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

You're Elected! Now What?

An overview of what lies ahead for first-time board members, and tips for getting off to a strong start.

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Officers & Board

Everything you need to know and more about serving on your parent group's committees or executive board.

PTO Today Article

What I Wish I Knew

We asked our Facebook community what they wish they’d known before becoming a PTO leader. Here’s what they had to say.


Complete Sample Bylaws

Sample set of PTO bylaws covering a broad range of rules that PTOs typically include—and that we recommend.


Your PTO Doesn't Have To Be Perfect

Feeling burned out? Your parent group’s struggles are common—and your efforts do make a difference.

PTO Today Article

The One-Hour Meeting Manager

If your PTO meetings run longer than an hour, they’re too long. Here’s how to make them shorter and more efficient.

Video Series

Video: 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.


A Year of Great Ideas

Our parent involvement calendar is full of fun ideas and tips for every month of the school year. Use it to help you plan, or follow it event for event!

PTO Today Article

How To Write PTO Bylaws

Straightforward guidelines to help you write bylaws for your PTO or PTA.

PTO Today Article

Defining the Role of a PTO

What role should your PTO play? That answer will change as the needs of your school community change.

PTO Today Article

Public Speaking: Overcome the Jitters

Some advance preparation and a few best practices will help your next presentation go smoothly despite any butterflies.

PTO Today Article

Becoming a Great Leader

Even if you have no experience, you can be an effective leader. Just play to your strengths.

PTO Today Article

Make Planning a Priority Each Spring

Think ahead for fall and get a jump-start on a productive year.

Robert's Rules

Robert's Rules: What You Should Know

Robert's Rules do help you run an effective meeting. And you don't have to know a whole book's worth of details—just a few key concepts.

Finance & Budget

Budget Basics for PTOs

Budgeting makes all of your financial decisions easier. Follow these steps to create a budget for your PTO, even if you've never had one before.