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Parent Leaders from Across the Country to Meet Virtually to Take Action Together for Every Child

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Heidi May Wilson, Senior Manager, Media Relations


Hundreds of PTA leaders and advocates from across the country will tune in Tuesday, March 9 through Thursday, March 11 for National PTA’s 2021 Virtual Legislative Conference. During the conference, attendees will take action on issues that affect the health, educational success and well-being of every child by meeting virtually with their federal representatives. They will also hear from speakers and participate in workshops to expand their knowledge of federal law, grow their advocacy skills and learn how to shape public policy on Capitol Hill and at home. Additionally, participants will hear PTA advocacy success stories and explore National PTA’s public policy priorities for the 117th Congress.

The conference will also feature a panel discussion on the importance of mental health as well as an awards presentation, during which National PTA will recognize Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Congressman Donald McEachin (D-VA) with its 2021 Congressional Voice for Children Award and honor the recipients of its 2021 Outstanding Advocacy Awards.


  • Dr. Miguel Cardona—U.S. Secretary of Education (speaker)
  • Catherine Lhamon—Deputy Director of the Domestic Policy Council for Racial Justice and Equity (speaker)
  • Tabatha Rosproy—2020 National Teacher of the Year (speaker)
  • Dr. Doran Gresham—Assistant Professor of Special Education for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners at George Washington University (speaker)
  • Mary Méndez Bonnell—Education Consultant and Teacher Trainer (speaker)
  • Sam Brinton—Vice President of Advocacy and Government Affairs for The Trevor Project (panelist)
  • Dr. Lynn Bufka—Senior Director of Practice Transformation and Quality for the American Psychological Association (panelist)
  • William Kellibrew—Global Victim and Survivor Advocate (panelist)
  • Dr. Kelly Vaillancourt Strobach—Director of Policy and Advocacy for the National Association of School Psychologists (panelist)
  • National PTA Leadership


Opening Session, Secretary Cardona and Catherine Lhamon Remarks
Tuesday, March 9 – 12 to 1 p.m. EST

Awards Presentation and Mental Health Panel Discussion
Wednesday, March 10 – 6 to 7:30 p.m. EST

Closing Session, Dr. Gresham, Mary Méndez Bonnell and Tabatha Rosproy Remarks
Thursday, March 11 – 3:10 to 4:10 p.m. EST


RSVP for a link to the conference by contacting Heidi May Wilson of National PTA at or (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.