Ed100 Chapter of the Month: Planning for PTA Meetings

by Jeff Camp | May 28, 2018 | 3 Comments
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A New Resource for Transformative Monthly PTA Board Meetings

This year, reserve 15 minutes of each PTA board meeting for learning with Ed100. Here's the plan.

Based on feedback from PTA leaders, this summer the Ed100 team has been hard at work developing new resources to support learning within PTA boards. We know you meet regularly throughout the year. We want to help you plan ahead for those board meetings to help your board become well informed and up-to-date about California's education system.

Specifically, we have created a set of ten Ed100 learning modules, each based on a chapter of Ed100.org. These modules are short: about 15 minutes each, a size that can fit in your monthly PTA board meeting. Used in this way, the modules will help your board learn about California's changing education system. Knowledge builds confidence for discussion, and discussion builds engagement.

Each module includes:

Pre-reading Each month, the pre-reading for your meeting is chapter of Ed100.org. The lessons within each chapter take about five minutes each to complete, including the quiz that earns you a chance to win $1,000 for your PTA.
A Short Video A short video summarizes the content of each chapter. You can use this video to bring your whole leadership team onto the "same page" — even if they haven't done the reading and earned their tickets.
Discussion Guide A discussion guide for each chapter helps you develop a conversation. Great meetings lead to action: each discussion guide includes prompts to help you clarify steps to take next.

As usual from Ed100.org, all of this is free and PTA-safe. Our mission is to help you develop a well-informed, engaged school community that develops future leaders. That's what we do.

How to Make It Happen

Here's some sample wording to explain this plan to your PTA board:

Ed100.org is a free website that explains the California education system. It's being used in about 1,500 PTAs in California. It's an online, self-paced course. Ahead of our meeting each month, we'll read a chapter of Ed100.org. Each lesson takes about 5 minutes to read, and about half of participants take the lessons on their phone. At the end of each lesson there's a one-question quiz. By answering it, each of us will earn a ticket in the next Ed100 drawing. We could win up to $1,000 for our PTA. By end of the school year, we should all become Ed100 graduates.

At our board meetings we'll set aside 15 minutes to discuss key insights from the chapter of the month. We can decide together which lessons we want to bring to our members' attention.

Recommended Schedule

If your board uses the "chapter of the month" schedule recommended below, by the end of the school year you will all become Ed100 graduates. You will also be on pace to benefit from discussions with other people taking the course at the same time. Look for their thoughts in the comment section of each lesson and on the Ed100 Facebook Page.

(Want to customize the schedule? No problem. Here's a version you can clone, modify, share and print: Ed100 Rollout Schedule.)

 

Month

Read It on Ed100

Discuss It

Watch Video

1

Aug -
Sep

Read Chapter 1:
Education Is...

Discussion Guide 1

2

Sep -
Oct

Read Chapter 2:
Students

Discussion Guide 2

3

Oct -
Nov

Read Chapter 3:
Teachers

Discussion Guide 3

4

Nov -
Dec

Read Chapter 4:
Time

Discussion Guide 4

5

Dec -
Jan

Read Chapter 5:
Places for Learning

Discussion Guide 5

6

Jan -
Feb

Read Chapter 6:
The Right Stuff

Discussion Guide 6

7

Feb -
Mar

Read Chapter 7:
The System

Discussion Guide 7

8

Mar -
Apr

Read Chapter 8:
Resources

Discussion Guide 8

9

Apr -
May

Read Chapter 9:
Success

Discussion Guide 9

10

May -
Jun

Read Chapter 10:
So Now What?

Discussion Guide 10

To support these conversations and set the pace for them:

  • The Ed100 team will promote the "Ed100 chapter of the month" through emails to our readers and through the Ed100 Facebook page.
  • It's our hope that the Ed100 chapter of the month will help anchor a statewide conversation among PTA leaders using Facebook. We plan to make this an easy, rewarding way for Ed100.org participants to complete the course, earning their Ed100 Graduate certificate.
  • As an added benefit to reading lessons and taking the quizzes, your board members will earn lots of tickets in the drawing. We will hold two drawings in the 2018-19 school year, which you can use as organizing deadlines: December 11, 2018 and June 4, 2019.

We're eager for your feedback. Will these tools be useful for your board? Add your comment below, or drop me an email, or leave a comment on our Ed100 Facebook Page. What do you need from us to be successful?

Questions & Comments

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Vanessa July 27, 2018 at 12:07 pm
This looks like a great opportunity for our school to increase advocacy. This is well laid out and easy to understand. I am excited to make goals with my new PTA board and learn together.
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Caryn July 27, 2018 at 1:24 pm
Wonderful! We are glad you find our content valuable. This is a great time of year to make plans with your board to become Ed100 graduates together. I look forward to hearing more about your progress!
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Erica July 19, 2018 at 7:01 pm
In our growing school, we are looking forward to following this particular learning module to implement at meetings. By having a common framework, we are are hoping that this can help provide a foundation for graduates and those currently pursuing the modules to come together to have meaningful conversations about how we can build our community. After all, an informed parent community is priceless and can help those of us from a variety of backgrounds achieve common goals harmoniously.
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Caryn July 27, 2018 at 1:27 pm
I agree, an informed parent community IS priceless. And isn't that what we all want--engaged and informed school communities? We are so happy to hear you will be using Ed100 to help you achieve your PTA's vision for your school. Let us know how it goes.
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Denise J July 11, 2018 at 12:08 pm
This is a great way to build attendance at PTA meetings. PTA meetings are better attended when people have a reason to show up. Usually, we provide a guest speaker or a special program by the students. Now, we can use the Ed100 chapter-of-the-month as a drawing card to get people to come. Also, though, we need to make sure that people know to show up even if they have not done the lesson prep. The great part about this method is that you benefit from the discussion, even if you have not done the reading. Small cheat... after the discussion, you can take the quiz and get your ticket for the drawing!
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Caryn July 27, 2018 at 1:31 pm
Denise, you really nailed it--PTA meetings are better when people have a reason to show up and the "Chapter of the Month" program is a great reason! By adding lessons or videos to your agenda, you're also communicating your commitment to your PTA members to be the most informed parent leaders that you can be. Keep up the great work! I look forward to hearing about your successes.
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