April showers bring May flowers. Well in PTA, it is more like April Nominations bring May Elections. It is that season again for most units. Looking for new leadership is a year round job, but this time of year it is critical to get the word out, if you are looking for new leadership. Maryland PTA is no different. While the deadline has passed to send in applications for open officer positions, you can still send a letter of intent to run from the floor in July. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Rita Lowman, at email@example.com., or click HERE.
We have had a very active legislative season. By the time you read this, the legislative session should have ended, provided the House, Senate, and Governor resolve their budget differences. We fought back changes to the Charter School process, asked for stronger data privacy standards for students, fought against vouchers and private school funding with public money, we advocated for a commission to study the amount of high stakes testing, and worked hard to convince the governor and legislators that adequate education funding was critical to maintain the great schools we enjoy in Maryland.
We are in the home stretch as far as the school year goes. I know because my last child, Sam, is getting ready to graduate. Spring Sports have started and Prom/After Prom activities are right around the corner. Be sure to finish strong. Remember, you can sell memberships right up until the last meeting. Elections are a great way to sign up new folks. Convention Packets will be hitting the mail very soon, and we are looking forward to a great time in Rockville this year. Keep up the great work, and thanks for all you do!
Maryland PTA President
100th ANNUAL MDPTA CONVENTION - July 17-18, 2015
Crowne Plaza Rockville ~ 3 Research Court, Rockville, MD 20850
April 23, 2015 marked our official 100th Anniversary! We are officially a century better and stronger. PTA volunteers and members have been supporting and advocating for the rights and needs of parents, teachers, and students since 1915. Reaching our centennial anniversary is an amazing accomplishment, yet we are even more focused on the 100 years ahead. With a new governor in office, budgets, laws and the ever changing needs of our communities, it is imperative MDPTA continues to thrive. Join us at our 100th Annual convention where we will honor our students, memberships, and volunteers; provide trainings, workshops and support resources; review our bylaws and elect officers and last but not least CELEBRATE 100 YEARS OF MDPTA!
Your attendance at the Convention is your opportunity to be a part of the growth of this organization. Sign-up now! Early Bird registration is open until June 5, 2015. Download the registration form HERE! Why come to convention? Come participate in the business of PTA, attend training workshops, reconnect with other PTA members across Maryland and celebrate 100 years of Maryland PTA!
Online registration discount!Register online today! Convention Registration, Emerging Leaders Luncheon, President's Awards Dinner, 100th Anniversary Celebration and Wye Oak Breakfast.
The Annual Maryland PTA Convention is the perfect venue for your company to directly reach a unique and targeted audience of PTA decision makers. Our convention sponsorship opportunities will allow you to effectively show your community support to over 350 attendees while displaying your company’s brand, products, and services. Connect with the MDPTA community at the 2015 100th Annual Convention.
PTAs are concerned about children's wellbeing; they influence school decisions and legislation.
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PTAs have close to 180,000 members in more than 920 local units throughout Maryland.
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Reserve your room for convention by JUNE 26, 2015 to receive the MDPTA rate!
MARYLAND PTA ANNUAL CONVENTION AWARDS
Honoring those who go above and beyond for PTA!
Family of the Year
Educator of the Year
Dad 4 PTA
Maryland Lifetime Achievement Award
National PTA Life Achievement Award
Maryland PTA Phyllis Reed Award
Maryland PTA's Awards Committee seeks nominations for outstanding PTA members to be recognized at the Maryland PTA Annual Convention being held July 17-18, 2015. Download the awards packet and submit your exceptional members for nomination. We look forward to honoring those who go above and beyond to support the mission of PTA!
The following message is on behalf of Marques Ivey,
Chair, National PTA Bylaws & Policy Committee
The National PTA Board of Directors has approved the proposed bylaws revision submitted by the Bylaws and Policy Committee. The proposed bylaws document and additional supporting materials can be found at http://www.pta.org/bylaws. Included on the site are the following materials:
Current National PTA Bylaws
Proposed National PTA Bylaws Revision
Proposed Amendments to National PTA’s Articles of Incorporation
Cross Reference Document that highlights the Proposed Bylaws changes
Image Highlighting the Alignment of National PTA’s Governing Documents