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Parent Leaders from Across the Country to Meet in Nation’s Capital to Advocate for Gun Safety and Safe and Supportive Schools

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Heidi May Wilson, Senior Manager, Media Relations


Hundreds of PTA leaders and advocates from across the country will come together Tuesday, March 13 through Thursday, March 15 in Arlington, Va., for the 2018 National PTA Legislative Conference. During the conference, attendees will meet with congressional leaders to advocate for bipartisan policy solutions to address gun safety and violence prevention and keep children safe. They will also participate in workshops focused on bringing their advocacy efforts and skill sets to the next level. Additionally, they will hear from speakers, including Betsy DeVos, U.S. Secretary of Education; Alissa Parker, Co-Founder of Safe and Sound Schools; and Carissa Moffat Miller, Interim Executive Director of the Council of Chief State School Officers.

National PTA will recognize Representative Mark DeSaulnier (D-CA) and Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) during the conference with its 2018 Congressional Voice for Children Award. The association will also honor the recipients of its 2018 Outstanding Advocacy Awards.


National PTA Legislative Conference
Tuesday, March 13 – Thursday, March 15

Opening Session, Betsy DeVos and Alissa Parker Remarks
Tuesday, March 13 – 2 to 2:50 p.m.
Salon A

Advocacy Awards Presentation
Tuesday, March 13 – 6:45 to 8:45 p.m.
Salon A

Voice for Children Reception, Center for Family Engagement Announcement
Wednesday, March 14 – 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
106 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Capitol Hill

Closing Session, Carissa Moffat Miller Remarks
Thursday, March 15 – 11 to 11:30 a.m.
Salon A


Crystal Gateway Marriott
1700 Jefferson Davis Highway
Arlington, VA 22202


  • Betsy DeVos—U.S. Secretary of Education
  • Alissa Parker—Co-Founder, Safe and Sound Schools
  • Carissa Moffat Miller—Interim Executive Director, Council of Chief State School Officers
  • Jim Accomando—President, National PTA
  • Nathan R. Monell, CAE—Executive Director, National PTA
  • Hundreds of PTA leaders from across the country


Heidi May Wilson, National PTA
Office phone: (703) 518-1242
Cell phone: (614) 570-3922

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.