Events & Programs

WSPTA Legislative Assembly

October 20-21, 2017
Hotel Murano, Tacoma

Dear PTA leaders and members,

On behalf of your Washington State PTA board of directors and staff, I would like to invite you to attend the 39th annual WSPTA Legislative Assembly taking place October 20-21, 2017 at the Hotel Murano in Tacoma.

At WSPTA Legislative Assembly, you will discover the power PTA has to advocate for every child – the whole child – regardless of race, creed, gender, or zip code. You will learn about advocacy at all levels, network with other PTA members, and add your PTA’s voice to our platform for the coming year.

Your voice is essential to the success of WSPTA’s member-driven platform – make sure to join us so you can be heard! Feel free to contact the WSPTA office or your region director if you have any questions. Keep up the great work for kids. We are looking forward to seeing you at Legislative Assembly!


Michelle Nims, President

Voting Information

During Legislative Assembly, delegates will have the opportunity to debate, amend, and vote on the addition of four long-term Resolutions and seven short-term Issues to the WSPTA Platform.  The Guide to Proposed Resolutions and Legislative Issues contains information needed to familiarize yourself with these proposals.

Registration and Cost

Only paid 2017-2018 WSPTA members and students can attend the 2017 Legislative Assembly. The cost to attend remains the same as last year.


Dinner Friday evening is included at no additional cost. A cash bar is available.

Important Registration Information

Legislative Assembly registration is done online. Your PTA member ID number (found on your 2017-2018 membership card) is required to register. If you don’t have your 2017-2018 membership card, contact your PTA leader.

During online registration, you can select the classes you’re interested in attending, pay for registration, and print or receive an email of your registration confirmation/receipt.

Voting Delegates: You will also be able to indicate if you will be a voting delegate for your PTA or your council. This must be confirmed by email from your PTA president (who will receive email instructions for identifying delegates).

If you’re a voting delegate for a council, you will register using the ID number of your membership in a local PTA within your council.

The online registration system accepts payment by credit card or by electronic transfer from your checking account.

In some cases, the local PTA or council pays the registration fee – check with your PTA or council. You’ll find more information on these options in the following sections.

Paying Your Own Registration Fee

Pay with Credit Card: When prompted to enter payment information you can enter your credit card information. We accept MasterCard, Visa, American Express, and Discover for credit card payments.

Pay with Checking Account: If you prefer, you can pay by electronic transfer from your checking account, or e-Check.

  • To pay from your checking account, click the e-Check button on the payment information screen.
  • Enter your bank routing number and account number (found on the bottom of your check). DO NOT use the numbers on a debit card, which are not the same as your checking account number.
  • The payment amount will be deducted from your checking account and transferred to WSPTA.

Note: WSPTA does not keep your credit card number or your bank account information.

Once your payment is processed, you’ll see your registration confirmation/receipt. Be sure to print or email your receipt using the buttons at the top of the screen. Check your email address before clicking “Send”. If your PTA or council is reimbursing your registration fee be sure to get a copy of your confirmation/receipt for reimbursement.

Your PTA or Council Pays Your Registration Fee

There are three options for payment if your PTA or council is paying your registration fee:

  1. Pay yourself and get reimbursed from your PTA.
  2. Register without making a payment and ask your PTA or council leader to make your payment.
  3. In many cases the local PTA or council will register its attendees. Check with your PTA leader.

Option 1. Member Pays & Gets Reimbursed:

  • Follow the steps above under “Paying Your Own Registration Fee” and pay to complete your registration as described in that section.
  • Turn in a copy of your confirmation/receipt to your PTA or council leader to be reimbursed by your PTA.

Option 2. Register Without a Payment & Ask Your PTA or Council Leader to Make Payment

Member Steps:

  • Follow the online registration steps until you get to the “Enter Payment Information” screen. Close the browser without entering credit card or checking account information.
  • Your registration will be saved.
  • Tell your PTA or council leader that your registration is ready for payment and ask that he/she email you a confirmation/receipt once the payment has been made.
  • If you don’t receive an email confirmation/receipt after the payment has been made by your PTA or council leader, you can log back in to the registration/payment page, and get a copy.

PTA or Council Leader Steps:

  • Login to conference online registration using your member’s ID number.
  • This will take you to the payment information screen.
  • Enter your personal credit card or PTA checking account information to complete your member’s registration.
  • Email the registration confirmation/receipt to your member and keep a copy for your PTA records (and for reimbursement if paid with your personal credit card).

Option 3. Leader Registers Attendees

  • Use the attendee member ID number to register the member.
  • Select attendee classes (optional).
  • Pay using your personal credit card or PTA checking account information.
  • Print the confirmation/receipt for the PTA records (and for reimbursement if paid with your personal credit card) .
  • Give the registered member a copy of the confirmation/receipt.

Attendee Information

Schedule of Events

9:00am Registration Opens
9:30am-9:50am Newcomer Orientation
10:00am-11:45am General Session 1
11:45am-1:15pm Lunch
1:15pm-2:45pm Resolution & Issue Education
3:00pm-4:30pm Class Session #1
4:45pm-5:15pm Resolution & Issue Q&A and/or Caucusing
5:30pm-6:45pm General Session 2 (Voting)
6:45pm-10:00pm Dinner (w/cash bar)
8:00am Registration Opens
until 11:00am Hotel Check-out
8:30am-8:50am Newcomer Orientation
9:00am-10:15am General Session 3
10:30am-11:45am Issue Education
11:45am-1:15pm Lunch
1:30pm-2:00pm Issues Q&A and/or Caucusing
2:15pm-3:15pm Class Session #2
3:30pm-5:00pm General Session 4 (Voting)

Class Descriptions

Class Session 1 – Friday 3:00-4:30 pm

The 3 “Cs” of Great Testimony – NEW

What makes good testimony to the local school board or to the legislature? Try your hand at analysis and get an immediate response from local legislators.

ESSA Update: What to Expect at Your School – NEW

Hear from WSPTA and OSPI and State Board of Education leadership about Washington’s implementation plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), and what the impact might be on your school and district.

Year-Round Advocacy – Build Your Plan

We’ve pulled together the best information to get you started on year-round advocacy at the local, state, and federal levels.

Class Session 2 – Saturday 2:15-3:15 pm

School Funding: HB 2242 and Your School District – NEW

Whether you think the new education funding plan is ample or not, come hear from our guest speakers about the changes expected for the 2018-19 school year, and implications for levy campaigns.

Local Advocacy – Start with the School Board – NEW

The new education funding plan brings many changes for local school districts. Come hear from school directors about the best ways to advocate and testify with your school board.

Plans and Priorities Around Washington State – NEW

Government relations directors from other statewide associations will share their plans and priorities for the 2018 legislative session, and discuss how they align with the WSPTA Platform.

Hotel Information & Parking

Hotel Murano is located in downtown Tacoma at 1320 Broadway.

You are encouraged to register early using this link to get the special room rate.

Hotel Murano FAQs:

Parking Information

Hotel Murano parking is $20 a day for valet parking, $16 a day for self-parking. Complimentary daytime parking is available at the Tacoma Dome Station. Guests can ride the Tacoma Light Link Rail (complimentary) to the corner of Commerce and 15th Street and walk (less than two blocks) to the Murano from there.

Dining Options

Dinner Friday night is included in event registration. Concessions will be available on site for lunch Friday, and for breakfast and lunch Saturday.

WSPTA Photo Policy

By attending WSPTA Legislative Assembly, you grant the Washington State PTA the right to record, film, photograph, or capture your likeness in any media and to distribute, broadcast, use, or otherwise disseminate, in perpetuity, such media without any further approval from or any payment to you. Note: Parental consent is required to publish photographs that feature attendees under the age of 18.

Individuals with Disabilities

Washington State PTA strives to assure that all meetings and other activities of the Association are available for participation by all its members, consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Washington State Law Against Discrimination (RCW 49.60). Individuals requiring special accommodations to attend or participate in WSPTA meetings should contact the WSPTA office in advance: (253) 214-7410 or email: