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Workshops - 2017 National PTA Convention & Expo

Be the Leader that Wins at #PTACon17

Sharpen your professional and volunteer leader skills in our interactive workshops at Win with PTA ... the 2017 National PTA Convention & Expo.

Our workshops are offered in two tracks—Leadership-Membership and Mission.

You don't want to miss an exclusive opportunity to get winning ideas, strategies and solutions for you and your school community.

Mountain America Credit UnionWorkshop sessions sponsored by Mountain America Credit Union

Thursday, June 22

Session 1

Friday, June 23

Session 2

Session 3

Saturday, June 24

Session 4

Session 5

Session 6

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Workshop Session 1

Thursday, June 22
10:15 AM – 11:30 AM

 

101 - Art of Delegation                                                                                
Leadership-Membership
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Experiencing burnout as a PTA leader? Or do you feel like you are the only person doing anything to maximize opportunities for your PTA? It doesn’t have to be this way! Many hands make light work—so it’s time to adapt best practices in project management and learn how to successfully delegate the work to others. This high-level leadership workshop will show you the “Art of Delegating” so you can become the leader you want to be!         

Speakers:

  • Leslie Boggs, National PTA Board Member, Carrell Boggs Consulting

 

102 - Working with the Media to Promote Your PTA                              
Leadership-Membership
Bally's - Jubilee 2

Working with the media is an important way to raise awareness and generate visibility for your PTA. In this workshop, explore how to build relationships with members of the media, optimize media opportunities for your PTA and craft a strong message to get the coverage you want. Understand what is newsworthy to successfully position your PTA. Take home tools for media outreach and tips for media interviews. 

Speakers:

  • Bonnie Cannon, National PTA Health and Safety Committee Member and President of Park Hill High School PTA in Missouri
  • Ashley Collier, National PTA Associate Manager of Digital Communications
  • Heidi May Wilson, National PTA Senior Media Relations Manager
  • Scott Meeks, National PTA Communications Manager
  • Beth Simek, President-Elect, Arizona PTA

 

103 - The Winning PTA Trifecta: Leadership, Advocacy and Membership
Leadership-Membership
Bally's - Jubilee 3

PTA's long history is threaded with three key factors for success: effective leadership, advocacy for children and families and strength in membership. PTAs make the most impact when the three parts work cohesively and collaboratively together. In this workshop, reflect on what it means to coordinate and unite leadership, advocacy and membership to support and share the value of your PTA. Participate in humorous, inspiring PTA moments and practice telling your story to others. Leave knowing how advocacy, leadership and membership work together to create an effective and vibrant PTA. 

Speakers:

  • Michelle Eklund, California PTA Director of Strategic Initiatives and Communications
  • Justine Fischer, California PTA President
  • Dianna MacDonald, California PTA President-elect   
  • Sherry Skelly Griffith, California PTA Executive Director

 

104 - Collaborating with Education Leaders to Build Family-School Partnerships
Mission
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PTAs have advocated for over 120 years to secure equitable, high-quality public education for all students. In this session, hear from advocates about the importance of family engagement in education and family-school partnerships. Then, participate in an interactive discussion with panelists on how to effectively engage with education leaders and how it translates to state and local partnerships. Analyze effective strategies for collaborating in your state, school district or school to empower more families to take actions that support their child’s education and improve all public education. 

Speakers:

  • Moderated by Jacki Ball, National PTA Government Affairs
  • Rose Acerra, New Jersey PTA President
  • Helen Westmoreland, National PTA Director of Family Engagement
  • Roxanne James, Principal, Jerome D. Mack Middle School (NV)

 

105 - How to Get, Keep and Grow Your PTA's Corporate Alliances
Leadership-Membership
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No money—no mission. Or is it the other way around? The answer is—both. In this interactive workshop, you will identify strategies to attract, keep and grow your PTA's corporate alliances. From cultivating to negotiating to stewarding and renewing, you’ll focus on prioritizing your efforts when you have limited bandwidth. Access practical tips and expert guidance for acquiring funding from corporate sources of non-dues revenue (sponsors, advertisers, exhibitors and in-kind contributors). Participate in a lively, entertaining and informative discussion featuring real-world stories and "been there, done that advice" from your peers.

Speakers:

  • Kris Carey Prevatte, National PTA Associate Director of Corporate Alliances
  • Darren Grissom, Texas PTA Associate Executive Director              

 

106 - Engaging Students and Families with Special Needs in PTA
Mission
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Some of the most passionate and proactive parent advocates are those whose children receive special education services. Speaking up on behalf of their children's unique needs is what they do every day. How can PTA support and engage these parents? During this workshop, PTA leaders will explain how they focus on inclusion and support for families of children with special needs. Understand the reasons why PTA events and programs are sometimes a challenge for these families and what you can modify to make them more accessible. Explore the Special Artist category of Reflections as a tool for relationship-building with families and other resources in the PTA Special Education Toolkit. Participate in an interactive dialogue, sharing your own insights and experiences as a PTA leader or family member of a child with special needs.     

Speakers:

  • Joyce Cattani, New York State PTA Special Education Specialist
  • Kathy Graves, PACER Board Member
  • Laura Peterson, Forest View PTA President  
  • Corinne Sanfilippo, National PTA Diversity, Inclusion & Outreach Committee Member

 

107 - Winning Strategies for Growing Your State PTA Membership
Leadership-Membership
Bally's - Las Vegas 4-5

Several state PTAs have educated and empowered their local PTA leaders to reverse the decline in membership. In this interactive workshop, identify key strategies these state PTAs used to facilitate membership growth in 2016-2017. Understand the steps to improving technology, expanding training, using more creative marketing and concentrating on deep relationship-building efforts to retain and attract PTA units. Discover what did and what didn't work in the state PTA membership plans. Probe deeper to find out why and take home models that you can incorporate.      

Speakers:

  • Moderated by Deb Strauss, National PTA Vice President of Membership
  • Jeannie Grazier, New Mexico PTA Vice President for Membership
  • Lisa Holbrook, Texas PTA President
  • Linda Johnson, National PTA Service Representative
  • Paula K. Purkhiser, Arizona PTA President

 

108 - Parents for Healthy Kids
Mission
Bally's - Las Vegas 6-7

Healthy kids are better learners. Dust off that school wellness policy and put it into action at your school. During this workshop, you will explore how establishing school wellness should be a team approach with your PTA, school administration, school food services, teachers and community members. Tour a new resource for parent leaders—Parents for Healthy Kids—and identify other tools available to support your efforts. Examine promising practices among PTAs and share your own. Leave this workshop ready to put that wellness plan into motion during the 2017-2018 school year.            

Speakers:

  • Debra Eisenbarth, RD, Nutritionist at Food-Nutrition Services, US Department of Agriculture
  • Penny Morris, Longfellow PTA President (CA; School of Excellence 2014-2018)
  • Amy Moyer, MPH, RD, Action for Healthy Kids Vice President of Field Operations

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Workshop Session 2

Friday, June 23
7:30 AM – 8:45 AM

 

201 - IGNITE: Amplifying PTA's Voice in Your School District or Community
Mission
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Leading a PTA Council, District or Region means incentivizing citizens beyond the school building to care about the education and overall well-being of our students. In this IGNITE promising practice session, hear from PTA leaders who are influencing the way their districts, policymakers and citizens view important issues such as school funding, student safety and the effects of poverty on youth and families. Understand ways to convene and collaborate with advocates in your community, while exploring how to grow PTA's influence with school and government officials. Then, converse with the panel about the steps they took to become "beyond the building" PTA leaders.

Speakers:

  • Moderated by Mary Jo Neil, National PTA National Service Representative
  • Sebrena Burr, Seattle Council PTSA President
  • Alvin Gainey, Miami-Dade PTSA Council President
  • Carol Green, California PTA Vice President for Communications
  • Debbie Kilpatrick, Northern Virginia District PTA Director
  • Heather Starks, Minnesota PTA President

 

202 - IGNITE: State PTAs Overcoming Time, Distance, and Financial Challenges to Engage More People
Leadership-Membership
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Time, distance and money. These are the top three barriers for state PTAs that want to organize volunteers or support local leaders. Even internet access in some places is a challenge. Instead of focusing on these challenges, state PTA leaders from Alaska, Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Wyoming took action. In this IGNITE session, they will describe how they thought outside the box to convene volunteers and support local leaders. From using Google groups to host an annual meeting, to forming partnerships with community libraries, these State PTAs have analyzed who they want to reach and experimented with new ways to reach them. Observe speakers demonstrate their approach and lessons learned, and then participate in a networking dialogue that aims to promote more out of the box thinking.               

Speakers:

  • Moderated by Linda Johnson, National PTA National Service Representative
  • Candy Jo Bracken, Alaska PTA President
  • Keli Gill, Arkansas PTA President
  • Dorothy Gardner, Missouri PTA President
  • Sheila McGuire, Wyoming PTA President
  • Denise Sultz, Kansas PTA President
  • Dori Tate, Washington PTA Secretary

 

203 - IGNITE: Local PTA Best Practices for Communicating with Families          
Leadership-Membership
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Backpack fliers, e-blasts, posters, texts, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram—local PTAs communicate with families in many ways. Yet somehow we still hear, "I didn't know about that!" In this IGNITE session, local PTA leaders who achieved National PTA's School of Excellence designation and others will share how they expanded communication and reached more families. Speakers will illustrate how they listened first and understood what families cared about most, then developed communications that were timely, relevant and delivered in formats that attracted more parents and teachers to get involved. Interact with speakers and solve your communications challenges.            

Speakers:

  • Moderated by Seán Arthurs Ed.L.D., National PTA Senior Manager of Education Initiatives
  • Amy Phillips, Washington Elementary PTA President (NJ)
  • Rivka Richman, Spring Lane PTA President (UT)
  • Shanna E. Walker, M.Ed., Cleburne City Council PTA President and Vice President of Programs at Lowell Smith Middle School PTA (TX, School of Excellence)  
  • Naomi Worrell-Tate, Longfellow PTA Membership Chair (CA, School of Excellence 2014-2018)
  • Heather Zirke, Grindstone PTA Immediate Past President (OH - School of Excellence 2014-2016)

 

204 - Family Reading Experiences from Early Childhood through Grade 5
Mission
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From your arms to the classroom, learning to read begins with the very first cardboard or cloth book and continues through fifth-grade and beyond. Reading is important in every academic subject—even math.  In this workshop, sample ways you can incorporate family reading experiences at home and at play with your kids or grandkids. Then, explore how you can partner with teachers to bring PTA's Family Reading Experiences to life at your school to get other families reading together. Leave with a plan for your National Reading Month (March 2018) events!          

Speakers:

  • Ethan Clark, National PTA Manager of Education & Arts Programs
  • Courtney Kissell, National PTA Director of Programs & Partnerships
  • Dr. Danielle Thomas, Florida PTA Resolutions Chair          

  

205 - Reveal Your True Colors
Leadership-Membership
Bally's - Las Vegas 6-7    

Orange, gold, green or blue? How do these colors relate to you and your life, habits, values and feelings? Discover why you act, communicate and feel the way you do. You will also learn how different personalities can work together and why this is important to your PTA’s success! Led by two certified trainers, the lessons in this workshop can be applied to all aspects of your personal and professional life, allowing you to improve your communication skills and live and work with others in a more harmonious, productive environment. Start with a self-assessment and then break into groups to identify predominant personality traits, understand how different personalities interact, recognize how to adapt in different situations and celebrate diverse personality traits in yourself and others.    

Speakers:

  • Sharon Goldblatt, National PTA Field Service Committee Chair, Texas PTA Past President and Field Service Representative
  • Michelle Humphreys, Texas PTA Past President and Field Service Representative            

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Workshop Session 3

Friday, June 23
3:00 PM – 4:15 PM

 

301 - Take Your Social Media to the Next Level
Leadership-Membership
Bally's - Jubilee 1

Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and LinkedIn are common social media platforms to engage family and friends about your interests and life. Hear from communications experts about when and how to effectively use social media to amplify your PTA. Practice creating compelling and engaging content, and how to determine the best way to promote it. Leave with the skills to develop a social media plan for an event or program for your PTA.            

Speakers:

  • Ashley Collier, National PTA Digital Communications Associate Manager
  • Stephanie Gray, Immediate Past President, Massachusetts PTA
  • Heidi May Wilson, National PTA Senior Media Relations Manager
  • Scott Meeks, National PTA Communications Manager
  • Dana Platin, Vice President, New York State PTA
  • Beth Simek, Arizona PTA President-elect

  

302 - School of Excellence: A Roadmap to Inclusion for Local PTAs
Mission
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What do three schools have in common? Their Roadmaps to Excellence led them to becoming a more inclusive PTA and stronger school community. In this workshop, hear from several PTA leaders who have used Schools of Excellence to deepen their relationships with military families, dads, English language learners and other community members who hadn't been involved in PTA. Speakers will outline the School of Excellence timeline and discuss how they approached each step of the way toward recognition. Start your journey to becoming a School of Excellence and construct a plan to engage more families in student success and school improvements.

Speakers:

  • Maricela Arias-Cantu, Pat Neff Middle School PTA President (TX - School of Excellence Candidate 2017), National PTA Nominating and Leadership Development Committee Member
  • Kris Garst, Vice President of Grafenwoehr Elementary PTA (AE - Phoebe Apperson Hearst Award Winner & School of Excellence), National PTA Board Member, European PTA Vice President of Legislation

 

303 - Turning a PTA Resolution into Your Action Plan
Mission
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As members, you propose, debate and vote on National PTA's Resolutions. But then what happens? In this workshop, discover how an adopted resolution can help drive advocacy in your school, community and state. Work with other attendees to design a plan to take action on a resolution—defining goals, target audiences, media tactics, coalition building and community power. Explore the tools available on PTA.org to support your efforts. Leave this interactive workshop armed with the confidence and tools you need to be successful in using resolutions as the launch pad for positive change for our children.

Speakers:

  • Cheryl Dimar, Kentucky PTA President  
  • Yvonne Johnson, National PTA Board Member and Resolutions Committee Member
  • Debbie Tidwell, National PTA Resolutions Committee Chair
  • Jessica Wong-Sumida, National PTA Resolutions Committee Member

 

304 - Demystifying Standards, Assessments & Accountability
Mission
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Mainstream media may portray "standards, assessments and accountability" as bad words to parents and educators. But research shows these terms are necessary components of a plan to achieve college and career-readiness among students. In this workshop, state PTA leaders will describe examples of effective education practices and point you to National PTA's resources for advocating for rigorous standards and quality aligned assessments that measure critical thinking. Learn how to navigate new state accountability systems. You will also explore state PTA advocacy successes on this issue and engage in a dialogue about overcoming hurdles through parent advocacy. Leave Las Vegas prepared to talk to any parent, educator or policymaker about the importance of standards, aligned assessments and state accountability systems. 

Speakers:

  • Moderated by Shawna Fritzler and Melisa Yeoman, National PTA Regional Advocacy Specialists
  • Robert Acerra, New Jersey PTA Vice President of Leadership Development
  • Ruthann Jaquette, Michigan PTA President
  • Trina Kuklaw, Arkansas PTA Vice President of Leadership
  • Janelle Sperry, West Virginia PTA President

 

305 - Strengthening Collaborations with Educators, Civil Rights Organizations and Policymakers 
Mission
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Research shows effective family engagement can happen wherever children learn—at home, at school and in the community—and spans from early childhood to career. Understand how PTAs can empower parents to engage in their children's education by collaborating with school administrators, school boards, civil rights organizations, Head Starts and faith-based organizations. Speakers will illustrate what makes an effective collaboration and define steps for convening a coalition or initiative focused on supporting student success and overall well-being.

Speakers:

  • Moderated by Shannon Sevier, National PTA Vice President of Advocacy             
  • Jason B. Allen, Atlanta Public Schools Educator and President of Black Men with Initiative
  • Cindy Gerhardt, Florida PTA President
  • Deborah Seelinger, Minnesota PTA Immediate Past President

 

306 - Engaging Native American Families in PTA
Mission
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Gain a deeper understanding of the vast perspectives among Native Americans, including historical contexts and cultural influences. Explore ways schools and districts are engaging Native Americans and takeaway some ways you can support those efforts. Participate in an open dialogue about your PTA and the Native American communities near you. Discover some initial steps your PTA can take to build long-term, trustful relationships that make every child’s potential a reality.

Speakers:

  • Moderated by Juan San Miguel, National PTA Diversity & Inclusion Committee Member
  • Brent Gish, National PTA Board Member At-Large and Executive Director of Indian Impacted Schools Association
  • Renata Witte, New Mexico PTA President

 

307 - National PTA Programs: Winning at Engaging Families
Mission
Bally's - Las Vegas 4-5

Be a kid again and have some fun in Vegas while exploring National PTA's signature programs. Discover how to use these programs to promote effective family-school-community partnerships and hands-on family fun with learning. Move from station to station to see the programs in action! Demo Family Reading Experience, Reflections, STEM + Families, School of Excellence, Healthy Lifestyles and more.  Access the tools available to plan, promote and host a program at your school. Participate in an interactive dialogue with program participants, share success stories and provide ideas for future national programming.

Speakers:

  • Deborah Dunstone, National PTA Programs Committee Member
  • Angie Gonzales-Carver, National PTA Programs Committee Member
  • Colette Rudd, National PTA Programs Committee Member and CAPTA Vice President for Family Engagement
  • Teresa Williams, National PTA Programs Committee Chair

 

308 - Nonprofit 101: Finance, IRS Compliance and Risk Management
Leadership-Membership
Bally's - Las Vegas 6-7

Successful nonprofit associations operate like businesses. As a volunteer-driven association, how can you ensure effective business practices, especially among non-professional parent volunteers? We will make it easy for you. During this workshop, you will review ways to use proper accounting techniques and file IRS Form 990. Identify the steps to making sure your organization is properly insured and not at risk. Learn how to apply simple business guidelines so that you can focus more on your mission.

Speakers:

  • Wayne Bauman, National PTA Secretary-Treasurer
  • Jim Thomasell, National PTA Chief Financial Officer

Panelists:

  • Elgin Allen, CEO of AIM
  • Gayle Guzik, Illinois PTA Trainer
  • Richard Guzik, Illinois PTA Trainer
  • Deborah Walsh, National PTA Manager of National Service Representatives

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Workshop Session 4

Saturday, June 24
7:45 AM – 9:00 AM

401 - Standards of Affiliation and Beyond for State Leaders
Leadership-Membership
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The National PTA Standards of Affiliation (SOA) is a living document designed to ensure that your state PTA remains a viable entity, but it does not tell you how to run your state PTA. That freedom allows for a lot of creativity, but it can also be overwhelming. This workshop will help you understand the requirements of the SOA and distinguish what else you may want to do as a state leader to improve. Through open dialogue and networking, state PTA leaders will compare their strategic approaches for growth with other states.    

Speakers:

  • Heather Gillette, National PTA Field Service Committee Member and Past Washington PTA President
  • Darlene Harris, National PTA Board Member and Field Service Committee Member
  • Don Romoser, National PTA Board Member and Field Service Committee Member
  • Denise Sultz, National PTA Field Service Committee Member and Kansas PTA President
  • Suzan Yungner, National PTA Director of Field Services & Member Outreach

 

402 - Leading the PTA Way: Inclusion, Energy & Focus
Leadership-Membership
Bally's - Jubilee 2

So many books, blogs, tweets, posts and websites are focused on leadership strategies. But how do you know which strategy works best for being a PTA leader? In this session, you will receive a roadmap to leading your PTA. We will identify ways to transform how you welcome all families at your school and build an inclusive PTA community focused on supporting students and teachers and improving your school. Take away strategies for communicating effectively and collaborating with others. Experience real-world scenarios and connect with your peers to generate new ideas for overcoming tension, sharing power and cultivating new volunteers. Connect with other local PTA leaders who used PTA's Roadmap to Excellence to strengthen their school and community.       

 

Speakers

  • Mary Pat King, National PTA Director of Education & Leadership Development
  • Michelle Komisarski, Glover Cleveland Elementary PTSA (PA)
  • Kelly Heberle, Grover Cleveland Elementary PTSA (PA)

 

403 - Bringing PTA's STEM + Families to Life
Mission
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PTA's new STEM + Families initiative educates and empowers families and students to learn about STEM, careers in STEM and pathways to STEM education. Explore how you can put this initiative into action by understanding how PTAs piloted STEM + Families events in their communities. Then explore hands-on STEM activities that will engage families in fun while inspiring students to learn more! Be among the first to see the free STEM + Families Toolkit, which launches in Summer 2017 thanks to sponsors Bayer, Mathnasium and Microsoft.                

Speakers:

  • Seán Arthurs Ed.L.D., National PTA Senior Manager of Education Initiatives
  • Lisa Kensel, Portland Council PTA President and Creston PTA Past President (OR - School of Excellence 2015-2017)
  • Debbie Kilpatrick, Northern Virginia District Director
  • Carina Oghoorian, President, Academy for Enriched Sciences PTA

 

Rise & Shine Sponsored Breakfast Workshops

Saturday, June 24
7:45 AM Breakfast, 8:00 – 9:00 AM Workshop

Registration is required for Rise & Shine Breakfasts. Add a Rise & Shine breakfast to your itinerary or register now. Breakfast is provided at no additional cost to registered attendees.

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Understanding March2Success: A Free Test-Prep Tool for SAT and ACT, Hosted by U.S. Army
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Success should never depend on the ability to afford or access an expensive test prep program. March2Success is a free, online course designed to improve student performance on standardized tests while enhancing math, science and language arts skills. Learn how students can use this tool to prepare for state required exams and college entrance tests, including SAT and ACT.

Mountain America Credit Union

The Game of Money -- An Adventure in Growing Up, Hosted by Mountain America Credit Union
Bally's - Las Vegas 6-7

Our children can’t wait to be free and on their own, can they? Well, the words “on your own” and “free” don’t really go together—not when you’re the one paying the bills. Life is expensive! Make no mistake: being an adult is cool, but we want our kids to make it in the big world. To learn about life as an adult, we have to help our kids take a trip to grown-up land, where they can experience their own big adventure! You will learn about practical and creative methods to help them move toward a positive financial path.

Parenting in the Digital Age

Parenting in the Digital Age: Building a Generation of Digital Citizens
Bally's - Las Vegas 4-5

Parenting in the digital age is increasingly complex. Today’s kids are the first generation of mobile technology users, and parents want to help their children make smarter, safer choices online as they grow the next generation of digital citizens.  Our panel of experts will share their insights and best practices for parents, highlighting useful resources as ‘The Smart Talk’ a collaboration between National PTA and LifeLock, as kids navigate screen time, social media, apps, texting, and online videos, cameras, and more.

 

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Workshop Session 5

Saturday, June 24
1:45 PM – 3:00 PM

501 - Creating LGBTQ Inclusive Schools
Mission
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At the 2016 National PTA Convention & Expo, delegates passed a resolution on the Recognition of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ) Individuals as a Protected Class. Since that time, PTA members have been busy advocating around the resolution. Come to this workshop to understand why these protections are so important for our students and what you can do in your school, community or state to take action. Discuss where PTA advocates like you are needed most with our nation's leaders on this issue—the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN), PFLAG and Human Rights Campaign. Connect with PTA leaders who have stepped up to support LGBTQ students and community in their school, community or state.      

Speakers:

  • Moderated by Shannon Sevier, National PTA Vice President of Advocacy
  • Peyton Chapman, Lincoln High School (Portland, OR) Principal and Board of Directors Member of National Association of Secondary School Principals
  • Todd Savage, Ph.D. National Association of School Psychologists Past President
  • Nathan Smith, GLSEN Director of Public Policy

 

502 - The Science of PTA Membership Growth—Knowing Your Audience 
Leadership-Membership
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“Today's PTA.” We say this phrase a lot, but what does it mean? Who are today's PTA members and what do they care about? How are parents and teachers motivated—or demotivated—to be involved in an organization like PTA? In this workshop, speakers will answer these questions and discuss data from recent studies including Pew's Parenting in America and National PTA's market research efforts. Use this data to examine your own community using tools accessible from your mobile phone or tablet. Then, construct a plan to dive deeper when you get home.               

Speakers:

  • Karin Kirchoff, National PTA Deputy Executive Director of Membership & Field Services
  • Carolyn Nelson-Goedert, Florida PTA Vice President for Regions & Councils

               

503 - Communicating to Resolve Conflict Resolution        
Leadership-Membership
Bally's - Jubilee 3             

With more than 30 years of experience resolving disputes, the National Conflict Resolution Center has developed a proven strategy for improving communication that is easy to remember and implement in the face of challenging times. During this workshop, you will learn how to improve their reaction/response to others when they feel attacked by others. Gain a deeper understanding of how others perceive and process conflict and develop new insights into your relationships for how to adapt your style to work more effectively with others. Experience how to handle a situation when you need to approach someone about a concern you have in a respectful, rather than confrontational way. Leave this interactive workshop with improved communication skills, the ability to de-escalate conflict, and proven techniques to manage conflict better.

Speakers:

  • Lisa Maxwell, Director of the National Conflict Resolution Center Training Institute

 

504 - It's Not Rocket Science—It's Your PTA Bylaws 
Leadership-Membership
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The mere mention of bylaws should not strike fear in the hearts of your members or leaders. Bylaws are the governing document of your association. Join the National PTA Bylaws and Policy Committee to understand the ins and outs of bylaws—what’s new, what’s required, what’s common practice and how you can help your members become comfortable using the bylaws. Through hands-on activities, you will use your PTA bylaws as a planning tool, understand the structure of PTA, gain knowledge regarding the policies of PTA and design a step-by-step process for reviewing, amending or revising PTA bylaws—including the procedure for the adoption of bylaws. After the workshop, you will feel comfortable sharing the importance of bylaws with other PTA members.            

Speakers:

  • Stephanie Gray, National PTA Bylaws Committee Member
  • Tina Hartman, National PTA Bylaws Committee Chair and Board Member
  • Anna King, National PTA Board Member and Bylaws Committee Member
  • Latha Krishnaiyer, National PTA Bylaws Committee Member
  • Sandy Nekoloff, National PTA Bylaws Committee Member

                 

505 - Understanding the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and How It Affects Our Students
Mission
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The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is now the governing law on K-12 education—but do you even know what that means for your child and the other children in your school, district or state? If not, you’re not alone—and we’ve got the answers for you. Attend this workshop to understand how ESSA will provide equity and opportunity for all students. Identify strategies to get PTA members involved in developing state and local education plans. Interact in lively discussion with speakers to examine PTA's role in revitalizing Statewide Family Engagement Centers and ensuring effective family engagement policies and practices in your schools. 

Speakers:

  • Moderated by Jacki Ball, National PTA Director of Government Affairs
  • Jeff Halsell, Clark County (NV) School District Director of Assessment, Accountability, Research & School Improvement
  • Carrie Heath Phillips, Council of Chief State School Officers Director of School Improvement
  • David Park, Learning Heroes Executive Vice President for Strategy & Communications
  • Renata Witte, New Mexico PTA President

                 

506 - School Nutrition & Healthy Learning
Mission
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Can you concentrate when you are hungry? Neither can our kids. Unfortunately, one in five households with children cannot buy enough food for their families. That's why school nutrition is so important. For decades, PTA has advocated for regular, high-quality, nutritious school meals to help kids grow, develop properly, be healthy and achieve academically. In this workshop, explore an array of school meals and out-of-school programs to feed children in your community, best practices your schools should be adopting to ensure all children have access to nutritious meals year-round, and strategies PTAs have utilized to be an advocate for school nutrition and food safety. Parents are powerful leaders and effective advocates on school nutrition and food safety issues. This session will arm you with what you need to make sure every child has the healthy foods they need to learn.     

Speakers:

  • David Flatt, Nevada PTA President
  • Jen Jobrack, Food Allergy Research & Education National Director of Advocacy    
  • Etienne Melcher Philbin, Food Research & Action Center Senior Child Nutrition Program Coordinator

 

507 - Arts Education: At the Heart of Reflections
Mission
Bally's - Las Vegas 4-5

Sponsored by: Park West Foundation

Arts education is at the heart of PTA's nationally acclaimed student recognition program, Reflections. The arts supports 21st century skills such as critical thinking, collaboration, communication and creativity, which are all vital to careers spanning arts, business and STEM fields. Yet funding for high-quality arts education is more at risk than ever. Talk with arts education and advocacy experts about what you can do to demand arts education in your school, district and state. Preview what's new in 2017-2018 for PTA's Reflections program and discuss how your PTA can use Reflections as a tool to make the case for arts education.

Speakers:

  • Jane Best, Arts Education Partnership Director
  • Jeff Poulin, Americans for the Arts
  • Colette Rudd, National PTA Programs Committee Member

 

508 - Board Development—Essentials for a Winning PTA Team!
Leadership-Membership
Bally's - Las Vegas 6-7

Want a more successful board of directors? This workshop will give you tools to stay focused on your mission, build a stronger team, strengthen your association’s purpose and enlighten your leadership to PTA’s true potential. Network with other PTA leaders and be inspired as you have fun in this highly interactive learning lab. Take home a booklet on several activities to help you to engage and strengthen your board.

Speakers:

  • Leslie Boggs, National PTA Board Member, CarrellBoggs Consulting
  • Sharon Goldblatt, National PTA Field Service Committee Chair
  • Michelle Humphreys, Texas PTA Past President

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Workshop Session 6

Saturday, June 24
3:30 PM – 4:45 PM

 

601 - Membership 101: Proven Techniques for Local PTAs 
Leadership-Membership
Bally's - Jubilee 1

Is your PTA full of the "usual suspects?" In this workshop, discuss ways to welcome new people into PTA by discovering their motivations for supporting the school and the barriers to their involvement in PTA. Swap ideas for attracting all families and recruiting new volunteers. Throughout this session, you will interact with others to explore proven techniques for marketing your PTA and practice variations to your PTA “elevator pitch.” Finally, you'll spend some time critiquing key components of membership forms.    

Speakers

  • Lynnette Butler, Puyallup PTA Council President (WA)
  • Megan Klein, Washington State PTA Membership Director
  • Eric Snow, WATCH D.O.G.S. President
  • Debra Strauss, National PTA Vice President of Membership

               

602 - Five Steps to Building a Cohesive Team
Leadership-Membership
Bally's - Jubilee 2

Most of us have served on teams with conflict, lack of trust, lack of commitment, and—worst of all—lack of results. This workshop will help you to overcome the frustration of being part of a dysfunctional team. Based on the best-selling book, “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team,” this interactive workshop will discuss each step necessary to build and sustain a cohesive team that will achieve your desired results.          

Speakers

  • Anna Weselak, National PTA Past President, Weselak & Associates Seminar Trainer & Consultant             

 

603 - Preventing and Overcoming Revocation in Your State
Leadership-Membership
Bally's - Jubilee 3

To be a PTA, you must maintain your nonprofit status with the Internal Revenue Services (IRS). This is a less daunting requirement than it sounds! During this workshop, you will identify steps for supporting local PTAs across your state as they comply with 501(c)3 status. Experience the process for reinstating a revoked PTA and access tools available at national and state levels to support reinstatement. Speakers will share how to apply different approaches to tackling this issue in any size state.

Speakers

  • Wayne Bauman, National PTA Secretary-Treasurer
  • Cindy Bell, CPA, LegFi
  • Mike Bollinger, President, LegFi
  • Tim Duke, Tennessee PTA Treasurer
  • Gail Phillips, Tennessee PTA President
  • Heather Starks, Minnesota
  • Jim Thomasell, National PTA Chief Financial Officer

 

604 - Creating a Safe and Supportive School Climate for ALL Students
Mission
Bally's - Las Vegas 1

A positive, supportive school climate improves attendance, achievement, retention and even graduation rates. Achieving a healthy school climate includes a family-school partnership that encourages and sustains respect, trust and caring throughout the school community. So, how can PTA help build these partnerships? During this workshop, understand how to implement effective program strategies and advocacy efforts for improving school climates, including PTA's Connect for Respect program and Playworks. Following this interactive session, you will leave energized, informed and inspired to champion safe, healthy and supportive school climates.

Speakers

  • Elizabeth Cushing, Playworks President
  • Tom Dodd, Ph.D., 2017 NASSP National Principal of the Year, Principal of Lesher Middle School
  • Collin Robinson, National PTA Health & Safety Committee Member and Oregon PTA Immediate Past President
  • Todd Savage, Ph.D., NCSP, National Association of School Psychologists Immediate Past President

 

605 - Making Your PTA a Welcoming & Inclusive Environment for Immigrant Families
Mission
Bally's - Las Vegas 2

Even though one out of every four children in the United States is an immigrant or the U.S.-born child of immigrants, many schools are ill-equipped to meet their needs. All children in the U.S. are entitled to equal access to a public elementary and secondary education, regardless of their or their parents' actual or perceived national origin, citizenship or immigration status. So how can PTA help? In this workshop, you will understand the perspectives of immigrant families and the challenges they face as parents and students. Experience how PTAs, schools and communities are supporting immigrant families. Discuss ways you and your PTA can help. 

Speakers

  • Abril Armendariz, Clark Creek Elementary STEM Academy PTA Co-President (GA)
  • Kelly Heberle, Grover Cleveland Elementary PTSA (PA)
  • Jesus Holguin, National PTA Board Member At-Large
  • Michelle Komisarski, Glover Cleveland Elementary PTSA (PA)
  • Frank Kwan, National PTA Diversity Committee Chair
  • Geronimo Rodriguez Jr., National PTA Board Member At-Large

 

606 - How PTA Can Demand a High Quality, Equitable Public Education for EVERY Child
Mission
Bally's - Las Vegas 3

National PTA supports stronger federal, state and local investments in our public schools and opposes any private school voucher program that diverts public funds to private schools. In this workshop, you will understand why this issue is so important for the future of our schools and students. Listen as speakers define how you can advocate for high-quality public education and robust funding for public education at all levels. Then discover how you can explain these issues in a way that influences policymakers in the decision-making process—whether you’re talking to a local school board member or a member of Congress.             

Speakers

  • Moderated by Joshua Westfall, National PTA Government Affairs Manager
  • Mike R. Barton, Clark County School District Chief Academic Officer (Las Vegas, NV)
  • Linda Kearschner, Florida PTA President-Elect
  • Paula Purkhiser, Arizona PTA President
  • Sheila Ragland, Ohio PTA President

 

607 - Create a Winning Advocacy Plan
Mission
Bally's - Las Vegas 4-5                                   

What is the most pressing issue for your state, district or school? A funding shortage? Safety concerns? Lack of recess or physical education? As a PTA leader, you can have a powerful impact on issues that directly affect students and schools. In this interactive workshop, experiment with simple steps to energize your PTA's advocacy work and empower members to speak effectively on issues that matter to your community. In a small group activity, design an advocacy campaign by focusing on goals, organizational considerations, constituents, decision makers and tactics. Experience models of real-world campaign strategies that you can implement in your state, community or school. Discover how it is much easier than you think to advocate and rally support for our important cause—students and schools.               

Speakers

  • Kelly Langston, North Carolina PTA President
  • Debbie Munson, Pennsylvania PTA President
  • Beth Yenis, National PTA Advocacy Manager

 

608 - Active Kids Do Better  
Mission
Bally's - Las Vegas 6-7                                   

As kids spend more time indoors and the obesity rate among youth continues to rise, it is increasingly important for parents, schools and communities to provide and encourage safe opportunities for physical activity and sports participation. Access to physical education, recess and sports programs are key to academic success and overall well-being. Simply put: active kids do better. During this workshop, explore promising practices in advocating for physical education and recess, as well as ways PTA leaders can help to prevent the risk of health and safety issues related to youth and school sports including concussion, heat illness, heart disease and overuse injuries. 

Speakers

  • Moderated by Derrick Byrd, National PTA Health & Safety Committee Chair
  • Melinda Bossenmeyer, Ed.D., Peaceful Playgrounds
  • Angie Gallo, Florida PTA Legislative Chair
  • Heather Pressley, Ph.D., Girls on the Run International Vice President of Programming
  • Jamie Woodall, MPH, LAT, ATC, CPH, National Athletic Trainers' Association

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