It’s that time of year again! This March 10-12, 2015 is National PTA’s Legislative Conference in Washington DC!
For more than two decades, I’ve looked forward to this meeting with excitement and great anticipation as we work to carry out the advocacy work of our association. Advocacy is who we are and what we do as PTA. I strongly believe that we must always keep this mission in focus: we are a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities, and a strong advocate for the education and well-being of every child. Having volunteered as a legislative chairperson at the local unit, council, district, state and national levels, I have seen first hand how much we can get done when we come together and leverage our human resources. The National PTA Legislative Conference is our premier opportunity to advocate with one loud voice at the federal level.
The National PTA Legislative Conference brings together hundreds of PTA advocacy-minded members from all states, territories and Department of Defense PTA units together in our nation’s capital and in the Halls of Congress to advocate on behalf of all children and youth. I am grateful for the professional training we receive at the conference, and the comradery that is reinvigorated and solidified among our members. It is inspiring to see our advocacy awardees receive some well-deserved recognition for the work they have do on behalf of every child. I always look forward to hearing from congressional leaders and federal department leaders who recognize the importance of PTA’s work. I am encouraged by the visible impact we make when meeting with our Senators and Representatives in Congress.
This year promises to be particularly exciting. With a newly elected Congress, we have the opportunity to tell our stories, to advocate on behalf our 2015 National PTA Public Policy Agenda, and to take part in the democratic process. I voted and helped to elect my Congressional leaders. During their campaigns, they assured me of their interest in the issues that I think are important. Our members of Congress work for us, the constituents, and I look forward to ensuring that they know what I (and PTA) need from them!
I encourage you to make yourself be heard and attend this year’s Legislative Conference. Register early and encourage others to join you. I hope to see you this March!
Stella Edwards is a member of the National PTA Legislative Committee.
The 2015 National PTA Legislative Conference will take place March 10-12, 2015 in Arlington, VA at the Crystal Gateway Marriott. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from informed policy speakers, participate in advocacy workshops, and advocate on behalf of PTA on Capitol Hill. For more information, visit PTA.org/legcon.