School of Instruction

Wednesday - May 13, 2015

Shawnee Mission West

The School of Instruction provides a friendly, relaxed atmosphere in which PTA leaders from schools across the district and the metro area will receive valuable information, training and new ideas on fundraising, cultural arts programs, activities, advocacy, grants, preschool engagement and much more!

This year the programs have been stream-lined and exhibitions and participation have been expanded!  You will have more opportunity to meet with additional fundraising vendors, as well as cultural arts exhibitors, Kansas PTA leaders, and SMEF.  PTA Chairs will be able to attend up to 2 workshops in one evening.  All SMSD PTA officers and chairs are encouraged to attend the workshops for vital information and resources.  If there is not a workshop specific to your position, please feel free to attend another workshop or send someone in your place. 

Whether you are brand new to PTA or a PTA veteran, we promise you will learn something new!

On-line registration


5:30pm-6:30pm – Check-In, Dinner and Exhibitor Area open

6:30pm-7:00pm – Shawnee Mission Area Council presentation

·         Welcome - Tash Davis and Linda Braly, Co-Presidents of SMAC

·         Guest Speakers:   Deb Zila, President of SMSD Board of Education

        Dr. Jim Hinson, Superintendent of SMSD

·         State of SMAC address:      Tash Davis and Linda Braly

·         Introductions

·         Lifetime Achievement Awards

·         Installation of SMAC officers

7:00pm-7:15pm – Exhibition area open

7:15pm-7:45pm – WORKSHOPS – Session One

7:50pm-8:20pm – WORKSHOPS – Session Two

8:20pm-8:45pm – Exhibition area open



Full Hour Workshops (7:15-8:20)

President Information Course: Learn key components of being an effective President, including required forms and procedures, volunteer recruitment, program planning and how to handle the tough situations. Have your questions answered during our Q&A.   Instructors:  Linda Braly, Tash Davis & special guest, Denise Sultz, KS PTA President-Elect. 

Treasurer: The Treasurer’s responsibilities and procedures will be covered in detail.  Instructor: Tara Gatti, SMAC Treasurer.

Ways & Means/Fundraising/Carnival: Covers best practices for fundraising, carnivals, auctions and much more.  Learn when you need to collect sales tax, which fundraisers bring in the most money, and learn how to avoid fundraiser fatigue.   Instructor:  Bob Davis, SMAC Fundraising Chair. 

Cultural Arts/Programs/Activities: This workshop covers a wide range of ideas for student and family activities, and events your unit can sponsor at your school. Find out which programs are enjoyed the most and enjoy a performance by a few of the exhibitionist.  Instructor:  Nicole Emanuel, InterUrban Art House Founder & CEO and SMAC Cultural Arts Committee Chair.  

30 Minute Workshops: Session One-7:15pm-7:45pm; Session Two-7:50pm-8:20pm

MVP Training (SMSD only) SESSION ONE ONLY (7:15pm-7:45pm): Tier 1 volunteer training session. This training is part of the new requirements for any volunteer that will be one-on-one or alone with students, including field trips, reading mentoring, and chat-n-chew. Instructor:  Katie Hendrickson, SMSD Communications Dept. 

Advocacy/Legislation: In the current political state of Kansas’ education system, it is crucial that every unit learns how to effectively communicate to members as well as elected officials. Every voice counts! Instructors:  Mary Sinclair & Devin Wilson, SMAC Legislative Co-Chairs. 

Citizenship/Reflections: Find out more about these two contests and how to increase faculty and student participation. Instructors:  Dee Wright & Kim Benner, SMAC Cultural Arts Committee Chairs. 

Project Preschool: Engagement of preschoolers in your area is key to higher enrollment and stronger schools.  Learn new ways to bring these future students through your doors. Instructor:  Chris Westwater, Christa McCauliffe Elementary. 

Membership: Creative new ideas to increase membership in your unit. Instructor:  Rachel Henderson, KS PTA Membership Chair. 

Communications/Social Media/Skyward: Learn how to effectively communicate with parents and other PTA members.

SEPTA: Learn more about the new district wide Special Education PTA and how you can adapt many programs to include more special needs students. Dawn Lalumondier, SMSD SEPTA PTA President. 

Simplifying Kansas Green Schools Grants: Not sure how to start? This covers the easy steps you need to obtain grant money and simple ideas to implement in your school. Shelle Lewis, SMAC VP Cultural Arts & SMSD Green School Grant Administrator. 

Secretary/Order of Conduct: The Secretary position is more than taking meeting notes.  Learn the rules you need to follow and record/document storing guidelines. Instructor:  Jill Molina, SMAC Secretary. 

To accommodate additional attendees advanced reservations are encouraged for workshops and dinner.  The cost per attendee is only $2.00 in advance and $3.00 at the door.  Dinner selections are provided and can be purchased for $6.50 on-site from The RUB BBQ & Catering.  Cash or credit card will be accepted for dinner.  There are 3 dinner options:

·         Pulled pork sandwiches – served with chips, pickles, and potato salad

·         Greek Salad with Grilled Chicken - served with pita and hummus

·         Turkey Baguette – served with chips and slaw

Water and Dessert will be provided by SMAC

Please complete the on-line registration for all attendees and mail check in advance to:

Jennifer Silverstein, SMAC Member-At-Large

8424 Allman

Lenexa, KS 66219

Questions, please contact:  

Please click this Kansas PTA Advocacy logo to visit the Legislative website.