Community Involvement Commissioner

The Community Involvement Commission will involve all members of the community, business, religious, and government entities in improving the quaity of life and education of all children.  Working together opens new horizons of posibilities for our future.

It involves:

  • Students
  • Parents
  • Teachers
  • Administrators
  • Businesses
  • Community Leaders
  • Community Organization

 

Community Involvement Focuses

 

On a local level, the programs the commissioner will cover are determined by their executive board based on the needs assessment, which is done at the beginning of the year.

● Business and Community Sponsorships and Partnerships
● Community/Public Involvement
● Educating Family and Community Groups
● Education Foundations
● Information/Communication Network Plans
● Lifelong Education/Community Education
● Minority Leadership and Involvement
● Parent/Community Involvement Events (i.e.: REAL Soccer Community Night in April, etc.)
● Teacher Appreciation (usually done in May)
● Volunteer Coordination
● Volunteer Appreciation

 

"Why I Like My City" Youth Essay Contest for 4th and 7th Graders: http://www.ulct.org/ulct-youth-essay-contest/

 

Mrs B's "How to Host a Family Night Event" Free Download:

http://buzzingwithmsb.blogspot.com/2016/08/how-to-plan-awesome-family-event-freebie.html?m=1

Refugees: Understanding, Helping and Educating

Thank you to all those that came to the Vital Issues Conference and participated in the Refugee Panel Class.  The presenters were wonderful and you asked thoughtful and provoking questions.  It was very informative panel!  As promised, here are the links to all of the handouts, volunteers opportunities and informational videoes used in the panel's presentation. 

 

This is a great video that explains the refugee entry process to the USA.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQUIxQ6TFZc

 

Want more information about the presenters or the organizations they serve?  Visit their websites:

Catholic Community Services - http://www.ccsutah.org/

International Rescue Committee - https://www.rescue.org/

Asian Association of Utah - http://aau-slc.org/

Youthlinc - http://www.youthlinc.org/

 

 

Want to help?  Visit - http://www.uw.org/211/volunteer-center/help-refugees-utah.html

 

 

Mix It Up at Lunch Day

 

A national campaign launched by Teaching Tolerance in 2002, Mix It Up at Lunch Day encourages students to identify, question and cross social boundaries. And we ask schools to participate on the last Tuesday in October each school year!

In our surveys, students have identified the cafeteria as the place where divisions are most clearly drawn. So for just a day, we ask students to move out of their comfort zones and connect with someone new over lunch. It’s a simple act with profound implications. Studies have shown that interactions across group lines can help reduce prejudice. When students interact with those who are different from them, biases and misperceptions can fall away.

For more information, visit the Teaching Tolerance website: http://www.tolerance.org/mix-it-up/what-is-mix

Volunteering

A volunteer can be many things - a role model for the students, an extra pair of hands to help teachers and staff or a liaison between schools and the community.

Each school can make its own Volunteer Handbook," personalized for your own school. Using the "Guidelines for Volunteers" Handbook (listed below), please add your own theme and/or school name to the cover page, add a welcome message from your principal on page 2, and list your schools and councils in their region on page 4.

PTA formed and working within a school is most beneficial to the individual child's growth and development when its actions and programs promote parental involvement and community interaction within the school. The old adage, "It takes a community to raise a child," is most evident in the local school environment. 

 

When calculating the hourly wage go to www.independentsector.org and use the volunteer rate Utah =$23.92

National PTA Volunteer Program - Three for Me

Three for Me is a PTA program designed to effectively involve parents and families in support of children and their education. Three for Me will help schools, PTAs, parent groups, and other volunteer based organizations reach volunteer hours never thought possible. Learn how to tap into the many talents and skills that parents are happy to offer.

With Three for Me, you will find:

  • Creative ways to connect all families to their child's school and education
  • Ideas to strengthen home-school-community partnerships
  • Resources to motivate parents

Get Three for Me started at your school, or organization today and put a new face on parent involvement!

For more information, visit the Three for Me website

Attached Documents: 

Appreciating Your Volunteers with Awards

Recognizing your volunteers with awards is an excellent way to show how much they are appreciated. Utah PTA and National PTA have several awards specifically for volunteers.

Please visit the Utah PTA Awards page to read about some of the awards that are available.

We encourage you to nominate volunteers who have provided tremendous service to receive these awards, especially the Outstanding Volunteer, Utah PTA Advocacy Award, Utah PTA Spirit of PTA Award, and Utah PTA Involvement Award.

Teacher Appreciation Week

Since 1984, National PTA has encouraged all citizens to show their appreciation to teachers during the annual National PTA Teacher Appreciation Week. Each May, Teacher Appreciation Week offers the opportunity for citizens to reaffirm their commitment to parent-teacher partnerships. The following is a calendar of publicity and program ideas to prepare you for Teacher Appreciation Week and follow-up ideas to use after Teacher Appreciation Week.

Utah PTA is suggesting that your Teacher Appreciation Week be held the first full week in May.

Thanks for all that you do for the teachers and the children of the state of Utah.

Here are some ideas from National PTA: http://www.pta.org/teacher_appreciation.asp#.T1TqoiXJ2oU.hotmail

National Standards for Family-School Partnerships

A new way of leading: Building family-school partnerships for student success

When planning a program, look at each of these standards and see if your program uses each piece. If it does, then your chance of having a successful program will increase.

PTA’s National Standards for Family-School Partnerships

Standard 1: Welcoming all families into the school community —Families are active participants in the life of the school, and feel welcomed, valued, and connected to each other, to school staff, and to what students are learning and doing in class. 

Standard 2: Communicating effectively —Families and school staff engage in regular, two-way, meaningful communication about student learning. 

Standard 3: Supporting student success —Families and school staff continuously collaborate to support students’ learning and healthy development both at home and at school, and have regular opportunities to strengthen their knowledge and skills to do so effectively. 

Standard 4: Speaking up for every child —Families are empowered to be advocates for their own and other children, to ensure that students are treated fairly and have access to learning opportunities that will support their success. 

Standard 5: Sharing power —Families and school staff are equal partners in decisions that affect children and families and together inform, influence, and create policies, practices, and programs. 

Standard 6: Collaborating with community —Families and school staff collaborate with community members to connect students, families, and staff to expanded learning opportunities, community services, and civic participation. 

In the 2002 research review A New Wave of Evidence: The Impact of School, Family, and Community Connections on Student Achievement, Anne T. Henderson and Karen L. Mapp conclude that there is a positive and convincing relationship between family involvement and student success, regardless of race/ethnicity, class, or parents’ level of education. To put it another way, when families are involved in their children’s learning both at home and at school, their children do better in school. The report also points to specific types of involvement as being especially beneficial to children’s academic success.

For more information on Family-School Partnerships, please visit http://www.pta.org/family_school_partnerships.asp.

Community Involvement Resolutions

PTA Resolutions help our organization to function with consistency and unity. It is important that we speak as one voice for the benefit of Utah’s children. Becoming aware of existing resolutions will help you to know what the official stand is on any given issue. If a needed resolution is not in place, you may be the one to bring it forward and help Utah PTA address an issue that will increase our ability to raise healthier, happier, safer children. You can find the full text for each resolution at www.utahpta.org/advocacy/resolutions.

 

Utah PTA Health Resolutions (Keep in mind that many Commissions overlap in their focus. If you do not see a resolution here, it may be listed under another Commission, such as Safety. For National PTA Resolutions see: www.PTA.org/1901.htm)