Two CH-UH schools earn national PTA distinction
Canterbury Elementary School and Heights Middle School each have been awarded the two-year National PTA School of Excellence distinction for their commitment to inclusivity of families and enriching the educational experience for all students.
The national program helps PTAs become partners in identifying and implementing school-improvement initiatives based on PTA's National Standards for Family-School Partnerships. To qualify, each school had to enroll, conduct a survey, load data, and create an action team and action plan based on that data—all of which would support the school-improvement process. Each school then had to submit its plan and, finally, deploy a summative survey and narrative that showed improvement.
Canterbury Elementary School’s and Heights Middle School’s PTAs are two of only 278 PTAs and schools nationwide recognized as 2018–20 Schools of Excellence.
"All of our schools should be commended for their efforts to enroll in the program and make the commitment to increase buildingwide support of school improvement. PTA leaders were the ambassadors of the program, which increases the building-level support; they led the way to help strengthen family-school partnerships," said Lisa Hunt, the district's family engagement specialist.
In recognition of their achievements, both schools will soon receive a banner from the National PTA.
Cathan Cavanaugh is the communications administrative assistant for the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District.