PTA Structure & Organization

The Livonia PTSA Council is a group of 22 local PTA/PTSA Units within the Livonia Public Schools District.  The Council is organized under the authority of the Michigan PTA for the purpose of promoting conferences, communications, leadership development and coordination of the efforts of the local Units.

The Mission of PTA

The overall purpose of PTA is to be:

  • A powerful voice for all children;
  • A relevant resource for families and communities, and
  • A strong advocate for the education and well-being of every child

PTA is recognized as an advocate for all children due to our goals, including:

  • To promote the welfare of the children and youth in home, school, community and place of worship.
  • To raise the standards of home life.
  • To bring into closer relation the home and the school, that parents and teachers may cooperate intelligently in the education of children and youth.
  • To develop between educators and the general public such united efforts as will secure for all children and youth the highest advantages in physical, mental, social, and spiritual education.

The Purpose of Livonia PTSA Council

Livonia PTSA Council plays an important role in the PTA. They provide support and assistance to the PTA units within the Livonia Public Schools District. Livonia PTSA Council provides the following services:

  • Interprets, promotes and supports the basic policies of the PTA
  • Coordinates the efforts of local Units within LPS District
  • Makes people aware of the need for action through the united strength of local PTAs
  • Provides in-depth background information on current issues related to the lives and education of children and youth
  • Assists the local Units, when asked, in understanding and carrying out action
  • Build local Unit and public support for local, Michigan PTA, and National PTA legislative action
  • Provides opportunities for PTAs to address issues, which include but reach beyond the local school community
  • Strengthens PTA leadership by providing leadership development
  • Coordinates/cooperates in community projects
  • Enhances communication among local Units, Council, and Michigan PTA
  • Represents the interests of the member local Units, Michigan PTA, and National PTA before LPS District and other appropriate provider organizations or advocacy groups
  • Provides a forum for public information and debate on issues affecting children and youth, for candidates for public office and for legislative/public policy matters

Structure of the PTA

Each level of the PTA has been established for the purpose of forming a nationwide movement to advocate the need to support and speak out on behalf of children and youth in the schools and in the community.

Local PTA/PTSA Unit — find local Units here

  • Operates as a self-governing body and is chartered by the state
  • Plans programs and activities to meet community needs
  • Works at the school site, at home and in the community for all children
  • Serves as the local organization through which the Michigan PTA and National PTA objectives are carried out
  • Is represented on the Livonia PTSA Council board or at Michigan PTA functions by the Unit president and/or designated representatives

Livonia PTSA Council —

  • Includes all Units within a geographical area who wish to belong (i.e., school district, city, county)
  • Serves as a conference body
  • Provides workshops, leadership development, information and programs
  • Coordinates programs and projects of member Units
  • Works to promote PTA in the area

Michigan PTA —

  • A branch of the National PTA
  • Includes all who join local PTAs within the state
  • Organizes units and councils
  • Cooperates with other groups and organizations working for youth
  • Maintains legislative advocates
  • Holds an annual summer academy and convention
  • Interprets and implements policies, programs and projects
  • Provides workshops, field services, and leadership development
  • Provides publications
  • Represented on the National PTA board by the Michigan PTA president

National PTA —

  • Includes all who join local PTAs
  • Establishes basic policies
  • Develops and funds projects that are national in scope
  • Maintains legislative advocates at the federal level
  • Provides field services and leadership development
  • Develops and provides resource materials and publications
  • Holds an annual convention

National Standards for Family-School Partnerships

  1. Welcoming All Families into the School Community
  2. Communicating Effectively
  3. Supporting Student Success
  4. Speaking Up for Every Child
  5. Sharing Power
  6. Collaborating with the Community

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