PTA advocacy is happening every day in school board meetings and schools across the Commonwealth. Every January, when the General Assembly convenes, PTA officers and members from across the state meet in Richmond to talk with legislators about the challenges that face our schools.
This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will hold a #VirtualRally and host #CapitolConnections, a series of virtual meetings with our legislators. At no other time in recent history has our voice been so needed!
Prior to the pandemic, Virginia already ranked 41st in the nation for per pupil state spending and 33rd for early childhood education. Fourteen percent of K-12 students in Virginia don't have broadband access at home and 12% of Virginia's K-12 students don't have a computer at home. Sixty percent of Virginia's schools are more than 40 years old and do not meet modern health and safety standards. The General Assembly has under-funded staffing recommendations made by the Virginia Board of Education for the past decade. The over-reliance on local real-estate taxes has widened opportunity gaps across our state and resulted in staffing standards that allow for part-time principals, no registered nurses and case-loads that exceed the national standard for school counselors, psychologists and social workers.
As our school leaders work to provide safe in-person instruction and high-quality distance learning, we know that long standing funding and staffing inequities must be addressed to protect the health of our students and ensure a quality education!
Virginia PTA is setting up meetings with legislators, preparing talking points and identifying bills that align with our approved resolutions and priorities.
We invite you to join us for Virtual Capital Day to share your stories.
Help our legislators #TakeAction4Kids by sharing the challenges and success you see in your schools!
Learning Lab Webinar Part One:
Learning Lab Webinar Part Two:
Learning Lab Webinar Part Three:
Presenters: Shelley Loving-Ryder, Assistant Superintendent, Department of Student Assessment, Accountability, and ESEA & Julie Molique, Director, Office of Accountability
Learning Lab Webinar Part Four:
#ConstituentConnections (Jan 18th - Feb 5th)
Please register to participate in a Town Hall style discussion with your state delegate and senator. Dates and times will be based on legislator availability between January 18th and February 5th. This will be an open conversation to amplify our Virginia PTA priorities, share your personal stories and the challenges or opportunities your school faces. Your District Advocacy Chair will contact you with detailed information about how to participate. If you live in an area without a District Director a member of the Virginia PTA Advocacy Committee will schedule meetings with your representatives and support your Constituent Connection meeting.
#VirtualRally - THURSDAY JANUARY 14th!
#VAPTAAdvocacy, #TakeAction4Kids, #VirtualRally, #ConstituentConnections, #SchoolStaffing&Equity
Key Committee Meeting Links & Scedule
House - Education (Monday, Wednesday 9am)
Sub Committee: PreK-12 (Friday 7am)
Sub Committee: SOL & SOQ (Monday 7:30am)
House Appropriations (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 1/2 hour after adjournment)
Sub Committee: Elementary and Secondary Education (Wednesday 4pm)
Senate Education & Health (Thursday 8am)
Sub Committee: Public Education
Senate Finance & Appropriations (Tuesday & Wednesday 9am)
Sub Committee: K-12 Education
Who is My Legislator?
General Assembly Information
Legislative Information System (to track bills)
Virginia Department of Education list of bills
Virginia Public Access Project
Virginia Red Book, Capitol Connections
Glossary of Legislative Terms
How a Bill Becomes a Law (Kids Version)
QUESTIONS? Contact Vice President of Advocacy (firstname.lastname@example.org)
We are excited to announce...”CELEBRATING THE STARS” Virginia PTA’s 100th Anniversary Celebration and Annual Meeting is FREE for our registered members!
7pm-9pm – Annual Meeting Opening Session & Awards Celebration
Join us to kick off our Annual Meeting to include recognizing our Reflections, Citizenship Essay, and Membership awardees.
7pm-9pm – Business Session: Resolutions
Join us to learn about and discuss the following two resolutions which will be voted on during Saturday’s Annual Meeting. Members are encouraged to submit amendments to either resolution using the Resolution Amendments Form no later than Sunday, March 13, 2021 at 11:59 pm. Submitted amendments will be reveiwed by the Resolutions Committee and presented for discussion and a vote during this work session.
7pm-9pm - Business Session: Your Voice, Your Vote
Join us to learn more abut the candidates who are running for President-elect, Vice President of Advocacy, Vice President of Membership, Vice President of Programs, Vice President of Training, Secretary, and Treasurer.
Slate of Officers
President-elect: Jenna Alexander [Hunt District] VP Advocacy: Julie Shepard [NoVA District] VP Programs: Sara Case [Patriot District] VP Membership: Self Nominated
VP Training: Michelle Leete [NoVA Disrict] Secretary: Scott Rhyne [Southeastern District] Treasurer: Self Nominated
Individuals who met the qualifications to Self Nominate and run from the floor at Annual Meeting are as follows:
VP Membership: Katie Sprouse [Richmond District] Debbie Kilpatrick [NoVA] Treasurer: Anne Marie Ward [NoVA District]
9am-10am – 100th Year Anniversary Celebration & Keynote Speaker, Leslie Boggs
Join us as we celebrate 100 years of Virginia PTA! Leslie Boggs, National PTA President will be joining us as our Keynote Speaker, and we will have other surprises for you all to enjoy.
10:30am -1pm – Annual Meeting
Join us and participate in the business of Virginia PTA, resolutions, bylaws, awards, and election results will be announced.
This year, during registration, we will be asking for you to share with us what about your PTA makes you proud! Your accomplishments and excitement will be shared throughout the annual meeting week, so we can celebrate all the amazing aspects of our local units and people.
This is a great opportunity to represent your PTA and community by using your voice and celebrating all of our accomplishments. You don't want to miss Annual Meeting 2021.
Registration is FREE and is open now!
Voting Delegates of each local unit will have priority registration to participate in the voting business. Non-voting delegates are still encouraged to register to receive access information on the Live Stream login link.
Plan on attending this virtual event by registering today at http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=hwa7o4bab&oeidk=a07ehfbim1h2357c4db.
Hey, creative students! Submit your design for a t-shirt that celebrates Virginia PTA's 100th Anniversary and one of the prizes is the chance to be featured on our limited edition t-shirts!
*Your design should be original, well-executed, and reflective of the PTA brand identity.
*Entries must be supplied digitally to email@example.com between January 30-February 28; in the following file formats: jpg, jpeg, png, pdf
*Entrants must complete the registration form available at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf4fgh-48RMTLrDtURQqFuBfVRk_4h-PgQg_VBTC90R7K-Jtg/viewform in order to be considered in the judging.
If you have questions, please contact Pam Croom, President-elect at firstname.lastname@example.org
We continue to keep registration costs down and reduce our carbon footprint with the 2014 Annual Conference. Available workshop materials are linked below. Please download any materials desired.
Boot Camps, Thursday 6:00-9:00 PM
Session 1 Friday, 10:15-11:30 AM
Session 2 Friday, 1:00-2:15 PM
Session 3 Friday, 2:30-4:00 PM
Session 4 Friday, 4:15-5:30 PM
Session 5 Saturday, (Roundtable Sessions) 8:00-9:15 AM
Dialogue not Presentations
Session 6 Saturday, 1:45-3:00 PM
We continue to keep registration costs down and reduce our carbon footprint with the 2015 Annual Conference. Available workshop materials are linked below. Please download any materials desired.
Boot Camps, Thursday 6:00-9:00 PM
Session 1 Friday, 10:15-11:30 AM
Session 2 Friday, 3:15-4:30 PM
Session 3 Friday, 4:45-6:00 PM
Session 4 Saturday, 8:00-9:15 AM
Session 5 Saturday, (Roundtable Sessions) 12:15-1:15 PM
Session 6 Saturday, 1:45-3:00 PM
Deadlines for the 2020-21 school year will be posted as soon as available (usually in the fall). Units served by a Council submit to the Council. PTAs not served by Councils, submit to the District. If your Council or District does not appear on the list, please contact your District Director.
District entries are to be submitted to State by Friday, January 15, 2021 by 11:59pm.
Local Units in unsupported districts please submit your entries by Novermber 13. Councils in unsupported districts please submit your entries by December 11th.
*** Only digital sumissions will be acccepted to the state level this year.
These Sponsors and Exhibitors are supporters of Virginia PTA's 2020 Annual Meeting & Advocacy Conference. They support Virginia PTAs year round, so click the logos to find out more about each one.
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