About Texas PTA
- Every child’s potential is a reality.
Visión de la PTA
- El potencial de cada niño es una realidad.
- To make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children.
Misión de la PTA
- Hacer realidad el potencial de cada niño comprometiendo, apoderando, y abogando por todos los niños, las familias, y las comunidades.
- To promote the welfare of children and youth in home, school, community and place of worship;
- To raise the standards of home life;
- To secure adequate laws for the care and protection of children and youth;
- To bring into closer relation the home and the school, that parents and teachers may cooperate intelligently in the education of children and youth;
To develop between educators and the general public such united efforts as will secure for all children and youth the highest advantages in physical, mental, social and spiritual education.
Los propósitos de la PTA
- Promover el bienestar de los niños y jóvenes en el hogar, la escuela, la comunidad y el lugar de culto.
- Mejorar los estándares de la vida familiar.
- Asegurar leyes adecuadas para el cuidado y la protección de niños y jóvenes.
- Establecer una relación estrecha entre la escuela y el hogar; que los padres y los maestros cooperen inteligentemente en la educación de niños y jóvenes.
- Desarrollar entre los educadores y el público en general esfuerzos conjuntos que aseguren las mejores ventajas físicas, mentales, sociales y espirituales en la educación de todos los niños y jóvenes.
Texas PTA Values
These core values guide our decisions and actions:
• Collaboration: We will work in partnership with a wide array of individuals and organizations to broaden and enhance our ability to serve and advocate for all children and families.
• Commitment: We are dedicated to children’s educational success, health, and well-being through strong family and community engagement, while remaining accountable to the principles upon which our association was founded.
• Diversity: We acknowledge the potential of everyone without regard, including but not limited to: age, culture, economic status, educational background, ethnicity, gender, geographic location, legal status, marital status, mental ability, national origin, organizational position, parental status, physical ability, political philosophy, race, religion, sexual orientation, and work experience.
• Respect: We value the individual contributions of members, employees, volunteers, and partners as we work collaboratively to achieve our association’s goals.
• Accountability: All members, employees, volunteers, and partners have a shared responsibility to align their efforts toward the achievement of our association’s strategic initiatives.
Kids Speak Out About PTA
- What Is PTA? Kids tell us their thoughts on PTA in a downloadable video. You can also contact firstname.lastname@example.org to order a copy of the video on DVD.
National PTA School Of Excellence
Texas PTA 2012 Annual Report
Texas PTA 2011-2014 Strategic Plan
The Value of Texas PTA
Click on the image below to view the flier:
Value of PTA Flier also available in Spanish
Karen Slay, Texas PTA President
Karen has served on local, council, district, and State PTA boards in various chairmanships and elected offices in both Odessa and Lubbock since 1991. She currently serves as the President for Texas PTA.
Karen serves on many community-based boards, and is the volunteer Executive Director of the Injury Prevention Coalition of the South Plains. She served on the Lubbock ISD Board of Trustees for eight (8) years. She is the founder of the US Department of Transportation’s “Kids Aren’t Cargo” campaign, and was the driving force behind legislation in Texas that passed in 2001 to keep kids out of the back of pickup trucks. She has appeared in many magazines including Woman’s Day and Texas Monthly, and has appeared on the Oprah Show.
Karen has been married to her husband Steve for 29 years and they have four sons.
Read the Welcome Letter From Karen Slay.
Kyle Ward, Texas PTA Executive Director
A product of public education and from Hillsboro, Hill County, Texas, Kyle Ward became the Executive Director for Texas PTA in 2006 and is a Certified Association Executive. Working in the nonprofit field for more than 20 years, Mr. Ward's career includes working for three national nonprofit organizations and professional accomplishments in fund raising, strategic planning, organizational restructuring and building teamwork through volunteer and staff collaboration. Married to his wife Pamela of 17 years, they have two sons, Taylor and Bryce.
Read the Welcome Letter from Kyle Ward.