The overall purpose of PTA is to make every child’s potential a
reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate
for all children.
Collaboration: We work in partnership with a wide array of individuals and organizations to accomplish our agreed-upon goals.
Commitment: We are dedicated to promoting children’s
health, well-being, and educational success through strong parent,
family, and community involvement.
Accountability: We acknowledge our obligations. We deliver on our promises.
Respect: We value our colleagues and ourselves. We
expect the same high quality of effort and thought from ourselves as we
do from others.
Inclusivity: We invite the stranger and welcome the
newcomer. We value and seek input from as wide a spectrum of viewpoints
and experiences as possible.
Integrity: We act consistently with our beliefs. When we err, we acknowledge the mistake and seek to make amends.
PTA welcomes into membership people representing a diversity of
cultures, ethnic backgrounds, and political and religious beliefs. The
purposes of the PTA acknowledge the importance of a spiritual life in
the development of children and youth. As an association, PTA has the
right to offer inspirational messages to open or close its meetings, but
such messages by PTA leaders or invited religious leaders should be
inspirational rather than sectarian, recognizing that in this
pluralistic nation not all members share the same beliefs. Poetry,
quotations from great men and women, uplifting anecdotes, and moments of
quiet meditation can be used.
Diversity and Inclusion Policy
PTAs everywhere must understand and embrace the uniqueness of all
individuals, appreciating that each contributes a diversity of views,
experiences, cultural heritage/traditions, skills/abilities, values and
preferences. When PTAs respect differences yet acknowledge shared
commonalities uniting their communities, and then develop meaningful
priorities based upon their knowledge, they genuinely represent their
communities. When PTAs represent their communities, they gain strength
and effectiveness through increased volunteer and resource support.
The recognition of diversity within organizations is valuing
differences and similarities in people through actions and
accountability. These differences and similarities include age,
ethnicity, language and culture, economic status, educational
background, gender, geographic location, marital status, mental ability,
national origin, organizational position and tenure, parental status,
physical ability, political philosophy, race, religion, sexual
orientation, and work experience.
Therefore PTAs at every level must:
- Openly assess beliefs and practices to assure inclusiveness and guard against discrimination;
- Make every effort to create a PTA board and membership that is inclusive and reflective of its community;
- Encourage that all PTA activities at the school be planned by a committee which is representative of the population