Events & Programs

WSPTA Legislative Assembly

October 20-21, 2018
Green River College, Auburn

NEW – View the video “Basics of Legislative Assembly”. This video will help attendees come prepared to fully participate in all aspects of this year’s event. Whether this is your first year or you are a veteran of past assemblies this video will explain how to participate in caucusing and demystify the general session debate process along with many other helpful tips.

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 40th annual WSPTA Legislative Assembly taking place October 20-21, 2018 at the Green River College in Auburn.

At 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.

The top five reasons to attend legislative assembly:

  • Hear from inspiring speakers and learn about the impact WSPTA made last year.
  • Add your PTA’s voice to our legislative platform for the coming year.
  • Attend education sessions to learn about the proposed issues and resolutions and about advocacy at all levels – state, district, and local.
  • Network with other PTA leaders and collaborate towards a strategic goal.
  • Because it’s FUN – trust me!

Your voice is essential to the success of WSPTA’s member-driven platform, so please make sure to join us so you can be heard!

Keep up the great work for kids. We are looking forward to seeing you at this year’s Legislative Assembly!


Michelle Nims
WSPTA President, 2017-19

Voting Information

During the WSPTA Legislative Assembly, delegates will have the opportunity to debate, amend, and vote on long-term resolutions and principles that were brought forth by the members through the grassroots submission process late last spring. In addition, the assembly will vote on new short-term platform issues that WSPTA will focus on in the upcoming legislative session; this will include establishing our new top five priorities. The Guide to Proposed Legislative Principles, Legislative Issues and Resolutions, also known as the WSPTA Legislative Assembly Voter Guide, contains information needed to familiarize yourself with these proposals.

Registration and Cost

Only paid 2018-2019 WSPTA members and students can attend the 2018 Legislative Assembly. The cost to attend remains the same as last year.


Important Registration Information

Legislative Assembly registration is done online. Your PTA member ID number (found on your 2018-2019 membership card) is required to register. If you don’t have your 2018-2019 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. An email has been sent to local PTA and council presidents detailing the process for submitting voting delegate names for legislative assembly. The deadline for submitting these names is October 12 at midnight. If a president does not turn in the names by this date the attendees will not be eligible to be a voting delegate – no exceptions. Questions may be sent to

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.

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations must be in writing to WSPTA CFO,

Cancellations received at least one day before the start of the event will receive a full refund less a $10 cancellation fee.

No refunds will be given for cancellations received on or after the day the event starts.

Attendee Information

Schedule of Events (subject to change)

8:30 am Registration Opens
8:45 am – 9:05 am Newcomer Orientation
9:15 am – 10:40 am General Session 1
10:55 am – 12:20 pm Issue Education, Q & A, and/or Caucusing
12:20 pm – 1:20 pm Lunch
1:20 pm – 2:20 pm Class Session #1
2:35 pm – 4:00 pm Issue Education, Q & A, and/or Caucusing
4:15 PM – 5:45 PM General Session 2 (Voting)
8:30 am Registration Opens
8:45 am – 9:05 am Newcomer Orientation
9:15 am – 11:25 am General Session 3 (voting)
11:40 am – 12:15 pm Resolution Education
12:15 pm – 1:45 pm Lunch & Top 5 Voting
1:45 pm – 2:15 pm Resolution Caucusing
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm Class Session #2
3:45 pm – 5:00 pm General Session 4 (voting)

Class Descriptions

(Note: Classes subject to change.)

Class Session 1 – Saturday 1:20 pm – 2:20 pm

1001 – Advocacy at Your Local PTA – Get Started as an Advocate
Are you new to PTA advocacy? This beginning advocacy class is perfect for new advocacy chairs, or officers trying to find one. This class will introduce WSPTA advocacy efforts and help PTAs see advocacy not just from a legislative perspective, but in terms of community involvement, engagement, and action.

1002 – The “3Cs” of Great Testimony – Part 1
What makes good testimony to the local school board or to the legislature? Get tips on crafting testimony, try your hand at policy analysis, practice testifying and get an immediate feedback. Attend both parts of this special two-hour workshop.

1003 – Advocacy Plans and Priorities around Washington State Representatives from other statewide associations will share their advocacy plans and priorities for the 2019 legislative session and discuss how they align with the proposed issues for the 2019 WSPTA Platform. This will be a facilitated panel discussion with audience Q & A.

Class Session 2 – Sunday 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

2001 – Understanding the Legislative Process in Olympia
WSPTA has a legislative platform – now what happens? This class is great for advocates who want to know more about what happens during the legislative session and will give a behind-the-scenes look at how a bill becomes a law in Washington State.

2002 – The “3Cs” of Great Testimony – Part 2
What makes good testimony to the local school board or to the legislature? Get tips on crafting testimony, try your hand at policy analysis, practice testifying and get an immediate feedback. Attend both parts of this special two-hour workshop.

2003 – Implementing Standards for Paraeducators – an update from the Paraeducator Board
Are paraeducators teaching your kids? “Standards for Paraeducators” was a WSPTA top priority and is now law – come hear how it is being implemented by the Paraeducator Board. Additional discussion topics may include career pathways and efforts to diversify the teacher workforce.

Hotel Information

WSPTA has secured a block of rooms at:

Best Western Plus – Mountain View Auburn Inn
401 8th St. SW
Auburn, WA 98001

Rooms are $109 per night. Reservation deadline is midnight, October 12.

To make a reservation please call the hotel at 253-887-7600. Ask for Rochelle Gomez to book your room. If Rochelle is unavailable, make sure to tell the front desk you are requesting a room for the group block under the name Washington State PTA. Unfortunately, they are unable to provide an online process to book a room for a group block.

Please note: attendees are responsible for managing their own reservations directly with the hotel.

General Event Information

Green River College is located in Auburn at 12401 SE 320th Street.

Parking Information

There are multiple free parking lots available on campus.

Dining Options

Lunch will be provided on both Saturday and Sunday.

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: