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Announcing 2021 National PTA Virtual Legislative Conference (LegCon) March 9-11, 2021. Network with fellow PTA advocates, virtually meet with your members of Congress, hear PTA advocacy success stories and learn how to shape public policy on Capitol Hill and at home.


Please Note: Registration must be completed and paid in full by Feb. 4 in order to attend the Virtual Hill Day.



Keynote Speakers


Dr. Miguel Cardona

Dr. Miguel Cardona, U.S. Secretary of Education


Dr. Miguel A. Cardona was sworn in as the 12th Secretary of Education Tuesday, March 2, 2021.

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Cardona previously served as the Commissioner of Education in Connecticut, a position he held after being appointed by Governor Ned Lamont in August 2019. In this position, he faced the unprecedented challenge of responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and led the safe school reopening efforts in Connecticut. Cardona's approach to leadership in Connecticut focused on partnerships: within his Education Department; between State agencies; and with local boards, educator unions, school administrator associations, child advocates, and most importantly, students and families. He attributes his success in Connecticut in part to the strong backing of those partners, as well as support from the members of the Connecticut State Board of Education and his staff at the Connecticut State Department of Education. Cardona has two decades of experience as a public-school educator from the City of Meriden. He began his career as an elementary teacher. A lifelong Meriden resident, Cardona attended CCSU for his bachelor's degree as well as UCONN, where he completed his master’s degree, his doctorate and his superintendent certificate. He is very active in his community, serving on several nonprofit charitable organization board of directors. Cardona and his wife Marissa are the proud parents of two children.


 

Catherine Lhamon, Deputy Director for Racial Justice and Equity, Domestic Policy Council


Catherine Lhamon is the deputy director for racial justice and equity for the White House Domestic Policy Council. She is the former Chair of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, to which President Obama appointed her in 2016. 

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Until December 2020, Lhamon served as Legal Affairs Secretary to California Governor Gavin Newsom. Before then, Lhamon was Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at the Department of Education, to which President Obama nominated her and the Senate confirmed her in 2013. Lhamon has also litigated civil rights cases at National Center for Youth Law, Public Counsel Law Center, and the ACLU Foundation of Southern California. Lhamon taught federal civil rights appeals at Georgetown University Law Center in the Appellate Litigation Program and clerked for the Honorable William A. Norris on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Born in Virginia and raised in California, Lhamon graduated from Amherst College and Yale Law School. Lhamon lives in California with her husband and two daughters.


Catherine Lhamon


 


Doran Gresham

Dr. Doran Gresham, Assistant Professor, George Washington University


Dr. Doran Gresham is an assistant professor at George Washington University, specializing in special education for culturally and linguistically diverse learners.

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His primary research interest pertains to the overrepresentation of minorities in classrooms for students with special needs and aims to shed light on to this chronic institutionalized civil rights issue, which leads to systemic poor outcomes for students of color. He is the creator of "The Gresham Survey," which quantitatively assess the perceptions of general educators about the overrepresentation of elementary-aged African American males identified as having an emotional disturbance. Gresham is also a published author whose works include Why the SUN Rises: the faces and stories of women in education. Prior to joining the faculty of the George Washington University, Gresham worked for five years as a Master Educator and one year as a Senior Master Educator with the D.C. Public Schools system. He holds a bachelor’s degree from The University of Virginia, a master’s degree from The College of William and Mary, and a doctorate from The George Washington University.


 

Mary Méndez Bonnell, Education Consultant and Teacher Trainer


Mary Méndez Bonnell has taught students with disabilities and English Language Learners in monolingual and bilingual secondary schools in New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Mexico.

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Her professional and personal mission is to improve educational equity and the use of research-based practices to progress diversity and inclusion for educators and students around the world.  She is an educational consultant for various organizations including D.C. Public Charter School Board and she teaches graduate-level courses at George Washington University. Her research expertise and interests include restorative justice for students with disabilities and educational contexts to increase equity in bilingual special education.


Mary Mendez Bonnell


 


Tabatha Rosproy

Tabatha Rosproy, 2020 National Teacher of the Year


Tabatha Rosproy was selected by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) to be the 2020 National Teacher of the Year. A 10-year veteran teacher, Rosproy teaches typically developing and special education preschoolers at Winfield Early Learning Center.

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Her classroom is housed at Cumbernauld Village, a retirement community and nursing home, and the four-year-old students interact every day with community residents, who serve as volunteer “grandmas” and “grandpas.”  As the National Teacher of the Year, Rosproy has used her platform to promote the importance of early childhood education and the need for social-emotional learning for all students. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in unified early childhood education, including special education and typically developing students, from Southwestern College and is near completion of her Master of Science in education (English as a Secondary or Other Language) at Fort Hays State University.



National PTA Capitol Hill Day 2021

We are thrilled to be able to offer a Virtual Hill Day to our LegCon attendees. Meetings with Members of Congress may look and feel different this year, but Hill meetings remain an enormously important advocacy tool. In fact, during COVID we have seen a 45% increase in offices that are willing to participate in video-webinars, and a 35% increase in Members of Congress who are participating in virtual meetings themselves.

National PTA has partnered with Soapbox Consulting to help ensure that your experience meeting with members and staff is seamless. To that end, if you register for LegCon 2021 by Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021, you will be automatically signed up to participate in Hill day.

Please Note: if you register after Feb. 4 you will not be able to participate in Hill day.

Virtual Meeting Details

The Friday before LegCon, Hill day attendees will be provided with a user-friendly online mobile tool with all the information you need prior to and during your meetings with Members of Congress. The online mobile tool will provide simple hyperlinks that connect you to each meeting, automated reminders to give PTA advocates a heads-up before each meeting, and a live Help Desk to assist advocates before, during and after the event.

Additionally, there will be time during LegCon for a practice session to help make sure you are comfortable with the technology.

Should you have any questions prior to hill day, please don’t hesitate to email National PTA’s Government Affairs Team at LegCon@PTA.org.



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Together for Every Child


During LegCon 2021, you’ll be joined virtually by your fellow PTA members and other passionate advocates who will share advanced advocacy skills and tactics to help you meet your policy goals.

Don’t miss the chance to expand your knowledge of the ins and outs of federal law, grow your advocacy skills, explore National PTA’s legislative priorities for the 117th Congress and virtually meet with your federal representatives on Capitol Hill.


 

Sponsors

GoGuardian

Proud National Sponsor

Huntington Ingalls Industries

Proud National Sponsor

Mountain America Credit Union

Proud National Sponsor

Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids

Silver Sponsor

Internet Essentials from Comcast

Bronze Sponsor

Sponsorship Opportunities

Interested in sponsoring the 2021 Legislative Conference? Please contact Amaia Stecker at astecker@PTA.org.