President Archive

Whether you're a new leader or a veteran, you'll find tons of ideas and tips for presidents in the articles below. Find more helpful tools and info on the Parent Group President resources page.

  • 11 Midyear Problems and Solutions

    From low turnout to conflicts with the principal, our PTO answer guide will help make your whole year great.
  • Energize Your Parent Group

    Tips to build interest and enthusiasm, then keep the momentum going all year long.
  • Energize Your School

    A strong parent group can instill pride, promote a positive attitude, and get parents involved in the school all year long. Follow these tips to help your PTO build—and maintain—school spirit.
  • Build Support for New Ideas

    When members resist change, reduce the chance of conflict with patience and understanding.
  • Visibility: A Leadership Challenge

    You've done the work—do people know about it? Getting your group's name and message out to a wide audience, in the right way, is an essential part of success.
  • Whose Rules, School or PTO?

    Collaboration between PTO and school is crucial to success, but it's also important to know who has final say when disputes arise.
  • Create a Mission Statement

    Talking clearly and intentionally about group goals can inspire your PTO and help make decisions to achieve them.
  • Figuring Finances for Events

    How to build a simple cost model and estimate the start-to-finish finances for your group's new events.
  • Polish Your Delegation Skills

    Doing it all yourself leads to burnout—and isn't good for your parent group, either.
  • 38 Ideas To Start the Year Right

    From getting organized to getting to know the school's families, a great year for the parent group starts with some advance planning.
  • Care and Feeding of Key Volunteers

    Your core members are so important to the success of your group. Make sure they're getting what they need out of their volunteer experience.
  • When Conflict Splits Your Group

    Ways to prevent controversy from escalating, and how to bring the PTO back together if it already has.
  • Preventing Theft: Why It's Crucial

    Theft from PTOs and PTAs doesn't happen because there's a criminal in your midst. It happens because need meets opportunity—opportunity you can and should prevent.
  • Find Your Leadership Style

    The best leaders recognize their natural tendencies and use that knowledge to respond appropriately in different situations.
  • Budget Basics for PTOs

    Budgeting makes all of your financial decisions easier. Follow these steps to create a budget for your PTO, even if you’ve never had one before.
  • 9 Stress-Busting Organization Tips

    A little planning and organization now will help you breathe easy the whole year through.
  • What Should PTOs Pay For?

    Tighter school budgets mean parent groups are asked to fund more and more items that used to be paid for by the administration.