Belonging and representation are critical for student and family success in education.  Diversity, equity, and inclusion are about more than gender, race, and ethnicity. While those are the most visible aspects, diversity includes the many dimensions that distinguish and connect people, including mental, emotional, psychological and physical disabilities; learning styles; geographic residence; languages used; cultural heritage; educational level, and more.

Recognizing the value of differences is one part of a PTA initiative.  Inclusion is the glue that makes diversity stick.   To quote Verna Myers, “Diversity is being invited to the dance, inclusion is being asked to dance.”   This means reaching out to people, engaging them in ways that address their needs and perspectives, and encouraging all families to become actively involved in PTA activities and membership.

Training Materials or Toolkits

Community Circles (Plano ISD PTA):  ‘Meaningful Communications’

Decision-Making, Engaging, and Building Community

Austin ISD SPECIAL EDUCATION Parent + Family Engagement Services

Special Needs Camp Guides-English and Spanish

Special Education Parent Events

Office:    512-414-5833 + 512-414-1731 (Bilingual)

Twitter: @AISDSpEdParents

Website: Special Education Parent and Family Engagement

Learn more about the Family Listening Sessions we did through the National PTA Transformative Family Engagement Grant 2019-20

ACPTA Diversity & Inclusion Contact:  vpinclusion@austincouncilpta.org

IMPORTANT NOTE FROM ACPTA

WHO CAN SERVE AS A PTA OFFICER? ANYONE WHO SUPPORTS THE MISSION OF PTA!

ACPTA wants to be certain that all schools understand and honor the rule that ANYONE who supports the mission of PTA is eligible to serve as a PTA officer. There have been news reports alleging that some parents at Andrews Elementary were told they could not serve as campus PTA officers because of their immigration status. That is NOT a barrier to serving as a PTA officer, and all campuses must keep that in mind – especially now, while PTAs are holding elections for the 2019-2020 school year.

Our district’s PTAs are fortunate to have successful and powerful parent leaders from many different backgrounds serving AISD students and campus communities. ACPTA encourages and supports ANY member of a campus community who is interested in serving as a PTA officer. Our volunteers are available to offer help, support, and guidance if your PTA wants or needs that.

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