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Parent and Education Leaders to Convene in Columbus for 2019 National PTA Convention & Expo

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Heidi May Wilson, Senior Manager, Media Relations

Convention to feature symposiums on public school funding and foster care, free community event for Columbus families and Reflections 50th Anniversary Celebration


Parent and education leaders from across the country will gather Thursday, June 20 through Sunday, June 23 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center for the 2019 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 singer-songwriter and child advocate Janiva Magness, as well as 2019 Ohio Teacher of the Year Mona Al-Hayani. Attendees will also hear from National PTA President Jim Accomando and National PTA Executive Director Nathan R. Monell, CAE.

The convention will feature symposiums on public school funding and foster care, a free community event (PTA Palooza) for Columbus families and the Awards & Reflections 50th Celebration, during which students from across the country will be recognized for their talents and creativity in the arts.


2019 National PTA Convention & Expo
Thursday, June 20 - Sunday, June 23

Janiva Magness Keynote
Friday, June 21, 5 - 7 p.m.

Public School Funding Symposium: Advocating for Robust and Equitable Funding for Public Schools
Friday, June 21, 3:30 - 4:45 p.m.

Foster Care Symposium: How PTAs Can Support Students in Foster Care
Friday, June 21, 3:30 - 4:45 p.m.

PTA Palooza
Saturday, June 22, 10:15 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Awards & Reflections 50th Celebration
Saturday, June 22, 7 - 9 p.m.

Mona Al-Hayani Keynote
Sunday, June 23, 9:15 - 11:15 a.m.


Greater Columbus Convention Center
400 N High St.
Columbus, Ohio 43215


Heidi May Wilson, National PTA, (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. For more information, visit