The National School Boards Association (NSBA) President C. Ed Massey spoke at the National PTA’s annual conference, held June 21 to 25 in San Jose, Calif., and says he was inspired by the organization’s energy and enthusiasm. In his remarks to the conference’s 1,300 attendees, he asked PTA members to join with school board members and other like-minded educators to help raise student achievement and improve public schools.
Massey praised the National PTA’s motto, “Every child, one voice.”
“Educational associations can take a lesson from this,” Massey said. “By partnering with our sister organizations as one voice, we can make a difference in America’s courts and the halls of Congress.”
Massey represents NSBA on the board of directors of the National PTA (also known as the Parent Teacher Association). He believes school boards should continuously look for ways to encourage parental involvement in schools.
“As NSBA recognizes the importance of local school boards, we must also recognize the importance of parent volunteers within our schools,” Massey said. “Together we can change America’s schools and raise the achievement levels of the students. We both share the core belief that America’s children will determine our destiny as a nation.”
During its conference, the National PTA announced a “Champions of Change” partnership with the White House and U.S. Department of Education to honor 12 PTA members who have “dedicated time, talent and a powerful voice to improving educational equity and opportunity for every child.” Nominations will be accepted until July 10 at PTA.org/championsofchange, and the winners will be recognized at a White House education event and policy briefing in August.