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Parent Leaders from Across the Country to Meet in Nation’s Capital to Take Action for Kids

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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 12 through Thursday, March 14 in Arlington, Va., for the 2019 National PTA Legislative Conference. During the conference, attendees will take action on issues that affect the education, health, safety, well-being and long-term success of America’s children by meeting with congressional leaders on Capitol Hill. They will also hear expert tips from speakers and participate in workshops to expand their knowledge of federal law and grow their advocacy skills.

Among the speakers, attendees will hear from student activists, including Aalayah Eastmond, a senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and executive council member for Team Enough, and Alanna Miller, a senior at Carroll High School and a member of the national advisory board for Students Demand Action. They will also hear from Congresswoman Jahana Hayes.

National PTA will recognize Senators Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Christopher Murphy (D-CT) during the conference with its 2019 Congressional Voice for Children Award. The association will also honor the recipients of its 2019 Outstanding Advocacy Awards.


National PTA Legislative Conference
Tuesday, March 12 – Thursday, March 14

Opening Session, Student Panel
Tuesday, March 12 – 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Awards Presentation, Congresswoman Jahana Hayes and Senator Murphy Remarks
Wednesday, March 13 – 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Closing Session, Rob Scheer and Alanna Miller Remarks
Thursday, March 14 – 11 a.m. to Noon
Salon III


Crystal Gateway Marriott
1700 Jefferson Davis Highway
Arlington, VA 22202


  • Jahana Hayes—U.S. Representative (D-CT-5)
  • Aalayah Eastmond—Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Senior and Team Enough Executive Council Member
  • Chase Thomas—YMCA Camp Duncan Group Services Specialist and National PTA Board Member
  • Will Wiese—Missouri PTA Advocacy Chair
  • Alanna Miller—Carroll High School Senior and Students Demand Action National Advisory Board Member
  • Rob Scheer—Comfort Cases Founder
  • Jim Accomando—National PTA President
  • Nathan R. Monell, CAE—National PTA Executive Director
  • 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.