Reflections Art Program

The arts — and the National PTA Reflections program — support student success and serve as a valuable tool for building strong partnerships in your school community. Celebrate arts learning in your school community with Reflections.

National PTA Reflections welcomes all grades and abilities to explore and be involved in the arts. Annually, thousands of students will reflect on a common theme and create original works of art in the categories of dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts.

At the end of the program each year the Southfield Area Council, in collaboration with the district, hosts a Reflections Art Celebration (May 4,2018). The celebration is a powerful tool for encouraging students to explore and be involved in the arts. Together, school leaders and families offer positive reinforcement for participation in the National PTA Reflections program.

Parents and community leaders are welcomed into the school to discover the rich culture and artistic skills presented by student artists. An art exhibit with live student performances and an awards ceremony will showcase the importance of arts education in your school.

During the PTA Reflections Celebration, families will:

  • Recognize their child’s participation and achievement in the arts.
  • Discover new opportunities to stay involved in their child’s learning through the arts.
  • Understand how arts programs provide necessary educational benefits and share their positive experiences with school and community leaders.

STEM + Families Program

National PTA’s STEM + Families initiative increases access to STEM education and careers, especially among under-represented youth, by developing, evaluating and sharing effective ways to engage families in STEM experiences, while working with partners to improve access to STEM school and community learning environments. PTA’s vision is that all students have the family and community support needed to access and pursue STEM opportunities and careers.

STEM initiative will engage students, families, and communities in opportunities to explore ... inspire ... empower ... and educate ... STEM possibilities.

Health Lifestyles Program

The Healthy Lifestyles program provides family-centered education and tools that connect parents with schools and advocate for healthy changes in nutrition and physical activity.

In a healthy school:

  • All foods, beverages and snacks sold or served meet National School Nutrition Standards.
  • All students have opportunities to be physically active on a regular basis.
  • All students have access to regular physical education.
  • Districtwide wellness policies are developed, implemented and evaluated with input from students, parents, staff and interested community members.

National PTA School of Excellence 

National PTA School of Excellence is a recognition program that supports and celebrates partnerships between PTAs and schools to the educational experience and overall well-being for all students.

As a National PTA School of Excellence, families feel welcomed and empowered to support student success, and PTA is a key partner for continuous school improvement.  

The path to excellence starts with a joint commitment of PTA and school leaders to work together to achieve PTA's National Standards for Family-School Partnerships. 

Family Reading Experience

In March 2018, thousands of elementary schools will transform their National Reading Month event into a PTA Family Reading Experience—an interactive event that engages the whole family in reading activities.

Parents take part in the fun with their kids and leave the event with a deeper understanding of the simple ways they can support the core skills of literacy. 

Connect For Respect (C4R)

Research shows that one of the most effective ways to prevent bullying behavior is to create a positive school climate. School climate encompasses everything that contributes to a student's experience with a school—from the physical building to policies, staff, and peer culture.

The C4R program provides guidance to PTAs/PTSAs in engaging students in improving the school climate and reducing bullying.