State Conference 2021: Announcing an all-virtual conference

The purpose of this message is to communicate important information about the 2021 PA-TSA (virtual) State Conference. As a reminder, there will be no onsite presence at Seven Springs this year. While we had hoped that the state of the world would be different at this point, that just doesn’t seem to be the case and the safety of our membership must remain our central concern. Please know that we are focused on designing and facilitating a strong virtual conference for you all. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we transition to an all-virtual conference.

 

Please take a few moments to read the below items. These are intended as high-level updates to aid in your planning. Additional information will be rolled out in the weeks to come. As we are navigating new territory here, please feel free to contact me with any questions/concerns. I look forward to working with you all, as we prep for another state conference.

 

Lauren Lapinski

PA-TSA State Conference Director

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Important dates and deadlines:

  • Conference registration: March 4-19 (iServices open for registration on March 4, closes at 11:59PM on March 19)
  • Preliminary submission of competitive events: March 22-29 (closes at 11:59PM on March 29)
  • Testing window for competitive events with test component: April 5-9 (hours of operation to be posted as the conference gets closer)
  • PA-TSA State Conference: April 14-17 (schedule is in development, to be posted ASAP, will include both day-time and evening activities)

 

Competitive event information:

  • A matrix of competitive events that will be offered at the PA-TSA (virtual) State Conference has been posted here. The matrix has been broken down by grade level (MS and HS tabs at the bottom of the screen) and includes the maximum number of entries per chapter, which events require submission prior to the actual conference dates, and what each preliminary round submission includes (PDF and/or URL). Please note that several events require a preliminary submission and include a live component. While all efforts are being made to follow the National TSA competitive event rules as written, changes may be necessary due to logistical challenges. Consult the soon-to-be-released READ-READ-READ document for specifics about each event.
  • The PA-only event rules have been updated for this year’s virtual state conference and posted here. While we are not able to offer all PA-only events in the virtual setting, the ones we are able to offer have been updated to a virtual format. Please note that this set of rules will be in effect for the State Conference. Check with regional coordinators re: which rules are being used for Regional Conferences.

 

Coming soon:

  • READ-READ-READ document – The purpose of this document is to communicate any modifications to the National TSA competitive event rules that PA-TSA feels are necessary. Students and advisors should first review the competitive event rules as published by National TSA and then consult the READ-READ-READ document for any updates and clarifications specific to the PA-TSA State Conference. The document will be posted on the PA-TSA website as soon as it is ready and notification of its availability will be included in the weekly email blast. 
  • Judging – Given the virtual format of this year’s conference, there will be varied opportunities for judging. As always, we will need plenty of volunteers to make the event a success. Within the next few weeks, judging information will be posted on the PA-TSA website, as well as emailed to past judges.
  • Conference schedule for April 14-17 – While many competitive event entry submissions will be due in advance of the actual conference dates, several events will have a live component during the conference dates. As previously noted, all efforts are being made to follow the National TSA competitive event rules as written and any necessary modifications will be detailed the READ-READ-READ document. The schedule will be posted on the PA-TSA website as soon as it is ready and notification of its availability will be included in the weekly email blast.
  • General sessions and leadership opportunities – The state officer team is working diligently to design a variety of synchronous and asynchronous activities that will focus on core principles of TSA, such as leadership, teamwork, communication, and vision. More details will be shared as soon as possible. If students or advisors have ideas for activities, please reach out to members of the State Officer Team.