This week's post is by Dianne Wright, media coordinator at Friendship Elementary:
Have you considered attending your monthly PTO Board Meetings? Included in the blog are 3 interviews from stakeholders on the benefits of my attending Friendship PTO Board Meetings. The final comment is from me. I hope this helps motivate you to attend your PTO Board meetings as an advocate for media, technology, and so many more things that you are involved with as Media Coordinator.
Principal, Beth Goins:
“During my service as the principal of Friendship Elementary School I attend monthly PTO meetings along with two teacher representatives, my assistant principal, and our media coordinator. As we partner with our PTO and meet monthly to review how to best support our staff and students it is very important to have multiple staff perspectives represented for meeting discussions. As a member of our staff PTO representation, our media coordinator, Mrs. Wright, is able to listen in to teacher needs and review her media and technology resources on a monthly basis. Listening to community thoughts and teacher needs is a great way to engage in and add to critical discussions related to overall school improvement. As we all know, technology has great potential to enhance and support instruction for students and teachers alike.
At Friendship as a result of a consistent presence, Mrs. Wright has established and strengthened her relationships with community and staff. In turn, our technology resource needs have been met at a level that has exceeded our expectations and goals. Is it worth the time invested each month? From my experience it is absolutely time well invested! The dividends are countless and they multiply into positive outcomes for all over the months and years of investments.”
PTO President, Annette:
“Media Coordinators attending monthly PTO meetings can be very helpful. They can provide valuable insight on students because they interact with all the children of the school as well as all of the teaching staff weekly. Friendships media coordinator is able to answer many questions regarding available technology and costs to help us make important technology purchasing decisions. Since our media coordinator is in charge of the morning news show she is informed about different PTO events first hand and she can share that information with the student body. I think Mrs. Wright provides another valuable perspective to aid our board of parents and teachers in working together towards the common goal of providing the best possible learning experience at Friendship Elementary.”
Classroom Teacher Representative, Kim:
She is another school employee to offer her opinion about needs from a different point of view; there are 2 classroom teachers on the Board. Our Media Specialist can see the ‘other side of the school.’
She has a wealth of knowledge regarding school events (Author visits and great connections for literacy experiences for children).”
Media Coordinator, Dianne Wright:
“For the first 14 years of my media coordinator experience, I did not attend PTO Board meetings. I suggested I would like to attend in years 11-14 but never carved the time out of my nightly schedule to attend. Once I took that first step, I saw how beneficial it was to our school community, media program, technology purchases, and so much more. Since then I have voluntarily attended each month. Many times the principal, Ms. Goins, in the past 4 years has asked me to specifically be a spokesperson for a specific issue and to come with information. PTO Board members have asked my advice and treated me like a Board member, although I do not have voting privileges since I truly attend voluntarily. I have not asked them to change their bylaws to include the media coordinator, because I would not want the media coordinator to be forced to attend. However, I can say that the two hours each month is a small price to pay for the benefits to our school community and to the active spokesperson that I can be at those important foundational meetings for Friendship Elementary. I encourage those who have not considered this to do so as you contemplate ways to impact your school.”
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