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                                      Peter Hapgood, Director of Education


Growth is great...and challenging

Just got back from the January 2018 Trustee School held at the Hyatt Regency.  We hit another FPPTA milestone at this school. We had the largest attendance ever for an FPPTA Trustee School coupled with the largest program agenda in the 35-year history of the FPPTA. We had 660 registrants, 84 workshops, 3 Special Programs, 110 presenters and the largest Intermediate Program ever with over 70 participants.

As I look back over my twenty year affiliation with the FPPTA, I see an unbelievable success story which the membership should be proud of. To steal a phrase, “We’ve come a long way baby” is an understatement. Thank you to the Board of Director’s for their guidance, Kim Prior and her excellent staff for their hard work and dedication, the FPPTA Education Committee for volunteering their time and effort, the FPPTA Consultants for their professional knowledge, and Patrick Langan and staff at Vanguard Audio Visual for setting up and running all of the 8 classrooms used each and every day.  There are indeed a lot of moving pieces at each of our educational programs.

Having shared this, I would be remiss if I did not comment on a few things that didn’t work as well as anticipated. The new website/registration program did not work as designed. We experienced a printing mistake in the CPPT Study Guides; and the CEU Program was designed for smaller sessions, yet we had to increase seating capacity by 30 attendees in each room because of the unprecedented attendance.

We experienced a few first-time audio visual equipment malfunctions, and dealt with some of the same “dumb luck” problems everyone has, though we’ve learned to fix on the fly. A few missing power point presentations along with a few missing presenters (arriving late because of traffic and weather conditions) are two examples. However it was amazing to see how the FPPTA membership responded with tactful understanding and a smile!

The problems experienced in January will be discussed and rectified. Our goal is always the same: make the next FPPTA program better than the last! To help us, PLEASE take a few minutes to complete the evaluation questionnaire we will e-mail to you.  Sharing your thoughts assists the FPPTA staff and Education Committee meet that goal of improvement! Thank you for your help, commitment and understanding.

I have always stated that an organization is only as good as its membership! Thank you trustee and associate members of the FPPTA … you are the best!