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Join one of National PTA’s Learning Labs to dive deep into the important topics that matter to you! Engage with experts in the field, who will offer new and helpful ideas on the issues and challenges you’re facing in this unique school year. Each session will include a Q&A segment with the speaker and offer tangible takeaways you can use in your efforts to support all families and students’ needs in your community.

All Learning Labs are sponsored sessions and National PTA does not endorse any commercial entity, product or service. No endorsement of sponsored companies is implied.

Upcoming Learning Labs

5 Steps to Financial Success

2:00 p.m. EST, January 12
Sponsored by Mountain America Credit Union

Video IconLearn how to save, spend, invest and give differently. This Learning Lab—sponsored by Mountain America Credit Union and presented in partnership with Young Money University™—invites participants to “do money differently” and develop a more purposeful and meaningful life.

Speakers
Robert Steed

Robert Steed, BFA; Financial Education Manager; Mountain America Credit Union

Mountain America Credit Union



Previous Learning Labs


Commit to Clean – How Hygiene is Critical to Healthy Schools

Sponsored by American Cleaning Institute

Video IconThis Learning Lab will discuss the challenges schools and families are facing this school year when it comes to staying safe and healthy—and also cleaning, disinfecting and hand hygiene best practices, with actionable advice for school staff and parents. Join experts from the health and school community, as well as from companies who make the products we rely on to clean and disinfect. No matter how your child is learning this year (virtual, in-school or both), you won’t want to miss this critical conversation. Moderated by Brian Sansoni, Senior Vice President of Communication, Outreach & Membership, American Cleaning Institute.

Speakers
Liz Clark

Liz Clark, Nursing Education and Practice Specialist , National Association of School Nurses

Jim Arbogast

Jim Arbogast, Vice President of Hygiene Sciences and Public Health Advancements, GOJO Industries

American Cleaning Institute


Talking to Kids About Vaping: What You Need to Know to Protect Your Kids

Sponsored by Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids

Video IconJust as we were achieving extraordinary progress in reducing youth use of cigarettes, we face a new crisis—e-cigarettes. E-cigarettes are hooking a new generation of kids with 3.6 million U.S. kids using e-cigarettes, including one in five high school students. There is also mounting concern that smokers and e-cigarette users may be at a higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. In this learning lab, you will hear from the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids about current youth tobacco use, the efforts underway to address it and how parents can get involved and fight back. Youth e-cigarette use has reached epidemic levels.

Speakers
Portia Reddick White

Portia Reddick White, Vice President, Strategic Partnerships, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids

Caroline Goncalves Jones

Caroline Goncalves Jones, Director Advocacy and Outreach, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids

Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids



How PTAs can Maximize their Fundraising this School Year

Sponsored by Booster

Video IconPTAs will learn how to make a stronger connection between their cause and their campaign, so their mission and message are felt throughout their fundraisers. Leaders will leave with a five-step fundraising framework to more strategically raise funds for a better future, even during these times.

Speaker
Stephen Murray

Stephen Murray, President & COO, Booster

Boosterthon

Stephen Murray is the president & COO of Booster, a company that offers virtual and in-person fitness fundraisers for schools. As an active member in the Greater Atlanta community, Stephen serves on the board of his children’s school, his local YMCA, as well as an advisor to a non-profit that supports social-good entrepreneurs. He has a big heart to improve organizations through effective leadership, developing team members and putting people first. Stephen is also an accomplished athlete and has completed marathons, an ultra-marathon and an Iron Man triathlon. He and his wife Brittany have three children.