PTA Workshops and Speakers

Stay Informed with CAPTA Conference Calls
Open to all PTA Leaders and Members
Health and Community Concerns
Wednesday, March 21
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Participant Access Code: 659398009#
  • Connect with the California State PTA (CAPTA) Health & Community Concerns team on issues concerning your school, community and the state.
  • Interested PTA leaders are invited to hear from the Vice President for Health & Community Concerns, Shereen Walter, as well as members of the Health & Community Concerns Commission.
  • Future Dates for Calls: April 18 and May 16
Advocacy and Legislation
Monday, March 26
7:00 pm
Participant Access Code:  960878#
  • Connect with the California State PTA Legislation Team on issues and bills concerning your school, community and the state.
  • Future Dates for Calls: April 23 and May 29

Sixth District Spring Leadership Training 

Saturday, May 19, 2018
Peterson Middle School
Registration opens in April
Workshops, vendor fair, and more …

Sixth District Convention Orientation
Going to convention or not sure, attend one of our two orientations:
March 29 – 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
April 13 – 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Santa Clara Office of Education
San Jose
CAPTA’s convention is in Ontario from April 27 – 29, 2018.
Register early (March 31) for savings
Have questions about convention or to RSVP for the orientation, please contact Shanta Dominguez

Wed, March 21st, from 6-7:30pm: Learn more about the Middle College experience.

San José Middle College is an advanced program for juniors and seniors who take free college and high school classes on the San José City College campus. Students earn their diploma while accumulating transferable credits for community colleges and four-year universities. Students and families are invited to join our staff and teachers for an informal evening event on Wednesday, March 21st, from 6-7:30pm to learn more about the Middle College experienceClick here to RSVP

Consent & Sexual Safety: How to Talk to Your Teen
Wed, March 21, 2018
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Santa Clara High School Theater
Santa Clara, CA 95051
Parents, MS and HS students encouraged to attend
Sponsored by the Santa Clara High School Wellness Center and Santa Clara High PTSA
Between Hollywood, social media and real life, students are inundated with information about sex, body image and dating; who they should be, what they should like and what they should do. Talking with our boys and our girls about this topic has never been more relevant. Your teens are learning about it and now it is your turn! Join other parents and students in this timely conversation.
  • How do I address consent with my teen?
  • How can I encourage cyber safety in my home?
  • How can I protect my teen, and what can they do to protect themselves?
Laura Ellingson is a Communications Professor, and the Director of Women’s & Gender Studies at Santa Clara University. Laura will speak about consent, digital safety and the transition from high school to college, to give parents practical ways to approach their teens about sexual and physical safety.
Questions? You may contact Dupe Thomas, Community Health Outreach Worker in the SCHS Wellness Center at or 408-878-4392.
We look forward to seeing you there!

Implementation of Next Generation Science Standards
Thursday, March 8
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Live Webcast
California’s K-12 schools are implementing the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The state and its school districts hope the new standards will transform the way science is taught.
  • How has implementation been going?
  • And how can the state help districts improve science education?

Public Policy Institute of California researcher Niu Gao will outline the findings of a new report, and a panel of state and district experts will discuss the challenges and benefits of NGSS implementation

Education Town Hall – 1

Saturday March 10
10:00 am – 11:30 am
Hillview Community Center
Multipurpose Room
Los Altos
Hosted by Assemblymember Marc Berman. Panelists include Sara Cortez and Kenneth Kapphahn, Fiscal and Policy Analysts with the Legislative Analyst’s Office. The panel will discuss K-12 education with an emphasis on state funding as well as early childhood education.

Education Town Hall – 2

Saturday March 17
9:30 am – 11:30 am
Cypress Community Center
San Jose
RSVP or call 408-558-1295
Senator Jim Beall hosts an Education Town Hall. Come learn about the future of K-12 education and get your questions answered! Topics to be covered include budget for education and new bills that are being introduced, plus time for questions.

Understanding Education Equity – and Achieving It
March 21
11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Live Videoconference
What you can do to close equity gaps in California schools and districts. A thought-provoking discussion about how to define education equity–and tangible steps toward closing achievement gaps in California schools and districts. Features a panel of education experts and practitioners with deep engagement and experience in furthering equity in California.

Arts Now Bay Area Summit

Saturday April 7

9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Oakland Museum of Art
The theme of the Summit is “Action for Arts Equity” and will feature strides being made to increase access to arts education in the region, including in the Bay Area and surrounding counties.
The Arts Now Bay Area Summit recognizes and shares the individual and collective work in support of arts education in the Bay Area! Hear success stories and learn how the arts can serve as a powerful tool for equity in our schools. Attendees will engage in meaningful discussions and workshops, as well as gain access to local and statewide strategies and resources for including the arts in LCFF/LCAPs, Title I, district strategic arts plans, and student advocacy.
This event is recommended for school board members, superintendents, district and school leaders, VAPA coordinators, teachers, arts leaders, community partners, students (grades 7-12) and community advocates.

Advocacy Day for Education 2018

Save the Date

Friday April 20

8:30 am – 2:00 pm
San Ramon Community Center
San Ramon
Join fellow parents, educators, administrators, elected officials, and community members for a day of legislative learning at the 38th annual PTA Advocacy Day for Education. Hosted by Las Trampas Creek, Pleasanton, and San Ramon Valley PTA Councils. Additional details.