Our new series of virtual educational sessions is kicking off on Sept. 29 with Parent Involvement 101! We’ll share expert advice and best practices during this free 1-hour session. Graduates will receive a certificate, downloadable guide, and free T-shirt*. Save your seat!
Even if you have no experience, you can be an effective leader. Just play to your strengths.
Take the quiz to see what your strengths are as a leader and determine which skills could use some work.
Quick tips for leadership success.
All the know-how you need to be an effective and successful parent group leader, including tips for managing difficult people.
We asked and you told us—here’s what leaders say are the key ways to strengthen leadership skills.
Learn from leadership experts while you’re on the go or even doing chores around the house.
The way you handle the decisionmaking process can determine whether a difficult issue grows into an acrimonious fight.
Whiners, Know-It-Alls, and Steamrollers: Strategies to cope with even the most hard-to-take personalities.
Doing it all yourself leads to burnout—and isn't good for your parent group, either.
Tips for finding new leaders, even if folks aren’t stepping up.
Information on getting organized, getting your group focused, communicating with parents, and more.
Are you interested in being a leader? Before you take the plunge, ask yourself these 10 important questions.
When it comes to building a network, take a look around. You'll find help in places you might not expect.
Fear of controversy often pushes us to the status quo. But you can make good decisions for your PTO or PTA without alienating members.
We asked our Facebook community what they wish they’d known before becoming a PTO leader. Here’s what they had to say.
With good planning and communication, you can help ensure a quick and easy leadership transition.
It takes ongoing effort to cultivate the parents who will run the group after you retire.
Good leadership and effective management call for different skills. Depending on the situation, you'll need to decide which of those skills to employ.
Remembering to give yourself a break is essential to the long-term success of your group.
Is there anything more annoying than disapproving comments from people who never help? But as a leader, you can deal with them positively.
Learn how to recognize the signs of burnout in your volunteers, how to eliminate it, and how to keep it from happening again.
Spending a few hours together during the summer can help your group bond and be more organized and energized when school starts.
Expert advice and practical tips on how to run a successful PTO or PTA, in a nine-part video keynote by Tim.
Is your parent group in a rut? Here's how to get out of it.
Drama seems like a fact of PTO life—but it doesn’t have to be.
Key points for super-involved leaders who want to get parents on their side.
Minimize conflict with insight into how different personality styles work best.
Some advance preparation and a few best practices will help your next presentation go smoothly despite any butterflies.
It can be challenging to find balance. But a little strategy, a little organization, and a lot of support from friends and family go a long way.
Being an effective parent group leader requires a commitment to the big picture and a willingness to let others help achieve those goals.
You've done the work—do people know about it? Getting your group's name and message out to a wide audience, in the right way, is an essential part of success.
The best leaders recognize their natural tendencies and use that knowledge to respond appropriately in different situations.