School of Instruction

Wednesday - May 10, 2017
Shawnee Mission West High School

School of Instruction
 is brought to you by SMAC PTA.  SOI is typically held the second Wednesday in May at Shawnee Mission West High School.  SOI provides a friendly, relaxed atmosphere in which PTA leaders from schools across the district and the metro area receive valuable information, training and new ideas on fundraising, cultural arts programs, activities, advocacy, grant writing, preschool engagement and much more!

You  have the opportunity to meet with fundraising vendors, as well as cultural arts exhibitors and Kansas PTA Leaders.  All PTA officers, chairs and committee members are encouraged to attend the workshops for vital information, training and resources.   

If there is not a workshop specific to your position, please feel free to attend any workshop of your interest or send someone in your place.  

All chairs have the opportunity to attend up to two workshops.

The cost is $5 per person.  Dinner is provided.

We Would Love to Hear From You!   If you have workshop ideas or School of Instructions suggestions, please share those with us.

Are you a vendor?  Is your business interested in showcasing your non-profit or for-profit business at School of Instruction?

Please send an email to Tash or Lauri for vendor information.

SMAC VP Educational Services:    Tash Davis -
                                                            Lauri Bledsoe -

SOI Workshops:

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

President Information Course: this is the second part of PTA Presidents trainingLearn key components of being an effective President, including Unit Bylaws review, your Unit Standing Rules review, required forms and procedures, volunteer recruitment, program planning and how to handle the tough situations. Have your questions answered during our Q&A, with special guest, Denise Sultz, KS PTA President and Debbie Lawson, KS PTA Bylaws Chair.  Please bring your Standing Rules.  Facilitators:  Tash Davis & Jill Molina - SMAC Outgoing & Incoming President

Treasurer: The Treasurer’s responsibilities and procedures will be covered in detail. Facilitator: Julie Kyle - SMAC Treasurer

Ways & Means/Fundraising/Carnival/Smart Snacks Guidelines: Covers best practices for fundraising, carnivals, auctions, raffles 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.  Facilitator:  Bob Davis - SMAC Fundraising Resource Chair

30 Minute Workshops:  Session One-7:20pm-7:50pm; Session Two-7:55pm-8:25pm 

PTA Advocacy - Parents Speak Up (1st session time only): Every voice counts!  It is crucial to PTA Units to learn the importance of and how to effectively communicate PTA legislative efforts and KS PTA Legislative Platform to your members, as well as elected officials, for our children. Facilitators:  Devin Wilson & Mary Sinclair - SMAC Legislative Cooridnators

Grant Writing & Simplifying Kansas Green Schools Grant (1st session time only)Not sure how to start? This covers steps to grant writing and the easy steps you need to obtain grant money and simple ideas to implement in your school.  Facilitators:  Joan Leavens, SMSD Community Cooridantor and Shelle Lewis, SMAC VP of Cultural Arts

Citizenship/Reflections (1st session time only): The Kansas State PTA Citizenship essay and poetry contest and the National PTA Reflections contest are tremendous opportunities for our kids. Find out more about these two PTA contests, how they help our kids grow, and how you can increase faculty support and student participation. Facilitator:  Dee Wright, SMAC Citizenship Chair

SEPTA (1st session time only) : Learn more about the new district wide Special Education PTA and how you can adapt many programs to include more special needs students.  Facilitator:  Laura Roberson, SEPTA President

Cultural Arts/Programs/Activities (offered both session times) : This workshop covers a wide range of ideas for student assemblies and family activities. Enjoy a brief introduction from each exhibitionist. 

Project Preschool (offered both session times) : 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.

Membership (offered both session times): Gain creative and new ideas to increase membership in your unit, while learning the value of your membership and the duties of the Membership Chair.  Facilitator:  Rachel Henderson, KS PTA Secretary and past Membership Chair

Social Media and PTA (offered both session times): Learn how to effectively communicate with parents and other PTA members.  Review Social Media outlets and best practices with social media and PTA awareness.  Facilitator:  Mia Woolridge, KS PTA Marketing Chair

Spice up your PTA Meetings (offered both session times): Recharge your PTA meetings, with   This workshop will offer innovative ideas in bringing meaning and increased participation to your General PTA meetings.  Facilitator:  Kelly Tines, SMW PTSA President

MVP Training (2nd session only) (SMSD only) : Tier 1 volunteer training session for individuals that may volunteer in a capacity in which they have direct contact with students, either individually or in groups.  Examples may include tutor, mentor, or classroom assistant (with possible supervisory role), etc. Facilitator:  Katie Hendrickson, SMSD Communications Administrator