Washington State PTA Legislative Assembly and Advocacy Training 2014

Vancouver, Washington
Friday, October 24, 2014
Class Descriptions
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Class Session 1 (choose one)  

Trend Setters (Closing the Gaps)  (details)
Reviewing successful programs throughout Washington that are making headway in reducing the opportunity gap in their communities.  Focus will be on programs that have undergone analysis and review the results and potential applicability beyond the subject area.  Speaker: Carla Santorno, Tacoma Superintendent
Add to calendarFriday, October 24, 2014 2:10 PM - 3:00 PM (Pacific Time)

Fundamentals of WA Early Policy and Direction (Early Learning)  (details)
Discussing the fundamentals: why early learning is a key to success for most children.  Topics will cover initial findings from recent studies and the evolution and passage of our current Early Learning Programs in Washington. Speakers: Marcie Maxwell, Skip Priest, OSPI & Bob Butts, OSPI
Add to calendarFriday, October 24, 2014 2:10 PM - 3:00 PM (Pacific Time)

Capital Budget and Funding 101 (School Bonds)  (details)
The rules of the road on where we have been, where we are, and what opportunities lie ahead in funding capital needs in Washington Schools.  Speakers: Wolfgang Opitz, Chief of Staff, WA State Treasurer’s Office; Shawn Lewis, WEA
Add to calendarFriday, October 24, 2014 2:10 PM - 3:00 PM (Pacific Time)

How to Lobby Your Local School Board (Making it Local)  (details)
Perspectives from School Board Members on how to effectively advocate for children at the school board level.  Speakers: Edri Geiger, Vancouver School District; Karen Vialle, Tacoma School Board
Add to calendarFriday, October 24, 2014 2:10 PM - 3:00 PM (Pacific Time)

Access to Learning - Strategies on Making College Affordable (Post Secondary)  (details)
Exploring the costs of higher education and the programs that are being discussed to give Washington's children access to college. Speakers: Rep. Chris Reykdal; Senator Ann Rivers
Add to calendarFriday, October 24, 2014 2:10 PM - 3:00 PM (Pacific Time)

Media Relations: How to work with the media and how to get their attention (Elective)  (details)
This course is designed to have reporters teach PTA members how to effectively communicate their message to the press in a manner that is useful to both parties.    They will share with the audience what is typically newsworthy and how to get your best foot forward in an interview. Speakers: Sherry Grindeland, Snoqualmie Valley Herald; Susan Parrish, Vancouver Columbian
Add to calendarFriday, October 24, 2014 2:10 PM - 3:00 PM (Pacific Time)

National PTA: Diversity and Multiculturalism (PTA Course)  (details)
Participants will learn the National PTA's definition for diversity, the value of growing a more diverse PTA membership, and specific ways to engage diverse populations. Speaker: Shannon Sevier, National PTA
Add to calendarFriday, October 24, 2014 2:10 PM - 3:00 PM (Pacific Time)

Advocacy and Legislative Basics (PTA Course)  (details)
Learn all the basics of a legislative advocacy program.  This class will cover the role of the legislative chair at all levels as well as the variety of resources available and avenues of effective advocacy.  Recommended for all PTA members, especially legislative chairs and presidents.
Add to calendarFriday, October 24, 2014 2:10 PM - 3:00 PM (Pacific Time)

Class Session 2 (choose one)  

Defining the Opportunity Gap and Mining the Data (Closing the Gaps)  (details)
A discussion on state and federal data policy.  This class will review data trends, discuss ethics issues, and the ever changing role of testing in education.  This class will also address current State and National Legislation devoted to this issue.
Add to calendarFriday, October 24, 2014 5:10 PM - 6:00 PM (Pacific Time)

Strategies for Increased Access to Early Learning (Early Learning)  (details)
Reviewing municipal and school district strategies both enacted and in the planning stages to expand access to early learning in Washington. Speaker: Carla Santorno, Tacoma Superintendent
Add to calendarFriday, October 24, 2014 5:10 PM - 6:00 PM (Pacific Time)

K-12 Budgeting 101 (Policy and Budgeting)  (details)
Basic Operating and Revenue Budget 101 for the K-12 System in Washington.  Where the money comes from and where it goes. Speakers: Shawn Lewis, WEA; Kate Davis, OFM
Add to calendarFriday, October 24, 2014 5:10 PM - 6:00 PM (Pacific Time)

Function of the Local School Board (Making it Local)  (details)
Focusing on the challenges facing local school boards, their roles and functions in relationship to the Legislature, the State Board, and OSPI. Speaker: Karen Vialle, Tacoma School Board; Edri Geiger, Vancouver School Board
Add to calendarFriday, October 24, 2014 5:10 PM - 6:00 PM (Pacific Time)

Career and Technical Education Roundtable (Post Secondary)  (details)
Concentrates on recent changes to CTE and the future of these programs. Speaker: Senator Annette Cleveland
Add to calendarFriday, October 24, 2014 5:10 PM - 6:00 PM (Pacific Time)

Advocacy and Legislative Beyond the Basics (PTA Course)  (details)
This presentation is for advanced legislative chairs. You will learn how to coordinate advocacy work at the school district, council and state level. You will also learn: what you can do to help advance our legislative platform; how to identify and impact local control; and how get more individuals involved from your area.
Add to calendarFriday, October 24, 2014 5:10 PM - 6:00 PM (Pacific Time)

All (Some?) Of the Things you Need to Know to Send your Kid to College (Elective)  (details)
This is our "reality check" course for parents who want their children to enroll in an institute of higher learning.  Discussion will range from budgeting to required testing, academic needs, etc.
Add to calendarFriday, October 24, 2014 5:10 PM - 6:00 PM (Pacific Time)

Class Session 3 (choose one)  

Data Driven Success on the Ground (Early Learning)  (details)
Discussing early learning programs - what works, what doesn't and what are reasonable expectations.
Add to calendarSaturday, October 25, 2014 10:40 AM - 11:30 AM (Pacific Time)

Labor Law and Contracts (Making it Local)  (details)
Focusing on the labor relations function of local school boards – how contracts are negotiated, and what issues arise.  This may be a useful class as many issues that the Legislature “funds” are bargained differently at the local level. Speakers: WEA and David Alfred, Employee Relations Negotiators Network
Add to calendarSaturday, October 25, 2014 10:40 AM - 11:30 AM (Pacific Time)

Business Roundtable (Post Secondary)  (details)
Industry representatives discuss the state of our youth graduating high school, the skills needed in the field, and what we are doing to make that happen. Speaker: Shari Workman, Multicare
Add to calendarSaturday, October 25, 2014 10:40 AM - 11:30 AM (Pacific Time)

PDC Guidelines for Advocacy (Elective)  (details)
When you advocate – this is what you need to know and report.
Add to calendarSaturday, October 25, 2014 10:40 AM - 11:30 AM (Pacific Time)

Advocacy in Olympia - Talking to your legislator (Elective)  (details)
Legislative Advocacy from the perspectives of a leading advocate and former State Senator. Speaker: Former Senator Debbie Regala and Nick Federici
Add to calendarSaturday, October 25, 2014 10:40 AM - 11:30 AM (Pacific Time)

Class Session 4 (choose one)  

Learning Readiness (Closing the Gaps)  (details)
Exploring the challenges facing children who are in the gap and how these challenges affect their ability to go to school "learning ready."  Discussion will range from poverty,  developmental, health, and social challenges. Speakers: Ingrid Mungia, Multicare; Nick Federici
Add to calendarSaturday, October 25, 2014 1:00 PM - 1:50 PM (Pacific Time)

PTA and the Levies (Elective)  (details)
Discussing what PTA’s can and cannot do during the levy season as well as tips, trends, and strategies by local consultants on winning levy and bond campaigns. Speakers: Alex Hays, Mainstream Republicans of Washington; Ben Anderstone, PNW Strategies
Add to calendarSaturday, October 25, 2014 1:00 PM - 1:50 PM (Pacific Time)

Effective Teaching (Elective)  (details)
The evolution of Teacher Professional Development. Speakers: WEA and Staff, Teacher Standards and Professional Development
Add to calendarSaturday, October 25, 2014 1:00 PM - 1:50 PM (Pacific Time)

Access to Healthcare (Elective)  (details)
Discussing the challenges of accessing health care providers outside the Puget Sound area and options and opportunities to improve access. Speakers: Ingrid Mungia, Multicare and Rep. Larry Haler
Add to calendarSaturday, October 25, 2014 1:00 PM - 1:50 PM (Pacific Time)

State Board of Education (Elective)  (details)
Clarifying the role of the Washington State Board of Education in setting Education Policy and how you can work with the BOE to improve the lives of children in Washington State. Speaker: Ben Rarick, Executive Director
Add to calendarSaturday, October 25, 2014 1:00 PM - 1:50 PM (Pacific Time)

Family Engagement Through Social Media (Elective)  (details)
Successful membership engagement strategies using social media. Speaker: Rich Wood, WEA
Add to calendarSaturday, October 25, 2014 1:00 PM - 1:50 PM (Pacific Time)

Parent-to-Parent: Talk about Ed Funding (PTA Course)  (details)
A presentaion in partnership with LEV that is designed to help local PTAs start having parent to parent discussions around education funding and the important role that PTA will play.
Add to calendarSaturday, October 25, 2014 1:00 PM - 1:50 PM (Pacific Time)

 

Contact Information


  • Washington State PTA Office

    1304 South Fawcett Avenue 
    Suite 300 
    Tacoma, Washington 98402
    Phone: 253-214-7410
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