Our mission statement: “to make every child’s potential achievable by engaging and empowering families, Whanau, Pasifika and communities to advocate for all children of New Zealand“.
Our vision is to “Create communities around PTA”
- Support parental involvement in schools
- Inform parents of news and issues in education
- Represent parent issues to government and other educational groups
- Collaborate with other educational groups
Our children today face a world where the shape of the future is not clear, a world where values, lifestyles, concepts and attitudes are rapidly changing. Therefore it is essential that parents and teachers work together to help our children grow into adults who can cope with the ever-changing world.
Research shows that children do better when families are involved in and understand the schools their children are attending, and when teachers value the views and contributions of parents and whanau. The PTA movement provides a means for parents and teachers to build a successful partnership, based on the best interests of the child (as shown above). By getting involved in the work of our local school PTA, parents, teachers and children benefit from the knowledge and insight shared. Through the PTA movement, parents have an opportunity also to become involved in the wider decision-making process of the education system.
Parent/Family/Whanau Involvement Programme
Involving parents and families in children’s education has been a priority of NZPTA since it was founded over 60 years ago. NZPTA maintains what numerous research studies and years of experience as advocates for children have shown to be true: Parent and family involvement increases student success.
NZPTA endorses the National Standards for Parent/Family Involvement Programs that have been developed by National PTA in the USA. These are based on the six types of parent involvement identified by Joyce L. Epstein, Ph.D., of the Center on School, Family and Community Partnerships at John Hopkins University.
Our sunshine (above) shows how good communication is at the core of an effective home-school partnership. Volunteering is highlighted in red because this is the type of involement PTAs usually focus on. Through volunteering, PTAs link to and support the other areas of involvement. Boards of Trustees tend to focus on the decsion-making aspects, while the Ministry of Education has a number of initatives that support greater involvement in student learning. This framework shows how all the various education groups can provide important and complimentary support for effectively engaging families in the education of their children. Let our light shine!