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Saturday 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.

Class Session 3 | Saturday 8:00 – 9:30 am

Class 301

Fundraising: Beyond the Wrapping Paper and Cookie Dough

Topic: Finance

Discuss the important steps you need to know for a successful fundraiser. Tips for before, during and after the sale, including research, planning, goal setting, sales, money handling and celebration!  Come prepared to share your ideas, too.

Class 302

From Idea to Execution: Building a Program or Event from the Ground Up

Topic: Family and Community Engagement

Learn how to develop a program or event from scratch to support your PTA’s goals, provide an opportunity for engagement, and encourage growth in your PTA. Learn the step-by-step process from birth to execution for a successful program or event.

Class 303

Digital Safety "101"

Topic: Communication and Technology, Health and Safety

An important talk tailored toward professionals/parents with a low-moderate degree of internet “savvy,” who are interested in expanding their knowledge around effectively managing and helping youth navigate their online lives effectively, appropriately, pro-socially and legally.

Class 304

AIM - Cover Your Assets

Topic: Finance

If a child is injured at your fall carnival, you and your PTA could be held liable. How do you protect PTA funds against embezzlement? Learn how to protect your PTA funds, and your assets in this invaluable class.

Class 305

Advocacy and Legislative: Beyond the Basics

Topic: Advocacy

Learn all the basics of a legislative advocacy program. This class will cover the role of the legislative chair at all levels as well as the variety of resources available and avenues of effective advocacy.

Class 306

*NEW* Planning Your PTA's Fall Membership Drive

Topic: Membership

Roll up your sleeves and start planning your fall membership drive! You’ll leave this class with an actual three-month calendar personalized with your PTA’s membership action plan. Discuss membership forms, expectations of board members, event logistics, contests and incentive programs, membership discounts, getting students excited about membership, and much more!

Class 307

PTA President: Plan to Succeed

Topic: PTA; Leadership

From start to finish, this class will guide you through your most important jobs as a president. We’ll discuss building and leading your team, chairing meetings, communication, legal compliance, and how to develop relationships that will allow your PTA to work collaboratively with your school administration and community leaders.

Class 308

Get Organized - Quit Wasting your Time

If disorganization is congesting your life and you’re feeling scattered and frustrated, it’s time to get organized. Join us for a fun presentation about how to get organized, be a productive PTA leader, and accomplish more in life.

Class 309

Dealing with Conflict as a Leader

Topic: Leadership

Face issues head-on with improved awareness of individual differences and opinions. Take targeted action for more beneficial outcomes, practice problem-solving and conflict management skills; improve your listening and speaking in conflict situations; and gain techniques for resolving conflicts as they arise in all areas of volunteer, work, and home life.

Class 310

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 311

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 312

SCREENAGERS: Growing Up in the Digital Age

Topic: Health and Safety; Communications and Technology

“SCREENAGERS probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including the director’s own, and depicts messy struggles, over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through surprising insights from authors and brain scientists solutions emerge on how we can empower kids to best navigate the digital world.”


Lunchtime Class Session 4 | Saturday 1:00 – 2:00 pm

Class 401

Creating Cultures of Reading and Achievement

Topic: Education

How can your PTA help build a culture of reading and achievement in your school?  Walk through the steps needed to create a meaningful and positive learning culture for your students.  Will include an insightful tour of today’s juvenile literature.

Class 402

Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students)

Topic: Family and Community Engagement

WATCH D.O.G.S. is an innovative program focusing on education and safety in schools by using the positive influence of fathers and father-figures to enhance school security and provide positive and active male role models for students.

Class 403

Spotlight Repertory Northwest Programs

Topic: Arts Education

Learn about Spotlight Repertory NW’s programs as a non-profit theatrical company for schools in Washington State. Concluding with a 30-minute live performance of the opera Hansel and Gretel. Adapted and staged for every school assembly working in collaboration with state-required EALRS.

Class 404

*NEW* Struggling PTAs Panel

Topic: PTA

Are you part of a struggling PTA or working to support a struggling PTA? This expert panel is for you. What has worked in other struggling PTAs? What has not worked? Where should you start? What support is available, and where do you go from here? Bring your questions!

Class 405

ASVAB - Planning for the Future

Topic: College and Career Planning

This presentation of the Armed Services Aptitude Battery Test and premier Career Exploration Program empowers students nationwide to discover their strengths and interests so that students can then map out post-secondary plans that work.

Class 406

*NEW* Reflections: Ask the Experts

Topic: Programs

Join this panel discussion to learn more about the Reflections program, get hints and tips for your own Reflections program, and take the opportunity to ask questions of experienced Reflections leaders.

Class 407

What Parents Need to Know About Smart Kids

Topic: Gifted Education

Smart is not easy. Kids who are very smart have significant challenges developing crucial life skills like grit, growth mindset, and executive function, as well as social skills and emotional regulation. Advocacy is essential for good outcomes.

Class 408

Clearing the Air: How PTAs can Help Improve School Health

Topic: Health and Safety

The presentation teaches why it’s important to reduce chemical exposures in schools; provides practical solutions, such as how to implement green policy recommendations; and promotes resources available to improve health and safety in school.

Class 409

Food Allergy Awareness in PTA Organizations

Topic: Health and Safety

The purpose of this presentation is to create awareness of food allergies, educate the importance of inclusion, and create advocates through discussion.

Class 410

Non-traditional PTA Workshop

Topic: Family and Community Engagement

Non-school-based PTAs are in almost every region. Join us for a roundtable where leaders of non-traditional PTAs can talk about the success and obstacles involved in running a PTA that is not attached to a school.

Class 411

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 5 | Saturday 4:00 – 5:30

Class 501

Managing Your Nonprofit PTA: The Financial Responsibilities of Board Members

Topic: Finance

Formerly “Money Matters.” The financial management of the PTA is the responsibility of the entire board of directors. Learn the basic financial skills to manage and track PTA funds, online accounts, legal obligations to maintain your tax-exempt status and other considerations. Recommended for all elected officers and board members.

Class 502

PTA Awards - Celebrate Your Success. It's Easy!

Topic: Programs

Learn how your PTA or council can apply for and receive awards from WSPTA for the great work you already do. If you do something well…we have an award for that! We will discuss the many benefits of awards and share tips so you can be successful in your applications.

Class 503

FACE, Advocacy, and Membership: Three Sides of the Same Goal

Topic: Family and Community Engagement; Membership; Advocacy

Family and Community Engagement, Membership, and Advocacy are linked together in our everyday PTA lives in ways that we may not recognize. Find out why a strong membership improves advocacy, why family and community engagement efforts often result in greater membership, and why advocacy can bring communities and families together!

Class 504

*NEW* Write a Newsletter that People Will Actually Read

Topic: Communications and Technology

Is your PTA newsletter suffering from the “blahs?” Are you publishing like mad, but finding that parents still don’t have the information they need? Does your community ask, “What Newsletter?” Rev up your style and craft a newsletter that people will actually read!

Class 505

Year-Round Advocacy

Topic: Advocacy

Effective advocacy involves building relationships with legislators and their staff and then communicating the right messages, at the right time, and in the right ways – to the right people! This class, based on the legislative calendar, shows you exactly how to do that – and much more!

Class 506

*NEW* Membership: The Ask

Topic: Membership

Face the most dreaded aspect of membership: asking someone to join your PTA. We’ll break down the process into manageable pieces, discuss how to identify and overcome the most common objections, review the ins and outs of membership scholarships, and help you identify the right membership “salesforce” for your PTA.

Class 507

School of Excellence: Leading the Way

This session will demonstrate how to strengthen partnerships built on the National Standards for Family-School Partnerships. The National PTA School of Excellence will help enrich students’ educational experiences and overall well-being by forming family-school partnerships that leverage community resources to strengthen family engagement and contribute to continuous school improvement.

Class 508

LGBTQ

Topic: Health and Safety; Parent Support

It gets better…but “it” starts with parents. An honest and humorous talk around how to be the best parent you can be if your kid is (or might be) not straight. How to give and get your children the information they need to keep themselves safe (from others and themselves.)

Class 509

Secretary: More than Just Minutes

Topic: PTA

This class will touch on all aspects of being a successful secretary! Learn the what, how and why of keeping records, what does and does not go into minutes, and how to assist in preparing meeting agendas.

Class 510

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 511

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.