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Welcome to the Maryland PTA Website


A Word From Our President

MDPTA President Elizabeth Ysla Leight

Embracing the Future for All Children!

100 Years of Advocacy for Children,

Families and Teachers

Access, Equity and Excellence

It seems like just yesterday when I had the honor of being sworn in as Maryland President. In the last 8 months, Maryland PTA has held listening programs across the state to listen to PTA member concerns on a variety of topics including Pre-K, testing and assessments. These sessions have been invaluable to our PTA leadership, as we learn your concerns on a variety of issues taking place at your local PTA units. We also want to hear your successes. Send us your stories of super PTA member efforts and we will post them in future website posts.

Soon, we will convene at the Maryland PTA 101st Annual Convention to be held on August 5-6, 2016 at the DoubleTree Hilton in Silver Spring, Maryland.  Big plans are underway for the Maryland PTA 101st Annual Convention! I want to see you there! You play a very important role in shaping the future direction of Maryland PTA. The Maryland PTA Convention Committee is working diligently to bring you a State Convention experience full of new programs and training opportunities.  The Arts in Education Reflections Program will once again be a “can’t miss” program that honors and celebrates our student artists.

Early registration for the Maryland PTA 101st Annual Convention is underway and we strongly encourage all local PTA leaders to take advantage of this discount registration.  If you have elections underway, you can register now and transfer that Convention registration to your newly elected officials.  Join us for training so that your local PTA unit can start the PTA year off on the right foot. Go to the Maryland PTA website, www.mdpta.org, for more Convention details.  Come to the Maryland PTA 101st Convention and find out what’s new in PTA!

In a few short weeks, the General Assembly will be winding down with Sine Die on April 11, 2016.  Maryland PTA has been busy filing written testimony on your behalf. Visit the Maryland PTA website to see the testimonies filed to date.  I have provided oral testimony before the General Assembly on several topics that impact our students and parents, such as the Kindergarten Reading Assessment, Teacher Assessments and Pre-Kindergarten funding and the need for full-time Pre-K. I also submitted testimony on your behalf to the Commission on Assessments who will be providing a report to the General Assembly on the PARCC Assessment. We continue to file written testimony on a variety of budget bills that impact public school funding to reiterate Maryland PTA’s position that public funds should continue to be used for public schools.

During the Fall, we held Be A Learning Hero programs and visited with over 700 parents at 25 venues and a state-wide Webinar on the topic of PARCC Assessments. I shared your comments and concerns with the MSDE Assessments Commission and with MSDE Board of Education members. We recently welcomed many PTA members at PTA Night in Annapolis held in February and thanks to the efforts of the Maryland PTA Legislative Committee and Marla Posey Moss, VP for Legislation, many Maryland House of Delegate and Senate elected officials dropped by to share with us their bills and to reach out to local volunteers for support on education issues.  If you missed it, we hope you will join us next year.

It is important for PTA to continue a strong presence on the state and federal level. In March, Maryland PTA attended the National PTA Legislative Conference and visited with our Congressional representatives. Much thanks to Eddie Gleason, Federal Legislative Chair for his effort to make these meetings an opportunity to discuss the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) with our elected officials.

The Maryland PTA Board of Directors met for the Annual Winter Board Meeting and approved several bylaw amendments to be considered at the Maryland PTA 101st Annual Convention.  Check the website so that you can be informed when you come to Convention. 

Don’t forget! March 31 is the deadline to establish that your local PTA unit is in compliance with the Maryland PTA Standards of Continuing Affiliation. The Maryland PTA website has a checklist to help your local PTA unit ensure that they are in good standing according to Maryland PTA Bylaws. This is important because before delegates attending the Maryland PTA 101st Annual Convention can receive credentials to vote on Convention business, the local PTA unit will need to be in good standing. Call the Maryland PTA office if you have any questions on this process.  

Thank you for the privilege of your time and for everything you do on behalf of the children of Maryland.

Warm regards,

Elizabeth Ysla Leight, Esq.

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty”.

--Winston Churchill, Statesman

“Great moments come from great opportunity…and that’s what you have here tonight, boys”

--Herb Brooks, Head Coach, 1980 USA Olympic Hockey Team


Below are the packets approved, by the Nominating and Board Development Committee, for distribution.

Letter of Interest

Letter of Interest Student Member


Join your fellow Maryland PTA members!

August 5 - 6, 2016

DoubleTree Hilton

8727 Colesville Road

Silver Spring, MD 20910

Attend Convention!

          • Training Sessions
          • Panel Discussions
          • Networking Opportunities
          • Bylaw Amendments
          • Award Recognitions

Maryland PTA has planned an exciting and rewarding experience for you.  Visit with other PTA Leaders, Exhibitors and Sponsors to learn new ways to build and maintain a successful PTA. Join us as we celebrate our Reflections, Membership and Council Award recipients.


We hope you will attend our Annual Maryland PTA Convention!

All PTA leaders attending the Maryland PTA Convention will have opportunities to learn something new to help build and maintain a successful PTA. Learn new skills as you collaborate with parents, teachers and school administrators.

Attend the Emerging Minority Leaders (EML) Conference!

Be there for the Reflections Awards Luncheon! 

The following proposed 2016 bylaws amendments will be voted on during convention.  Download the proposed amendments HERE.


Early Bird Registration Discount Codes: EARLYBIRD & EARLYBIRDEML


Maryland PTA represents over 170,000 PTA volunteers in 947 schools and countless more students throughout the state. As a sponsor for our Maryland PTA 101st Annual Convention you show your support for Maryland's communities and children.  Click below to see how you can show your support and be recognized throughout our Convention. 



As an Exhibitor at our Maryland PTA 101st Annual Convention you have the an opportunity to interface with many of our 170,000 Maryland PTA members.  Showcase your special services of interest to parents, educators and education stakeholders who will be attending the Maryland PTA 101st Annual Convention.






Enjoy downtown Silver Spring!  

Downtown Silver Spring offers shopping, theatre, entertainment and fantastic dining experiences; something for the entire family to enjoy.  Click the link to plan your evenings in Silver Spring.  www.SilverSpringDowntown.com

Convention Awards

Golden Apple, Family of the Year, Educator of the Year, Dad 4 PTA, Maryland Lifetime Achievement Award, National PTA Life Achievement Award, Maryland PTA Phyllis Reed Award

Maryland PTA’s Awards Committee seeks nominations for outstanding PTA members to be recognized at the Maryland PTA 101st Annual Convention on August 5 – 6, 2016.


All awards are given to individuals whose contributions to PTA are exemplary.  Individuals who serve as models for others in their community. Individuals who maintain the integrity of the organization by living up to the Purposes and Mission of PTA.

This is your opportunity to recognize and thank a special person you know who goes above and beyond for all children, the one who acts as a tireless advocate for children’s education, health, and well-being.




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