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Emerging Leaders Academy

Legacy of Leadership

From our humble beginnings in 1909, Texas PTA has grown into the state’s largest child advocacy association with nearly 500,000 members.  Our success has been driven by the grassroots leadership of concerned parents, educators and community members who are dedicated to making every child’s potential a reality.  Texas PTA is proud to offer our Emerging Leaders Academy (ELA) to help ensure a new generation of dedicated leaders who are working to support student success!

About ELA

PTA’s commitment to engage families and communities as powerful advocates for children reaches across all cultural and socioeconomic boundaries.  The Emerging Leaders Academy is an opportunity to identify and support dedicated volunteers from diverse backgrounds, while equipping them with skills to become effective, successful leaders within PTA and throughout their communities.  This series of four, one-day sessions will provide participants with proven strategies in outreach, communication, advocacy and family engagement.

Who Is an Emerging Leader?

Whether it’s the PTA volunteer who organizes the multicultural night at your campus or a co-worker who organizes a reading program at the local library, leaders can be found in every corner of our communities. ELA seeks to support a diverse group of volunteers who are committed to creating successful schools through these fundamental characteristics:

  • Demonstrates a passion for our vision that every child’s potential is a reality.
  • Exhibits visionary and forward-thinking leadership qualities.
  • Reflects professionalism, integrity and PTA values.
  • Believes PTA should be an inclusive association for all.
  • Strives to increase family engagement through programs and PTA membership.
  • Seeks personal development to provide long-term leadership within their community.


Getting Involved

The Class of 2017 will consist of 12 Leaders, all selected to attend each of the four ELA sessions throughout the year.

  • Monday, November 14, 2016
  • Tuesday, February 28, 2017
  • Monday, June 12, 2017
  • Monday, September 11, 2017

ELA participation is provided at no cost to all selected candidates, including any necessary travel.  All sessions are held at the Texas PTA State Office in Austin, and are required for each selected candidate.


Class of 2017 Application

All applications are submitted online and must be completed no later than 9 a.m. on Monday, October 17.  We recommend reviewing the Application Summary prior to beginning the online application.

Review the ELA Application Summary

Complete Your ELA Application for the Class of 2017


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