Boosting Parent Participation in Your PTA or PTO

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Boost Parent Participation in your PTA or PTO with these community-building tips, best practices, and ideas!

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  • I am here who I am & VolunteerSpot
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  • It’s the magic ingredient for cultivating ownership in our schools and communities and life-long supporters of our children’s education and children's welfare. 10 times more likely to support financially, budget cuts
  • Goal: Most parents participating throughout the year. Think of filling up a virtual passport with all kinds of opportunities to get involved through the year – what kinds of ATTRACTIONS can you, your principal and teacher design to cultivate more parent TOURISTS?? YOU ARE GUIDES (CONGRATS) !! We want to cultivate more!
  • Goal: Most parents participating throughout the year
  • Goal: AS MANY OPPORTUNITIES AS POSSIBLE. Most parents participating throughout the year. Weekend family opporutnies like school garden. On-line from home like updating the website, science moms, artist dads, native holidays and tradtions. Short-time frame and ongoing. Read to the class vs help as a literacy coach. Maybe need to adjust times to meet more parents’ schedules.
  • Goal is to be inclusive and connect with all kinds of families – who’s at your school that you can reach out to? DADS – Watch-Dogs
  • One size does not fit all!! Day care at meetings – ask for low donation fee
  • One size does not fit all!!
  • Think back to pain points and now ideas to solve. NEW IDEAS
  • Share with what has worked for you?
  • GIVE VS mention. Make sure they know how to get involved?
  • Back to our Radio – ASK in multipe ways – WHERE YOUR PARENTS ARE.AKS FREQUENTLYASK IN DIFFERENT WAYSAVOID ASKING THE SAME PEOPLE OR YOUR FRIENDS OVER AND OVERClipboards are OK but ask them where they are at. Ask them in carpool line.
  • Come if you can leads to too many or too few volunteers. They won’t come back!!
  • Goal: Most parents participating throughout the year. Think of filling up a virtual passport with all kinds of activities through the year – what kinds of ATTRACTIONS can you, your principal and teacher design to cultivate more parent TOURISTS??
  • NYT article – volunteer burnout.
  • NYT article – volunteer burnout.
  • NYT article – volunteer burnout. Coffee with the Principal
  • NYT article – volunteer burnout.
  • LOTS of ebooks, resources and articles on boosting parent participation. This summer on our blog we have a parent engagement series featuring top teacher bloggers talking with parents. And, volunteering in school section. If you’re on FB – plz ‘like us’ – will get updates for our
  • Boosting Parent Participation in Your PTA or PTO

    1. 1. @TXStatePTA #SLSAustinBoosting Parent Participation Facilitator: Karen Bantuveris, Founder & CEO @VolunteerSpot @VSpotMom
    2. 2. OUCH! What are your biggest Parent Participation pain points? Groups of 3-5 * 2 minutes VolunteerSpotTM, DOING GOOD just got easier.
    3. 3. Q: Why Parent Participation? VolunteerSpotTM, DOING GOOD just got easier.
    4. 4. Q: Why Parent Participation? Involvement Improves Student Performance & Builds Commitment… to our Schools, Communities and ALL our Children!
    5. 5. Journey of a Volunteer Thanks to Chris Jarvis, @RealizedWorth VolunteerSpotTM, DOING GOOD just got easier.
    6. 6. Participation Best Practices1. Go Wide2. Think Flexible3. Tune In4. Just ASK5. Get Specific VolunteerSpotTM, DOING GOOD just got easier.
    7. 7. 1. Go Wide• Focus on broad participation• ALL involvement is important• Cultivating future leaders, champions & donors VolunteerSpotTM, DOING GOOD just got easier.
    8. 8. 2. Think FlexibleSomething for Everyone • Ongoing • Special events • On-the-Go • At home • Weekend • On-line • Special Skills & Interests VolunteerSpotTM, DOING GOOD just got easier.
    9. 9. 3. Tune InFamily Needs? • Working • Unemployed • Immigrant • Military • Grandparents • Small kids • Dads VolunteerSpotTM, DOING GOOD just got easier.
    10. 10. 3. Tune InCustomize Engagementand Opportunities tomeet diverse needs ofYOUR Community!Which flexible solutionsapply to your community? VolunteerSpotTM, DOING GOOD just got easier.
    11. 11. A Shout for Dads! Dads Participate! http://blog.VolunteerSpot.com VolunteerSpotTM, DOING GOOD just got easier.
    12. 12. ACTIVITY: Best Practices1. Go Wide Groups of 3-52. Think Flexible 10 minutes3. Tune In Best-Practice Sharing & Application Review Engagement Handout for Ideas VolunteerSpotTM, DOING GOOD just got easier.
    13. 13. How do you Boost ParentParticipation at Your School? • Classroom Involvement1. Go Wide • Fundraisers2. Think Flexible • Back 2 School3. Tune In • PTA Meetings • Membership • Legislative Advocacy **** Any focused engagement with special groups? VolunteerSpotTM, DOING GOOD just got easier.
    14. 14. Participation Best Practices1. Go Wide2. Think Flexible3. Tune In4. Just ASK5. Get Specific VolunteerSpotTM, DOING GOOD just got easier.
    15. 15. 4. Just ASK "Have you thought about how you would like to get involved this year?" VolunteerSpotTM, DOING GOOD just got easier.
    16. 16. 4. Just ASK ! Overuse of any channel gets ignored/ avoided - especially email! VolunteerSpotTM, DOING GOOD just got easier.
    17. 17. 5. Get Specific 1. (newsletter) Cafeteria Lunch Volunteers needed – please email mary@schoolPTA.org if you can help on Mon. or Tues. (or just show up, THANKS!) 2. (email) Urgent: 5 Volunteers needed in the Cafeteria next week on Mon. at 11am or Tues. at noon. Please let me know if you can help – thanks! 3. Urgent: We need your help at lunch next week in the cafeteria to give our teachers a well-deserved break (and your kids will LOVE seeing you by day). Please click here to choose a fun 50 minute shift. Thanks! VolunteerSpotTM, DOING GOOD just got easier.
    18. 18. 5. Get Specific FREE! Online Signups For: Cafeteria Concessions Carnivals Class room Workroom Library Literacy Teacher Conferences Parties & Socials Book fairs Walkathons & more! Online Sign Up Sheet Example VolunteerSpotTM, DOING GOOD just got easier.
    19. 19. Participation Best Practices1. Go Wide2. Think Flexible3. Tune In4. Just ASK5. Get Specific VolunteerSpotTM, DOING GOOD just got easier.
    20. 20. Accelerate the Journey Thanks to Chris Jarvis, @RealizedWorth RECOGNITION & FEEDBACK VolunteerSpotTM, DOING GOOD just got easier.
    21. 21. Trust-Breaking Mistakes1. Only contact when you need something2. Not calling back / losing participation interest forms3. Not reminding people4. Not needing people when they show up5. Keeping ‘em too long6. Calling same CLIQUE NY Times 12/107. Not sharing results8. Not thanking ‘em VolunteerSpotTM, DOING GOOD just got easier.
    22. 22. Recognition• Face-to-Face• Photo Walls• Personal Letters• Newsletter Shouts• Hours Awards• Social Media• Stats & Thermometers VolunteerSpotTM, DOING GOOD just got easier.
    23. 23. Back-to-School Bonus Tips1. Welcome letters2. Share How Volunteers Make Difference3. Social Events4. New Parent Coffee5. ASK visibly and often6. Capture ALL interest & ACT on it! VolunteerSpotTM, DOING GOOD just got easier.
    24. 24. How do you RecognizeParent Participation? Groups of 3-5 4 minutes Best-Practice Sharing VolunteerSpotTM, DOING GOOD just got easier.
    25. 25. Ask for Feedback• How can we improve?• What are your most/least favorite activities & events?• I feel … welcomed valued that my opinions and suggestions matter VolunteerSpotTM, DOING GOOD just got easier.
    26. 26. THX 4 Making a Difference! FREE Encore Webinars for your PTA Leaders at home! Check your handout for details. Thank you!! ~ Karen Facebook.com/VolunteerSpot @VolunteerSpot @VSpotMom VolunteerSpotTM, DOING GOOD just got easier.
    27. 27. Save Time. Get More Parents Involved! FREE and Easy Online Parent CoordinationPTA and fundraising volunteers, classroom helpers, parent-teacher conferences, concessions, tournaments and more… Free Webinar in your handout VolunteerSpotTM, DOING GOOD just got easier.
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