The Clayton County Council of PTAs (CCCPTA) is a group of local PTAs organized under the authority of the Georgia Congress of Parents and Teachers Association (GPTA). Its purpose is to provide leadership, serve, assist and act as a resource for local PTAs.
The Clayton County Council of PTAs adds strength to local PTAs by enabling them to work more effectively in their schools and communities. Organized with the Council, PTAs can provide the impact of the united effort for which we are recognized.
The Clayton County Council of PTAs is governed by bylaws approved by Georgia PTA. Local PTAs join the Council as self-governing organizations, paying dues as described in the Council Bylaws. The Council is directed by the same objects and basic policies as the National and Georgia Congress of Parents and Teachers.
What is a Council?
A Council exists to help PTA/PTSA units function effectively. It provides PTA/PTSA leaders opportunities to compare ways of doing things, learn about procedure and work together on common projects. With good public relations, a council can serve as a two-way channel of communication between schools, school board and the public. A council provides an organization through which local units an work with the school board and the administrators of the schools system. In summation, effective PTA/PTSA councils serve as primary service providers to the local PTA/PTSA units, key collaborative bodies within their communities, and superb examples of Leadership.
Primary Service Provider
In their role as primary service provider, councils:
- function as the first point of contact for local units.
- are understanding of, and compassionate to, PTA/PTSA unit problems
- interpret the basic policies any bylaws in a friendly, impersonal manner
- facilitate the resolution of conflicts for local units, if possible
- distribute materials and information in a timely fashion and easily understood manner
- encourage local unit attendance at leadership trainings and events
- assist in officer development and training
- support and remind local units of impending deadlines and award opportunities
- foster interest in organizing new PTA/PTAs
- refrain from legislating for its PTA/PTSA units
Key Collaborative Bodies
In their role of key collaborative body, councils:
- are a link that unites and presents a unified image of PTA to the community
- coordinate programs and initiatives for greatest possible community impact
- focus attention and energy on community problems and concerns
- ensure that local units are kept informed of emerging legislative issues and organize action, if needed
- communicate issues of local unit or community concern to Georgia State PTA
Training and Developing Officers
A primary task of the council is to develop and strengthen PTA/PTSA leadership. Council meetings and activities provide excellent opportunities for skill development by modeling good leadership behaviors. Training and development programs conducted by councils enhance PTA/PTSA activities by providing well-informed, dedicated and confident leaders. Further, developing local PTA/PTSA officers and improving council officers’ leadership skills helps to ensure strong succession of officers. Good leaders are always in the business of replacing themselves.