A President's Role and Responsibilities

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Lead the PTA way!

Your PTA members look to you for leadership in creating partnerships within your community and fostering an environment where family engagement is encouraged and respected.  You are the official contact, communicator and representative of your Local Unit PTA. It takes heart, dedication, and patience to lead the PTA way, and LAPTA believes in you and the work you are doing!

Why are we here? Why do we PTA? Do you know? PTA makes a difference in the lives of all children, which makes our community stronger and the future brighter. Be passionate and thoughtful about how to best impact your community through the use of PTA Programs and all that PTA has to offer. Familiarize yourself with the LAPTA Toolkits and reach out to LAPTA for support, encouragement, and guidance. 

Talking to Principals about PTA Value

Dos & Don'ts of Partnering with Administrators

A list of tips to assist the PTA President when working with their administrators.

PTA Value & Principals

National PTA interviewed administrators to find out what they need from PTA and the benefits that PTA brings to its community.

Presidents & Principals

LAPTA training course that discusses the necessity of building a strong partnership between the PTA President and the principal.

President Toolkit Sections

View or download the entire President's Toolkit - PDF or Word

View or download sections within the President's Toolkit:

  • Active Affiliation - PDF or Word

  • Active Affiliation: Plan of Action - PDF or Word`

  • Agendas - PDF or Word

  • Building Your Board of Directors - PDF

  • Calendar: Dates and Deadlines - PDF

  • Centennial Button Pins for Members - PDF

  • CheddarUp and MoneyMinder - PDF

  • Communications and Social Media - PDF or Word

  • Confidentiality, Ethics, and Conflict of Interest Policy - PDF

  • Customize the PTA Logo - PDF or PowerPoint

  • Documents and Terms - PDF

  • Dos and Don’ts of Partnering with Administrators - PDF

  • Dos and Don’ts of Partnering with Teachers - PDF

  • Essential Knowledge - PDF

  • Finances - PDF

  • Fundraising Strategies - PDF

  • Getting Started - PDF

  • Icebreakers - PDF

  • Inventory Accountability Form - PDF or Word

  • Leadership Traits & Training - PDF

  • Meeting Types - PDF or Word

  • Meeting Script - PDF or Word

  • Meeting: Elements of a Successful Meeting - PDF or Word

  • Membership Dues - PDF or Word

  • National PTA - PDF 

  • Parliamentary Procedure - PDF 

  • Passwords and Accounts Summary - PDF or Word

  • Pick Your PTA Programs - PDF or Word

  • President’s Binder - PDF 

  • President’s Duties Checklist - PDF or Word

  • Problem Solving - PDF 

  • Reactivate a PTA - PDF 

  • Retention Plan - PDF 

  • Year-End Checklist and Transition Guidance - PDF or Word

PTA Share

LAPTA wants to hear about the good your Local PTA Unit is doing, whether it is advocacy work, a PTA Program, teacher support, philanthropic work, or community outreach! Send us all the details and pictures so we can share your success and how you are making a difference. We tend to do a lot of behind-the-scenes work that isn't celebrated, or we do our work and then move on to the next. Please keep LAPTA in the loop!