How to get teachers to join PTA - PTA Great Idea Bank 2011-06-15T09:17:10Z http://www.ptagreatideabank.org/forum/topics/how-to-get-teachers-to-join?feed=yes&xn_auth=no I think to share 3 benefits o… tag:www.ptagreatideabank.org,2010-05-07:2919887:Comment:15428 2010-05-07T04:11:42.000Z JILL STOCKTON http://www.ptagreatideabank.org/profile/JILLSTOCKTON I think to share 3 benefits of joining PTA. Recently I attended the CA State PTA Conference the Executive Director was impressive and shared information that I think is helpful for of those that are connected to the school. It was also mentioned that PTA is not all about fundraising. The name includes teachers because they are so important---you can list that. Create a group that communicates with the teachers. When you build friendships it is more comfortable to talk to each other. I think to share 3 benefits of joining PTA. Recently I attended the CA State PTA Conference the Executive Director was impressive and shared information that I think is helpful for of those that are connected to the school. It was also mentioned that PTA is not all about fundraising. The name includes teachers because they are so important---you can list that. Create a group that communicates with the teachers. When you build friendships it is more comfortable to talk to each other. What about trying to get pare… tag:www.ptagreatideabank.org,2010-03-29:2919887:Comment:14182 2010-03-29T16:13:24.000Z Carissa Dollar http://www.ptagreatideabank.org/profile/CarissaDollar What about trying to get parents to sponsor a teacher? Or business members? What about trying to get parents to sponsor a teacher? Or business members? Dana, if your PTA is a 501(c)… tag:www.ptagreatideabank.org,2010-03-27:2919887:Comment:14150 2010-03-27T01:34:28.000Z Rita Lechlider http://www.ptagreatideabank.org/profile/RitaLechlider Dana, if your PTA is a 501(c)3 it is against the law to comp anyone's membership fee - even teachers. Dana, if your PTA is a 501(c)3 it is against the law to comp anyone's membership fee - even teachers. Shanell, Our board is facing… tag:www.ptagreatideabank.org,2010-03-23:2919887:Comment:14082 2010-03-23T19:39:38.000Z Elena Singh http://www.ptagreatideabank.org/profile/ElenaSingh Shanell,<br /> <br /> Our board is facing the same issue...I am not the President (this year lol) but I have been making efforts to increase membership since I am the mostly visible parent on the board. Most of our teachers simply do not join because "there's nothing in it for them" and while I disagree that the PTA doesn't do anything for them, I believe the key is to find out what it is these missing members TRULY WANT and see how/if you can give it to them.<br /> <br /> Good Luck, I know that I need it too. Shanell,<br /> <br /> Our board is facing the same issue...I am not the President (this year lol) but I have been making efforts to increase membership since I am the mostly visible parent on the board. Most of our teachers simply do not join because "there's nothing in it for them" and while I disagree that the PTA doesn't do anything for them, I believe the key is to find out what it is these missing members TRULY WANT and see how/if you can give it to them.<br /> <br /> Good Luck, I know that I need it too. You don't say what grade leve… tag:www.ptagreatideabank.org,2010-02-19:2919887:Comment:12204 2010-02-19T20:08:38.000Z Larriann Curtis http://www.ptagreatideabank.org/profile/LarriannCurtis You don't say what grade level school your PTA is part of, but an idea I've heard that has worked well in elementary schools is to decorate the doors of the teachers who join the PTA. The decoration follows the recruiting theme. Keep supporting all teachers, but give special recognition to those who do join. (even an extra small treat in their box)<br /> Survey your teachers to find out what they want from your PTA. They might need someone to watch the children when parents come in for parent-teacher… You don't say what grade level school your PTA is part of, but an idea I've heard that has worked well in elementary schools is to decorate the doors of the teachers who join the PTA. The decoration follows the recruiting theme. Keep supporting all teachers, but give special recognition to those who do join. (even an extra small treat in their box)<br /> Survey your teachers to find out what they want from your PTA. They might need someone to watch the children when parents come in for parent-teacher conferences. More people to help with "clerical"-type chores. Food is always good, but find out what THEY want. And listen to what they say.<br /> Point out the parent education that PTA does. Better prepared parents means better prepared students! Have you tried a 100% Members… tag:www.ptagreatideabank.org,2010-02-15:2919887:Comment:12095 2010-02-15T23:29:18.000Z Tina Garcia http://www.ptagreatideabank.org/profile/TinaGarcia Have you tried a 100% Membership Plaque? It could be hung in the office for everyone to see. We do this also at my middle school, in addition to the other things I mentioned before. Giving the staff bragging rights can be another incentive. Have you tried a 100% Membership Plaque? It could be hung in the office for everyone to see. We do this also at my middle school, in addition to the other things I mentioned before. Giving the staff bragging rights can be another incentive. We also tried to offer a brea… tag:www.ptagreatideabank.org,2010-02-15:2919887:Comment:12093 2010-02-15T21:06:02.000Z Dana http://www.ptagreatideabank.org/profile/Dana We also tried to offer a breakfast if the school got 100% participation, it did not, but we did increase teacher membership. We juts recently emailed all the non members a survey to have them provide us an honest and anonymous way to tell us what their hesitations have been to join the PTA. Most of the replies centered around the fact the teachers want their fee comped by the PTA. Unfortunately our fee is only $5, and if we comped 400 teachers their fees, we would lose a ton of money, so we… We also tried to offer a breakfast if the school got 100% participation, it did not, but we did increase teacher membership. We juts recently emailed all the non members a survey to have them provide us an honest and anonymous way to tell us what their hesitations have been to join the PTA. Most of the replies centered around the fact the teachers want their fee comped by the PTA. Unfortunately our fee is only $5, and if we comped 400 teachers their fees, we would lose a ton of money, so we cannot do that. But it was good for us to know, and gave them a way to be honest with us instead of us trying to guess about things. Thats what i was thinking. i… tag:www.ptagreatideabank.org,2010-02-07:2919887:Comment:11762 2010-02-07T17:40:21.000Z michelle morgan http://www.ptagreatideabank.org/profile/michellemorgan Thats what i was thinking. i talked with our principle and vp , they mad e teachers participation mandatory, however the vp and president do not ever attend. so actually the situation is worse. arrrrrggggg. Thats what i was thinking. i talked with our principle and vp , they mad e teachers participation mandatory, however the vp and president do not ever attend. so actually the situation is worse. arrrrrggggg. I am with a Middle School PTA… tag:www.ptagreatideabank.org,2010-01-28:2919887:Comment:11454 2010-01-28T20:22:11.000Z Tina Garcia http://www.ptagreatideabank.org/profile/TinaGarcia I am with a Middle School PTA with 100% staff membership. What we found as a new board last year was to spoil the staff. From cinnamon rolls at the 1st staff meeting of the year, to monthly staff appreciation to a big staff aprreciation celebration during teacher appreciation week. We also found that lots of face-to-face interaction with staff helped as well. Helping staff to understand the importance of PTA. Parent involvement is crucial to the success of our students and as a PTA we can help… I am with a Middle School PTA with 100% staff membership. What we found as a new board last year was to spoil the staff. From cinnamon rolls at the 1st staff meeting of the year, to monthly staff appreciation to a big staff aprreciation celebration during teacher appreciation week. We also found that lots of face-to-face interaction with staff helped as well. Helping staff to understand the importance of PTA. Parent involvement is crucial to the success of our students and as a PTA we can help facilitate that. We also brought back many programs that had been gone from our school like successful book fairs with teacher wish lists, Reflections, parent volunteers and family involvement activities. The best advice I can offer is to not GIVE UP, KEEP TRYING!! Good Luck. We have a pretty good respons… tag:www.ptagreatideabank.org,2010-01-02:2919887:Comment:10427 2010-01-02T00:07:23.000Z Lisa Tilton http://www.ptagreatideabank.org/profile/LisaTilton We have a pretty good response from the teachers but that may be because they understand what our PTA does for them and for the school. We sponsor something called "mini-grants" for our teachers. At the beginning of the school year, teachers can apply for a mini-grant of up to $100 to purchase something for their classroom. They must be a member of PTA to be eligible for the grant and the item must be approved for purchase by the committee. Also, we coordinate dinners (parent donations) on… We have a pretty good response from the teachers but that may be because they understand what our PTA does for them and for the school. We sponsor something called "mini-grants" for our teachers. At the beginning of the school year, teachers can apply for a mini-grant of up to $100 to purchase something for their classroom. They must be a member of PTA to be eligible for the grant and the item must be approved for purchase by the committee. Also, we coordinate dinners (parent donations) on parent- teacher conference nights. I think these two programs that benefit the teachers encourage them to join PTA.