In the August 2017 issue

PTO Today Article

How To Prioritize PTO and PTA Involvement

Why parent involvement matters—and how your group can make it a priority.

PTO Today Article

PTO Leaders: How To Use Facebook Live

If you haven't livestreamed your meetings, now's the time. Get our Facebook Live tips so you can broadcast events and meetings from home.

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Parent or PTO President—Balancing Your Roles

Many PTO leaders find it challenging to juggle competing roles; our practical advice from someone who’s been there can help.

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Experimenting With STEM

Learning opportunities abound during a Massachusetts school's Crazy for Science week.

PTO Today Article

6 Keys to Middle School Involvement

Parent involvement in middle school is different, but still important. Here's how to make the most of it.

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A Super Start to the Year

Parents may not want more to do, but they do want to support their schools.


8 Keys to Volunteer Appreciation

When it comes to thanking your volunteers, it's always worth the effort.

Academics & Enrichment

It’s Academic! 10 Event Ideas Tied to the Curriculum

Great ideas for events that put the emphasis on both fun and learning.

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How To Be an Effective PTO or PTA Volunteer Coordinator

A well-run volunteer program comes down to organization and communication.


4 Awesome School Auction Themes

Build enthusiasm for your silent auction by using one of these cool and unusual themes. And click around each graphic for fun details!

Free Auction Donations Guide
Silent Auction Ideas and More

The Ultimate List of Auction Ideas

How to get donations for your school auction, plus top-sellers (and what to avoid!).


Volunteer Interest Surveys

Detailed forms for parents to fill out, marking the programs and committees for which they would like to volunteer. Some also available in Spanish.

Family Events

School Family Nights

Free kits that make it easy to plan a great Family Movie Night, Family Tech Talk Night, Family Science Night, Family Arts & Crafts Night, or Family Reading Night.

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Building a Leader Network: Help Is All Around You

When you need help and support, ask—you might be surprised at the network right in front of you.


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