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Pre-LegCon

Monday, March 4, 2019


8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

LegCon Prep and Insider Tips Webinar
(Open to All Attendees)
Learn from our experts on how to make your LegCon experience a success! Information will be sent to all registered attendees about how you can register for this pre-conference training.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019


7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Registration

Official LegCon Start

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Opening General Session

2:05 p.m. – 3:05 p.m.

Session #1: The 116th Congress: A New Opportunity to Invest in Kids
National PTA’s public policy specialists will provide you with an overview of the new 116th Congress and what the “Ask” will be on Capitol Hill Day. You will walk away with a deeper knowledge of key education issues facing Congress and strategies to help advocate for new opportunities to invest in kids. You will also receive your Hill packet, get insider tips on how to conduct effective meetings on Capitol Hill and prepare to advocate for key PTA priorities.

3:15 p.m. – 4:25 p.m.

Session #2: Focus on the Opportunities: Federal Policies that Impact our Nation’s Kids
Get a comprehensive look at how federal policies affect your communities, schools and kids. Learn how to engage with public policy issues on behalf of every child—from school safety all the way to understanding school data under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). You will leave with a clear picture of the issues and how to cultivate a relationship, accomplish a policy change and ensure your PTA is set up for success at the local, state and federal levels.

Choose one of four workshops:

Keep Kids Safe: Protecting our Nation’s Youth

No parent should fear for their child’s safety every time they leave for school. In this workshop, you will explore the current political climate around school safety and learn how you can play a key role in making communities, schools and students safer. Hear from leaders in the field of school safety and student well-being working to ensure all students learn in a safe and supportive environment.

Show Me the Money: Investing in Kid’s Futures

Public education is our nation’s great equalizer—in our schools, children have access to opportunities, experiences and knowledge. The public education system must be strengthened and supported with adequate funding. Many of our nation’s school facilities still pose significant health and safety threats to students and some schools are unable to invest in their building and campus. Hear from policy experts on how you can urge Congress to continue to invest in our nation's youth and how the 116th Congress plans to improve school buildings and infrastructure.

Turn Opportunity into Reality: Educating Students with Special Needs

In our nation’s education system, students with special needs must have access to opportunities that make them college and career ready. Get overview of current federal policies on special education, including the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) which has not been substantially updated since 2004. Hear from experts in the field as they discuss policies that impact students with special needs and how you can help advocate for all students.

Advocate for Transparent Data: Improving Student Outcomes

Have you ever wondered how your child’s school is performing? The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires schools, local school districts and states provide clear and understandable data for parents such as test scores, school environment and money spent per student. Learn what data schools, local school districts and states are required to report, how to find and interpret this data and use this data to take action for kids.


4:40 p.m. – 5:50 p.m.

Session #3: Focus on the Opportunities: Federal Policies that Impact our Nation’s Kids
Get a comprehensive look at how federal policies affect your communities, schools and kids. Learn how to engage with public policy issues on behalf of every child—from school safety all the way to understanding school data under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). You will leave with a clear picture of the issues and how to cultivate a relationship, accomplish a policy change and ensure your PTA is set up for success at the local, state and federal levels.

Choose one of four workshops:

Keep Kids Safe: Protecting our Nation’s Youth

No parent should fear for their child’s safety every time they leave for school. In this workshop, you will explore the current political climate around school safety and learn how you can play a key role in making communities, schools and students safer. Hear from leaders in the field of school safety and student well-being working to ensure all students learn in a safe and supportive environment.

Show Me the Money: Investing in Kid’s Futures

Public education is our nation’s great equalizer—in our schools, children have access to opportunities, experiences and knowledge. The public education system must be strengthened and supported with adequate funding. Many of our nation’s school facilities still pose significant health and safety threats to students and some schools are unable to invest in their building and campus. Hear from policy experts on how you can urge Congress to continue to invest in our nation's youth and how the 116th Congress plans to improve school buildings and infrastructure.

Turn Opportunity into Reality: Educating Students with Special Needs

In our nation’s education system, students with special needs must have access to opportunities that make them college and career ready. Get overview of current federal policies on special education, including the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) which has not been substantially updated since 2004. Hear from experts in the field as they discuss policies that impact students with special needs and how you can help advocate for all students.

Advocate for Transparent Data: Improving Student Outcomes

Have you ever wondered how your child’s school is performing? The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires schools, local school districts and states provide clear and understandable data for parents such as test scores, school environment and money spent per student. Learn what data schools, local school districts and states are required to report, how to find and interpret this data and use this data to take action for kids.


5:55 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Session #4: The Ask: Preparing to Take Action on Capitol Hill
A new Congress means a fresh opportunity to take action with your federal representatives. We will ensure you are well-prepared to meet with congressional offices and engage on key public policy issues. National PTA staff will provide you with helpful tips and time to organize and practice your “Ask.” You will also be able to ask questions and learn from experienced advocates.

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Dinner (Buffet Style with Cash Bar)

Wednesday, March 13, 2019


7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Continental Grab & Go Breakfast

9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Capitol Hill Day

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

2019 Advocacy Awards Dinner
Dine and socialize with fellow advocates as annual Advocacy Awards are presented to outstanding PTA Leaders who have done tremendous work to improve the lives of children (Seated dinner with Cash Bar).

Thursday, March 14, 2019


7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

Breakfast

8:10 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

Session #5: Debrief Your Hill Day: Creating a Plan for Future Action
Share stories and lessons learned from your day of interacting with Members of Congress and congressional staffers. You’ll have the opportunity to collaborate with your state delegation and design a plan to improve your strategy for future visits with elected leaders. We’ll help you chart a course of action to sustain key relationships and address issues that arise at the local, state and federal levels.

9:25 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Session #6: Take it to the Next Level: Advancing PTA Leadership in the Field
Advocacy is one of the most important strategies PTAs can use to create change and improve the lives of all children. Learn critical skills to effectively lead advocacy efforts in your community. You will leave with new tools to drive change and position yourself and PTA as an influencer in state and local policy and advocacy.

Choose one of the four workshops:

Be an Expert: Researching to Take Action

Please bring an electronic device with the ability to browse the internet to this session.

Discover important technical tools you can use to research local, state and federal legislators and policies. Our experts will walk you through how to use tools such as national and state PTA position statements along with House and Senate research resources. You will also learn how to identify legislation at both the state and federal levels. You will walk away with the ability to independently gather relevant policy information that you can use in your advocacy efforts.

Utilize Technology: Expanding Your Reach

Technology is a vital resource to help expand your reach and achieve your advocacy goals. Learn how you can use various platforms to connect with your members and other audiences, expand your messaging and recruit more parents and families to engage and advocate with PTA.

Grow Partnerships and Allies: Building a Coalition

Stronger voices means more impactful results. Get expert tips on how to amplify PTA’s priorities through partnership building and ally recruitment. You’ll have the opportunity to engage with PTA leaders and discuss best practices to create stronger bonds in your community that will enhance your public policy objectives.

A Conversation on Civil Discourse: Disagreeing Without Being Disagreeable

Are you looking to better connect and collaborate with fellow members and leaders in your community? Learn skills and techniques to help you better communicate and further your public policy goals by establishing stronger levels of understanding among various viewpoints in your community.


11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Closing Session

1:00 p.m.

Dues Increase Town Hall

Disclaimer: this schedule is tentative and may be subject to change if circumstances require it.