State PTA convention starts Thursday

Posted: Wednesday, April 28, 2004

Alaska PTA will hold its annual convention this weekend at the Anchorage Steraton Hotel. The convention theme will be "No Child Left Behind: What Does It Mean For Your Child?"

The convention begins Thursday with a NCLB seminar from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Speakers will include Donna Foxley, the Secretary of Education's representative for Region X; Jana Potter of the Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory; Deborah Walsh, a national PTA board member from Connecticut; Alaska Commissioner of Education Roger Sampson; and Rhonda Gardner, NCLB coordinator for the Anchorage School District.

Friday will begin with a first-timers breakfast from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., followed by a day of break-out sessions and general sessions. Speakers throughout the day will include Walsh, Potter and Superintendent of the Year Carol Comeau of Anchorage.

Friday evening there will be a celebration of the annual Reflection program winners from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in the Kuskokwim Ballroom.

Saturday will include a breakfast with Commissioner Sampson, as well as more breakout sessions and general sessions. From 9 to 11:45 a.m., there will be a panel discussion on how NCLB impacts military leaders and families.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Dr. David Splitek of the Military Child Education Coalition will speak during lunch.

From 1:45 to 3:15 p.m., Terri Duggan-Schwartzbeck, a policy analyst with the American Association of School Administrators will present a seminar on NCLB across the nation.

For more information or registration, call (907) 279-9345 or visit

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