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Friday Class Descriptions


Registering for specific class sessions is important for estimating class size. Once onsite you may attend any class with space available.

Remember to schedule time to visit exhibitors.

Professional Growth and Development Session | Friday 10:00 – 11:30 am

Class 001

An Introduction to the Nurtured Heart Approach® for Transforming Parenting and Teaching

Research shows that children who have at least one strong, healthy relationship with a caring adult are far more likely to achieve success, and reach their potential, than children who have no such relationships.  What if there is a method of parenting/teaching that helps build those kinds of relationships? A strengths-based way to parent and teach that builds a child’s trust in themselves and fosters a healthy social/emotional life. It’s called the Nurtured Heart Approach®, and it’s being used effectively in homes, schools, organizations and communities across the globe.

In this fun, 90-minute interactive presentation you will learn:

  1. Why many conventional, well-intentioned methods of parenting and teaching actually work against successful outcomes for intense/challenging children
  2. How to help a challenging/intense child, including one diagnosed with ADHD or other behavioral or emotional issues, shift to using their intensity well. (Hint: It’s all about YOU, the adult, being the prize!)
  3. To apply the core methodology of the Nurtured Heart Approach® to build Inner Wealth™ in all children and support cultures that “make every child’s potential a reality.”

Presenter, Micki O’Brien, M.A. is an Advanced Certified Nurtured Heart Approach® Trainer, and an education expert.

Class 002

Preparing Your Children For Their Future; Job and Career Development Opportunities

Learn what industry is doing to excite and inspire the next generation of Aerospace workforce, plus career opportunities available in multiple other industries.  Through use of video, hands on activities, and personal stories you will gain a better understanding of career opportunities available to your students in STEM related fields.  This class will empower parents to recognize students’ individual skill sets and pathways to careers, and provide you with information on Core Plus, an education initiative that is based on skills needed to work in many job opportunities in Washington State. Great information for parents of middle school through high school aged students.

Presenter: TBD

Class 003

Exhibitors (Open at 10:30)

Convention exhibitors provide attendees with valuable products and services, including fundraisers, school assemblies, field trip ideas, book fairs, playground equipment, school photos, and much more! As exhibitors help alleviate convention costs, we know you will take time to visit their booths and thank them for their continued support.



Newcomer’s Orientation | Friday 11:45 am – 12:15

Welcome to Convention!  A Guide for Newcomers

New to WSPTA Convention? Want to see what’s new this year?  Join us for a short orientation to the weekend and make sure that you don’t miss out on anything! (Note: this takes place during lunch break, so plan accordingly.)


 

Class Session 1 | Friday 2:15 – 3:45 pm

Class 101

*NEW* Goodbye, Binders: Leveraging Digital Tools for Effective PTA Business

Topic: Communication & Technology

How do you choose the right digital tools to help your PTA run its business?  How can technology ease transitions between board members and chairs? Get hands-on experience with some of the easiest and cheapest digital methods for keeping records, communicating with your members, and conducting PTA business.

Class 102

Foundations of FACE

Topic: Family and Community Engagement

PTA family and community engagement activities strengthen communities!  Assess your PTA’s current engagement practices, and set goals to help your PTA become a welcoming, relevant, diverse, dynamic force in your community.

Class 103

Arts Education and Success for All Students

Topic: Education

Arts education can make a major difference in students’ education: minimizing opportunity gaps, supporting 21st century skills, and increasing student engagement. Learn more about how and why the arts make a difference, and what YOU can do to help.

Class 104

Safety: It's Elementary

Topic: Health & Safety

Talking safety with elementary students!  We give you helpful conversation starters, what to cover regarding body safety, an introduction to online safety, how to handle those sleepover requests and how to determine if/when your child is ready to stay home alone.

Class 105

*NEW* Honoring our Past; Creating Our Advocacy Future

Topic: Advocacy

This presentation celebrates the history of Selena Sloan Butler, the founding of the National Congress of Colored Parents and Teachers (NCCPT) which supported African-American schools in the segregated South, and will also discuss ways PTA continues working for equity in schools today.

Class 106

*NEW* Advanced Strategies for Building Membership

Topic: Membership

This advanced class is for experienced membership chairs looking to expand their membership strategy, their target audience, and their results. Learn about business sponsorships, student memberships, scholarships and gifts, raffles and incentives, community memberships, and more! (Recommend for those with previous membership experience or the Membership Boot Camp class.)

Class 107

Successful Family Meals

Topic: Health & Safety

How can you facilitate healthy eating for those you love? In this uplifting and practical class learn to set sturdy yet flexible boundaries that can help make mealtimes successful for everyone.

Class 108

Committee Chairs

Topic: PTA

Group management is the modern way of running a business, especially for nonprofit associations. PTAs should organize committees strategically so the work contributes to the mission, vision, goals and objectives of the association. This class covers the recruitment, training, expectations, money guidelines, mentoring and retention of PTA committee chairs.

Class 109

Strategic Planning and Goal Setting for Local PTAs

Topic: PTA, Leadership

Ensure outstanding PTA leadership through goal setting and transition planning.  Set your PTA up to “make every child’s potential a reality” both now and well into the future. Discuss the basics of strategic planning and goal setting, and create an outline to get yourself started.

Class 110

Coaching Session

Topic: Coaching

Get a personal PTA coach! Spend 15 minutes talking to a PTA expert and hear proven methods you can use to handle your unique circumstances. Participants must also register in-person at the PTA Coaching Zone at convention. 15-minute slots fill quickly, so find us early!

Class 111

Exhibitors

Convention exhibitors provide attendees with valuable products and services, including fundraisers, school assemblies, field trip ideas, book fairs, playground equipment, school photos, and much more! As exhibitors help alleviate convention costs, we know you will take time to visit their booths and thank them for their continued support.


Class Session 2 | Friday 4:00 – 5:30 PM

Class 201

*NEW* Getting Grant Money for your PTA

Topic: Financial

There is money available to PTAs in the form of grants, but where do you begin? WSPTA’s Executive Director, Kathryn Hobbs, brings her extensive knowledge of grants to this class! Learn what kinds of grants are available, where you should look for grants, and how to apply for them.

Class 202

Building Parent - School District Relationships

Topic: Family and Community Engagement

Learn about the school and school district structure and function, and how this knowledge will help you advocate for your child and others.

Class 203

Running a Great Student Enrichment Program: A How-To Guide for After School Classes

Topic: Programs

After-school classes and enrichment programs are an invaluable resource that PTAs can provide to their communities. Learn how to successfully develop and run a program that will engage families, enrich curriculum, and make your PTA a more relevant resource to your community.

Class 204

Ready, Set, Go!

Topic: PTA

This class will help all first-time board members, struggling PTAs and officers that need ideas. We will discuss how to get the new PTA year organized and off to a good start.

Class 205

Telling Your Advocacy Story

Topic: Advocacy

Learn how to tell your story on behalf of our children. As parents, we often speak on behalf of our children. We speak to other parents, teachers, principals, school board members, community leaders, legislators, and congressmen. Learn how to effectively share your story in meetings or as public testimony.

Class 206

Introduction to Membership

Topic: Membership

Gain a high-level understanding of what PTA membership does and doesn’t mean, and the differences between PTA and other parent groups. Learn the basics of the membership chair role, goal-setting, dues, member benefits, awards, the different ways members can enroll, and available resources. (For those new to PTA or the role of membership chair.)

Class 207

Keeping our Kids Safe: Brain Injury is More than Sports Concussions

Topic: Health and Safety

Traumatic brain injury is the #1 cause of death and disability among children and youth! Learn how to prevent, recognize and work with any brain injury, ranging from sports concussions to automobile accidents, infections to strokes. Learn about BIAWA resources.

Class 208

Secondary PTAs : Support, Sustain, Succeed

Topic: PTA

Parent involvement in middle and high school PTAs is crucial and certainly different than elementary school PTA. This workshop will familiarize all PTA leaders with the differences between PTA and ASB, and how to work together effectively to maximize resources.

Class 209

*NEW* Find Your Leadership Style

Topic: Leadership

Learn about your leadership style – and how to make it work! Understand more about the different personalities in the room, and how to bring them all together into a successful team. Plus, learn why developing your own emotional intelligence is such a powerful leadership tool.

Class 210

Coaching Session

Topic: Coaching

Get a personal PTA coach! Spend 15 minutes talking to a PTA expert and hear proven methods you can use to handle your unique circumstances. Participants must also register in-person at the PTA Coaching Zone at convention. 15-minute slots fill quickly, so find us early!

Class 211

Exhibitors

Topic: Exhibitors

Convention exhibitors provide attendees with valuable products and services, including fundraisers, school assemblies, field trip ideas, book fairs, playground equipment, school photos, and much more! As exhibitors help alleviate convention costs, we know you will take time to visit their booths and thank them for their continued support.