As a “first timer” attendee of the National PTA Convention, I had four heart-opening days with the most dedicated and committed group of people: parent volunteers from all over the nation. These are the people who work tirelessly with our teachers, schools, local, state and national legislators to improve the quality of education across the country. The convention speeches, the workshops and the networking were all exceptional. Kudos to Betsy Landers, National PTA President, the national staff, and all the volunteers from California (the convention was in San Jose). In coming posts I’ll comment on the Convention. Right now, a special “shout out” to two Convention visitors, from the Netherlands: Harry Cox and Peter de Vries. They are from CPS, a Dutch company that works with schools. Peter and Harry are fully engaged in learning about parent involvement and leadership and were at the convention to observe, learn and make connections. An international family is growing!