Parent Involvement Archive

Want to find ways to get more parents active and engaged at your school? The articles below have tons of ideas and tips about connecting with dads, reaching out to families, and more. Find more information on the Parent Involvement resources page. (For articles about volunteer recruitment and building your PTO’s volunteer base, go to the Volunteers archive.)

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  • Parochial School: Committed Dads With a Vision - Two fathers created a 100-plus group of men whose dedication and determination earned the group PTO Today's 2013 Outstanding Parent Group at a Private or Parochial School.
  • Dads Club Creates an End-of-Year Camping Tradition - Happy campers in Paso Robles, Calif., gather for a night under the stars.
  • Doughnuts With Dad and More - Muffins With Mom, Doughnuts With Dad: Tips for a successful family breakfast-theme event, no matter what time of day you hold it or who’s invited.
  • More Dads Involved at School - School-based dads' clubs and parent group events geared toward dads may hold greater interest for fathers now than they did a decade ago, according to a 2009 survey by the National Center for Fathering and the National PTA.
  • Dads Are Different - For more participation from dads, meet them on their level.
  • Major Project: Dads Create Resource Room - The 2008 PTO Today Parent Group of the Year for Outstanding Job on a Completed Major Project simultaneously engaged dads while serving parents as a whole.
  • Dad Pulls Out All the Stops - A committed crossing guard keeps students safe.
  • When It's Time To Change - This time, Dad has to volunteer.
  • This Dad Is Having a Blast - A background in design and illustration can make for one explosive family night.
  • Superintendent Starts Dads' Clubs - Overcoming the skeptics, a superintendent created thriving involvement among dads at all of an urban district's schools.
  • Start a Dads' Club - Fathers want to be involved, but they aren't necessarily going to respond to traditional parent group roles. A dads' club can give them a low-pressure way to take the first steps.
  • Get Dads Involved - You can get dads connected and volunteering. It just takes a concerted effort and a different approach than you use for moms.
  • Dad in Charge of the PTO - Single father Rich Linden wants everyone who gets involved with the parent group to have fun.
  • Filmmaker Dad Finds Role in PTO - Even someone who doesn't see himself as a leader can make a difference by using his talents.
  • "Computer Nerd" Takes Charge - He gave them a piece of his mind. They elected him president.
  • Dads Plant Trees - A PTA group enhances its doughnuts with dad event by adding a school beautification project.
  • Great-Grandfather, PTO Leader - When others would retire, this Navy veteran is just getting started.
  • Dad's New Job: PTA President - A bank manager turned stay-at-home parent puts his skills to good use running the parent group.
  • Dads Make a Difference - When dads get involved, kids perform better in school. PTO fathers talk about how to get more men to participate.

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