NEW – PTA / PTSA Leadership Workshop Award

The Duval County Council of PTA is offering a new award based on PTA Unit participation in the PTA Leadership Workshop.

Criteria for Award: 3 ITEMS must be met in order to qualify.

  1. PTA/PTSA has a minimum of 5 members from their local unit each attend 3 hours of the county leadership workshop classes.
  2. Must be a PTA in good standing: See all SIX requirements on our website,
  3. Submitted to the DCCPTA Awards Chair:
  4. DEADLINE: ON OR BEFORE Noon, the day of the April DCCPTA General Meeting (check website for exact date).
    Location: Duval County School Board Building, Cline Auditorium, 1701 Prudential Dr., Jacksonville, FL 32207 (bring ID)
    Mail Application to: Attn: Awards Chair, DCCPTA, P.O. Box 5397, Jacksonville, FL 32247-5397.

Click here for the Leadership Workshop Application.

DCCPTA Presidents & Treasurers Training November 14

DCCPTA Presidents & Treasurers Training November 14. 2016, 5-7:30 pm,,Cline Auditorium, DCPS School Board Building.

Please register to attend.

Presidents & Treasurers Training Registration

Click on the date you would like to attend and then fill in the form. Session times depend on the date you select. Registration begins 15 minutes before the start time.

Winter Workshops

DCCPTA invites all PTA members to join us for our annual

Winter Leadership Training Workshops and ESE Fair

Date:            SATURDAY, January 30, 2016 

Time:            8:30 am   Registration begins
                         9:00 am – 12:00 pm   Workshops
ESE Fair:       8:30 am – 10:00 am
Location:      Eugene Butler Middle School
                          900 Acorn Street
                         Jacksonville, 32209
1/25/16:  SCHEDULE CHANGE: The Parent Academy class topic has CHANGED to:
“How to be better advocate for your child in ESE”
ANY PTA member may attend our workshops! 
PLEASE REGISTER (Especially Presidents and Treasurers) for the workshops you plan to take so we can select rooms appropriately!
Please select a valid form

Advocacy Training – Support Your Children

In the context of PTA, advocacy is supporting and speaking up for children — in schools, in communities, and before government bodies and other organizations that make decisions affecting children.

Duval County Council of PTAs offers Grassroots Advocacy Training. This training is designed for those who are interested becoming effective advocates for education or for those interested in teaching the next generation of PTA leaders the skills to be effective issue advocates.

In the PTA Grassroots Advocacy Training we use 3 methods:

  • A presentation consisting of lecture and discussion elements
  • Role Playing
  • Written exercises with presentation

The training includes six modules:

  • Strategy: Goals vs Tactics
  • Coalition Building
  • Recruitment and Organizational Building *
  • Media as a Tactic
  • Meeting with Decision-makers
  • Common Core State Standards: Overview


Check our calendar for the next training date.

Helpful Advocacy Training Links;

PTA Position Statements

Jacksonville Public Education Toolkit Available

A Parent’s Role in ESSA Implementation   Jul 27, 2016


Training and Workshops

DCCPTA’s Fall Leadership Workshops will be held September ??, 2016 from 8:30 am – 1:00 pm.

Sample DCCPTA invites to Winter Leadership Training Workshops and ESE Fair


Advocacy – Chair

Taking Action Through the Legislative Process 2014


DCCPTA Award Info 2014-2015

Local Unit Awards Tips 2014

History Book Info & Award Form Fall 2013

Business Partners

Business Partners – DCC PTA class Fall 2015


Communication – Chair

Public Speaking Workshop January 2016

PTA Computer & Communication Tips January 2016

PTA Photo Communication Tips January 2016

Social Media Tips

Creating Effective Newsletters Fall 2014

Marla Bryant Presentation on Facebook Communications Fall 2014

Executive Board

Your Executive Board Playing by the rules Sept 2014

Your Executive Board Playing by the rules Fall 2013


Fundraising – Chair

Grants and Donations

Health & Safety

Bonding and Addiction PowerPoint


PTA Leadership Training Program

Handouts For PTA Leadership Training Program

Behavior-Style Evaluation 061616

Example of Team Ground Rules 061616


SMART Goal Help Worksheet 061616

Volunteer Position Description Worksheet 061616

Webmaster Job Description 061616

Understand the Conflict Worksheet 061616

Leadership Activity

Build The Best Tower Team Activity


Membership – Vice President

Membership Tips

Membership: Recipe for Success

Membership PPT Sept 2014

Membership Fall 2013


President – Local PTA

DCCPTA Pres Training June 2015

President Transition Checklist 2014

President Info Sheet 2014

Procedure Notes



ElectionofOfficers-Script 2014

Agenda-sample 2014

DCCPTA Presidents Training Sept 2014

President’s Training – Fall 2013


Program – Vice President

PTA Male-bership June 2015

PTA Programs PP Fall 2014

PTA Increasing your Male-bership 2014

All Pro Dad

Increasing Male Involvement in Schools Fall 2013

Programs Fall 2013


Reflections Workshop Sept 2015 Handouts Fall 2015

Reflections Workshop Handouts Sept 2014

Step by Step Guide to Online Registration 2014

Reflections Workshop Presentation 2014

Treasurers – Finance

Treasurer – Local PTA Unit

Treasurers Top Ten Tasks – Sept 2014

DCCPTA Treasurer’s Training Fall 2013

End Of Year Treasurer’s Checklist

Vision Screening

Vision Screening Basics Fall 2013


PTA Computer & Communication Tips January 2016

Social Media Tip Sheets

PTA Website

Meeting Collaboration Website join-me

School, Community, Health & Safety, Resources and Links

Child Safety

Bullying – Duval County Public Schools, Contact–Heather Watson, ,  904-390-2215, September 2014

ID A Kid—-Amber Alerts, Contact—Matt Campbell,,  September 2014

Self Defense, Michael & David, , VI Garage, Mike and Kristellys Zolondek, 11855 North Main Street, Suite 3, Jacksonville, FL 32218 September 2014

The Players–Safe Kids, Lesley Seaton,, September 2014

Walk Safe, Contact–Lisa Wright,, 904-396-9549, September 2014

Community Education

Jacksonville Zoo

Cummer Museum

Jacksonville Public Library

General Children Links

Family Resources  National Standards for Family-School Partnerships

Jacksonville Children’s Commission (JCC) is an autonomous entity of the City of Jacksonville serving the needs of children and their families throughoutChilderns Commition Duval County. We partner with local non-profit organizations and sponsor a continuum of research-based programs to help ensure children from birth to age 18 have stable, nurturing families; are prepared to enter kindergarten and succeed in school; have support and guidance after-school and in the summer; and receive special help when they need it. The Commission works hand-in-hand with local nonprofit organizations, carefully tracking each program¹s effectiveness and outcomes.

Financial Links

Real$ense Jacksonville – Offering workshops on money matter FREE.

Low Cost Internet Access If your child receives free or reduced price school lunches, you may quality for Internet Essentials from Comcast. Call 1-855-846-8376

School Related Links

Alliance for Excellent Education – great site for the latest information and resources about Common Core, Digital Learning, and Advancements in Education New.

School Facts Jax, a free tool created by the Jacksonville Public Education Fund, to make public school information easily accessible to parents and citizens.

Real Talk Podcasts Duval Public School podcasts on various topics, including: Bullying, Assessments, Attendance, and many more

School Lunches, Snacks, and Nutrition – School Payments Made Easy. Pay for school meals and more, anytime, anywhere from your computer or smartphone.  Create your FREE account to get started.

Smart Snacks for PTA Activities

Take a look at this video from DCPS’ School Lunch food service provider, Chartwell’s, about their Farm to Table program.  February 10, 2015

Daily food guide from the US Department of Agriculture at  There are daily tips, recipes, cookbooks and menus, resources for teachers and educators, graphics, links to other resources and partners, etc. Many features are available in Spanish too.  October 31, 2014

Whole Foods–San Jose Blvd., Donation—Cereal Bars and Coupons, Jennifer Johnston, 10601 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville, Fl. 32257, 288-1100,

Mental Health & Addiction Links:

Drug Addiction Bonding-and-Addictions PowerPoint

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, No matter what problems you are dealing with, we want to help you find a reason to keep living. By calling 1-800-273-TALK (8255) you’ll be connected to a skilled, trained counselor at a crisis center in your area, anytime 24/7

United Way 2-1-1 Phone System Offers Community Access to Health, Social and Human Services.  United Way 2-1-1 is nationally accredited by the Alliance of Information & Referral Systems (AIRS), the highest regarded information and referral accreditation program in the United States. United Way 2-1-1 is also nationally accredited by the American Association of Suicidology (AAS) and certified statewide by the Florida Alliance of Information and Referral Services (FLAIRS).

Community Asthma Partnership at Wolfson Hospital,, Lesley Seaton,,  September 2014

 provides valuable and verifiable information on substances abuse, addiction recovery, as well as motivational success stories to help you beat or avoid addiction.
 ParnershipFor Drug Free
works to reduce substance abuse among adolescents by supporting families and engaging with teens.
 Quitsmokingcommunity, Kick tobacco with help. , volunteers who are passionate about ending smoking around the world.
Drug Free Duval’s January Lunch ‘n’ Learn on the Bonding-and-Addictions. February 3, 2015

From Drug Free Duval , Susan Pitman, presented Drug Free Duval Presentation on Parent Engagement    at our October 2014.

Underage Drinking Drug Free Duval Teen Alcohol Booklet  order copies for your school from Sally Finn at

 JPEF Mental Health Resources  The Jacksonville Public Education Fund has graciously allowed us to share with our members the attached information flyer of Mental Health Resources available in Jacksonville. Please feel free to post on your own school and/or PTA websites and distribute to your school’s families.   August 21, 2015

Tobacco-Free Jacksonville Coalition, , Dr. Robert Thomas,, Florida Department of Health in Duval, Division of Nutrition and Chronic Disease, Chair—Harry Reagan –, September 2014

Physical Health

DCPS Vision Services Program by Dot Mathias June 2015  DCPS Vision Screening Program History by Dot Mathias June 12, 2015

Florida KidCare – Insurance,, Lesley Seaton, , 904-202-4052, September 2014

Chiropractor – Sports Heath, Dr. Jake Marshall, Marshall Family Chiropractic, ,, September 2014

Build The Best Tower Team Activity

By: Richard GodkeDuval County Council Whit master4

Objectives of Educational Workshop:  Students will be able to identify 5 different factors that can affect the accomplishments of a team by the end of the workshop.

Team Goals: Build the best tower.

Group Size:  From 4-8 participants per team that are random assigned.

Time requirement: 45 minutes is what the activity was designed for.  It can be adjusted for as little as 15 and as long as 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Materials required:  Each team (4-8 per team) will need a closed container that includes different and an unequal amount of building supplies.  Make sure one is obviously more deficient then the others.  Here are some of the possible building supplies: Paper Cups, plates, bowls, Scissors, Popsicle Sticks, coffee stirrers, pens, markers, pencils, construction paper, newspaper, cardboard, tape, stapler, glue, paper clips, string, etc.

Set Up

  1. Ask the group if anyone has participated in this “Build the Best Tower Activity”? If they have, pull them out and use them as a team observer during the exercise.
  2. Count off around the room by the number of teams you have. Example, you have 20 participants and you will have 5 on each team.  20 participants divide by 5 per team = count off by 4s.
  3. choose a team leader, reporter, and pick up person.



All questions should be answered “Build the best tower”.

Facilitator should float around the room to observe team interactions.


Break up into your teams.

Each team needs to choose a leader, a recorder, and a pick up person.

Build the Best Tower, you have 45 minutes.

Pick up person needs to pick up one of the packets.

Two minute in, announce there is a prize for the winning team.

Ask the leader to come to the center of the room and report.

Tell the time schedule has changed you only have 15 more minutes.


Questions after building a tower

Debriefing the Activity

Use these debriefing questions as a guide for your discussion. Select the questions you feel will best benefit your group. It is not mandatory to cover every question. If possible, record the group’s responses on flip chart paper so all comments are displayed. Make sure to let everyone share their ideas, and remind participants that everyone’s opinions and feelings are important!

  1. How long did it take to get started?
  2. How did you choose the leader, recorder, and pick up person?
  3. Did everyone have equal involvement? If not, who took over who stood back? Why did you choose that role?
  4. How did leadership style influence the team?
  5. Did anybody get concerned about time?tower
  6. One thing your team did well?
  7. One thing your team did poorly?
  8. Raise your hand if you helped build a tower?
  9. What worked well?
  10. What challenges did you encounter and how did you overcome them?
  11. Did you build the tallest tower you could? Why or why not?
  12. How did the prize effect the team?
  13. How did the amount of time effect he team?
  14. How did losing a person change the team?
  15. How long did it take to get going?
  16. How did not having the same supplies effect the team?
  17. Did you assume that you were only supposed to collaborate with those in your small group?
  18. What would have been possible if you had decided to share resources with the whole group?
  19. Would you have had a taller tower?
  20. Why didn’t you?
  21. How did you come to the decision to collaborate?
  22. What became possible once you made the decision to share resources?
  23. What was challenging?
  24. How does building the tower in this activity compare to your daily work? or the way our group is organized?
  25. How does this activity relate to being part of the larger company, organization, or group?
  26. What did you just do together?
  27. How did you feel while you did the activity?
  28. What was one positive thing that happened during this activity?
  29. How would things been different if you had an additional half hour?
  30. What was one of the challenges of doing this activity?
  31. What did the group have to do or believe to be successful?
  32. Since you were not able to solve the problem, does it mean your group is a failure?
  33. If the tower fell, ask how it felt when the tower fell?
  34. How can our group do more with less?
  35. How do you feel now?
  36. What advice would you give to another group working on this activity?
  37. Did you try different ideas? If so, why did you change your approach?


When working with teams, you will be met with a lack of resources, time and cooperation.  These items may change unexpectedly the team needs to be flexible and role with the changes.  Organizing a successful team requires both planning and cooperation of all team members.  Go out and Build your own Tower.

Additional information

Here is another resource that may give you other ideas to conduct the same activities

Build a Tower


DCCPTA Training Schedule

All in coming DCCPTA unit presidents & treasurers are required to attend one of the following training meetings:Training

July 31, 2017, 5:30 – 7:30  PM, Location Cline Auditorium, DCPS School Board Building, 1701 Prudential Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32207.

August 24, 2017, 9:30-11:30 AM, Location Cline Auditorium, DCPS School Board Building, 1701 Prudential Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32207..

Please put these dates on your calendar if you will be serving as presidents & treasurers the coming year.

Please register at least three days before the meeting by Clicking Here.