more than 100 years.
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Innovative Strategies for Implementing the National Standards for Parent/Family Involvement Programs
Links to National PTA’s Education Program publications, videos, and other parenting resources
Get Involved! How Parents and Families Can Help Their Children Do Better in School
Read steps you can take to improve your children’s education.
Questions Parents Asks About Schools
Read parents’ questions and survey results about: Starting School; School Work; Homework; Preparing for a Career; Safety; Family Expectations.
The National Coalition for Parent Involvement in Education (NCPIE)
NCPIE is dedicated to developing effective family/school partnerships in schools throughout America.
National Parent Information Network (NPIN)
NPIN provides parenting materials and related information to parents and those who work with parents.
The National Parenting Center’s ParenTalk Newsletter site includes articles in the categories of adolescence, preteen, preschool, toddler, infancy, newborn and pregnancy.
Resources for Educators
American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
AACTE is a national, voluntary association of colleges and universities with undergraduate or graduate programs to prepare professional educators.
American Federation of Teachers
The AFT is a trade union representing one million teachers, school support staff, higher education faculty and staff, health care professionals, and state and municipal employees.
Kenan Best Practices Center
The Best Practices Center within the Kenan Center for Universities, in cooperation with the University of North Carolina Center for School Leadership Development, has established this site as a clearinghouse of information related to exemplary programs, policy, and schools. The Center will serve as a source for disseminating best practices for the continuing professional development of school-based educators.
The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards
The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that has established high and rigorous standards for what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do. The organization operates a national, voluntary system to assess and certify teachers who meet these standards.
The National Education Association The National Education
Association has 2.3 million members who work at every level of education from pre-school to university graduate programs. NEA state affiliates regularly lobby legislators for the resources schools need, campaign for higher professional standards for the teaching profession, and file legal actions to protect academic freedom.
National Humanities Center
The National Humanities Center’s Teacher Leadership for Professional Development Program offers free training and technical assistance to prepare teachers for new roles as professional development seminar coordinators. TeacherServe lists rigorous lesson plans for high school English and history teachers.
The National PTA
The National PTA (Parent-Teacher Associations) is the oldest and largest volunteer association in the United States working exclusively on behalf of children and youth. In addition to encouraging parent and public involvement in the public schools of this nation, the mission of the National PTA also includes assisting parents in developing the skills they need to raise and protect their children.
The Nation’s Report Card
Since 1969, the National Assessment of Educational Progress, also known as “the Nation’s Report Card,” has assessed the academic performance of fourth, eighth, and twelfth graders in a range of subjects, including reading, mathematics, science, writing, history, geography, the arts, and other fields.
The 21st Century Teachers Network
The 21st Century Teachers Network (21CT) is a nationwide, non-profit initiative to assist K-12 teachers in learning and effectively integrating technology in the curriculum for improved student learning. 21CT is a free network for teachers led by teachers that seeks to empower teacher leaders by connecting them with people and resources that will create teacher-driven professional development programs.
US Department of Education Teachers Website
Ten articles on Teacher Quality such as “So You Want to Be a Teacher” and “Teachers Share Their Wisdom” give detailed information on resources for recruiting and becoming a teacher as well as for professional development. Funding sources and classroom resources are also listed.
What Matters Most: Teaching For America’s Future
“What Matters Most: Teaching For America’s Future,” is a blueprint for recruiting, preparing, and supporting excellent teachers in all of America’s schools. This 1996 report was produced by the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future, a blue-ribbon group of 26 public officials, business and community leaders, and educators. The Commission is chaired by former North Carolina governor James B. Hunt Jr. of North Carolina.