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Educators and PTAs: Here’s How to Talk to Your Students About Money

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Do you ever wonder why personal finance isn’t a course in K-12 education? As an elementary teacher, or upper-level math teacher, do you ever wonder what financial topics you should discuss with your students? If our goal is to produce children who are educated and ready for the world, including personal finance in a school’s curriculum, or having extracurricular activities that touch on this subject is necessary but not common. This episode discusses how schools, teachers, PTAs, PTOs, and school groups can work financial wellbeing into your K-12 curriculum or your school’s extracurricular activities.

 

About Our Guest: Rob Phelan, Maryland Math Teacher and Founder of the Simple Startup

Rob Phelan is an entrepreneur and high school personal finance teacher in Maryland. He is a Certified Financial Education Instructor by NCFE, author and Business Guide at The Simple StartUp, and co-creator of the ChooseFI PreK-12 Financial Education Curriculum.

Through his classroom work and Simple StartUp Virtual courses, Rob has helped beginner entrepreneurs form over 250 new businesses, across all different types of industries. The ChooseFI Curriculum has been used by hundreds of teachers across the United States and helped bring free financial education to many underserved populations when it comes to personal finance.

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

PTA Advocacy: Meeting Our Children’s Top Three Needs

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The PTA and PTO mission is to advocate for our children. Similarly, a school’s mission is typically to further our children’s education as well as social and emotional growth. In order to effectively do both of these things, understanding children’s basic needs is critical. Creating and advocating for policies that meet these needs allow students to excel. Our guest, Kristina Campos, founder of the Impactful Parent, will discuss children’s three basic needs and some ways to meet these in the school environment.

 

About Our Guest: Kristina Campos, The Impactful Parent

Kristina Campos lives in Colorado and has 4 children.  She has been an educator for over 20 years, working with all grade levels preschool through 12th grade. Kristina graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder and received her master’s degree from the University of Denver. When Kristina is not with her friends and family, she volunteers as a Board of Trustee for the GALS Schools of Denver (3 Denver Public Charter Schools) and for a gifted private school called Mackintosh Academy in Littleton, Colorado. Kristina has a passion for children and a strong devotion to serving parents of school-age children. She continues to stay active in the schools by substitute teaching whenever her schedule allows. 

 

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.

How to Smoothly Transition Your PTA/PTO/PTSA Board

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Spring is PTA and PTO election time! Can’t wait to be done with this crazy school year? We are with you. The more we can do to prepare at the end of the school year, the better we set everyone up for the fall. If you are a parent teacher organization leader who is thinking about how to transition, we have the top 5 areas to focus on this spring.

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.

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

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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.

Fundraising For Title I Schools

Fundraising For Title I Schools

Are you fundraising at a Title I school? Fundraising at Title I schools is an often discussed topic - you need the funds but you want to be sensitive to not overburden your school families. Here are some easy, no-cost, ideas gathered from Title I school leaders on ways to fundraise in this environment.

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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.

Tips for Teachers to Create Effective Parent Communications

Tips for Teachers to Create Effective Parent Communications

K-12 education teachers are really effective at connecting with, and engaging their students. But they don’t receive as much training and support as you might expect in speaking to parents. As a result, parent-teacher conferences and sending newsletters can be anxiety producing events. From finding content to finding your voice to how principals and superintendents can help, a former teacher and current communications expert joins us to provide tips on parent-teacher communications.

About our guest:

Lindsay Kapsa is a former educator, school administrator and expert innovator in the education tech industry for over a decade.  Currently, she is the VP of Strategy and Success for ClassTag, the leading parent-teacher communication platform. Her life long career in education and beloved role as mother of two has uniquely positioned Lindsay to help support the collaboration between parents, teachers and administrators to help all students succeed.

 

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.

Finding Hidden Treasure: Fun K-12 School Scavenger Hunt Ideas

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Whether you’re a teacher looking to spice up science, a principal looking to build morale amongst your staff, or a PTA or PTO looking to engage your community, a scavenger hunt is for you! Join us to hear tips for exciting missions, different ways to use scavenger hunts, and some best practices for fundraising. K-12 Clothing and GooseChase partner up for some ideas for beginners and experts alike.

About our guests: Eric Chiang and Joe Denomme

Eric is the Head of Marketing at GooseChase. He was introduced to the company after participating in his first game (and leading his team to victory!) while traveling in Central America. Having a love for all things competitive and a belief in the power of games to unite people, Eric is responsible for designing and creating content that helps teachers and event organizers everywhere make the most of their digital scavenger hunt experience.

 

Joe always considers himself the voice of the customer and has spent his career creating exceptional customer experiences in events, retail and financial products. Joe's main goal is to understand your vision and help you bring your dream hunt to life. In addition to his work with GooseChase, he coaches minor hockey in Toronto and is passionate about building positive team cultures, and having fun while crushing your goals. When he isn't working you can find him hiking, canoeing, or hitting any stand-up comedy show he can find.

 

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.

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