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November 18, 2016

Early Learning Task Force – Membership Application Available

Kyle McCauley Belokopitsky, Esq., Executive Director

From SED:

The New York State Education Department (SED) is currently accepting applications for membership in the NYSED Early Learning Task Force.

The main goal for the Task Force will be to discuss concerns about how learning standards affect our earliest learners, specifically students in prekindergarten to Grade 2.

The Early Learning Task Force will be comprised of around 30 early learning educators, including P-2 classroom teachers, parents, special education teachers, ESOL teachers, program administrators, curriculum specialists, college professors, developmental specialists and school administrators. Additionally, a child developmental specialist will participate in the Task Force to provide research in this area.

The application is open until November 30, 2016.

SED will then begin the selection process and contact you by email if you are selected to the task force. You may apply here.

Upcoming Deadlines

Joan Wabnik, Programs Coordinator and Lynnette Degnen, Events/Programs Associate

The Jenkins Scholarship application deadline is coming up. Applications should be postmarked by December 15 and mailed to the state office. Click here for more info.

Region Reflections deadlines are coming up over the next few weeks, so get your unit's artwork to your region as soon as possible. Click here for more Reflections info.

Membership Challenge! Is Your Unit in Good Standing?

Lori Fontana, Membership Coordinator and Dania Welch, Membership/Insurance Manager

By now your unit should be preparing to make its November membership payment and should be making sure all your members are registered on the Unit Portal!

Units who have not sent in a payment are now in delinquent status. This will affect your participation in programs such as Reflections, which require a unit to be in “Good Standing” to participate.

Click here to read more.

Convention 2016 Wrap-up

Laurie May, 2016 Convention Coordinator

The beautiful town of Saratoga Springs played host to the 2016 NYS PTA Convention, rolling out the red carpet for over 250 delegates, guests and exhibitors.

Click here to read more. Click here for our Convention press release.

Education Update

Catherine M. Romano, Education Coordinator

Every Student Success Act

The Regents discussed the High Concept Ideas reviewed by the ESSA Think Tank and through regional feedback sessions, the slides and webcast from the early morning session outlined reactions to the concepts. In the afternoon, Michael Cohen of Achieve, and Linda Darling Hammond, shared perspectives on Equity and ESSA with College and Career Readiness slides and ESSA and Equity slides. NYSED's timeline to structure the ESSA plan has been extended to July 2016, so be on the lookout for ways to comment in January 2017.

At your PTA meetings during the next few months, take the time to review the High Concept Ideas with your administrators, educators and parents. It is important to have the parent voice in our state's plan to have all students achieve a diploma and receive high quality education, along with school measures.

You can also listen here as Commissioner Elia discusses these issues and testing concerns.

Getting Ready for the State Budget

NYSED and Regents proposals to be adopted in December that will inform the Governor and legislature on Conceptual Framework for State Aid, Legislative Priorities, State Aid Priorities. These will be finalized at the next Regents meeting


Nominations for the 2017 PTA Advocacy Awards are Now Open

Lana Ajemian, Federal Legislation Chair

National PTA is now accepting nominations for the 2017 Advocacy Awards! The deadline to submit a nomination is Sunday, December 18.

If you know of an outstanding youth or individual PTA advocate, or a local unit or state PTA that has done great advocacy work, nominate them to receive an award for their efforts from National PTA. You can also nominate yourself!

Award Categories:

Nominations must be for efforts made in the last year. Winners will be announced in January and will receive their awards at the 2017 Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C.

Questions? Contact Lindsay Kubatzky.

Foundation for a Drug Free World Celebrates Red Ribbon Week

Lucille Vitale, Wellness Coordinator

Foundation for a Drug Free World - The Americas Chapter visited numerous schools and community centers, as well as more than one country, providing free drug education events in honor of Red Ribbon Week.

Click here to read more.


Bonnie Russell, Immediate Past President / Social Media Support

On November 29 (or even today!) please click here to celebrate and support #GivingTuesday!

Join us in being #PTAProud!


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