NCPTA Virtual Annual Convention – July 29-31, 2021

The purpose of the Convention is to:

  • Provide Encouragement, Inspiration and Fellowship
  • Educate through Workshops, Speakers and Exhibits
  • Provide Legislative Updates
  • Present Awards and Celebrate Success
  • Conduct Business
  • Elect Officers

Registration Information:

  • Member Registration –  $55
  • Non-Member Registration (including membership in NCPTA Large Unit) – $65
  • Student Registration – $20
  • Friday Night Guest (Awards Celebration) – $10
  • Registration includes NCPTA Swag



Convention Materials

Virtual Convention Rules 2021

2021-2023 Slate of Officers

2020-2021 NCPTA Award Winners

2019-2020 NCPTA Winners

2021 Sponsors, Vendors, and Exhibitors

2021 NCPTA Annual Convention
July 29-July 31
Tentative Convention Agenda

Thursday, July 29:

Features a double header with our NCPTA Governance Retreat in the morning and our NCPTA Mini-Institute in the afternoon entitled “Engaging Students of Color…Relationships, Rapport, and Respect Matter”.

Both sessions are open to NCPTA Board of Directors, PTA Council and Local Unit Leaders, PTA Local Unit Members, Educators (Teachers, District Leaders, School Administrators), Parents/Guardians, Community Organizations, Advocates, and Anyone Doing the Heart-Work Related to Impacting the Lives of Students.


Governance Retreat: 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

The NCPTA Governance Retreat will kick off our work of preparing ourselves to think about our goals and plans for next school year.  Part of the time will include assessing the impact of our governance work this past year so we can make adjustments that will keep us moving in the right direction. We will have in-depth discussions about the work of PTA committees, importance of developing partnerships within the community and schools, and how to develop and cultivate innovative programming. Come hear updates from NCPTA Committees about this year’s work, its impact on general PTA membership, challenges experienced, and proposed changes for the upcoming year. Engage in dialogue and brainstorming related to moving the work of committees beyond meetings and events.


12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Lunch Hour

Virtual Exhibitor and Vendor Hall


NCPTA Mini-Institute- “Engaging Students of Color…Relationships, Rapport, and Respect Matter”: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Students in North Carolina come from a large and increasing number of racially, ethnically, culturally, and linguistically diverse families.  Addressing the unique needs of students from diverse backgrounds is one of the major challenges facing public education today because those serving our students are often inadequately prepared with the relevant content knowledge, experience, and training. Educators and advocates must have a thorough understanding of the specific cultures of the students they serve and support and acknowledge how they can change interactions to embrace the differences. During our NCPTA Mini-Institute entitled “Engaging Students of Color…Relationships, Rapport, and Respect Matter”, participants will explore the power relationships, rapport, and respect have on engaging students of color.

NCPTA Mini-Institute Sessions Include:

  • It’s More than Handshakes and High Fives: Building Authentic Relationships with Students Post-Pandemic
    • Presented by Jermaine Porter, Equity Leadership and Strategy Coordinator for Equity Affairs
  • Strengthening Our School Community: Relationships, Respect, and Resiliency
    • Presented by Morgan Hunt, Assistant Principal
  • E3-Engaging, Empowering, and Effective Family Advocacy
    • Presented by Greg Jones, Title I Family Engagement Coordinator


4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Virtual Exhibitor and Vendor Hall

Friday, July 30

Now, more than ever, engaging fathers and other male role models in education is of critical importance. Students who have fathers or male father figures involved in their education are more likely to get better grades; have better verbal and problem-solving skills; do better on achievement tests; demonstrate a higher tolerance for stress and frustration; are more likely to have positive peer relationships; are more likely to participate in extracurricular activities; and, have fewer discipline problems. It is essential that those advocating for and working with children find innovative and relevant ways to engage fathers and other positive male role models into the education of children.

Male Engagement: 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

A four-hour deep dive into the significance of engaging males in the educational experiences of our children. Our time together will include powerful conversations, discussions, and activities led by Dr. Leroy Wray, NCPTA Male Engagement Chair. Here’s what you have to look forward to…

  • Morning Wake-Up Activities
  • Greetings from House Representative Brandon Lofton
  • Keynote from Dr. Shaun Woodly from Teach Hustle Inspire
  • Roundtable Discussion: Male Teacher Pipeline–Why Men Should Get Into Education?

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Lunch Hour

Virtual Exhibitor and Vendor Hall


Training on PTA Leadership, Governance, and More

We will shift our discussion from male engagement to PTA leadership, governance, and more. With most schools being closed for more than a year due to the pandemic, the partnership that PTAs will have with school leaders, educators, families, community partners, and students will be key. Join us for the following topics presented by the experts.

1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.         Breakout Session One

Training Topic Presenter(s)
President and Vice-President NCPTA President Harold Dixon 
Secretary Amie Palmer, Incoming NCPTA Board Member
Treasurer NCPTA Treasurer Tony Proctor
Membership 101 National PTA Darlene Sanchez-Harris and Alison Turner

2:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.   Break


2:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.         Breakout Session Two

Training Topic Presenter(s)
Standing and Special Committees–Advocacy, Audit, Diversity and Inclusion, Membership, Nominating, Reflections, Special Education and Inclusion, Youth Engagement, Male Engagement, Family Engagement  Moderator:  Francelia Burwell
Improving School Ties and Participation Through Pictures Elliott Tyson from Strawbridge Studios
Blue Cross Blue Shield Grant Spotlight and Updates  NCPTA Executive Director Mari Pokornowski and NCPTA Grant Lead Shelly Skeen 
Membership 101 National PTA Darlene Sanchez-Harris



3:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.         Friday Closing

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.: Virtual Exhibitor and Vendor Hall


NCPTA Awards Ceremony and Virtual Dance Party: 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Tune in for the NCPTA Awards Ceremony and Virtual Dance Party. Come experience the fun and excitement of the event hosted by Stephanie Lynch, NCPTA Awards Chair. The icing on the cake is that you also get to jam to tunes being played by our favorite DJ–DJ Show Out.


Saturday, July 31

8:00 a.m.9:45 a.m. 

Grab your favorite breakfast meal and beverage and join us for the NCPTA Diversity and Inclusion Awards Breakfast. We are so excited to have Dr. Sharon Contreras, Superintendent of Guilford County Schools and the 2019 NCPTA Superintendent of the Year as our guest speaker.

9:45 am. – 10:00 a.m. 



General Session One

10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Greetings from State House Representative Zack Hawkins and Julie Paige Pittman, Special Advisor to the Superintendent: Teacher Engagement

  • Greetings from NCPTA President Dixon
  • Credentials Report
  • Presentation of Candidates
  • Candidate Speeches for NCPTA President
  • Election of NCPTA President-Elect
  • Election of NCPTA Secretary
  • Report of NCPTA President
  • Report of NCPTA Treasurer


Introduction of Keynote Speaker: 11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Are you ready to laugh until you cry? If you said yes, then we have what you need.  Let’s get ready to have some fun with Comedian Eddie B.  Eddie B has established himself as the official voice of teachers across the globe. Educators from America to Africa, Dallas to Dubai, New York to New Delhi (and beyond) are getting a lesson in the funniest ways to express their worst frustrations and they are loving every second of Eddie B’s uncensored, raw, and hysterically realistic portrayal of a teacher’s hectic life, from the point of view of an actual teacher!  Think you’re ready for Eddie B? Buckle up.  He’s about to take us on a wild ride!


12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. 

  • Voting
  • Lunch Hour
  • Virtual Exhibitor and Vendor Hall


Workshop Session One (60 minutes and 15 minute Q&A)

What would NCPTA Virtual Convention 2021 be without workshop sessions focused on advocacy, diversity and inclusion, membership, special education and inclusion, youth engagement, male engagement, family engagement, and more? Registrants will soon receive information about how to choose your sessions.

1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. 

Strand Presenter’s Name Workshop Title
Advocacy Melissa Radcliff Invisible Sentence: Recognizing, Supporting, and Advocating for Children of Incarcerated and Returning Parents
Special Education Inclusion Dr. Rachel E. Aiello The ASD and ADHD Connection: What the Latest Research Tells Us & How This Can Help NC Students
Family Engagement Dr. MariaRosa Rangel Unpacking the Dual Capacity-Building Framework for Family-School Partnerships
Male Engagement NCPTA Male Engagement Committee School Safety Measures
Youth Engagement NCPTA Youth Committee Student Engagement


Advocacy Dr. Kashi Bazemore Advocacy for Beginners
Special Pop Up Session Gena Ward Introduction to MemberHub 21 


2:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Break


2:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. 

Workshop Session Two (60 minutes and 15 minute Q&A)

Strand Presenter’s Name Workshop Title
Advocacy Dr. Kashi Bazemore Advanced Advocacy Training: Aspire for Higher
Special Education Inclusion Aimee Combs A Parent’s Role in Special Education
Male Engagement Pat Colson Do You Know Your Rights?
Diversity and Inclusion Jelani Biggs Promoting Inclusion, Workplace Diversity & Housing Equity
Diversity and Inclusion Dr. Wanda Boone Ubuntu:  Together All of Us
Special Education Inclusion Vickie Dieter Inclusion for All Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
Diversity and Inclusion  Diversity and Inclusion Committee Do WE Have ALL Voices at the Table?  Making Your PTA/PTSA Inclusive

3:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.



General Session Two

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. 

  • Results of the Election
  • Current President’s Farewell
  • Greetings from Incoming President
  • Closing Session

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