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Advocacy Institute Agenda

ELECTED. ENGAGED. EMPOWERED.
Representing the Voice in Public Education
February 4-6, 2018

SUNDAY MORNING

8:00-9:15 a.m.

Federal Relations Network (FRN): “Critical Conversations in Public Education
Attendees are invited to a facilitated discussion around key issues on the NSBA 2018 Legislative Agenda, key concerns and challenges facing the states and how to convey messages around legislation and policy. This interactive session will offer attendees an opportunity to share insights with one another on key legislative issues at the nexus of federal, state and local policy and a coordinated discussion with the Conference of State Association Legislative Staff (CSALS).

Presenters: Deborah Rigsby, Program Director, Lobbying & Federal Legislation, NSBA, and Conference of State Association Legislative Staff.

9:30-11:00 a.m.

Advocacy Training: How to Maximize Your Grassroots Advocacy?
Join the Congressional Management Foundation for this dynamic session on the best practices for influencing lawmakers in Washington, D.C. and local policymakers back home. You will learn strategies for building your advocacy campaigns and social media tips to communicate with members of Congress and your state legislature.
     
Presenter: Brad Fitch, President & CEO, Congressional Management Foundation

SUNDAY AFTERNOON

1:00-1:30 p.m.

Leadership Welcome & Remarks
Kevin E. Ciak, President, NSBA; and Thomas J. Gentzel, Executive Director & CEO, NSBA

1:30-2:30 p.m.

NSBA National School Board Town Hall
School Choice as Education Reform: Does It Advance Equity and Excellence
for All Students?
To kick off the 2018 Advocacy Institute, NSBA's National School Board Town Hall will explore the efficacy of choice as a reform strategy. This Town Hall convenes local school board members and policy experts to discuss the range of effective choice programs public school districts currently offer parents and students.
 
Presenters: Patte Barth, Program Director, Center for Public Education, NSBA;
Hilary O. Shelton, NAACP; and Gerard Robinson, Executive Director, Center for Advancing Opportunity.
Moderator: Thomas J. Gentzel, Executive Director & CEO, NSBA

2:30-3:00 p.m.

BREAK sponsored by National School Boards Action Center (NSBAC)

3:00-4:00 p.m.

Concurrent Breakout Sessions: NSBA’s Advocacy Agenda - Leading the Voice in Public Education 

I-1 NSBA’s Federal Priorities: What Are the Key Policy Issues Impacting Public Education?
If you are a new conference attendee or need a refresher, join NSBA’s staff for an introduction to NSBA’s Advocacy Agenda and its key legislative priorities, such as child nutrition, IDEA reauthorization and federal investment in public education. This session will also feature a brief overview of the legislative and political process on Capitol Hill and at the state level.

Presenters: Whitney Wiggs, Senior Legislative Analyst, Federal Advocacy and Public Policy, NSBA; and Jennifer Hogue, Lobbyist, Ohio School Boards Association

I-2 NSBA Federal Update: What’s New in Congress and the Administration?
NSBA’s federal advocacy staff will discuss legislative priorities related to key issues, such as child nutrition, career and technical education, and federal education investments in education. This session will also include the latest developments in the U.S. Congress and Trump Administration impacting public education.

Presenters: Deborah Rigsby, Program Director, Federal Advocacy and Public Policy, NSBA; and Sheila M. McKay, Senior Staff Associate for Government Relations, Connecticut Association of Boards of Education

4:00-4:15 p.m.

BREAK

4:30-5:30 p.m.

Keynote Address:  Cokie Roberts, Political Commentator for NPR and ABC News

5:30-5:45 p.m.

Book signing with Cokie Roberts

          MONDAY MORNING

7:30-8:30 a.m.

School Board Networking Breakfast

8:30-9:30 a.m.

General Session: 2018 Midterm Elections and Education Politics, Policy and Voter Perceptions
As the long-anticipated midterm elections approach, many believe it will be a referendum on President Trump and the GOP majority in Congress. Races once uncontested are now hosting multiple candidates from both parties. As the election playing field at all levels of government below the presidency take shape, you will hear from national political strategists about big issues that are emerging in closely-watched races, as well as how education politics and policy messages may be resonating with voters.

Presenters: Celinda Lake, President, Lake Research Partners; and Ed Goeas, President and CEO, Tarrance Group

9:30-9:45 a.m.

BREAK

9:45-10:45 a.m.

Concurrent Breakout Sessions I

I-1 The School Board’s Message: Talking Points for Your Hill Day
NSBA and state association legislative staff (CSALS) will provide you with talking points and advocacy tips to prepare you to advocate on behalf of NSBA’s Federal Advocacy Agenda. Along with a robust panel discussion, this session will include interactive group activities to equip you for meetings with members of Congress and their staff.

Presenters: Kelly Pollitt, Chief Advocacy Officer, NSBA; Deborah Rigsby, Program Director, Lobbying & Federal Legislation, NSBA; Whitney Wiggs, Senior Legislative Analyst, NSBA; and Chris Kotterman, Director, Governmental Relations, Arizona School Boards Association

I-2 Coercion, Conscience and the First Amendment: Exploring NSBA's New Guide on First Amendment Issues
Join NSBA's Managing Director of Legal Advocacy, Sonja Trainor, for a first look at NSBA's new guide on First Amendment issues surrounding how schools can navigate the waters of the First Amendment while safeguarding student safety and maintaining order in the schools. 

Presenter: Sonja H. Trainor, Managing Director, Legal Advocacy, NSBA

I-3 Social Media Scaffolding: Strategies for Effective Advocacy 
Despite its ubiquity, social media’s powerful role as an advocacy tool is often underrealized. Ideal for school leaders looking to engage directly with Congressional policymakers and Washington advocates; achieve desired public policy results; and build rich conversations within your community- this session weaves theory into practice for both understanding and impact.

Presenter: Katie Newport, Blue State Digital, DC

10:45-11:00 a.m.

BREAK

11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

General Session:  Views from Capitol Hill on Federal Immigration Reform

The nation’s schools work to educate the most diverse student population in history, providing equitable access and ensuring that all students are educated at levels no previous generation attempted to achieve. As Congress and the Administration work to address the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 in light of issues surrounding undocumented students previously protected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, hear directly from architects of the legislative proposal on Capitol Hill about the issues and negotiations important to both sides of the aisle, and a discussion about the impact on students and local school board leadership.

 

                   MONDAY AFTERNOON

12:15-1:30 p.m.

Congressional Luncheon  
U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR), Senate Committee on Appropriations
U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-NE), Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation

1:30-1:45 p.m.

BREAK

1:45-2:45 p.m.

Concurrent Breakout Sessions II

II-1 Evidence-Based Advocacy: Paving the Way Toward Effective Education Policy
The best policy targets real problems with the most promising solutions. But, how do we know we’re aiming in the right direction? Join NSBA’s director of its Center for Public Education in an exploration of two education issues – assuring equitable access to strong CTE programs and to effective teachers -- where federal policy crafted well can help, or if done badly, hinder local efforts. Using CPE’s research and data, participants will leave with evidence to support your talking points and advocacy both on Capitol Hill and in your community. 

Presenter: Patte Barth, Program Director, Center for Public Education, NSBA

II-2 What’s a School to Do? Undocumented Students, Sanctuary Districts, and ICE Activities
Join NSBA Chief Legal Officer, Francisco M. Negron, Jr., for an informative look at the law around the education of undocumented students and the federal posture on DACA and enforcement actions.

Presenter: Francisco M. Negron, Jr., Chief Legal Officer, NSBA

II-3 Social Media Scaffolding: Strategies for Effective Advocacy 
Despite its ubiquity, social media’s powerful role as an advocacy tool is often underrealized. Ideal for school leaders looking to engage directly with Congressional policymakers and Washington advocates; achieve desired public policy results; and build rich conversations within your community- this session weaves theory into practice for both understanding and impact.

Presenter: Katie Newport, Blue State Digital, DC

2:45-3:00 p.m.

 BREAK

3:00-4:15 p.m.

Concurrent Breakout Sessions III 

III-1 Preparing for Your Hill Meetings: An Insider’s Perspective
Gain insight from congressional staffers, who will offer tips for how to use your unique position, as a local school board member, to lead successful meetings on Capitol Hill. This session will also include a discussion on how to cultivate strong working relationships with congressional offices to support your year-long advocacy efforts.

Presenters: Christina Henderson, Legislative Assistant, Office of U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY); Marcus Garza, Legislative Assistant, Office of Rep. José E. Serrano (NY-15), Emily Mace, Office of Rep. Bruce Westerman (AR-4) and Bo Morris, Legislative Assistant, Office of Rep. Jared Polis (CO-2).
Moderator: Amirah S. Salaam, Esq., Program Director, National Advocacy Programs, NSBA

III-2 ESSA Implementation: Developing Equitable Local ESSA Plans 
NSBA federal advocacy staff will provide an update on ESSA Implementation and the review process conducted by the U.S. Department of Education. This session will offer a set of questions you can take back to your districts as a resource to guide your planning and review of state plans.

Presenter: Kelly Pollitt, Chief Advocacy Officer, Office of Federal Advocacy and Public Policy, NSBA

III-3 The School Board’s Message: Talking Points for Your Hill Day
NSBA and state association legislative staff (CSALS) will provide you with talking points and advocacy tips to prepare you to advocate on behalf of NSBA’s Federal Advocacy Agenda. Along with a robust panel discussion, this session will include interactive group activities to equip you for meetings with Members of Congress and their staff.

Presenters: Kelly Pollitt, Chief Advocacy Officer, NSBA; Deborah Rigsby, Program Director, Lobbying & Federal Legislation, NSBA; Whitney Wiggs, Senior Legislative Analyst, NSBA; and Sharon Seyler, Legislative Advocate, New Jersey School Boards Association

4:15-4:30 p.m.

BREAK

4:30-5:45 p.m.

Closing General Session:
U.S. Representative Terri A. Sewell (AL-7), House Committee on Ways and Means
U.S. Representative Frederica Wilson (FL-24), House Committee on Education
and the Workforce

TUESDAY

All day

Federal Relations Network (FRN) Day on Capitol Hill

All Day

NSBA Hill Day Room (TBD): NSBA School Board “Meet & Greet” on Capitol Hill (reception 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm)

5:00-7:00 p.m.

*NSBA Hill Day Wrap-up/Closing Reception, Marriott Marquis

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