Family Engagement Opportunities at the 2022 Convention

By California State PTA Family Engagement Commission

The Family Engagement Commission is excited to meet you at our upcoming state convention on April 29-May 1 in Ontario! We have been planning workshops to help you take your PTA family engagement to the next level. Bonus: these workshops are also full of information that is valuable to you as a parent. 

Expanding your Engagement is our foundational course in family engagement. Learn more about the National Standards for Family Engagement including ways to use them to evaluate the programs at your school and how to move your school towards being even more inclusive to all families. Our commissioners will share suggestions and resources to engage families at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. This workshop is being presented twice, once in Spanish and once in English.

Family Engagement: Learn, Share, Grow is an interactive, member led table talk where we get to learn from one another! Participants will be able to choose five rotations from ten different family engagement topics. Join us to share your best ideas, brainstorm with fellow PTA members throughout the state, and learn from other convention attendees. At the conclusion of the workshop, every participant will receive the complete list of proven family engagement ideas generated by attendees during the workshop.

Building CommUNITY and Cultural Capacity in PTA. Special guest speaker Jacqueline “Kiki” Bispo, a family engagement specialist from Vista Unified School District, will help participants build cultural capacity by diving into the ability to understand, appreciate and work effectively with culturally diverse groups. This is an interactive session with Spanish interpretation. When you leave this class you will be prepared to strengthen relationships and improve inclusion within your school and community.  

The Path to College/Career A Family Voyage.  During this workshop, you will hear about the college and career experience from a diverse panel of speakers: a student, a parent, an educator, and a college consultant. Topics will include how to help your child find the right college, funding opportunities/scholarships, strategies for finding the best career path for your child, and more! Bring your questions and be ready to take lots of notes during this workshop filled with practical tips and useful information. Note: this is not just for high school parents, you’ll find information and resources on preparing for college and career at all ages and grade levels. 

As an added bonus all participants attending Family Engagement workshops will receive a family engagement ribbon to add to their Convention name badges.  

There are many workshop offerings at the 2022 Convention — whether you are a Convention first-timer or a seasoned PTA leader. You can view the workshop list on our website, then register for your top workshop choices. Attendees will have access to the Convention Program Book and will find the most up-to-date information in the Convention App.

We can’t wait to see you in Ontario!