parent-teacher association

noun, often capitalized P&T&A

Definition of parent-teacher association

: an organization of local groups of teachers and the parents of their pupils that works for the improvement of the schools and the benefit of the pupils

Examples of parent-teacher association in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For example, an experimental study by Stanford Professor Shelley Correll suggested that participants gave lower ratings – and offered less pay – to female applicants who listed their membership in the parent-teacher association on their resume. Elizabeth C. Tippett, The Conversation, "Pants or no pants? Tips for virtual job interviews from home," 1 May 2020 The school has also become a magnet for families across the city looking for a diverse gifted school, and the parent-teacher association encourages local East Harlem parents to apply. New York Times, "This Top Gifted and Talented School Is Integrated. Is It the Future?," 10 Oct. 2019 She and her husband were involved in parent leadership activities and were each past presidents of the parent-teacher association. Krista Torralva,, "Group wants to give San Antonio parents the knowledge and advocacy skills to improve schools," 24 Apr. 2020 Despite increasing levels of education, recent generations have seen stagnating participation in everything from politics to organized religion to union membership to parent-teacher associations. Alain Sylvain, Quartz, "Why buying into pop culture and joining a cult is basically the same thing," 10 Mar. 2020 Many schools have parent liaisons or parent-teacher associations that can provide helpful information. Amy Joyce, Washington Post, "Parents say they want integrated schools. Here’s how they can actually find them.," 29 Jan. 2020 Children and families in Montgomery County have been dealing with hate in schools for years, said Mark Eckstein, a member of the county’s parent-teacher association and an LGBTQ advocate. Washington Post, "Montgomery County schools overhaul policies to address hate and bias," 6 Feb. 2020 In fact, studies show that participation in group activities is down in general, in everything from book clubs, to parent-teacher associations, to churches, to country clubs. John Carlisle,, "Polka, bingo and fish fries are slowly saving VFW post in Michigan's U.P.," 29 Nov. 2019 The officer also stepped down from his role as chairperson of a school's parent-teacher association after he was identified online, amid calls for his resignation, according to a statement from the school. Jessie Yeung, CNN, "We 'shouldn't have to give our lives:' Hong Kong protester shot by police speaks out," 23 Nov. 2019

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1914, in the meaning defined above

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“Parent-teacher association.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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