Tennessee PTA Hosts Summer Leadership Training In Chattanooga

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Hamilton County PTA is inviting parents, administrators, faculty and staff from schools across the Tennessee Valley to Tennessee PTA Summer Leadership Training on Wednesday, July 23, from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at the Hamilton County Schools Staff Development Center, 1161 West 40th St.  This back to school leadership training is open to anyone from any school, (public or private) with any type of parent group.  Anyone who is interested in increasing parental involvement in their schools is welcome.  Members of the Tennessee PTA Board Executive Committee and a National PTA representative will lead the training.

The cost is $5 a person for PTA members and $10 a person for non-PTA members.  Registration begins at 8 a.m.  Parking is free.  Please RSVP to Tennessee PTA Southeast Region Director Sherrie Ford at sford@tnpta.org or ford_sherrie@hcde.org by Monday, July 21. The registration fee can be paid at the door. 

There will be a SCORE Presentation and the workshops will include:  

Workshop I
• PTA 101 - Presidents 
• Bylaws and Standing Rules
• Retaining Membership 
Workshop II
• PTA 102 – Treasurer – Are you compliant?
• What Makes PTA Unique 
• Strengthening your Legislative Efforts
Workshop III 
• PTA 103 – What does a Secretary do?
• PTA Governance 
• Leadership Generational Differences

The Tennessee PTA Summer Leadership Training is part of the 2014 Share the Vision tour.  Tennessee PTA will host trainings in five other areas of the state:  Knoxville, Memphis, Nashville, and the Tri-Cities area.   

Participants may check with their school's parent group to see if there is money in the group's budget to pay for parent leaders to attend.  Tennessee PTA Southeast Region Director Sherrie Ford says, "Parent leadership training is a legitimate PTA expense that can be taken from a school PTA budget's Leadership or Training line item. If the PTA doesn’t have one of those line items, it could come out of Miscellaneous. It just depends on how their school PTA's budget was approved.  This is a great learning opportunity for current and new officers.  They will go away with a wealth of information to prepare them for the coming year."  

If a participant's child attends a Title I school, check with the school administrator, parent engagement specialist or parent coordinator.  One percent of the federal funding Title I schools receive is allocated for parental involvement.

For more information, e-mail Tennessee PTA Southeast Region Director Sherrie Ford at sford@tnpta.org, visit the Tennessee PTA website, www.tnpta.org, or call the Tennessee PTA State Office at 615.383-9740.



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