When and where is this year's convention?
The 2019 National PTA Convention & Expo will be June 20-23, 2019 in Columbus, Ohio at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, 400 N High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215.
Who should attend convention?
We encourage PTA members, non-members, education professionals, community leaders and others interested in the education and well-being of children to register. Over 1,500 of the nation's most influential educational leaders, parents and experts will be at convention.
Where are the host hotels?
Hilton Columbus Downtown
401 N High Street
Columbus, OH 43215
Hyatt Regency Columbus
350 N High Street
Columbus, OH 43215
What is the schedule for convention?
View the agenda. The schedule is tentative and is subject to change.
What dates should I book my travel to ensure that I won’t miss any of the Convention?
Plan to arrive Wednesday night and you can experience it all! Convention activities start Thursday, June 20 at 8:00 a.m. and conclude by 11:15 a.m. Sunday, June 23 after the closing general meeting.
What can I expect if I attend convention?
At the 2019 National PTA Convention & Expo, you will:
- Get innovative ideas to use at school and at home.
- Be inspired by speakers with proven strategies for success.
- Learn helpful solutions to challenges PTAs face every day.
- Enjoy captivating performances at our awards ceremony.
- Network with the best in the industry through meetups and other sessions.
Read more at PTA.org/ConventionEducation
Are there any special activities or events that I will be able to participate in while at the convention?
There are several events and special activities that you may choose to participate in during convention. Please note that some of the ticketed events are an additional charge. Your registration fee entitles you entrance into:
All of the events that require additional fees are included on your registration form. For these events, tickets are limited in quantity and it is required that you purchase these tickets in advance of your arrival in Columbus. Tickets for special events will not be sold onsite at convention.
Friday, June 21, 12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Tickets: $45 each
National PTA Awards and Reflections 50th Anniversary Celebration Dinner
Saturday, June 22, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
$100 Reserved Seating
$65 Non-Reserved Seating
$45 Kids meal available for children 18 years and under
Diversity and Inclusion Breakfast
Sunday, June 23, 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Tickets: $35 each
I am a first-time convention attendee, what can I expect?
Whether you are looking for ways to diversify your PTA’s leadership, increase interest in local PTA events, find no-hassle fundraising ideas or increase and diversify your membership and volunteer leaders, the 2019 National PTA Convention & Expo has opportunities for you to discover it all.
Will I have any free time during the convention to explore the city?
We built the schedule so that most evenings are on your own to explore Columbus. Columbus is a great destination, loaded with live entertainment, great food and shopping. View all things to do in Columbus.
I heard there’s a baseball game event? How can I attend?
Yes! You can enjoy exciting Columbus Clippers baseball action, cool food and fun with your PTA family and friends at a pre-convention event Wednesday, June 19! The Columbus Clippers (the Triple-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians) will be facing off against the Rochester Red Wings at 7:05 p.m. at Huntington Park (a 10-minute walk from the Convention Center). Special-priced food and drinks will be available for $1. Buy your box-seat tickets in the PTA Section for $14 by June 16 through Groupmatics.
For more information, contact Jacob Fleming, Assistant Director, Columbus Clippers (614)-462-5250 or JFleming@clippersbaseball.com.
Will there be daycare offered at convention?
PTA does not provide daycare services at convention. Please contact the hotel to inquire about babysitting and children’s program services.
What happens at the general meetings?
General meetings are where delegates help National PTA conduct the business of the association. There will be five general meetings held during the convention week. All convention delegates attend these general meetings to vote on national resolutions, bylaws and the election of the association’s officers, and board members. Special guest speakers, national announcements and award presentations also make these sessions memorable.
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