VSLA – Session 3: August 10-12


VSLA ATTENDEE HOMEPAGE | SESSION 1 | SESSION 2

Monday, August 10th, 6:00-8:45 p.m.

Helping students – and your own children – cope with crisis and loss during the COVID-19 pandemic (6:00 – 7:30 p.m.): The presentation will offer practical considerations on how parents can talk to and support their children during the pandemic, provide an overview of reactions and adjustment difficulties commonly seen in children, suggestions on how to address them, and discuss how to talk to and support grieving children. Time will be left for questions and discussion. Presenter: David J Schonfeld, MD, FAAP, Director, National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

  • Click here to view the Helping students presentation.
  • Due to the sensitive material presented in this class, we will not be offering a replay of the presentation.

Navigating Distance Learning Platforms (6:00 – 7:15 p.m.): Learn about the various Distance Learning Platforms schools use to connect to your student.  This class is designed to help parents navigate and understand the tools of distance learning to support their students. The Education Commission is here to help you step into the Brave New World.

  • Click here to view the Navigating Distance Learning Platforms video

Marketing your PTA (7:30 – 8:45 p.m.): Everyone can be an influencer. Learn how to use online and offline methods to create members who are so loyal, so addicted, and so passionate, that they go out of their way to bring new members with them each time they come back.

  • Click here to view the Marketing your PTA presentation
  • Click here to view the Marketing your PTA video

Tuesday, August 11th, 6:00-8:45 p.m.

Family Engagement (6:00 – 7:15 p.m.): COVID-19 caught everyone by surprise, and just overnight all schools in our state were closed, and all our children were to remain home without friends, teachers or educational services. Is this truly a challenging problem or should we look at it as a golden opportunity, as it has allowed us to be creative and find ways to keep our students and families engaged with the educational system from home? Webinar participants will learn from parents and school personnel about strategies being used around our state to foster family and community engagement. In addition, participants will be introduced to best practices implemented by school districts as we all approach and prepare for the new school year under our new normal. Now more than ever, our families need to feel our presence and support, and know that their socio emotional needs can be met by continuously engaging with their local PTA and their school. Are you ready to convert the challenge into a golden opportunity?

  • Click here to view the Family Engagement presentation
  • Click here to view the Family Engagement video

Public Speaking (6:00 – 7:15 p.m.): Learn how to become a better communicator and public speaker. Get tips on effective techniques for presenting, storytelling, and speaking in front of audiences. We will also share tips for public speaking during this time of online meetings, so you won’t want to miss out!


Fundraising (7:30 – 8:45 p.m.): Learn the dos and don’ts of fundraising for your PTA, then brainstorm some new ideas for the new school year.


Advocacy for Student Learning Styles (7:30 – 8:45 p.m.): In this class parents will learn how to support their student’s learning, whether navigating an IEP or 504 or just advocating for the specific learning needs of their student while doing distance learning.

  • Due to technical difficulties, this presentation wasn’t recorded

Wednesday, August 12th, 6:00-7:15 p.m.

Empowering Parents to Help Their Teen Make Smart Decisions Behind the Wheel…Whether as a Driver or Passenger (6:00 – 7:15 p.m.): This workshop is designed to engage, educate, and empower parents with the strategies they can use to help keep their children safe.

  • Click here to view the Empowering Parents to Help Their Teen Make Smart Decisions Behind the Wheel presentation
  • Click here to view 10 Tips for Parents flyer
  • Click here to view the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
  • Click here to view the Get Involved flyer
  • Click here to view the School Handout flyer
  • Click here to view the What We Can Do for You flyer
  • Click here to view the Teen Driving video

Understanding Racial Equity, Part 1 (6:00 – 7:15 p.m.): What is racism? How does it differ from prejudice, discrimination, bigotry?
Are you uncomfortable talking about race but want to be an ally? Join this two part series to learn how the social construct of race has affected our societal systems throughout history since 1600s for a foundational understanding of racism in practical terms, and how to identify it, in the first class.

  • Due to the sensitive material presented in this class, we will not be offering a replay of the presentation. If you are interested in more information on this topic or other Diversity, Equality and Inclusion, fill out this form and we will be in contact.  https://forms.gle/jFc3SQgbRWm16qSd9

Bring your Questions – Finance Q&A (7:30 – 8:45 p.m.)

Thursday, August 13th, 6:00-7:15 p.m.

Understanding Racial Equity, Part 2 (6:00 – 7:15 p.m.): In this second class, dive deeper into how racism shows up in our organization and the institutions we work with, participate in a racial equity audit, and walk away with resources, programs, bibliography you can bring back to your unit.

  • Due to the sensitive material presented in this class, we will not be offering a replay of the presentation. If you are interested in more information on this topic or other Diversity, Equality and Inclusion, fill out this form and we will be in contact.  https://forms.gle/jFc3SQgbRWm16qSd9

Bring your Questions – General PTA Q&A (7:30 – 8:45 p.m.)