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Want to Enhance Your Leadership Skills This Summer?

June 16, 2011
North Carolina PTA is offering a low-cost leadership training for PTA members across the state on July 23 at the McKimmon Center in Raleigh.  NCPTA leaders and experts will lead trainings and discussions on such topics as leadership in your child’s school and financial management for your local PTA.  Additional workshops and trainings will be held on topics that are important to parents and PTA’s across the state.  It costs just $10 to attend and this price includes lunch.  You can register online by clicking here
We are still developing topics for our workshop sessions.  If you have thoughts on topics you would like to hear more about, please feel free to comment below.  We love to hear from you.

Transitions are Important

May 18, 2011

“Transition means change, a passage from one style, form, state, or from one place to another.”

Pat Wesley

Everyone experiences transitions throughout their lives.  They can be both exciting and concerning.  Transition into kindergarten is one such transition.  Both children and their families are often thrilled with the move to “big school” and frightened at the same time.  However, planning ahead can help.  With adequate preparation, transitions can be managed with minimal stress.  Planning ahead helps ensure that children experience a positive adjustment to school, that families acquire a positive outlook for the upcoming school year, and that teachers are better able to meet the needs of all their students.  Learn more about transitions at the website below:

Volunteer Makeover

April 19, 2011

It’s Volunteer Appreciation Week, and we do not want it to go by without letting you know how much we appreciate all you do! To highlight the importance of PTA volunteers, we want you to nominate your favorite volunteer parent or teacher. NCPTA will select one deserving nominee to receive the “star treatment!”

One lucky volunteer will be chosen to enjoy a day in Raleigh where we will capture their story on video and treat them to a free hair + makeup makeover by Dawn Bender Carrington, stylist and owner of Glam Lounge in Raleigh. Dawn, who competes internationally and has worked with celebrities including Katherine Heigl, is volunteering her time to give one special volunteer that extra special celebrity treatment in preparation for our video spotlight on one great PTA volunteer!

Volunteers, we appreciate all you do each day for children across North Carolina! NCPTA will select the winner by April 29, so go ahead and nominate your top volunteer now by telling us why they are so deserving in the comment section below. Visit Dawn’s website at!__celebrities

Parent Leadership Certificate Modules Live

April 14, 2011

The first three modules for the NCPTA/NCVPS Parent Leadership Certificate are now live in the NCVPS Blackboard classroom.  Parents will need to submit a request for user name into the course management system (Blackboard) by filling out this form.  Once we receive your request, we will contact you via email with your login information and additional information on how to access the modules and navigate within the course environment.  This may take up to 48 hours as we have a large user name request database.  Thank you for your interest in the NCPTA Parent Leaders Online Program!

College Foundation of North Carolina Webinar

April 13, 2011

CFNC is about a lot more than just saving for college. Learn about the many resources and services provided by CFNC through a free webinar sponsored by the North Carolina Business Committee for Education on April 21st (9 a.m. – 10 a.m.) . Register by going to

North Carolina Symphony Tickets: Shakespeare in Music

March 31, 2011

NCPTA received a donation of 20 tickets to the April 29th performance of Shakespeare in Music by the North Carolina Symphony conducted by the illustrious Grant Llewellyn. The concert takes place at noon on April 29 at Meymandi Concert Hall in Raleigh. This would be a perfect concert for high school English, drama, or music students.  Tell us how you would like to use these FREE tickets.  NCPTA will select the winners.

Weekly K-12 Education News

March 26, 2011

Each week I look forward to two excellent reports on what happened at the General Assembly that week.  One update is by Ann McColl, legislative director of the North Carolina Board of Education.  The second is the Friday Report by the North Carolina Public School Forum.  The links for these two great resources are below.  If you are familiar with other helpful K-12 education news sites, please share.