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Find everything you need to be successful in your PTA role, from basic trainings to leadership development tools.  You'll also find links to forms and templates and other helpful resources.  

Questions?  Contact Kari McNicoll, Council Vice President of Membership

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Includes important information for FISD PTAs and how to lead successfully in your specific board role on your campus.

Updated annually (August)

This training will guide you through key steps to complete during the summer to ensure a successful upcoming year!  (Recommended for spring.) 

Updated annually (May)

FOUNDATIONS BASICS Membership Webinar (Required) (external link)

All board members new to their role are required by TX PTA to watch the BASICS Webinar.  If you have never served PTA in your current role, or have served in the past but never taken the TX PTA Basics, please be sure to complete this online training within 30 days of election or appointment.

FOUNDATIONS Essentials Webinar (Required) (external link)

This introductory course is for new PTA leaders; all board members are required by TX PTA to complete it only once in their PTA service.  There is a $10 fee to access the online course materials/webinar.   A copy of your certificate of completion serves as your receipt for reimbursement. This online training is required to be completed within 30 days of election or appointment.

FOUNDATIONS BASICS  Boardsmanship Webinar (Required) (external link)

Every person serving on a PTA board is required by TX PTA to take the Boardsmanship training within 30 days of election or appointment.  This training will help you in your role by reviewing the basic responsibilities and functioning of a PTA board. 

FOUNDATIONS BASICS Advocacy Webinar (Recommended) (external link)

This training is not required for your role, but will help you to understand the importance of advocacy and how to successfully advocate for your students as a PTA board member.

INSIGHTS Trainings

Further develop your core leadership skills critical for long term success, including communication, marketing your PTA, conflict management, and more! For all board positions.  Please visit often as we continue to build our Insights training library.

Full Circle Leadership is TX PTA’s very own leadership development certification program. By focusing on the five key areas of technical, intrapersonal, forward-thinking, interpersonal, and adaptive skills, Texas PTA leaders are able to enhance their skills to become even more successful and effective. 

Resources: TX PTA Dues Increase 2024

Understand your PTA's options and next steps in implementing the required dues increase from TX PTA, which goes into effect August 1, 2024. Ensure you are set for a successful membership drive in 2024-2025!

It's important to understand why TX PTA asked for, and was approved for, a dues increase.  Utilize these resources for discussion with your board and communication to your membership. Share the benefits and areas of strategic improvement that are tied to the dues increase with your membership.

Resources: Meeting Support

Meeting Checklist (Google Doc)

Review this list before each meeting to make sure you have everything you need to be successful.

Note: To customize, you must open document, download or save to your google drive, then edit

By-Month Checklist 

Visit the TX PTA BASICS Membership Resource Guide for a by-month list of action items and ideas.

The link to the guide can be found below in "Resources: Guides & Other Helpful Tools"

Scripts are available for honorary life membership nominations, meetings, elections, financial discussions, and more.  Be prepared to lead your meetings effectively!

Note: To customize, you must open document, download or save to your google drive, then edit.

Carry this with you to your board and membership meetings for easy reference on how to phrase a motion, who makes it, and what vote is required.  Gives specific examples, including budget adoptions and amendments, approving minutes, and more!

Resources: Forms & Templates

Plans of Work (Examples) (Google Doc)

Before completing your POW, review an example for your board position... then make it your own!

Note: To customize, you must open document, download or save to your google drive, then edit

Blank POW for use by you or your board.

Note: To customize, you must open document, download or save to your google drive, then edit

The Texas PTA Honorary Life Member Award and Texas PTA Extended Service Award are prestigious honors to bestow on a deserving individual who has supported your Local PTA in our mission of making every child's potential a reality. 

Use this form to generate engagement and to get member feedback on who they feel is deserving of this honor (your board, campus staff, business and community leaders, and more!).

Note: To customize, you must open document, download or save to your google drive, then edit

Bylaws Request (external link)

Council and TX PTA recommend that you request a copy of your PTA's bylaws at the beginning of each year, as changes approved at the state level may be made to local bylaws as well - stay on top of these changes with your annual request.  

Typically, changes made at the state level go into effect August 1st each year.

Resources: Policies & Guidelines

Access the most up-to-date documents governing FISD Council of PTAs, including bylaws and standing rules.

Access TX PTA's bylaws.

Standards of Continuing Affiliation (Required) (external link) 

Explains all TX PTA requirements for remaining in Good Standing.

Required by TX PTA to be completed annually by all board members.

Dues Refund Policy (Required) (external link)

The process of remitting membership dues to Texas PTA is one that impacts the Local, State, and National PTAs. With varying timelines and platforms in place for collecting and distributing dues to the appropriate PTA, Texas PTA follows a specific process for refunds.

Social Media Policy (Recommended) (external link)

PTAs may customize this policy, if desired, and put it before their membership for adoption.  It is recommended, but not required.

A helpful overview on how to manage events, and the funds raised, while remaining in compliance with TX PTA, state and federal guidelines.

These guidelines from FISD must be followed by all PTAs in the district.  Includes information on governance, partnerships, fundraisers, and more.  Updated annually.

Resources: Guides & Other Helpful Tools

All-In-One Calendar (pdf)

This all-inclusive calendar from Council includes dates from the FISD calendar, TX PTA membership award deadlines, Council training dates, national days of recognition (healthy lifestyles, environmental, hospitality, etc) and more!

TX PTA Local Roster (external link)

This Google Roster from TX PTA helps you track your path to good standing and membership awards.  Bookmark it and check back frequently to stay on track!

A great resource from TX PTA for guidance and best practices.  

Download or print. Updated annually.

Use this link to directly access all of the helpful information from TX PTA for your board position.

A great resource from TX PTA. Learn about all of the awards your PTA is eligible for, including the President's Challenge; monthly membership awards; and special category awards (Golden Apple, MARS, and more!).

Print this list and include it in your Procedure Binder.  It includes descriptions and due dates for all of the TX PTA Membership Awards.

A great resource from TX PTA for guidance and best practices.  

Download or print. Updated annually.

Serving on an executive board extends beyond management and completion of your position specific duties. It’s very important that you understand the duties of the executive board and your duties as an executive board member. 

Download or print. Updated annually.

District listing and map of all FISD campuses and facilities

District calendar for the current school year.

District listing of feeder patterns for neighborhood subdivisions

Graphic of District feeder patterns by campus

Recognitions & Awards

Is there a fellow board member who has gone the extra mile?  Has she/he done something that exemplifies one or more of the LEAD leadership qualities... (Learn. Engage. Advocate. Drive.) 

 Leadership is about the choices and actions we take each day, big and small.  Recognize someone on your board for going the extra mile - let them know they are appreciated!  Winners will be invited to attend the next Council Delegates meeting for public recognition of his/her outstanding contributions to your PTA!

Has your PTA or campus tried something new that worked well?  Have you revamped an old program and gotten great feedback?  Help us to celebrate your board's achievement and share it with other campuses.  Let's succeed together!