Friday April 17, 2015 at 4:00 PM CDT
Saturday April 18, 2015 at 5:00 PM CDT

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Embassy Suites East Peoria
Hotel & Riverfront Conference Center
100 Conference Center Drive
East Peoria, IL 61611

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The discounted rate is $134.00 per night plus applicable taxes and fees.  


When making reservations online, click the blue link that reads “Add special rate codes” Enter PAR into the Group Code box


Friday, April 17, 2015

  4:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Saturday, April 18, 2015

  7:30 am - 10:00 am 

10:15 am - 11:15 am

You must be registered by 11:15 am to be eligible to cast a vote in the ballot election

  1:00 pm -    2:00 pm 

  2:15 pm -    4:00 pm

         Registration must close for 30 minutes prior to each General Session

Registraton Fees

Earlybird Registration (closes 4/12/15)  $75.00

On Site Registration                              $100.00

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The Illinois PTA 113th Convention is the place to get the latest information on key issues, build skills to strengthen your school, and have fun while connecting with PTA leaders from across the state.


FRIDAY, April 17

5:00 pm to 6:00 pm Workshop Session I

  • Money Matters 201 – Part 1   (Prerequisite Money Matters 101) This course will take you more in depth into some of the legal issues you may encounter. 
  • Time Management  This workshop will help you sort out how to be effective in all your roles.
  • From Issues to Solutions (Resolutions)  Participants will be walked through the process of creating a resolution. 

   Full Workshop Descriptions  

6:15 pm to 7:15 pm       Workshop Session 2

  • Money Matters 201 – Part 2  Continued from Workshop Session 1
  • Reflections – From Promoting the Program to Celebrating the Students  This workshop will provide you with the tools and information you need to move forward with the program, sharing the arts at your school. 
  • You Are a PTA President: Now What?  Enjoy a one-on-one “chit chat” with the Illinois PTA President, Peggy Staehlin!

Full Workshop Descriptions  


9:00 am to 10:00 am          Workshop Session 3

  • First Timer’s Orientation  Is this your first time to convention? Come learn how to make the most of your experience!
  • Mission to Mars: Engaging Men in Your PTA  This workshop will cover the barriers to engaging men in PTA and how to overcome them. 
  • Communications Essentials: How to Use National PTA Communications To Inform Local Leaders  Learn how to repurpose National PTA resources to enhance your local communication plans.
  • P.O.W. - B.A.M.  Inspire the potential of young people through building personal responsibility, leadership and self-confidence while engaging parents in the process.

  Full Workshop Descriptions  

10:15 am to 11:45 am General Session I

Featuring Outstanding Principal, Outstanding Teacher & Outstanding Volunteer Awards

11:45 am to 1:00  pm Lunch & Ballot Election 

During Lunch participate in - Ask the PTA Board

         You must be registered by 11:15 am to be eligible to cast a vote in the ballot election.

1:00 pm to 2:00 pm Workshop Session 4

  • Community Funding: Grants, Sponsorships, and Partnerships  Find alternative funding methods/programs for your PTA. 
  • Building Today’s PTA – Recruiting Today’s Families  Simple yet powerful membership recruitment ideas that have been proven to work.
  • How to Host a Parent Engagement Night  Step by step ideas for hosting your parent/family engagement event. 
  • Does your PTA or PTA Board ever have problematic disagreements? Conflict Resolution  Gives you positive strategies on how to resolve these disagreements and make your PTA stronger in the end. 

  Full Workshop Descriptions  

2:15 pm to 3:45 pm General Session II

Learn more about Illinois Vision 20/20!

4:00 pm to 5:00 pm Workshop Session 5

  • PTA Family Reading Experience  Enjoy an overview of the successful National PTA Program and the free complete resources available in one click!  
  • Connecting Families-Common Sense Media  Learn about this free program which includes everything needed to encourage their schools/communities to use technology in ways that are both fun and safe. 
  • PTA Publicity That Gets Results  This workshop will provide practical take-home ideas that you can start to use right away to share your PTA information and news. 
  • The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team  This is an assessment-driven learning experience which will help you build truly cohesive teams. 

Full Workshop Descriptions  

              Early Bird Registration is closed

       But you can register onsite if you would like to attend