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National PTA 125th Anniversary Convention

Save the Date: June 14–19, 2022

Join us at the National PTA 125th Anniversary Convention to celebrate our advocacy, legacy and impact.

June 14–19, 2022
Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center
National Harbor, MD

Come Celebrate 125 Years of PTA's Impact

Capitol Hill an Advocate for every child’s education and well-being

Advocate a Leader in family, school and community partnerships

Champion a Champion for a more equitable future for all children

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Keynote Speakers

Scott Mann

Scott Mann

U.S. Army Green Beret (Ret.), Pineapple Express Mission Leader, Rooftop Leadership Expert

Described as a “Warrior Storyteller,” retired Lieutenant Colonel Scott Mann is a former U.S. Army Green Beret who specialized in unconventional, high-impact special operations missions in do-or-die environments all over the globe.

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In a distinguished 23-year military career, Mann operated at the highest levels of the Special Operations Community and has been widely recognized for his successful leadership of teams in complex situations. He grabbed global headlines when, alongside fellow Green Beret veterans and other volunteers, he led “Pineapple Express”—a grassroots leadership campaign using Rooftop Human Connection Skills to honor a promise and save over 1,000 Afghans from a life-threatening situation amid the chaos of America’s withdrawal from Afghanistan. Following his military service, Mann founded Rooftop Leadership, a professional training and coaching program designed to help high-performing, servant leaders forge deeper connections with the people they serve to create more powerful outcomes in business and life. He is the author of Leading Through Chaos and co-author of Operation Pineapple Express, which will be released August 2022.

Raven Baxter

Raven Baxter, Ph.D.

Dr. Raven the Science Maven

Internationally acclaimed American educator and molecular biologist Dr. Raven Baxter effortlessly merges science with pop culture.

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Raised by a single mother in North Carolina and New York, Baxter’s curiosity to explore the world around her at a young age developed into a lifelong affinity for science. Today, whether producing viral hip-hop videos such as her “Antibodyody Antibody Song” or her “Wipe it Down” to teach science lessons to the masses or hosting a STEM-themed talk show she created called STEMbassy, she joyfully disrupts traditional cultural perceptions about scientists. Known as “Dr. Raven the Science Maven,” Baxter is passionate about diversity in STEM maintains a strong voice in science academia as the Director of Diversity Initiatives in the UC Irvine School of Biological Sciences. She has earned numerous awards for her achievements, including the State University of New York’s Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence in honor of her service in educating the public about COVID-19, and recognition on Fortune Magazine’s 40 Under 40 listForbes 30 under 30 list and most recently recognized as a Mastermind in AfroTech's inaugural Future 50 list.

Kurt Russell

Kurt Russell

2022 National Teacher of the Year

A 25-year veteran of the classroom, Kurt Russell is an advocate for classrooms to reflect the students within them.

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A 25-year veteran of the classroom, Kurt Russell teaches history at Oberlin High School in Oberlin, Ohio, where he was born and raised. His classes include African American history, which he has taught since the late 1990s, and Race, Gender and Oppression, a class he developed. He also serves as faculty advisor for the student-led Black Student Union, whose work has led to positive impacts for students across racial groups. In addition to his classroom and extracurricular duties, Russell is the head coach for the school’s varsity basketball team. He sees basketball as an extension of the classroom, and a place where young people can learn about working together and how to handle both adversity and success. Russell was previously recognized as teacher of the year by the Oberlin Heritage Center and the Oberlin chapter of the NAACP, and as Lorain County Basketball Association Coach of the Year and the Northeast Ohio Coach of the Year. Russell was first inspired to become a teacher in middle school, when he encountered his first Black male teacher. Now as 2022 National Teacher of the Year, he plans to advocate for classrooms to better reflect the students within them—from a curriculum that reflects their backgrounds and identities to a more diverse teaching profession.

Get in on the FUN!


We can’t wait to meet in person to connect with peers and experts, ignite outreach and impact in school communities nationwide, and join in activities that highlight the excitement of our 125th anniversary.

PLUS, in honor of PTA’s legacy of advocacy to better the lives of all children, we’ve reimagined our Legislative Conference to be part of our convention.

At the 125th Anniversary Convention, you will:

  • Hear from engaging keynote speakers
  • Advocate for our public policy priorities during your Hill Day Experience
  • Celebrate PTA’s history, legacy, achievements and future
  • Participate in interactive workshop sessions focused on advocacy, leadership and how to PTA
  • Visit the Experience Hall for a central place to meet, learn and make connections

Get all the details and more in our FAQs and register at the early-bird rate through April 15!

Don’t forget these important dates!
  • April 15—Early Bird Rate ends, regular registration rate begins
  • May 31—Deadline to register to be considered for credentialing
  • June 8—Deadline to purchase event tickets
  • June 15—Deadline for advance registration

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What's New


We wanted to make this convention special because it’s our first in-person event in three years and we will be celebrating our 125 years of legacy and work for all children! Here’s what you need to know...

National PTA 125th Anniversary

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements

All registered participants, attendees, vendors and guests of our in-person convention are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Please review our policy.

Host Hotel Information

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center

201 Waterfront St.
National Harbor, MD 20745
Phone: (301) 965-4000


National Harbor

See our FAQs for travel information.

June 14 – Virtual Workshops

Attend our new Virtual Education Experience, which will feature six blocks of pre-recorded workshops that participants will register for separately. Featured topics include advocacy, running your PTA, membership development and more.

June 17 –Symposium on Maximizing In-Person Learning

Join us LIVE in-person or visit National PTA on Facebook, on Friday, June 17 at 4:45 p.m. EDT for a discussion about the importance of keeping kids in school while supporting parents and caregivers during the pandemic.

Maximize In-Person Learning Symposium

Panelists include U.S. Secretary of Education, Dr. Miguel Cardona, Surgeon General Vice Admiral Vivek Murthy, PTA leaders Anna King and Shaton Berry and experts from American Academy of Pediatrics. This event will be moderated by NBC News Education Correspondent Rehema Ellis.

June 17 – Two Friday Night Anniversary Celebrations

125th Anniversary Dinner and Program, sponsored by AIM
7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. EDT
Thanks to the generosity of AIM, this plated dinner and program will honor our association’s 125-year history and plans for the future. Tickets are $51 per person.

125th Anniversary Evening Celebration
9:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. EDT
Let’s get together to celebrate our milestone anniversary with some fun and dancing—this event is open to all convention attendees at no cost!

June 16 – Legacy Room Tours at National PTA Headquarters

We want to extend a special invitation for you to come and visit the National PTA headquarters in Alexandria, Va. to show you the National PTA Legacy Room: a carefully curated space that honors the contributions of National PTA volunteers throughout our 125-year history. Volunteers and staff collaborated to collect and preserve a wide variety of important PTA artifacts, documents, photography and media—and archive them for future access. We look forward to sharing their stories with you.

Tour Sign-Up

Tours will be held Thursday, June 16*. Select the time that is most convenient for you.

Space is limited, so act fast! The sign-up form will be open until 11:59 p.m. EDT Tuesday, May 31, or whenever slots are filled—whichever is first.

*The National PTA Headquarters is located approximately six miles from the Gaylord National Harbor. You will need to arrange for your own travel to/from National PTA headquarters in time for the start of your tour.

Convention Registration

Registration is open now!

Registration Category Early-Bird
Feb. 4 – April 15
Early-Bird – MD
Feb. 3 – April 15
Regular (April 16 – June 15) Onsite (June 16 – June 19)
Convention and Hill Day Experience Combined – PTA Member $450  $450  $480  Not Available
Convention (No Hill Day) – PTA Member $280 $210 $360 $440
Convention (No Hill Day) – PTA Member – Group $210 $210 $290 $370
Convention (No Hill Day) – PTA Member – One-day $190 $140 $280 $360
Convention (No Hill Day) – Student w/ ID $80 $80 $90 $100
Convention (No Hill Day) – Non-PTA Member $390 $210 $470 $550
Convention (No Hill Day) – Non-PTA Member One-day $330 $210 $410 $500
Convention (No Hill Day) – Workshop Presenter $280 $280 $280 Not Available
Hill Day Experience Only $250 $250  $280  Not Available 
Virtual Educational Experience Only – Workshop Presenter $50 $50 $50 Not Available
Virtual Experience Only $75 $75 $75 $75

  • The Convention Only Rate includes the Virtual Experience but does not include the Hill Day Experience.
  • The Convention and Hill Day Experience Combined includes Convention, Hill Day Experience and the Virtual Experience.
  • Costs for ticketed and special events—such as the 125th Anniversary Celebration, Diversity & Inclusion Breakfast, Endowment Fund Luncheon and State Presidents Club Meeting & Reception—will be listed in February when registration opens.


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