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Legacy of Leadership

From our humble beginnings in 1909, Texas PTA has grown into the state’s largest child advocacy association with over 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 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:

Apply for the Class of 2020

The ELA Class of 2020 application is open and closes September 30, 2019.

Before submitting your application, review the Candidate Application Summary to prepare your responses. When you are ready, visit the online application for the ELA Class of 2020. Note: once a candidate begins the online application, any information entered will not be saved if the application is closed before completion. We suggest preparing your responses in advance to help ensure a smooth application process.

Program participation, including travel and meals, is provided at no cost to the selected candidates. Attendance at four ELA sessions is required and selected candidates should plan on arriving the afternoon prior to the published session date. ELA sessions are hosted at the Texas PTA State Office in Austin on the following dates:

Congratulations to the Class of 2019

Timmie Bui Austin ISD
Jennifer Coleman Corpus Christi ISD
Brooke Wise Dallas ISD
Julissa Alcantar-Martinez Humble ISD
Trina Thompson Killeen ISD
Michelle Alkhatib Lewisville ISD
Eddy Morelock Lubbock ISD
Meliton Velasquez Mesquite ISD
Adrian Hicks North East ISD
Angel Grogan Port Arthur ISD
Rhonda Blackburn Wylie ISD