Real (and Honest) Advice for New PTO and PTA Leaders

From remembering your "why" to setting boundaries and communication tips, our community shares their best advice for new PTO and PTA leaders.

Free Printable

Because Every New President Deserves a Winning Ticket

The perfect welcome gift for newly elected PTO and PTA Presidents...all you need is a printer and a sense of humor!

Officer Transition

PTO and PTA Election Guide

Answers to some of the most-asked questions about your school parent group elections.

PTO Today Article

Election Season Tips To Ease Officer Transition

Steps to take now to ensure that the transition to a new board goes smoothly.


Election Ballot Template

This editable parent group election ballot template prints two ballots per page for group president, vice president, treasurer, and secretary.

Elections & Transition

Officer Transition: Planning Ahead

Prepare new officers for success by making sure they have the information and training they need.


5 Tips for Your Upcoming PTO or PTA Election

Holding an election soon? Here are some important points to consider.

Yes, You Can!

Online Voting Tips for PTOs and PTAs

Making your officer elections virtual can help keep business moving along even if you can’t meet in person. (And yes, it's legal!)

Free Leadership Guide
PTO and PTA New Leader Kit

New Leader? No Problem

All the know-how you need to be an effective and successful parent group leader, including tips for managing difficult people.

PTO Today Article

When No One Steps Up To Lead

Tips for finding new leaders, even if folks aren’t stepping up.


Find the Right Person for the Job

Matching an open leadership position with the right person just got a little easier; check out these key roles and the talents and skills they call for.

PTO Today Article

How To Retire Gracefully

The way in which officers move on from their leadership roles can affect the group even after they're gone. Make your transition a positive one.

PTO Today Article

8 Tips for Passing the Gavel

Putting new board members in charge can go smoothly; avoid transition trauma with these lessons from people who have been there.

Elections and Transition

You're Elected! Now What?

An overview of what lies ahead for first-time parent group board members, plus tips for getting off to a strong start in the new year.

Topic Page

Just Elected Articles and Tools

Are you a newly elected PTO or PTA officer? Check out these resources for help in taking on your new role.

PTO Today Article

Help Prepare New Officers for Success

With good planning and communication, you can help ensure a quick and easy leadership transition.

Elections & Transition

6 Tips for Officer Transition Planning

Take these steps to ensure a smooth road ahead for incoming officers.

Executive Board

Build a Strong Executive Board

Working to create a cohesive board now can pay off in long-term success for your parent group.

Just Elected

PTO President Checklist

Breaking your work as PTO President into manageable chunks can help you have a successful year. This checklist of tasks will make it easier to accomplish!