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National PTA School of Excellence is a recognition program that supports and celebrates partnerships between PTAs and schools to enrich the educational experience and overall well-being for all students.
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National PTA Reflections

Every year since 1969, Reflections – the National PTA’s arts recognition and achievement program – gives students the chance to create original works of art in one or all of the available categories: Visual Arts, Photography, Literature, Dance Choreography, Film Production, and Music Composition.  Reflections provides an opportunity for students to enhance their arts education by exploring their artistic talents AND receiving recognition for their efforts!

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2020-2021 Theme:

“I Matter Because…” Student Entry Form (fillable, including *new* fields for typed signatures).

Official Rules & Specific Guidelines:

Key Dates:

  • November 2 – Suggested student submission due date (determined by each local unit; check with your specific PTA for their deadline)
  • November 10 – Projects due from local unit PTAs to their council
  • December 8 – Projects due from councils to region (NWCR/D37)
  • January 15 – Projects due from region to state (IL PTA)
  • March 2021 – Projects due from state to National PTA, state winners announced
  • March 15 – NWCR Reflections Reception (Virtual Ceremony)
  • May 2021 – National winners announced
  • June 6 – Illinois PTA Reflections Spotlight Event (Virtual)


Advancement Pathway:

Local Unit ⇒ Council ⇒ Region ⇒ State ⇒ National

Current Year Art Competition:

Access state specific resources for this year’s program (including the student entry form) directly from Illinois PTA > LEADERSHIP RESOURCES “Reflections” section from illinoispta,org.  Contact your local unit president for the password.  Find your 8-digit PTA ID from PTA Local Unit Lookup.  Connect with your local unit president for dates needed for the top gray section of the entry form.  A local unit must be in good standing to advance artwork.

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Annual Theme Search Contest:

Each Fall students submit theme ideas to inspire students in a future year.  Learn about the annual National PTA Reflections theme search competition from  Current year “Theme Search” contest instructions can be found under LEADERSHIP RESOURCES, “Reflections” section on  Contact your local unit president for the password.

Looking Ahead:

The theme for our next school year was submitted by Lydia Keel, from Spanish Fork Junior High School PTSA in Utah.  The 2021-2022 theme will be, “I Will Change the World By…”.