PTO vs. PTA

  • PTO Today Article

    PTO vs. PTA: What's the Difference?

    The vast majority of parent-teacher groups are actually independents rather than formally affiliated PTAs.

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  • PTO Today Article

    Switching From PTA to PTO

    Key steps if your group is planning to change from a PTA to an independent PTO.

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  • PTO Today Article

    PTO vs. PTA: Differences at a Glance

    Dues, insurance, nonprofit status, and more—get the scoop on the pros and cons of PTA compared with PTO.

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  • Expert Guide

    Startup Toolkit

    Our comprehensive guide walks you through all the essential steps to make your group a successful independent entity.

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  • PTO Today Article

    PTO vs. PTA FAQs

    Answers to some basic questions about PTOs and PTAs, including how to get started organizing your group.

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  • Topic Page

    Bylaws/Nonprofit Resources

    Articles and tools for creating, revising, and understanding your PTO bylaws, creating sound policies, and becoming a nonprofit PTO with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status.

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  • Free Resource

    New Leader Kit

    Tools and tips to strengthen your skills, develop new tactics, and help you become an even more effective leader. Free download with registration.

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  • Communications

    Parent Group Acronym Logos

    Logos for PTOs, PTCs, HSAs, PTSOs, PTCs, etc., each in several different colors and two sizes. These logos have no school name attached, so they can be used by any group!

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  • Video Series

    8 Habits for Successful PTOs and PTAs

    Expert advice and practical tips on how to run a successful PTO or PTA, in a nine-part video keynote by Tim.

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  • Topic Page

    Resources for Starting a PTO

    Are you ready to start an independent parent group at your school? Here’s what you need to know.

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