Delaware PTA Reflections Toolkit

The following steps will help you run a successful Reflections program. If you have any questions, please contact Deanna Rolland, DPTA Reflections chair (deanna.rolland@delawarepta.org).

All Participants (schools or individuals) should contact Deanna Rolland to be put on distribution list for DPTA Reflection updates (deanna.rolland@delawarepta.org).



November 17, 2017:    2019-2020 Theme Search Contest entries are due to DPTA Office

January 26, 2018:    Up to 5 entries in every art category and grade division at local PTA/VIP Unit level are due to DPTA Office

Week of February 26, 2018: State Winners announced

If you wish to participate as an individual (independent of a PTA), skip to Step 7 under 2017-2018 Reflections Contest ‘Within Reach.”

Reflections program consists of two parts

1). Search for a future Reflections theme

2). Submit art entries in one or more categories using the current year’s theme, ‘Within Reach.”


2019-2020 Reflections Theme Search Contest 

The search is on for the future National PTA Reflections theme!

One exceptional concept may be chosen to inspire thousands of students across the nation and in American schools overseas to create original works of art in dance, film, literature, music, photography and visual arts.

DPTA may submit up to 5 entries for review by National PTA. Past themes are not considered.

The National PTA Theme Search Contest Winner receives $100 and recognition at the Annual National PTA Convention.

Submissions can be made via email to deanna.rolland@delawarepta.org or mailed to the DPTA office (925 Bear-Corbitt Rd, Bear, DE 19701-1323). They must be received by November 17, 2017 (NO EXCEPTIONS). Local PTA units should establish due dates prior to DPTA’s date.   Be sure to include page 2 which lists prior themes.

Theme search contest is only open to students who attend a school with an active PTA.

17-18 Reflections Theme Search Entry Form   (en Espanol)

Reflections Theme Search:  PAST THEMES

2017-2018 Reflections Contest “Within Reach”

DPTA’s Reflections program is open to all students in the Delaware, regardless of whether they attend a school with an active PTA or not. The below steps outline how to run a school-wide program. It can be used by PTA and non-PTA schools. Non-PTA schools and individual participants should also review Step 7 – Non-PTA Participation/Individual Participation rules.


Step 1: Start the Arts

Walk through a step-by-step process for engaging students, parents and educators in Reflections while learning about resources and tools provided by DPTA and National PTA.


Step 2: Organize and Plan Your Program 

Recruit a committee/team of volunteers to assist with program tasks. Also recruit community arts professionals to review artwork and determine awards.


Step 3: Promoting Reflections

Share announcements widely using PTA, school and community communication channels. Be sure to include a deadline and drop off location as well as submission instructions.


Step 4: Organize Artwork for Judging

First, check-in entries and review artwork for qualification. Organize entries by division and category, then assign them to a judge.

  • Welcome judges with a copy of program rules and score card (17-18 Reviewer Packet).  Instruct judges to follow the guidelines spelled out in the program rubric when scoring entries.
  • Ensure judges review the student’s artwork title and artist statement included on the student’s entry form, but do not reveal the student’s name.
  • Assign awards to all qualifying entries. Award levels may include: Award of Excellence, Award of Merit, Honorable Mention and Participant.
  • Submit school winners (up to 5 entries in every art category and grade division) online by due date (January 26, 2018)
  • Visual Arts will be dropped off during the week ending January 26, 2018 for judging in person (Photographs are still required to be uploaded online).  The DPTA Reflections Submission form should be included with the visual arts at drop off.  Drop Off Dates/Times/Locations TBD.
  • For guidance for online submissions, review 17-18  Reflections Guide for Online Submissions.


Step 5: Celebrate and Recognize Your Participants


Step 6: Wrap Up


Step 7: Non-PTA Participation/Individual Participation

Additional requirements are needed for those who are not participating via a local, active PTA unit. Please review these requirements for complete details. Some highlights are:


Any questions please contact DPTA Reflections Chair, Deanna Rolland (deanna.rolland@delawarepta.org).