2,500 CHILD ADVOCATES ASSEMBLE WITH ONE POWERFUL VOICE

2,500 CHILD ADVOCATES ASSEMBLE WITH ONE POWERFUL VOICE

National PTA Convention Announces Hispanic Outreach Initiative, Parent Involvement School Certification, and E-Learning Training Program


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CHICAGO–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–June 20, 2002–PTA members from 50 states will join together with one voice as delegates to the 106th Annual National PTA Convention, June 22 – June 25, 2002, at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio. Participants include local and national PTA leaders, parents, grandparents, teachers, and those concerned with the education, health, and welfare of children and youth.

This year’s convention will debut a Hispanic outreach initiative, a parent involvement school certification program, and an e-learning training program. Featured speakers include John P. Walters, director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy; Ann Compton, ABC News White House correspondent; and Luis Valdez, famous Hispanic playwright, founder and artistic director of the internationally known El Teatro Campesino, and director of films including Zoot Suit (1981) and La Bamba (1987).

“Advocating for children requires steadfast parent involvement. This year’s convention introduces three new programs that are crucial for our communities and schools as they face unique challenges and new levels of accountability for student achievement and success,” said National PTA President Shirley Igo. “The programs empower parents and teachers with tools and resources to take meaningful action in their communities, their schools and in their own children’s education.”

Hispanic parents are frequently underrepresented in parent involvement programs, often due to cultural and language barriers. To address this need, National PTA’s “everychild.onevoice” identity campaign will reach out to Spanish-speaking families with the launch of the Hispanic Outreach Initiative. Cornerstones of the initiative include cultivating mentor relationships with Hispanic leaders and creating new PTA units in Spanish-speaking communities. National PTA will also provide culturally appropriate materials and resources to better serve the Hispanic community. The program will debut in three pilot states to be announced on Saturday, June 22, at 2 p.m.

National PTA will unveil the Parent Involvement School Certification Program to help schools implement the highest standards of parent involvement and to showcase schools that meet or exceed those standards. It includes a web-based self-assessment of the school’s parental involvement programs, as well as feedback and resources on ways to make improvements. Seven sites successfully piloted the program, which now will be available throughout the country. Leaders from chief education organizations including Bob Chase, president of National Education Association and Darrell Rud, president of National Association of Elementary School Principals will participate in the unveiling announcement on Tuesday, June 25, at 9 a.m.

To ensure that PTA members have the latest in leadership development training, National PTA will pilot its first E-Learning Training Module. Convention participants will have an opportunity to attend a learning lab that will introduce them to this online leadership training through a course on conflict management.

Also at the convention, the Reflections Program Outstanding Interpretation Award Recipients will be acknowledged for their interpretations in the areas of literature, musical composition, photography and the visual arts. The Phoebe Apperson Hearst National PTA Excellence in Education Partnership Award, recognizing PTAs whose collaborative efforts with parents, families, educators, and community members promote parent/family involvement, will also be announced. Both presentations will take place on Sunday, June 23, at 2 p.m.

More than 175 exhibitors will feature new products, resources, fund-raising ideas, and educational programs. General Mills is a National PTA convention sponsor.

National PTA is the largest volunteer child advocacy organization in the United States. PTA has nearly 6.5 million members working in 26,000 local chapters in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and in the Department of Defense schools in the Pacific and Europe. Since its founding in 1897, National PTA has prided itself in being a powerful voice for children, a relevant resource for parents, and a strong advocate for public education.

For more information about National PTA visit http://www.pta.org.

Editor’s Note: To schedule interviews with Shirley Igo, National PTA President, other PTA leaders, or any of the convention’s featured speakers, please contact Jenni Gaster Sopko at (800) 307-4PTA x327, Debbie Drucker at (202) 289-6790 x212, or visit the convention press room, Room 102A, during operation hours.

Press Room hours are:

Friday, June 21, Noon – 3:00p.m.

Saturday, June 22, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, June 23, 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Monday, June 24, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday, June 25, 8:00 a.m. – Noon

Press Room phone: (210) 582-7183

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CONTACT:

National PTA

Jenni Gaster Sopko

1-800-307-4PTA x327

or

National PTA

Debbie Drucker

1-202-289-6790 x212

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