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PTO Problem-Solver: Support Student Enrichment by Growing Involvement

PTO Problem-Solver: Support Student Enrichment by Growing Involvement

Low parent participation hasn’t stopped you from getting things done, but the PTO’s impact will be even greater with more help. Check out these stories and tips to increase involvement, promote participation for all abilities, and enhance enrichment and learning.


Recruit more volunteers

When No One Steps Up To Lead
You don’t necessarily have to fold because of a lack of officers.

16 Volunteer Recruitment Strategies for PTOs and PTAs
Get and keep more volunteers with these approaches.

Why Parents Don’t Volunteer
No-nonsense advice on why people stay away from your parent group—and how you can get them to be part of it.

25 Ways To Catch and Keep School Volunteers
Volunteer recruitment tips to bring people in, keep them happy, and avoid the pitfalls that will keep them from coming back.

Hands-on STEM and STEAM ideas for parent groups to support learning

Encourage parent involvement

Building Parent Involvement, Step by Step
We’ve outlined the levels of parent involvement along with how you can encourage parents to move from one level to the next.

26 Ways To Build Parent Involvement
Getting more parents to participate is as easy as A, B, C when you follow this list of best practices.

Involvement Matters: What To Tell Parents
Hundreds of research studies show that when parents get involved, children do better in school. We sum up the details that every parent should know—and you should tell them.

Increase accessibility

A Place for Sensory Play
A California PTO listens to parents’ concerns and helps create opportunities for students to enjoy sensory play during recess.

DEI Guide for Parent Involvement
Tips for rethinking your planning to incorporate all voices.

A Unique Resource Brings Together a District
A learning resources fair featured area organizations that serve special education, ESL and gifted and talented students.

Support the learning experience

10 Event Ideas Tied to the Curriculum
There’s nothing more powerful than a fun event that involves lots of learning. Steal some of these ideas or use them as a springboard to create your own.

Cool Enrichment Ideas for PTOs
Try one (or all!) of these parent-group-tested ideas to make learning more exciting for kids.

Deconstruction Zone
Tech Take-Apart event required only donated electronics, a few tools, and students’ natural curiosity.

More Academics & Enrichment Resources


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