Georgia PTA is calling for dynamic presenters (virtual and in person) for its annual PTA Convention Leadership Training. This event is the largest training forum for our membership focusing on core educational and leadership opportunities designed to enable our leaders to become outstanding in their various areas of management.
The purpose of this Call for Speakers is to solicit proposals for workshops for the Georgia Parent Teacher Association (PTA) 2021 State Convention Leadership Training June 10-12, 2021 taking place at the Iron Works Convention and Trade Center in Columbus, GA. This “call” requires workshop course title, description, learning objectives, supplemental and learning materials (participant guides, handouts, etc.) for 55-minute workshops.
Workshop applications are due on or before Thursday, March 18, 2021- Application will close at 11:59pm.
Who We Are?
The Parent Teacher Association (PTA)
PTA is the largest and oldest volunteer child advocacy association in the United States. Membership is open to anyone who believes in the Mission and Purposes of National Parent Teacher Association. Individual members may belong to any number of PTAs and pay dues in each. Every person who joins a local PTA automatically becomes a member of both the state and National PTAs. Together we are a powerful voice for children.
Making every child’s potential a reality.
The Mission of the PTA is:
To make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children.
PTA’s National Standards for Family-School Partnerships
Standard 1: Welcoming all families into the school community: Families are active participants in the life of the school, and feel welcomed, valued, and connected to each other, to school staff, and to what students are learning and doing in class.
Standard 2: Communicating effectively: Families and school staff engage in regular, two-way, meaningful communication about student learning.
Standard 3: Supporting student success: Families and school staff continuously collaborate to support students’ learning and healthy development both at home and at school and have regular opportunities to strengthen their knowledge and skills to do so effectively.
Standard 4: Speaking up for every child: Families are empowered to be advocates for their own and other children, to ensure that students are treated fairly and have access to learning opportunities that will support their success.
Standard 5: Sharing power: Families and school staff are equal partners in decisions that affect children and families and together inform, influence, and create policies, practices, and programs.
Standard 6: Collaborating with community: Families and school staff collaborate with community members to connect students, families, and staff to expanded learning opportunities, community services, and civic participation.
The Georgia PTA Convention Leadership Training is attended by PTA leaders from across the state—leaders, who engage their communities, connect with their school boards and elected officials, and motivate members to work on behalf of all children. Attendees build and create strong local PTA organizations that provide programs and activities that will impact student success. They influence school decisions and legislation affecting the well-being of children and actively seek out programs, ideas, and tools to help their PTAs and school communities. These PTA leaders will share ideas with their schools, their communities, and their PTA’s members.
BUILDING TOMORROW’S PTA TODAY
Workshop Topic Description
The items listed below are sample topic areas for Georgia PTA Convention Leadership Training workshops. You should not feel limited to these examples. We encourage all presenters to develop and submit original, creative, thought-provoking workshop topics that fall under one of the following categories.
- Vice President
- New Officers Training
- Mental Health (Suicide, trafficking, vaping, anxiety, depression, affects COVID has had on children etc.)
- Leadership Development/Team Building
- Diversity and Inclusion
- Internet Safety
- Parent/Family Engagement
- Youth Services/Involvement
- Health and Wellness
Each 55-minute workshop (virtual or in person) should include core content that is highly interactive and engaging. This opportunity is open to Georgia PTA volunteers and external organizations as long as there is no solicitation of paid services or programs.
All workshop proposals must be submitted online at (link will be included) on or prior to March 22, 2021
- All supplemental training materials should reinforce the learning that will occur in the workshop.
- Workshop materials must align with the workshop learning objectives.
- Each presenter should engage the workshop for approximately 30 to 35 minutes and allow an opportunity for the participants to interact and ask questions.
- If there is more than one presenter, the first person listed will be considered the contact person.
- Presenters contribute their services in a volunteer capacity.
- All learning materials should be submitted in final format and free of viruses.
- Handouts not to exceed 5 pages (front and back).
- Once the registration numbers are finalized, any workshops with less than 10 participants will be reviewed and may be cancelled. Workshops with more than 100 (some exceptions) will be divided so that we have 100 or less. COVID Guidelines will be followed.
- One or more facilitators are provided for each workshop.
- Georgia PTA will provide flip charts, markers, LCD projectors and screens. You are responsible for your own laptops and extension cords for your presentation. Virtual-Georgia PTA Zoom will be used-more instructions to follow.
- Please indicate your room setting as requested in the Presentation Information section. Note that we will make every effort to accommodate this request but cannot guarantee it. COVID Guidelines will be followed.
- ALL submitted proposals for workshops will be reviewed for approval. Georgia PTA will notify workshop presenters on or by April 9, 2021, of their selection.
- Submit a copy of your handouts online no later than April 9, 2021
- Presenters will receive an email May 31, 2021confirming the number registered for each workshop.
- Handouts for Georgia PTA presenters not submitted by the April 9th, 2021 deadline must be copied at your own expense, and only after Georgia PTA has approved all handouts being distributed to delegates.
ALL Non-PTA presenters:
- Are responsible for providing copies of their approved presentation materials and handouts. (Virtual and In person)
- Materials must be the same ones attached to the Call for Presenters Form and approved by Georgia PTA (Virtual and In Person)
- Must register with the Information/Welcome Desk, located in the Registration Lobby of the Convention Center. Upon arrival you will receive a convention packet, identification, and room assignment. If Virtual please login 25 minutes early.
- Learning materials must be created in one of the following formats: (Virtual and In Person)
- Microsoft Word, PDF (2003, 2010 Compatibility)
- Microsoft PowerPoint (2003, 2010 Compatibility)
Applications are now closed. Thank you for your submissions!