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Parent and Education Leaders to Convene in New Orleans for 2018 National PTA Convention & Expo

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2018 National Teacher of the Year Mandy Manning and singer and TED-talker Aidan Anderson to speak 

Convention to feature symposium on the opioid crisis, free community event for New Orleans families and Awards & Reflections Celebration

Parent and education leaders from across the country will come together Thursday, June 21 through Sunday, June 24 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center for the 2018 National PTA Convention & Expo. During the conference, attendees will hear from education professionals and experts; participate in workshops and trainings; and discuss key issues impacting children, families, schools and communities. The convention is designed to inspire and empower participants with ideas and strategies to make a difference in the lives of every child.

Event keynote speakers include 2018 National Teacher of the Year Mandy Manning and singer, songwriter and TED-talker Aidan Anderson. Attendees will also hear from National PTA President Jim Accomando and National PTA Executive Director Nathan R. Monell, CAE.

The convention will feature a symposium on the opioid crisis, a free community event (PTA Palooza) for New Orleans families and an Awards & Reflections Celebration, during which students from across the country will be recognized for their talents and creativity in the arts.

2018 National PTA Convention & Expo
Thursday, June 21 - Sunday, June 24

Aidan Anderson Keynote
Friday, June 22, 4:30 - 6:45 p.m.

PTA Palooza
Saturday, June 23, 10:15 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Opioid Symposium: A Public Health Epidemic, A Crisis for Families
Saturday, June 23, 3:45 - 5:15 p.m.

Awards & Reflections Celebration
Saturday, June 23, 6:30 - 9 p.m.

Mandy Manning Keynote
Sunday, June 24, 9:15 - 11:15 a.m.

Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
900 Convention Center Blvd.
New Orleans, LA 70130

About National PTA

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