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Parent Leaders from Across the Country to Meet in Nation?s Capital to Advocate for Public Education and Every Child

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Event to feature Senior White House Adviser for Education Jason Botel


Hundreds of PTA leaders and advocates from across the country will come together Wednesday, March 8 and Thursday, March 9 in Arlington, Va., for the 2017 National PTA Legislative Conference. During the conference—themed, “Celebrating 120 Years of Changing Children’s Lives”—attendees will celebrate historic milestones and honor PTA members and policymakers whose efforts have made a difference for the education, health and well-being of every child. They will also hear from speakers and will participate in workshops on issues facing the new administration and Congress. Additionally, they will get an in-depth look at National PTA’s 2017 public policy priorities and will actively advocate for key issues impacting children, families and schools through meetings with congressional leaders on Capitol Hill.

Jason Botel will be the event’s keynote speaker. Botel serves as senior White House adviser for education. In addition to Botel, attendees will hear from Superior Court Judge Verda Colvin and Kimberly Hefling, senior education writer for POLITICO, and will be treated to a special performance by Epic Theatre Ensemble.

National PTA will recognize Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) and Congressman Bobby Scott (D-VA) during the conference with its 2017 Congressional Voice for Children Award. The association will also honor the recipients of its 2017 Outstanding Advocacy Awards.


National PTA Legislative Conference
Wednesday, March 8 and Thursday, March 9

Opening Session, Discussion on What’s in Store for the Administration and 115th Congress
Wednesday, March 8 – 8 to 8:50 a.m.

Jason Botel Keynote, Judge Verda Colvin Remarks, Outstanding Advocacy Awards Presentation
Wednesday, March 8 – 12:35 to 2:35 p.m.

Epic Theatre Ensemble Performance, Congressional Voice for Children Awards Presentation
Wednesday, March 8 – 5:15 to 6:30 p.m.


Crystal Gateway Marriott
1700 Jefferson Davis Highway
Arlington, VA 22202


  • Jason Botel—Senior White House Adviser for Education
  • Kimberly Hefling—Senior Education Writer, POLITICO
  • Judge Verda Colvin—Superior Court Judge, Bibb County, GA
  • Epic Theatre Ensemble
  • Laura Bay—President, National PTA
  • Nathan R. Monell, CAE—Executive Director, National PTA
  • Hundreds of PTA leaders from across the country

About National PTA

National PTA® comprises millions of families, students, teachers, administrators, and business and community leaders devoted to the educational success of children and the promotion of family engagement in schools. PTA is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit association that prides itself on being a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities, and a strong advocate for public education. Membership in PTA is open to anyone who wants to be involved and make a difference for the education, health, and welfare of children and youth.