SLS Dallas Schedule, Events, and Program


Schedule, Events, and Program

Invited Guests & Speakers

We are looking forward to welcoming several exciting keynote speakers this year!

An Afternoon with Miss Sue Mitchell

Sue Mitchell, Portrayed by Kathy Bates as ‘Miss Sue’ in the Oscar nominated movie The Blind Side, will join us at the Texas PTA Annual Convention on Friday, July 19 at 2:30 PM to remind us all of the important work we do as parents, teachers, and child advocates. Click here for more information regarding the Annual Convention in conjunction with Summer Leadership Seminar.



Otha Thornton, National PTA 2013-2015 President

Otha Thornton, 2013-2015 National PTA President, brings greetings from National PTA and will join us during the Annual Convention on Friday, July 19 at 2:30 PM. Mr. Thornton is a retired United States Army Lieutenant Colonel and his last two assignments were with the White House Communications Agency and United States Forces-Iraq in Baghdad. Previously, Thornton served on National PTA's Board of Directors, Legislative Committee, Membership Committee, and Executive Search Committee. During his time with Georgia PTA, Otha served on the Board of Directors as legislative chair and as an Advisory Group member for Georgia's Partnership for Excellence in Education.

Daryl Johnston, Former Dallas Cowboy

The Legacy Brunch will feature our invited guest, Daryl Johnston. Daryl, a former Dallas Cowboy, is now a successful sportscaster for FOX Sports. A dedicated philanthropist, father, and child advocate, Daryl will share his passion for literacy, child welfare, and engaged fatherhood during this inspiring brunch! Also, our 2012-13 Reflections Outstanding Interpretation Award Recipients will perform and present their winning artwork! Tickets to this event must be purchased prior to arrival at SLS.


Meal Functions

Please note: all meals are sold out, no tickets will be available onsite.

Backstage Pass (All-Access to Meal Functions)      

Don’t worry about keeping up with tickets! With the Backstage Pass you’ll ensure the complete SLS experience by gaining access to all meal functions including the Be Social! Exhibit Hall Dinner, Talk of Texas Lunch, and Legacy Brunch. Save money and time by purchasing your Backstage Pass today! Your purchase of a Backstage Pass helps to support the Emerging Leaders Academy.

Friday, 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM | Be Social! Exhibit Hall Dinner       

Be Social! is open to all attendees. Dinner is available to ticket and backstage pass holders only. Save time and money by avoiding dinner traffic outside the hotel! The exhibits, market, and SMARTshop will be buzzing with activity, so we hope to see you there!

Saturday, 11:45 AM - 12:45 PM | Talk of Texas Lunch       

Join us to celebrate excellence and learn new ideas! Local and Council PTA award recipients will be recognized for outstanding practices during this motivating meal.

Sunday, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM | Legacy Brunch       

Join us on Sunday for pure inspiration during our Legacy Brunch and show your support for Texas Children! The Legacy Brunch will feature performances by the 2012-2013 Reflections Outstanding Interpretation Recipients. Daryl Johnston, our invited guest, may best known as a Dallas Cowboys all star, but his true legacy is his dedication to  community and children. This is an event you won't want to miss! Your purchase of a Legacy Brunch ticket helps to support the Emerging Leaders Academy.


Training Session Schedule- UPDATED!

BUZZ Sessions! Friday, 1:30 PM - 2:15 PM
These sessions are designed to foster conversation, inspiration, and new ideas! Start energized and ready for  the weekend! Pre-registration is not required for these sessions.

Click here for the FINAL training schedule (Sesiones de Entrenamiento en Español)!

Be Early! Pre-SLS Sessions      

Please note: all Be Early! Sessions are sold out, no tickets will be available onsite.

Get a head start on this weekend full of training! Several BASICS and other workshops will be offered on Friday, July 19, 11:45 AM - 1:15 PM. This session includes lunch, a complimentary corresponding resource guide, and VIP conference check-in! Save time, make your lunch plans, and Be Early!

BASICS: Secretary BASICS: Parliamentarian
BASICS: Fundraising BASICS: Communications
BASICS: Membership Finance for Presidents
FOUNDATIONS: Leader Orientation ($28, includes course fee) FOUNDATIONS: Leader Orientation($28, includes course fee) Spanish

FOUNDATIONS: Leader Orientation

Please note: all FOUNDATIONS: Leader Orientation sessions are sold out, no tickets will be available onsite.

This new course will be offered several times during the conference. While graduates of the previous LOT course are not required to attend, all PTA Board members are encouraged to attend this course. Be ahead of the curve and complete this course during the summer! To receive credit, attendee must be present for the entire course. Refunds for this class are not available, no exceptions.

Sat, July 20 | 1:00 PM-2:30 PM (English & Spanish)
Sat, July 20 | 3:00 PM-4:30 PM (English only)