PTO Today Article

How To Be a Successful PTO President

Tips and advice for new PTO and PTA presidents.

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.

Family Tech Talk: Virtual Edition

Reengage Parents With a Free Virtual Internet Safety Event

From cat memes to TikTok, what are kids up to online? Sign up to have an Internet safety expert run this FREE virtual event for your school's parents.

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.

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.

PTO Today Article

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.

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.

Our Latest Issue Is Online

PTO Today Magazine—Digital Edition

Great tips, advice, and action steps to help you boost parent and student involvement by putting diversity and inclusion efforts front and center in your group, fixing a clique reputation, building school spirit, and much more.

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.

PTO Today Article

Quiz: Rate Your Leadership Skills

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

PTO Today Article

Free Leadership Resources for PTOs and PTAs

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

Expert Guide

Leader's Toolkit

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

PTO Today Article

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.

PTO Today Article

Responding to Criticism

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

PTO Today Article

Three Decisionmaking Methods

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

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

Build a Strong Executive Board

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

PTO Today Article

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.

PTO Today Article

My First Meeting: Presidents Remember

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

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.

Communication

Polish Your Delegation Skills

Doing it all yourself leads to burnout—and isn't good for your parent group, either.