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Sunday Class Descriptions


Registering for specific class sessions is important for estimating class size. When you register, be sure to sign up for both part one and part two of any two-part classes. Once onsite you may attend any class with space available.

Class Session 6 | Sunday 7:45 – 9:00 am

Class 601

Roles and Responsibilities of the Board

Topic: PTA

This “all-in-one” presentation offers an overview of the duties of the board of directors and the specific roles of all board members. A great class for those just starting out on a board, or those who want a “big-picture” view of many different board positions.

Class 602

Middle and High School PTAs: Relevance, Engagement, and Success

Topic: PTA; Secondary

PTA may feel like a whole new world in middle and high school, but it is still a critical, relevant resource for families. This workshop will discuss finding your PTA’s relevance, the role played by ASB and booster organizations , and how to work together effectively to maximize resources.

Class 603

Effective Budgets and Financial Strategies

Topic: Finance

Building a goal-based budget is key to the success of PTAs. Learn how to assess your PTA’s financial management practices and how to develop and amend budgets. Topics discussed in this class are not covered in the class “Managing Your Nonprofit PTA: The Financial Responsibilities of Board Members.”

Class 604

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!

Class 605

PTA Boards and Administrators: Building Productive Relationships

Topic: Family and Community Engagement

PTAs and school principals need to build successful partnerships to reach their common goal: success for every child. Learn valuable techniques for communicating and understanding the perspective of each partner in this important relationship, and discuss how to make the most of this relationship!

Class 606

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

Topic: Programs

Enrichment programs held before or after school 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 607

Pump Up Your Communications

Topic: Communications and Technology

Spark up your communications! Let’s face it – people are bombarded with messages from morning until night and are very good at tuning things out when they don’t appear important. How can you make your communications eye-catching and attention-grabbing? How can you get your message across to more people, more often? Join us for some quick and easy ideas!

Class 608

Navigating a Meeting: An Interactive Journey

Topic: PTA; Governance

Join seasoned PTA leaders in a fun, safe, and informative session where we will role-play and conduct a mock meeting. Participants will enjoy the opportunity to learn about the basics of parliamentary procedure, keeping the meeting focused and on time, and engaging all attendees in the meeting.  Don’t miss the fun!

Class 609

Promote Sustainability in your School District Through PTA

Topic: Advocacy

Learn why it’s important for schools to initiate or improve sustainability education and practices; hear examples of how schools are being “greened”; and receive ideas, tips, lessons, and resources for creating meaningful change in your school through PTA.


Class Session 7 | Sunday 12:45 – 2:00 pm

Class 701

Developing Committee Chairs, Part 1

Topic: PTA; Leadership; Governance

Part 1 of a two-session class. Committee chairs are the backbone of your PTA’s programs and events, and with the right attention paid to their growth and development, they will also be the future leaders of your association! Learn to empower and educate committee chairs for success and leadership growth. This workshop will address everything from recruitment to communication, reporting processes, and more!

Class 702

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 703

Granting for Good: Providing Grants for Teachers, Schools and Districts

Topic: Finance

One of the ways that local PTAs can support their schools is through funds they grant to the school. Whether granting money to teachers, to the school, or to the district, we’ll show you the basics of a quality grant program. Unravel all the red tape and keep everything running smoothly!

Class 704

Negotiating Conflict: Strategies for Productive PTA Relationships, Part 1

Topic: PTA; Leadership; Personal Growth

Part 1 of a two-session class. Participants will learn strategies for fostering positive and productive relationships with volunteers, board members, and other adults who work with PTA in a variety of roles. It’s not always easy, but with some empathy, some careful listening, and some strategies for when conflict arises, you can get the most from your PTA relationships.

Class 705

Gathering Input: Give Members a Voice with Forms and Surveys

Topic: Communications and Technology

Your members are trying to tell you something!  Find out how to “listen” by asking the right questions and asking them in a way that produces actionable data.  Then we’ll move into some ways to leverage technology to collect and summarize that data for you.

Class 706

Revive Your Programs to Engage Your Community

Topic: Family and Community Engagement; Programs

What does it mean to engage your community? Why should that be a goal for your PTA and how can you achieve it?  Learn how to create a slate of programs and activities that are meaningful, useful and fun for your families and community, and achieve great results for your PTA at the same time!

Class 707

I'm In Charge - Now What? Six Steps for New Leaders

Topic: Leadership

New to leadership? Not sure where to start or what is expected of you? No matter what your PTA role, learn six easy steps to get your team off on the right foot and set yourself up for leadership success into the future!

Class 708

President 101: PTA Basics for First-Time Presidents

Topic: PTA; Leadership; Governance

You were just elected PTA president, but have no idea what you’re doing? Let us help! The role of PTA president has many moving parts and keeping up with them can be overwhelming. This class keeps it simple – “just the basics” to help brand new presidents find their footing and gain an overview of the job and its duties.

Class 709

PTA & The Law, Part 1

Topic: PTA; Governance

Part 1 of a two-session class. PTA and the Law deals with state and federal rules and regulations relevant to running a charitable, tax-exempt, nonprofit corporation in the State of Washington and will explain how these rules impact your PTA. Must be present in both class sessions to get credit. Must register for both class sessions.


Class Session 8 | Sunday 2:15 – 3:30 pm

Class 801

Developing Committee Chairs, Part 2

Topic: PTA; Leadership; Governance

Part 2 of a two-session class. Committee chairs are the backbone of your PTA’s programs and events, and with the right attention paid to their growth and development, they will also be the future leaders of your association! Learn to empower and educate committee chairs for success and leadership growth. This special two-hour workshop will address everything from recruitment to communication, reporting processes, and more!

Class 802

*NEW* Speak Up! Tips for Public Speaking

Topic: Communications and Technology; Personal Growth

You can become a better speaker in just a few minutes! Learn the one thing that can take your presentations from “blah” to “BAM!” Get some quick tips and tricks that you can start practicing right away to become the speaker you’ve always wanted to be.

Class 803

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 804

Negotiating Conflict: Strategies for Productive PTA Relationships, Part 2

Topic: PTA; Leadership; Personal Growth

Part 2 of a two-session class. Participants will learn strategies for fostering positive and productive relationships with volunteers, board members, and other adults who work with PTA in a variety of roles. It’s not always easy, but with some empathy, some careful listening, and some strategies for when conflict arises, you can get the most from your PTA relationships.

Class 805

Building a Successful Communication Plan

Topic: Communications and Technology

Well-planned communication can be the difference between success and failure for a PTA event or program, and it’s more than just whipping up a quick flyer to send home with kids! Learn to navigate the world of communication, choose the best avenues for your audience and purpose, and create a customized plan for every project. Get noticed!

Class 806

Volunteer Appreciation: Avoid Burnout and Keep People Engaged

Topic: Family and Community Engagement; PTA

Volunteering can be a thankless job, but it doesn’t have to be! With a little bit of knowledge, some creativity, and thoughtful consideration, you can keep your volunteers engaged and coming back for more. Get some practical strategies to build your volunteer-appreciation program and power up your PTA!

Class 807

The Big Picture: Stepping up to Leadership

Topic: Leadership

Good leaders are big picture thinkers. Discover what it means to be a big picture thinker and how leaders who embrace this strategic thinking can drive your PTA’s success. Ask the right questions, anticipate opportunities and potential issues, build productive relationships, and construct a positive and productive organizational culture.

Class 808

Standing Rules

Topic: PTA; Governance

Your standing rules are the agreement between your board of directors and your members about how your PTA will do business. What needs to be there? What does not? Whether your standing rules need a complete overhaul or just a quick update, this workshop will walk you through it. Bring your PTA’s standing rules!

Class 809

PTA & The Law - Part 2

Topic: PTA; Governance

Part 2 of a two-session class. PTA and the Law deals with state and federal rules and regulations relevant to running a charitable, tax-exempt, nonprofit corporation in the State of Washington and will explain how these rules impact your PTA. Must be present in both class sessions to get credit. Must register for both class sessions.