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  • Planning for Next Year

    7 Tasks for New PTO Presidents

    Checklist of tasks for newly elected presidents to take care of before the end of the school year.

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  • PTO Today Article

    Rate Your Leadership Skills

    Take the quiz to see what your strengths are as a leader and determine which skills could use some work.

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    Free Leadership Resources for PTOs and PTAs

    Learn from leadership experts while you’re on the go or even doing chores around the house.

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  • You Belong Here!

    Join PTO Today Plus!

    Sign up for PTO Today Plus, our premier parent group community, and get instant access to eight expert guides (a $332 value), first dibs on sampling programs, discounts on products and programs, and much more.

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  • Finance & Budget

    Easily Manage Your Group's Finances

    With Finance Manager software, now any parent volunteer can easily manage funds, customize a budget, and monitor spending. Try a free 30-day trial today!

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  • Expert Guide

    Leader's Toolkit

    Information on getting organized, getting your group focused, communicating with parents, and more.

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    Don’t Burn Out Your Board!

    Creating an organized and energized PTO board can help you have a great year. These tips will help you all get moving in the same direction.

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  • Connections

    Join Our Facebook Group!

    We’ve created a Facebook group called PTO and PTA Leaders! Join us for chatting, sharing ideas, and connecting with fellow leaders! Check it out here.

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  • Downloadable

    Parent Group President Job Description

    An outline of weekly and monthly tasks, characteristics of a good PTO or PTA president, and other job requirements.

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  • Presidents

    PTO President’s Planning Checklist

    Breaking your work into manageable chunks can help you have a successful year. Our checklist of tasks can make it easier.

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    How To Be a Successful PTO President

    Tips and advice for new PTO and PTA presidents.

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    Responding to Criticism

    To deal with criticism effectively, leave your emotions out of the conversation.

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  • Leadership

    23 Dos and Don'ts for Presidents

    Get off to a fast start and keep the momentum going all year long with our list of essential dos and don'ts for leaders.

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    Are You a Leader or a Manager?

    Good leadership and effective management call for different skills. Depending on the situation, you'll need to decide which of those skills to employ.

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    Three Decisionmaking Methods

    These processes for reaching a decision can help parent group leaders get past (or avoid) a stalemate.

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    Public Speaking: Overcome the Jitters

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

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    Build a Strong Executive Board

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

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    23 Essential Tips for Presidents

    What you should know about your group's finances, how to build a strong executive board, and tips for recruiting committee chairpeople.

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    Becoming a Great Leader

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

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    Balancing PTO and Personal Life

    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.

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    My First Meeting: Presidents Remember

    Parent group presidents recall the worrying, the nerves, and the lessons learned from their first time wielding a gavel.

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  • 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.

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