2018 Legislative Conference

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Get in the Game

Join fellow PTA advocates from across the country to this sold-out conference focused on bringing your advocacy efforts and skill sets to the next level. Get ready to hit your advocacy goals out of the park!

Conference Schedule


Wednesday, Feb. 7

8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Federal Legislative Chair (FLC) Webinar (Invitation only)

Thursday, March 1

8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Capitol Hill Day Prep Webinar (all participants)
Logistics and details for Capitol Hill Day, including the Hill Ask

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Registration Open

Official LegCon Start

2:00 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.

General Session: Opening Session and Welcome

Keynote Speaker: Betsy DeVos, U.S. Secretary of Education
Featured Speaker: Alissa Parker, Co-founder, Safe and Sound Schools

2:55 p.m. – 3:35 p.m.

Workshop 1: Federal Legislative Hot Topics
Get up to speed on current education legislation and policies before Congress

3:40 p.m. – 5:35 p.m.

Workshop 2: Step Up to the Plate
This two-part workshop will feature best practices and success stories from PTA leaders in the field. Attendees will practice specific skills through interactive workshops.  

Highlighted skills in each workshop:

  • Telling Your Personal Story
  • Building a Team
  • Expanding Your Reach: Working with Coalitions & Partners
  • Hitting Your Legislative & Advocacy Goals


5:45 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Workshop 3: Capitol Hill Day Prep 
Recap the pre-LegCon webinar, Capitol Hill Day logistics, the Hill Ask and Q&A with Government Affairs team.

6:45 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.

Advocacy Awards Dinner

Hill Day

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Grab & Go Breakfast

9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Capitol Hill Day

4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

National PTA Voice for Children Reception

Thursday, March 15, 2018 

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. 


8:05 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

Workshop 4: Capitol Hill Day Debrief
Debrief your Hill meetings and learn new skills to make the most of your visit once you’re back at home.

9:25 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.

Workshop 5: Make a Game Plan
Learn best practices to grow your state’s advocacy capacity and hear about upcoming issues where you can use your new advocacy skills.

11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Closing Session

Featured Speaker: Carissa Miller, Interim Executive Director, Council for Chief State School Officers

11:30 a.m.

LegCon Concludes


Contact National PTA at GovtAffairs@PTA.org.

Interested in sponsoring or exhibiting at the 2018 Legislative Conference? Please contact Kris Carey Prevatte at kprevatte@pta.org.