PTA Reflections® Program
The arts—and the National PTA Reflections® program—welcomes all grades and abilities to explore and be involved in the arts. Annually, thousands of students will reflect on a common theme and create original works of art in the categories of dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts.
The theme for the 2016-2017 school year is "What is Your Story?". Use the Reflections® Toolkit to guide your PTA and make your Reflections® program a success. If you have any questions or need assistance throughout the program year, please contact your council representative.
Step 1: Start the Arts
Walk through a step-by-step process for engaging students, parents and educators in Reflections® while learning about resources and tools provided by Texas PTA and National PTA.
- Take the National PTA Reflections® Leader Training (on demand).
- Attend the Reflections 101 Webinar (Aug. 9, 8:00 PM EDT).
- Watch the Texas PTA Reflections for Local PTAs Webinar
- Use #ArtsEdWeek Tools to kick-off your program in a big way this National Arts in Education Week (Sept. 11-17).
Step 2: Organize and Plan Your Program
Recruit a committee/team of volunteers to assist with program tasks. Also recruit community arts professionals to review artwork and determine awards.
- Customize your PTA Leader Checklist to organize tasks and schedule deadlines.
- Consider these Volunteer Job Descriptions to help recruit volunteers with specific skills/interests.
- Build your PTA Arts Committee with this Volunteer Sign-Up Sheet.
Step 3: Promote Reflections®
Share announcements widely using PTA, school and community communication channels. Be sure to include a deadline and drop off location, as well as, submission instructions.
- Consider these Tips for Promoting Reflections®
- Introduce Reflections® to school and community partners using this Reflections flyer.
- Announce your Call for Entries using this customizable themed poster (.pdf, fillable .pdf) and promotional video for students.
- Distribute the Student Entry Form, Rules and Instructions provided by Texas PTA:
- Create your own promotions:
Step 4: Organize Artwork for Judging
First, check-in entries and review artwork. Qualify submissions according to program rules and address student ineligibility, as needed. Organize entries by Arts Category and Grade Division, then assign them to a judge.
- Prepare submissions for Judges' review and provide Judging Guidelines and a Score Card to each judge. Judges will review artwork and judging information provided on the student's entry form.
- Collect judges scores and rank entries.
- Assign awards to all qualifying entries. Award levels may include: Award of Excellence; Award of Merit; Honorable Mention; Participant.
Step 5: Celebrate and Recognize Your Participants
- Start with the Reflections® Celebration Guide to help plan your event.
- Promote your event and celebrate students in local media using this media advisory and press release.
- Present the Certificate of Recognition and other awards available at the PTA Store.
- Learn about council, state and national awards for students and PTAs.
- Use the Local PTA Advance to CCCC form to advance up to 10% (or at least one entry) from each grade division and arts category. Email a copy to Jill Kaale and submit a paper copy with your advancing entries.
Step 6: Wrap It Up
- Be sure to thank school staff, community partners, judges, and volunteers using this Thank-you Letter for Volunteers.
- Organize information to share with PTA and school leaders using this Program Evaluation.
- Submit student participation totals (Sept. 1 through Mar. 1, 2017).
Questions? Contact your council representative, Jill Kaale.