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Tips for Choosing A School Uniform Provider

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Buying behavior has changed a lot over the last year. This has prompted many schools to reevaluate their apparel options so that parents are able to buy online. Schools also want apparel shipped to the parents directly versus schools distributing the apparel. If you are one of these schools, or if you just want to be better educated about the school uniform market, you’re in luck. Today, we have some tips for schools who are evaluating their uniform options from someone who has been in the school uniform space for multiple decades.

About Our Guest: Karen Silveira, Senior Account Executive, SquadLocker

Karen Silveira has worked in the school uniform and custom apparel industry for over 25 years.  She joined SquadLocker as a Senior Account Executive in 2019. Previously she was VP of Sales at Donnelly's School Apparel.

This show is brought to you by K-12 Clothing. K-12 Clothing is a PTA-Dad created business focused on providing high-quality school apparel while increasing access to educational resources through fundraising in schools. Learn more at k12clothing.com

This show is made possible by support from SquadLocker.

A School Group’s Unlikely Partner: Community Organizations

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Have you ever seen a Rotary Club sign and wondered what they do? Are you a PTA, PTO or school group leader looking to your community for support? Rotary and other similar organizations can be a great partner to your school group but it can be hard to know where to start. Our guest has created some great community partnerships with these organizations and will give some tips on where to start.

 

About Our Guest: Travis Johnson, Podcast Host, Naval Officer, and Nonprofit Consultant

Travis is currently an active-duty officer in the United States Navy, married with two children, and on move #50. His humble beginnings include 36 moves before graduating high school at 17, 6 states, 5 foster homes, surviving 2 murder attempts, and getting in serious trouble with the law. Although this was very rough, there was always a person, group, or church willing to help him and his family. Now that he’s in a position to give back, he’s made it his mission to “Help the Helpers.” He also spent 15 years helping 400 families pay off $6 million in debt.

On the Nonprofit Architect podcast, Travis shares his perspective as the former Vice President of Books by Vets; a board member at the S.H.I.N.E. foundation; a benefactor $20,000+; a volunteer with 1,500+ hours; fundraiser with more than $500,000 raised; provided seed money for 6 startup nonprofits; event coordinator; and published author.

This show is brought to you by K-12 Clothing. K-12 Clothing is a PTA-Dad created business focused on providing high-quality school apparel while increasing access to educational resources through fundraising in schools. Learn more at k12clothing.com

This show is made possible by support from SquadLocker.

Top School Fundraisers of 2020

Top 20 School Fundraisers

Does your school PTA, PTSA, or PTO need new ideas for fundraisers? Halfway through the school year, you may be struggling with new fundraising ideas. With free ideas, engaging remote ideas, and some big money makers, this episode is sure to fuel your creativity. If you’re a PTA, PTO, or K-12 educator, tune in to hear our top 20 fundraising ideas of 2020.

This show is brought to you by K-12 Clothing. K-12 Clothing is a PTA-Dad created business focused on providing high-quality school apparel while increasing access to educational resources through fundraising in schools. Learn more at k12clothing.com

This show is made possible by support from SquadLocker.

The PTA Dad, and how to get more Dads in PTA leadership positions

The PTA Dad, and how to get more dads in PTA leadership positions

The first male president of the national PTA did not take office until 2009 and in that same year, only 10% of national PTA members were men. Why don’t more men join and how can we change that? This episode features a Utah PTA dad who holds a role 100% focused on changing these statistics. Learn how you can make a change in your organization as well.

About our guest:

Jason Nackos is a former teacher who taught at the junior high level for 3 years before he “retired” to raise his kids full time. He started to get involved in the PTA once his youngest started school full time because of his desire to be in the school and embarrass his kids on a regular basis. He has served two years as Membership VP, one as President Elect and one as PTA President at Mapleton Elementary in Mapleton, Utah. He currently serves as the Male Engagement Specialist for Utah PTA where he oversees a committee that focuses on increasing male involvement throughout the state. He and his friend Ryan Schriever (a local attorney and former Membership VP at Mapleton Elementary) went viral with a carpool karaoke video in 2018 that co-starred their principal. From there they continued to make videos for their school and for Utah PTA and became affectionately known as The PTA Dads. Some of their videos can be found at the Mapleton Elementary PTA YouTube page.

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This show is brought to you by K-12 Clothing. K-12 Clothing is a PTA-Dad created business focused on providing high-quality school apparel while increasing access to educational resources through fundraising in schools. Learn more at k12clothing.com

 

This show is made possible by support from SquadLocker.

Fundraising to Support Your PTA Mission

Fundraising to Support Your PTA Mission

Being a PTA leader and being a Mayor are more similar than you think! PTA and PTO missions revolve around building a community, engaging that community, and advocating for members of that community. Join us in this episode as we discuss how to create a PTA or PTO community at your school that supports the PTA mission and how to create events to further that mission.

Guest Name: Alecia Whitaker Pace

Guest Bio: 

Alecia Whitaker is the young adult author of the award winning Wildflower trilogy (Wildflower, The Road to You, and The Way Back Home) as well as the bestselling novel, The Queen of Kentucky, which was optioned for film. She grew up on a tobacco and cattle farm in a small Kentucky town and moved to NYC in 2004. She has a BFA in acting and has appeared on talk shows such as The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Martha, and The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch, as well as Deal or No Deal. Whitaker also hosted a parenting advice YouTube show called The Baby Book, has been in numerous commercials, and was chosen to narrate two of her novels for audio publication by her publisher. You can find more information at http://www.aleciawhitaker.com/

 

Since becoming a mother in 2010, Whitaker has been doing market research on her four bright and rambunctious kiddos who prefer going through life dressed in nothing but superhero undies. When she’s not running PTA fundraisers, changing diapers or tripping over Legos, she is working on two screenplays and an early chapter book series.

 

This show is brought to you by K-12 Clothing. K-12 Clothing is a PTA-Dad created business focused on providing high-quality school apparel while increasing access to educational resources through fundraising in schools. Learn more at k12clothing.com

 

This show is made possible by support from SquadLocker.

Building Your PTA Membership: Energize Your Fall Drive

Building Your PTA Membership: Energize Your Fall Drive

What is a PTA without its members? Whether you’re 3 or 30 members away from your fall goal, investing in your PTA membership drive can pay dividends. This episode will share tips we have gathered from other PTA leaders on how to structure your PTA to achieve your membership goals and some tried & effective ideas to get you the most members. 

 

This show is brought to you by K-12 Clothing. K-12 Clothing is a PTA-Dad created business focused on providing high-quality school apparel while increasing access to educational resources through fundraising in schools. Learn more at k12clothing.com

This show is made possible by support from SquadLocker.

 

Best Practices for Managing Your School or PTA Social Media Account

Best Practices for Managing Your School or PTA Social Media Account

Ever wonder how to cut through the noise on social media? We will talk about how schools, PTAs and PTOs can connect with their audience, create engaging content, and effectively manage their social media accounts. We will be joined by social media veteran, Matthew Desilet, and it may surprise you to hear who he suggests should run your social media accounts.

 

About our guest, Matthew Desilet, Marketing Director, SquadLocker

Matt Desilet is Marketing Director at SquadLocker, a company that provides online tools for teams, organizations, and schools to manage custom apparel and equipment purchasing. After his first childhood nickname “Dez” stuck, he never went back. Matt is a growth and engagement strategist experienced in creating digital marketing campaigns, launching new products, and enabling sales + success teams. He is an experienced contributor, manager, and leader on agile marketing teams. Matt likes to focus on delivering data-driven results in a human-centered way. His first startup experience came in the form of gigging and recording with his band full-time. Having a seat on the startup rocket ship gives Matt the same vibe as watching his music take off and get into the hands of thousands of people. To slow things down, he enjoys building and tinkering with guitars at home. A proud Rochestarian, Matt supports the Buffalo Bills, Wegmans, and proper Buffalo chicken wings. Bleu cheese only, Ranch need-not apply. 

What the # is FERPA & What Do I Need to Know?

What the # is FERPA & What Do I Need to Know?

With millions more students relying on online tools for virtual education, we need to be extra diligent in maintaining students’ data privacy. As a PTA or PTO leader, you play a large role. Did you know that even the title of the photos the PTA posts on FB could be subject to data privacy laws? We’ll talk about this, and a brief overview on what  PTA and PTO leaders need to know about the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) on this episode.

 

This show is brought to you by K-12 Clothing. K-12 Clothing is a PTA-Dad created business focused on providing high-quality school apparel while increasing access to educational resources through fundraising in schools. Learn more at k12clothing.com

This show is made possible by support from SquadLocker

 

 

Where to Start with Social Media for Your School, PTA or PTO

Where to start with social media for your school, PTA or PTO

Social media is a powerful tool but it can be overwhelming trying to figure out where your school or school group should start. Should you manage accounts on all major tools or just one? If just one, which one? And how do you get your community to engage? We’ll answer these, and other questions, in this social media 101 episode.

This show is brought to you by K-12 Clothing. K-12 Clothing is a PTA-Dad created business focused on providing high-quality school apparel while increasing access to educational resources through fundraising in schools. Learn more at k12clothing.com

This show is made possible by support from SquadLocker.

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