Programs + Events

Special Events + Activities

There was so much to see and do at convention! Activities and special events kept participants engaged, learning and having fun.


Gubernatorial Education Forum

California State PTA, in partnership with Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE), put the spotlight on education during the Gubernatorial Education Forum. This lively discussion, moderated by ABC7 Eyewitness News co-anchor Marc Brown, highlighted each candidates’ vision for California’s public schools.


*Invited candidates include, in alphabetical order:

  • Travis Allen, California Assemblymember
  • John Chiang, California State Treasurer
  • John Cox, Businessman
  • Delaine Eastin, Former California State Superintendent of Public Instruction
  • Gavin Newsom, California Lieutenant Governor
  • Antonio Villaraigosa, Former Los Angeles Mayor.

*Participation or sponsorship in this event does not  denote endorsement of gubernatorial candidates by either California State PTA or PACE. View candidate selection criteria and forum procedures.

Family Arts Experience

This interactive musical event showcased research-based strategies to engage families and build awareness about the relevance of the arts in increasing student achievement. with a special performance by Street Beat – a kinetic, maximum energy explosion of urban rhythm and dance, utilizing junk, household items and found objects for drums and percussion and featuring the pinnacle of modern “street” choreography – had the crowd dancing down the halls.

Reflections Art Gallery

The Reflections Art Gallery is something we hope you didn’t miss. Award of Excellence and Award of Merit Reflections entries, along with selected favorites of the judges were on display in the halls. Plus, seven “Outstanding Interpretation” winners joined us on stage for special recognition during the Fourth General Meeting.