Virginia PTA Capitol Day Goes Virtual!

Small Virtual Capital DayPTA 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! 

IMPORTANT DATES

  • Governor's Budget Announcement (Wed. Dec 16th)
  • House and Senate Budget Hearings (Wed. Jan 6th 10:00am Information)
  • Advocacy Learning Lab: Part 1   (Thurs. Jan 7th, 7:00pm - 8:30pm)
  • Advocacy Learning Lab: Part 2   (Tues. Jan 12th, 7:00pm - 8:30pm)
  • 2021 General Assembly Starts   (Wed. Jan. 13th)
  • #VirtualRally                                (Thurs. January 14th)
  • #ConstituentConnections.          (Jan 18th - Feb 5th)
  • Advocacy Learning Lab: Part 3 (Thurs. Jan. 21st, 7:00 - 8:00pm)
  • 2021 General Assembly Ends   (Mon. Mar. 1st)
  • Advocacy Learning Lab: Part 4 (Thurs. Mar. 4th, 7:00 - 8:00pm) 

REGISTER

Virtual Capital Day part 1

Learning Lab Webinar Part One:
Building an Advocacy Climate in Your School (Thurs. January 7th, 7:00 - 8:30 pm),
will help you re-connect with our PTA mission and include advocacy in your PTA work. We will talk about balancing fundraising with advocacy and how to build family engagement and programs that lift up issues that are important to your community. We will also talk about how to use resolutions and position statements to elevate issues with your school board and legislators, and ways to build community awareness through grass roots and digital advocacy. 

Watch Recording

 LearningLab4

Learning Lab Webinar Part Two:
General Assembly Preview (Tues. January 12th, 7:00 - 8:30 pm),
will take a deep look at the basics of education funding, Virginia PTA's legislative priorities and the staffing and equity funding recommended by the Virginia Board of Education. We'll also talk about how the General Assembly works, how to follow the action, contact your legislators, and amplify our priorities.

Watch Recording

LearningLab3

Learning Lab Webinar Part Three:
Testing: Measuring Student Growth and School Success (Thurs. January 21st, 7:00 - 8:00pm), will help parents understand state and federal testing requirements, the indicators used to accredit schools and what to expect if your school doesn't meet the standards. We will also explore the impact of COVID -19 on school accreditation and changes the Virginia Board of Education is considering as part of the standard revision process.  

Presenters:  Shelley Loving-Ryder, Assistant Superintendent, Department of Student Assessment, Accountability, and ESEA & Julie Molique, Director, Office of Accountability

Watch Recording

LearningLab4

Learning Lab Webinar Part Four:
General Assembly Wrap-Up and Bringing Advocacy Home (RESCHEDULED TO: Thurs. Mar 4, 7:00 - 8:00pm),
will cover what happened in this General Assembly Session, how you can maintain a relationship with your legislator and ways that you can bring new legislation and ideas back to your community to enact change through your local school board. 

Watch Recording

 

 
 ConstituentConnection

 #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.  

 

REGISTRATION CLOSED

VirtualRally   

#VirtualRally - THURSDAY JANUARY 14th!

  • #TakeAction4Kids by sharing a picture or video highlighting your top priority! 
  • Tag 2 friends or a neighboring PTA! Challenge them to join you and #TakeAction4Kids.
  • Tag your legislators
  • Tag @VirginiaPTA and use hashtags so we can build excitement and momentum across the state.

 #VAPTAAdvocacy, #TakeAction4Kids, #VirtualRally, #ConstituentConnections, #SchoolStaffing&Equity

Virginia PTA 2021 Session Legislative Priorities you can reference for your signs.

Social Media Toolkit! 

WATCH THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY SESSION

Fast Links
General Assembly Information Main Page (Look up Legislators, Committees, Legislation, Budget etc)
Fast Link to Legislative Information System (to track bills)

Live Session Video
House of Delegates Chamber Video
House of Delegates Committee Video
Senate of Virginia Streaming

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

QUICK REFERENCE

VAPTA Legislative Priorities & Resources 
Call to Action & Bill Watchlist for this Session!
Inside the Issues
Advocacy Afternoon Webinars

Helpful Links 
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)

Map of Capitol District
Map of Capitol Building

VIDEO RECAP OF CAPITOL DAY - 2020 SESSION!

 

QUESTIONS? Contact Vice President of Advocacy (advocacy@vapta.org)

 

We are excited to announce...”CELEBRATING THE STARS” Virginia PTA’s 100th Anniversary Celebration and Annual Meeting is FREE for our registered members! 

Monday, 3/15
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.

Tuesday, 3/16
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.

Wednesday, 3/17
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]

Saturday, 3/20
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.


SPONSORS 

    


T-SHIRT DESIGN CONTEST

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!

CONTEST RULES:

*Your design should be original, well-executed, and reflective of the PTA brand identity.

*Entries must be supplied digitally to pres-elect@vapta.org 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 pres-elect@vapta.org

VAPTA State Conference

2014 Virginia PTA Annual Conference
Workshop Materials

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

2015 Virginia PTA Annual Conference
Workshop Materials

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

2020-2021 Reflections Deadlines

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.

Councils:

  • Alexandria 
      Drop Off Date / Time: 
      Drop Off Location:
      Contact Person: 
  • Arlington 
      Drop Off Date / Time: 
      Drop Off Location:
      Contact Person: 
  • Bedford County - November 9, 2020; Unknown Digital or F2F; Stella Osborne, sosborne@bedford.k12.va.us 
  • Chesapeake -  November 13, 2020; digital, CCPTAReflectionsprogram@gmail.com
  • Chesterfield County - November 9, 2020; Digital; Ainsley Caruthers, reflections@cccptas.com 
  • Fairfax County 
      Drop Off Date(s)/Time(s): 
      Drop Off Location: 
      Contact Person:
  • Hampton -
      Drop Off Date(s) / Time(s): 
      Location: 
  • Hanover County - November 13, 2020; Digital; Heather Bronson, hccptareflectionarts@gmail.com 
  • Henrico County -  November 13, 2020, digital, reflections@hccpta.com
  • Newport News
      Drop Off Date / Drop Off Time: 
  • Norfolk - December 7, 2020; digital; norfolkpta@gmail.com 
  • Portsmouth  -
  • Roanoke Central -   
      Location: 
      Contact:
  • Roanoke County - 
      Location: 
      Contact: 
  • Salem City - November 3, 2020, Unknown Digital or F2F; Deanna Crum, deanna@mycapitalcommunications.com  
  • Virginia Beach - Amber Sloan, sloanys4@cox.net 
    ES (PK-2 ) and (3-5) - due between - October 28 - November 3
    MS (6-8) - due between November 4 - November 8
    HS (9-12) - due between November 6 - November 9
  • Williamsburg/James City  - November 2, 2020; Digital; TBD
  • York County - November 2, 2020; Digitial; Amy Driscoll, bipolargem@gmail.com 

Districts:

  • Big Walker - ***
  • Blue Ridge - ***
  • Dan River - ***
  • Eastern Shore - 
      Contact: 
  • Fredericksburg - December 4, 2020; Digital; Sara Case, fredericksburgdd@vapta.org 
  • Holston - ***
  • Hunt - December, 1, 2020; Digital; Marlene Chiasson, reflections@huntdistrictpta.org 
  • James River - 
  • Lynchburg - ***
  • Natural Bridge- ***
  • Natural Tunnell - ***
  • Northern Virginia -     
  • Parkway - ***
  • Patriot - December 4, 2020; Digital; Sara Case patriotdd@vapta.org 
  • Peninsula - December 1, 2020, Digital; TBD
  • Rappahannock Valley - ***
  • Richmond -  Monday December 21, 2020, Digital only, email Katie Sprouse, artsineducation@vapta.org 
  • Roanoke - December 1, 2020; Digitial; Chuck Lionberger, clionberger@rcps.us 
  • Shenandoah - ***
  • Southeastern - December 16, 2020; digital, southeasternreflections@gmail.com
  • Tidewater - December 16, 2020, digitial 

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.

  pdf Reflections in a Virtual World 2020-2021 (357 KB)

 

 

2021 Virtual Exhibit Hall

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.

 

SPONSORS

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