The 2021 application opens August 30 and closes September 29 at 11:59 p.m.
Dates for 2021 ELA Sessions
- Session 1 October 16-18
- Session 2 December 4-5
- Session 3 February 26-27
- Session 4 April 23-25
Attendance at all ELA activities (four sessions per year) is critical to the success of the program. Before applying, it is recommended that you review the session dates listed above and confirm you are available to attend all sessions.
Tips for Applying
Once an online application is started, 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.
You will be asked to answer these four free response questions in your application. All responses must be 50-250 words.
- Texas PTA's vision is that every child's potential is a reality. Describe how your participation in the Emerging Leaders Academy will support your work in your own community towards achieving this goal.
- Describe a leadership experience within PTA or another community organization. Consider the following: What did you accomplish? What made it different from other experiences? What did you learn about yourself or others?
- Identify the most challenging task or assignment that you have accepted. Describe why it was a challenge, how you overcame any barriers, and the results of your efforts.
- Choose two leadership qualities that you would like to enhance or develop, and describe the value of mastering those skills.
Please contact the Texas PTA Programs Department with any questions regarding your application.
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!
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, in-person 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.
ELA Class of 2021
Jennifer Johnson, Elgin ISD
Kimberly Bouie, Northwest ISD
Keisha Barnes, Spring Branch ISD
Whitney Houston, Dallas ISD
Carol Ann Cordell, Lewisville ISD
Catherine Gault, Clear Creek ISD
Suzanne Danhof, Denton ISD
Tracey Bergfield, Garland ISD
Lawrence Appel, Northeast ISD
Jo Anna Cardoza, Mansfield ISD
Estevan Zárate, Round Rock ISD
Candy Baumann, Northside ISD