Coalitions & Commissions

Virginia PTA is a member of several state coalitions and commissions that align with our mission and enhance our advocacy efforts. As a member of these coalitions, Virginia PTA collaborates with other state associations and entities, signs-on to letters to policymakers and provides public comment on matters that support and advance our positions, resolutions, state legislative priorties and mission.

National PTA also belongs to federal policy coalitions that enhance federal advocacy efforts. You can learn more about building coalitions to support your work locally using National PTA's tips on how to build and join coalitions.

Advocacy Coalitions

Virginia Public Education Coalition (VPEC)

The Virginia Public Education Coalition (VPEC) is the unified voice of twelve Virginia state education associations who advocate for and work to improve K-12 education in the Commonwealth of Virginia. VPEC members are:

Alliance for Virginia’s Students

The Alliance for Virginia Students is committed to encouraging all Virginians to demand high quality educational opportunities for every child in the Commonwealth. The Alliance for Virginia’s Students was created in 2003 to build a statewide, grassroots advocacy network that promotes state policies and financial support that are necessary for excellence in public education from pre-kindergarten through graduate studies. Alliance members are: 

Government Commissions 

  • The Commission on African American History Education
    (Representative: Pam Croom)
    The Commission on African American History Education was established by Governor Northam in August 2019. The Commission is charged with reviewing Virginia’s history standards, and the instructional practices, content, and resources currently used to teach African American history in the Commonwealth. The Executive Order tasks the Commission with issuing a report no later than July 1, 2020, with recommendations for improving the student experience.
  • Commonwealth Connects Coalition
    (Representative: Jenna Alexander)
    The Commonwealth Connects Coalition is a diverse coalition of more than 115 different trade associations, fortune 500 companies, non-profits, and broadband providers who support the Commonwealth of Virginia’s comprehensive effort to achieve universal broadband access by 2028. Commonwealth Connects is working to increase state grants to public/private partnerships, identify legislative policy changes and provide better resources for local broadband planning. From economic development to telemedicine to education, the internet touches nearly every aspect of modern life, and every corner of Virginia needs to have access to a reliable, high speed connection.
  • Childhood Lead Task Force
    (Representative: Jenna Alexander)
    The Division of Environmental Epidemiology (DEE) was awarded a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to target childhood lead poisoning and prevention efforts in Virginia. The task force meets three times a year to provide feedback on grant objectives, and serve as resource as Virginia works to reduce child lead exposure. Lead Safe Virginia has helpful resources.
  • Virginia Teacher of the Year Selection Committee
    (Representative: Donna Colombo)
    The Department of Education's Virginia Teacher of the Year program honors teachers who represent the best in teaching in the Commonwealth of Virginia and the nation. The program is open to all teachers in pre-kindergarten through grade 12 who possess a current, renewable Virginia teaching license, including school librarians, school counselors, and reading specialists.

  • Virginia Coalition for Fine Arts Education
    (Representative is Katie Sprouse) 
    The Mission of this coalition is to bring together arts education stakeholders to promote and advocate for sequential, high quality arts programs for all children in the Commonwealth taught by highly qualified arts educators.

Association Board Memberships

  • Virginia Middle School Association, Director Member 
    (Representative: Mychael Willon. 2nd Term. June 2018-June 2020.)

    The Virginia Middle School Association (VMSA) provides proactive leadership in middle level education in collaboration with state and national organizations, governmental agencies, and institutions of higher learning to meet the academic, physical, emotional, and social needs of young adolescents. The Association exists to encourage improvement in the education of students in middle schools, and to foster and promote means whereby ideas and programs may be exchanged among middle school educators within the State of Virginia.
  • Virginia High School Sports League, Executive Committee Member 
    (Representative: DeRocke Croom. 1st Term. July 2019-July 2021.)
    The Virginia High School Sports League is comprised of the 315 public schools and approved non-boarding, non-public high schools in the Commonwealth to promote education, leadership, sportsmanship, character and citizenship for students by establishing and maintaining high standards for school activities and competitions.

Questions?

For questions about Virginia PTA’s participation in policy coalitions or our advocacy efforts, contact Virginia PTA's Vice President of Advocacy at advocacy@vapta.org