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Planning & Organization Archive

Being a PTO leader is fulfilling, but it can leave you drained, too. You'll find tons of ways to keep your energy level high and avoid burnout in the articles below. Find more helpful tools and info on the Planning & Organization resources page.

  • Plus Power Pack: Finish Strong!

    Our best resources on having a successful end to the school year, compiled just for Plus members.
  • Move Your Parent Group Online: A Checklist for Leaders

    SPONSORED CONTENT Is your PTO or PTA still collecting cash and check payments and paper forms? With online forms and payments, your group can streamline tasks, track everything in one place, and even collect more money!
  • Tools for Building PTO Involvement

    Resources to take the guesswork out of how to get your messages out to parents.
  • Money-Saving Tips for PTO and PTA Leaders

    Smart tips from leaders on how they make their hard-earned cash stretch further.
  • Free PTO Swag To Get Your Hands on ASAP

    Snag as much swag as you can (the bag is on us).
  • 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.
  • Keep Up Your PTO Project Momentum

    Tips for organizing long-term PTO projects and keeping volunteers enthused along the way.
  • Event Planning for PTOs: Five Steps

    How to produce a big event without forgetting the little details.
  • Is It Worth Attending a PTO Today Live Expo?

    Previous attendees share insights about their expo experience.
  • 9 Reasons To Hit the Road for a PTO Today Expo

    Spending the day with your fellow leaders can pay off in ways you might not even realize.
  • December PTO To Do List

    Wrap up the year on a good note with these suggestions for activities and events.
  • November PTO To Do List

    The school year is in full swing and the holidays are coming, so it's a busy time for parent groups!
  • October PTO To Do List

    Bring on the fall with these suggestions for October parent group events and activities.
  • September PTO To Do List

    Get into the swing of things with these suggestions for September parent group activities.
  • August PTO To Do List

    Start the new school year right with these suggestions for August parent group activities. And if your school year resumes in August, use this same list for July planning.
  • The 3 R’s of Summer PTO Work

    Well, really there are four. Because I’d say your most important task of summer is to relax so you can arrive back to school refreshed. But a little basic PTO homework during the summer can really help you keep on top of things. 1. Reflect. Try this one at the beach or by the pool. Take time to think about what kind of leader you want to be and set personal goals. Not sure? Think about leaders you admire, from past PTO leaders to national figures. Consider how to adopt the leadership styles or tactics you’ve observed. {blurb} 2. Review. Think closely about your events and fundraisers. Did you meet your goals, or not as much as you’d hoped? What would you like to change for next time? Check out 5 Ways To Make Your Event a Success for some quick tips. 3. Retreat. Gathering leaders over the break can help keep your incoming board members interested and informed. A summer retreat is an opportunity for everyone to think about their positions for the next school year. “Hold a PTO Officers Retreat in the Summer” has some good information on that.
  • 6 Digital Tools Your PTO Needs

    From social media platforms to financial software to group texting apps, here are technological solutions to consider adding to your PTO toolbox for better communication and efficiency.
  • Year-End Must-Dos for Your PTO

    Quick tips to close out your PTO year on a good note and prepare for a productive fall.
  • Reduce Your PTO Stress

    Try these tips and smart ideas to make your PTO life easier.
  • 11 PTO Organizational Tips To Kick Off January

    January is Get Organized Month, a great time for parent groups to do a little housecleaning and get focused for a great second half of the school year.
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