"Suffolk-By-The Sea Workshops"
Session “A” 9:00 am – 10:15 am 1. New Presidents: This workshop is designed to provide new presidents with the information they will need to successfully lead a PTA unit. Topics covered will include the responsibilities of the office, how to chair a meeting, how to work with your executive committee and the executive board, leadership development and the resources available to make the job as easy as possible. Presented by Jacqueline Wilson, Region Director, Suffolk Region PTA 2. Reflections: Learn about the National PTA Reflections Program and how it can showcase the many talents of your students. If your school has never participated in the Reflections Program or if the participation has fallen off in recent years, this workshop is for you. Presented by Suffolk Region PTA 3. Engaging Families to Maximize Student Achievement: This workshop will focus on National PTA and New York State PTA initiatives designed to close the student achievement gap. The presentation will include a review of the Family Engagement in Education Act of 2011, National PTA Standards for Family-School Partnerships and other relevant state and federal legislation, positions and programs designed to maximize pupil achievement through meaningful family engagement in public education. Presented by Robert Aloise, Ed.D., Education Coordinator, NYS PTA 4. Membership Basics: Begin your year understanding what you receive, when you should get it, what to do with it and the deadlines that MUST be met. Get the answers to all your membership questions and leave feeling prepared for a successful membership year. A must for all Membership Chairpersons. Presented by Cathy Saliani, Membership Chair, Suffolk Region PTA 5. Diversity in your PTA: Join us in discussing strategies for creating an inclusive environment. Use these strategies to recruit and retain a diverse group of parents. Your PTA will flourish as you engage a diverse population. Presented by Damaris Sampayo, Diversity Outreach, Suffolk Region PTA 6. ACT Award - Mandatory Workshop We are all advocates. Learn how to take ACTion the PTA way! (This is the only specific mandatory workshop requirement for the ACT Award which must be completed by September 2012 to qualify for this NYS PTA award) Presented by Kathy Williams and Karen Steigert, Associate Directors, Suffolk Region PTA 7. Bylaws and Procedures - Bylaws EZ: Renewing your bylaws has never been this EZ before! If your unit or council bylaws are expiring from the time period of 10/1/2012 through 10/1/2013, sign up to learn more about the NYS PTA Bylaws EZ process. Please bring your unit's expiring bylaws so you can bring information back to your unit about changes to the pattern since they were last written. Many items that were manually written into your unit's bylaws may have to be moved into your unit's procedure book. Developing procedures, will ensure your unit will run smoothly. Find out why certain items are now placed in procedures instead of your unit's bylaws. You will learn how to place items in your procedures and how to build upon this very important document. Presented by Lisa Wild, Bylaws Chair, Suffolk Region PTA Session “B” 10:30 am – 11:45 am 8. New Treasurers: This workshop is designed for new treasurers. The basics of keeping the books – learn how to keep your financial records in order to satisfy insurance requirements, IRS Form 990EZ, and the annual audit. This workshop will give you the necessary information to ensure proper record keeping. A must for incoming treasurers. Presented by Joan Wabnik, Treasurer, Suffolk Region PTA 9. Making the Case for Male Involvement: Learn why father involvement is important. It has been documented that children with a male figure actively involved in their life do better in school, home and work. This workshop will give your unit the tools necessary for a sustainable father involvement program. Presented by Mike Meehan, Male Involvement Specialist, Suffolk Region PTA 10. Issues in Special Education: When you have a child with special needs there are unique challenges as well. One of the best things that a parent can do is to educate themselves about the law, their rights and responsibilities and their child’s specific disability. By acquiring the skills and strategies that come with knowledge and experience, parents can become better advocates for their child. This in turn will allow them to help their child become their own self-directed advocate. Presented by Laura Paehr, Special Education Chair, Suffolk Region PTA 11. Funding College: A PowerPoint slideshow will serve as our overall guide to understanding the details and nuances of the New York 529 College Savings Program Direct Plan. Through open dialogue, examples, stories and questions the attendees will focus on the importance of higher education and making that goal financially attainable for the parents and children in our communities. Presented by Gina Pinos, UPromise College Savings Plan 12. It’s the "L" Word: Why is the “L” word so scary to people? Legislative Action is our Legacy. PTA’s legacy of influencing laws and policies to protect the education, health, and overall well-being of children has made an indelible impact on the lives of millions of children and families. Presented by Dana Platin, Education Chair, Suffolk Region PTA 13. PARP/Arts in Education: Learn all you need to know to help organize a successful Parents as Reading Partners Program. Discussion will include: forming a committee, picking a theme, encouraging students and parent participation and applying for Suffolk Region’s PARP Award. You should come to this workshop if you have never PARPed before or if you have experience and are willing to share with others. Presented by Suffolk Region PTA 14. Issues in Education: This workshop will focus on current initiatives that impact students and families in New York State. Topics will include “The Dignity For All Students Act”, “Response to Intervention”, the proposed new assessments based on the Common Core Standards and the status of “The Elementary and Secondary Education Act” (also known as “No Child Left Behind”, including the NYS waiver. Presented by Robert Aloise, Ed.D., Education Coordinator, NYS PTA LUNCH - 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Session “C” 1:15 pm – 2:30 pm 15. 990 Workshop: All units MUST file a 990N, 990EZ or 990 at the end of their fiscal year. Come and learn about the proper procedure and dates for filing these important documents with the IRS. Presented by Joan Wabnik, Treasurer, Suffolk Region PTA 16. Secretaries: What really is expected of you as a secretary? How much needs to be in your minutes? Learn how to be an effective and efficient member of the board. This workshop will cover the duties and responsibilities of both the recording and corresponding secretary positions. Presented by Linda Loverde, Assistant Director, and Cathy Saliani, Membership Chair, Suffolk PTA 17. Individual Talents/One Team: This workshop will show you how to train your unit with an orientation which respects the individual talents of your unit and works to build and strengthen your PTA. You will learn tools to help you run effective meetings and unit members will understand their roles. Presented by Kathy Williams and Karen Steigert, Associate Directors, Suffolk Region PTA 18. New Vice Presidents: What is the role and duties of the Vice President? What can you do to help the unit run smoothly? How can you best support the President and prepare to take on that role? Come and get answers to these and many other questions you might have. Presented by Lori Fontana, Associate Director, Suffolk Region PTA 19. Grassroots Advocacy: What is PTA Month / What is Lobby Day / What is Virtual Lobby Day? What are the issues we need to know? Activity to begin the advocacy work Presented by Mike Meehan, Male Involvement Specialist and Linda Pomerantz, Legislative Chair, Suffolk Region PTA 20. LICADD-Drugs on Long Island: Long Island is facing a serious drug epidemic with both prescription and illegal drugs. Many adolescents are falling victim and its effects are far ranging. This interactive workshop will explore the reasons why this may be occurring and some healthy coping skills for adolescents. Presented by Silas Kelly, Long Island Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence 21. SEPTA and PTA - Building Bridges Together: SEPTAs are becoming more important than ever. This workshop will focus on the importance of SEPTA and how they can work with other PTA units to provide support to parents. Presented by Joyce Cattani, Associate Director, Suffolk Region PTA Session “D” 2:45 pm – 4:00 pm 22. President and Treasurer Roundtable: Bring your questions. This interactive workshop will stress the importance of communication between these two officers. Presented by Jacqueline Wilson, Region Director and Joan Wabnik, Treasurer, Suffolk Region PTA 23. Bylaws and Procedures Roundtable: A time for questions and answers regarding everything related to your unit's bylaws and procedures. Presented by Lisa Wild, Bylaws Chair, Suffolk Region PTA 24. Newsletters Communicating with your membership is an important thing. Learn how to create a newsletter that is creative and informative. Presented by Suffolk Region PTA 25. Parliamentary Procedure: This workshop will help PTA leaders learn how to use parliamentary procedures to help run meetings smoothly and efficiently. The effective use of parliamentary procedure can make a PTA leader’s job much easier. Presented by: Doris Fischer, Immediate Past Region Director, Suffolk Region PTA 26. How to Advocate Roundtable: Now that you have completed the advocacy workshops, bring your questions and concerns to this interactive workshop to learn where you can go from here. Presented by Suffolk Region PTA 27. Why does conflict happen to good people?: Absence of communication between necessarily linked parties ensures eventual conflict. This interactive workshop will help you identify your personal leadership and communication style. You will gain insight into the styles of others and then learn how to work together. Presented by Lori Fontana, Associate Director, Suffolk Region PTA 28. Let’s Talk – “Where Do We Go From Here?” - A Special Education Roundtable: Participants will be encouraged to share ideas, resources, and strategies with each other. Presented by Joyce Cattani, Associate Director and Laura Paehr, Special Education Chair, Suffolk Region PTA