Formerly an educator with the Howard County Public School System in Maryland, Synthia Shilling currently works as an attorney based in the Washington, DC area. Outside of her professional pursuits, Synthia Shilling is active in several organizations, including the Parent Teacher Association (PTA).
The National PTA recently held its 2014 National Convention and Exhibition at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas. The four-day event, which was held June 19-22, featured a range of education sessions and a number of prominent speakers, including Arne Duncan, the United States secretary of education.
Topics explored at the event included public relations, board management, leadership development, and membership growth, among many others. Conference attendees were also given the opportunity to expand their understanding of several national school-based initiatives, including MADD’s Power of Parents and Power of Youth program.
The 2015 National PTA Convention and Exhibition is scheduled to be held June 26-28 at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.