NYS PTA Awards and Recognitions

New York State PTA offers many ways to recognize outstanding people and programs.

Advocacy, Family Engagement, Leadership and Service Awards

Program Awards

  • Pick a Reading Partner (PARP) Award – This award highlights the PARP program, shares outstanding PARP ideas with other PTAs, schools, libraries, communities and other parent groups, and shows the importance of reading and other literacy activities within the family and the community.
  • Reflections Theme Search Award – Children and youth can submit a national theme to serve as the inspiration for Reflections artists and their original works. Students submitting the winning theme receive $100 and recognition at the National PTA Convention.

Student Awards

Teacher Awards

  • NYS Teacher of the Year Award – The Teacher of the Year program recognizes and celebrates outstanding teachers throughout New York State.
  • Teacher Fellowship for Graduate Study in Memory of Richard Gazzola – This encourages excellent teachers to stay in the classroom by providing an opportunity improve teaching skills, update professional knowledge and expand professional perspectives.
  • Innovative Teacher Grant – This grant gives innovative teachers the opportunity to put their ideas into action. It is awarded to worthy projects that significantly influence student learning. Grants may aim to introduce something new or provide enhancements to a current program, and project should be inclusive; not limited to a subset of students within a class or grade level.

Unit/Council Awards

  • Founders Day Award – This award helps support leadership development and training.
  • Membership Awards – These awards are a great way to show parents in your school how active and successful your PTA is!

National PTA Awards and Grants

  • The Phoebe Apperson Hearst Awards – These awards recognize and celebrate achievement in building effective family-school partnerships.
  • Jan Harp Domene Diversity and Inclusion Award – This award recognizes PTAs that are dedicated to the needs of all families represented in their schools. It also acknowledges PTAs that develop practices that are inclusive and equal for all families and that result in positive change.