A Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) is a formal organization that consists of parents, teachers and school staff. The organization's goals may vary from organization to organization, but essentially the goals include volunteerism of parents, encouragement of teachers and students, community involvement, and welfare of students and families.
A PTO generally consists of a board. These members may include a president, vice president, secretary and treasurer. They may also include various specialty positions, such as hospitality or programs. The board typically governs the PTO by creating and voting on meeting dates, general meeting programs, etc.
A PTO general meeting will consist of board members plus all parents, teachers and staff who are members of the PTO. A general meeting usually includes an agenda, which helps to keep the meeting on track. An agenda will usually include the following:
- Name of PTO
- Meeting Date
- Meeting Location
- Call to Order
- Review of previous meeting's minutes
- Officer’s Reports (President, Vice President, Secretary, etc.)
- Committee Reports (if any committees have been formed for an event, such as a carnival)
- Principal’s Report
- Unfinished (Old) Business
- New Business
There may be a special event (such as a Family Reading Night, talent show or musical performance) or a special speaker included in the general meeting as well.