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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 7:45 – 9:00 am

Class 301

Parliamentary Procedure: Great Meetings Don't Just Happen

Topic: PTA; Governance

Acquire the basic knowledge you need to keep your meetings running smoothly while allowing all voices to be heard. Learn how to use parliamentary procedure to your advantage in running a meeting.

Class 302

Volunteers: Find Them and Keep Them

Topic: Family and Community Engagement

How can your PTA build the community of volunteers it needs to run a thriving association? How do you attract volunteers and keep them involved? How do you create a balance between your volunteer resources and your needs? Get more volunteers and keep them! We’ll show you how.

Class 303

How to be a Membership Chair

Topic: Membership

You’re a membership chair! What now? We’ll walk you through the essentials of getting started. Develop a good job description for your PTA’s membership chair (it’s not just data entry!) We’ll take you through the basics of a good membership campaign and membership form, and much more!

Class 304

Translating PTA Service Into Professional Employment Terms

Topic: Personal Development

The Swing Shift walks through how to leverage PTA service in a professional context, and how to make the most of the valuable community connections you encounter while serving on the PTA. This includes hands-on practice and real-life examples to get you talking about your experience in a way prospective employers will hear and respond to in a positive manner.

Class 305

Councils and Leadership

Topic: PTA; Councils

Councils are the hub of PTA leader development, whether serving local PTAs or developing leaders with a broader perspective district and statewide. This class offers insight for both new and experienced council leaders. Review the fundamental mission and responsibilities of councils, as well as council relationships with local PTAs, region service delivery teams, and Washington State PTA.

Class 306

Digital Tools for Effective PTA Business

Topic: Communications and 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 307

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 308

Sponsors, Ads, and Grants: Developing Revenue Sources

Topic: Finance

There is more than enough money in the world. The key is to know how to move it from where it is to where it needs to be. Our challenge is to help our community understand the value of our work. In this interactive workshop, we will outline the essential elements of creating revenue through sponsorships, grants, and advertising, sharing strategies for success and obstacles to overcome.

Class 309

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 keep convention costs low for attendees, we know you will take time to visit their booths and thank them for their continued support.

Class 310

Power Up Coaching

PTA experts are on-call for you at Power Up! No question is too small, no dilemma is too large. Make new connections with your state and region leaders and find experts with answers to your biggest questions. Sign up ahead of time at the Power Up table or just drop in – either way, we’d love to chat with you!


Class Session 4 | Saturday 1:30 – 2:45 pm

Class 401

Building Your Fall Membership Campaign, Part 1

Topic: Membership

Part 1 of a two-session class. Roll up your sleeves and start planning your fall membership drive! You’ll leave this class with a 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 402

*NEW* Programs, Events, and Fundraisers: Development and Management

Topic: Programs

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 403

*NEW * Change – Powered by PTA, Part 1

Topic: Advocacy

Part 1 of a two-session class. PTA was founded as an advocacy organization, to improve the health and education of children. Do you see a problem that needs a solution, but don’t know how to begin? What’s allowed? What works? This new hands-on class will use real examples and proven tactics to help you design a strategy to make the positive changes you want to see.

Class 404

AIM - Cover Your Assets

Topic: PTA; Finance

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

Class 405

Secretary: More than Just Minutes

Topic: PTA; Governance

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 406

PTA Presidents: Plan to Succeed, Part 1

Topic: PTA; Leadership; Governance

Part 1 of a two-session class. 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 407

How to Say Hard Things with Kindness, Part 1

Topic: Communications and Technology; Leadership

Part 1 of a two-session class. We’ve all had moments where we spoke harshly or said something we later thought better of. Maybe we hurt someone, even if what we said was true. But what if you could do better? Learn to communicate difficult things in a way that does not harm others. Be both truthful and kind and handle difficult conversations like an expert!

Class 408

Treasurer Basics

Topic: Finance

Learn what you need to know to be a successful PTA treasurer, whether it’s your first time or your third time. Discuss bookkeeping essentials, recommended financial procedures, and the best practices that will keep your PTA on solid financial footing!

Class 409

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 keep convention costs low for attendees, we know you will take time to visit their booths and thank them for their continued support.


Class Session 5 | Saturday 3:00 – 4:15 pm

Class 501

Building Your Fall Membership Campaign, Part 2

Topic: Membership

Part 2 of a two-session class. 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 502

Diversity and Inclusion Workshop

Topic: Family and Community Engagement

A dream team includes people with different perspectives, skills, talents and connections. During this workshop, we will talk about vast perspectives of families at your school—members of your PTA. In a hands-on activity, you will explore diversity and inclusion. Then model ways to be an inclusive leader so that your PTA cultivates the perspectives, skills, talents and connections of all families who want to make your PTA and school stronger for students.

Class 503

*NEW * Change – Powered by PTA, Part 2

Topic: Advocacy

Part 2 of a two-session class. PTA was founded as an advocacy organization, to improve the health and education of children. Do you see a problem that needs a solution, but don’t know how to begin? What’s allowed? What works? This new hands-on class will use real examples and proven tactics to help you design a strategy to make the positive changes you want to see.

Class 504

Using Digital Tools to Communicate with Members

Topic: Communications and Technology

Explore how to use Facebook, Twitter, Remind and other online tools to get the biggest reach to the right people.  Learn to manage volunteers, coordinate events, share professional looking newsletters, and leverage technology tools to have the most compelling connections with members!

Class 505

The Effective Vice President

Topic: PTA; Leadership

The role of the vice president is the most flexible and versatile on the board of directors. Vice presidents don’t just shadow the president; they are an essential link between the board of directors and the PTA’s volunteers and chair people. Get some tips and tricks to manage the role of vice president and get set up for success!

Class 506

PTA Presidents: Plan to Succeed, Part 2

Topic: PTA; Leadership; Governance

Part 2 of a two-session class. 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 507

How to Say Hard Things with Kindness, Part 2

Topic: Communications and Technology; Leadership

Part 2 of a two-session class. We’ve all had moments where we spoke harshly or said something we later thought better of. Maybe we hurt someone, even if what we said was true. But what if you could do better? Learn to communicate difficult things in a way that does not harm others. Be both truthful and kind and handle difficult conversations like an expert!

Class 508

Managing Your Nonprofit PTA: The Financial Responsibilities of Board Members

Topic: Finance

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 509

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 keep convention costs low for attendees, we know you will take time to visit their booths and thank them for their continued support.