NCPTA Conferences


2018 NCPTA Convention
May 18-19

Watson College of Education
601 South College Road
Wilmington, NC 28403


Host hotel:
TownePlace Suites Marriott — TownePlace is Sold Out. Please see below for other hotel options.
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Tentative Convention Agenda

Friday, May 18, 2018

1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. —  Convention Check-In and Registration

2:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. —  Workshop: Advocacy Skills Training for Today’s PTA Leader

2:00 p.m.-3:05 p.m., Betsy Vetter, American Heart Association
  • Recruiting and Engaging Members Around Issues
  • Staying On-Message
  • Media Advocacy

3:05 p.m.-4:10 p.m., Julie von Haefen, North Carolina PTA

  • PTA Advocacy Priorities and Issues
  • PTA Advocacy Committees
  • Social Media Advocacy

4:10 p.m.-5:25 p.m., Brian Lewis, New Frame

  • Working with Legislators
  • The Political Landscape of North Carolina

5:25 p.m.-5:45 p.m., Closing Panel Conversation with Meredith Rouse Davis, North Carolina PTA Advocacy Committee Chair, Susan Book, and Crystal B. Rogers.

Susan Book is a public school advocate and autism mom.  Susan is on the Steering Committee and an administrator for Save Our Schools NC.  Save Our Schools NC is a Facebook discussion group that brought statewide attention to the class size mandate law.  Susan is also a member of the Reedy Creek Elementary PTA board as well as being an active member of the Wake County Special Education Inclusion Committee.

Crystal Rogers is the parent of a bright, energetic 4th grader at Southwest Elementary School in Durham, NC where she also serves as the PTA President. She has served on the Durham Council of PTAs Board of Directors for two years, one year as the advocacy chair.  Crystal continuously serves as a voice for the underrepresented children of Durham by attending various community forums and group meetings to network with other community organizations focused on building bright futures and equity for ALL children.

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. —     NC PTA Welcome Reception and Meet and Greet at Convention Host Hotel

6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.  —     Jungle Rapids Fun Night, Family, friends, fun, food, and fellowship

Saturday, May 19, 2018

7:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. –Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. –Grant Expo, Exhibitors, and Vendors Open

8:00 a.m.9:45 a.m. — LIVE LifeLine for Leaders

9:00 a.m. – 10:10 a.m. –Workshop Session I – Click here for workshop descriptions

  1. Fundraising Best Practices (PTA Programming & More Track)
  2. School of Excellence: Mission Possible (PTA Programming & More Track)
  3. MemberHub 2.0 (PTA Programming & More Track)
  4. Inclusion and Impact: How to Engage All Families (Family Engagement Track)
  5. ESSA:  A Conversation and Action Steps to Improve Educational Equity and Excellence  (PTA Programming & More Track)
  6. Network to Enhance Understanding of Special Education Policies and Procedures (Family Engagement Track)
  7. What Makes a School Safe? (Family Engagement Track)

10:20 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. — General Session I & Leadership Group Session

  • Call to Order
  • Report of the Treasurer
  • Election of 2018-20 State Officer
  • Report of the President
  • Keynote Address: Dr. Van Dempsey, Dean, UNCW Watson College of Education

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. — Lunch and Dedicated time with Sponsors, Exhibitors, and Grant Expo

1:00 p.m. – 2:10 p.m.  – Workshop Session II – Click here for workshop descriptions

  1. Membership Recruitment Toolkit (PTA Programming & More Track)
  2. Engage Parents and Your Community Through Social Media (Family Engagement Track)
  3. National PTA STEM + Families Initiative (PTA Programming & More Track)
  4. Inclusion and Impact: How to Engage All Families (repeat)
  5. Understanding and Addressing Equity Issues in NC Schools (Family Engagement Track)

 2:20 p.m. – 3:10 p.m. — “Chat and Chew” – Pre-Awards Reception

3:20 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. — General Session II featuring Awards Celebration
Keynote Address: Denise Sultz, National PTA Secretary-Treasurer

Updated 5/14/18

Other Convention Tracks:

Youth Summit (Grades 6th-12th)

Teacher Engagement


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