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Join colleagues from across the country at this robust online event focused on unifying state school board associations and their districts’ leaders around our advocacy priorities. Hear the results first-hand from a national poll on public schools that will be released as part of the event, explore key policy issues, get advocacy training, and hear insights from renown national figures so you can be an informed advocate on Capitol Hill for your schoolchildren.

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Schedule Overview

Wednesday, June 2

1–2 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time

Pre-Conference Webinar

Special Training—Best Practices for Lobbying Capitol Hill
Learn how to advocate during COVID-19 from the experts at the Congressional Management Foundation. (Open to all registered Advocacy Institute Online participants.)

Tuesday, June 8

12–5 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time

Welcome Remarks

General Session—Release of the 2021 National Public Education Public Opinion Poll
Speakers: Celinda Lake, President of Lake Research Partners; Bob Carpenter, President of Chesapeake Beach Consulting; and Chip Slaven, NSBA Chief Advocacy Officer, Federal Advocacy and Public Policy

Join other public education champions in an exclusive opportunity as two well-known political pollsters present their new national findings on Public Education and Schools.

Celinda Lake is an author, prominent pollster, and senior advisor to President Biden. She has been a key player in campaigns launched by numerous influential progressive groups and works with innovative messaging projects that help redefine language on the economy, inequality, big money in politics, climate change, public schools, teachers, criminal justice reform, and race and class. Bob Carpenter has over 35 years of political experience, most of it in the research arena working for Republican candidates, corporations, and associations, as well as on women’s, environmental, and education issues.

NSBA Federal Advocacy Update—State of Play in Congress and the Biden Administration
Speakers: Deborah Rigsby, NSBA Program Director, Lobbying and Federal Legislation; Jane Mellow, NSBA Managing Director, Federal Advocacy and Public Policy; and Leah Fliter, Director of Governmental Relations, Kansas Association of School Boards and Chair of the Conference of State Association Legislative Staff

Keynote Address—Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona (Invited)

Break

NSBA Legal Advocacy Update—Legal Issues and Recent Developments in the Courts
Speaker: Francisco Negron, NSBA Chief Legal Officer
Get the latest updates on recent legal rulings impacting schools and school boards.

Messaging Advocacy Session—Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act
Speakers: Deborah Rigsby, NSBA Program Director, Lobbying and Federal Legislation and a Conference of State Association Legislative Staff Representative

Exclusive Training: Understanding Rulemaking and the Regulatory Process
Speakers: Sonja Trainor, NSBA Managing Director, Legal Advocacy; and Jordan Cooper, NSBA Senior Attorney

Messaging Advocacy Session—Building the Teacher Pipeline: Recruitment, Retention, and Professional Learning
Speakers: Reg Leichty, Founder and Partner, Foresight Law + Policy; and a Conference of State Association Legislative Staff Representative

Special General Session
Speakers and topic to be announced soon.

Wednesday June 9

12-5 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time

Presentation on an NSBA Center for Public Education Report—An Overview of Public School Funding
Speaker: Jinghong Cai, NSBA Senior Research Analyst, Center for Public Education

Messaging Advocacy Session: Fighting for Public Schools in Funding and Resources
Speakers: Jane Mellow, NSBA Managing Director, Federal Advocacy and Public Policy and a Conference of State Association Legislative Staff representative

Special General Session—Build the Connections: Close the Homework Gap
Speaker: Jessica Rosenworcel, Federal Communications Commission Acting Chairwoman (Invited) and others TBD

Break

Messaging Advocacy Session: The Homework Gap and Education Digital Divide
Speakers: Ralph Forsht, NSBA Director, National Grassroots Advocacy and State Engagement and a Conference of State Association Legislative Staff Representative

Exclusive Training—Leveraging Social Media in Advocacy Communications
Speaker: Jason Amos, NSBA Communications Director

Remarks on President Biden’s Domestic Policy Agenda

Break

Messaging Advocacy Session: Building Stronger School Infrastructure
Speakers: Deborah Rigsby, NSBA Program Director, Lobbying and Federal Legislation and a Conference of State Association Legislative Staff Representative

Closing General Session—Public School Transformation Now!
Speakers: Richard M. Long, Executive Director, Learning First Alliance; Thomas C. Murray, Director of Innovation, Future Ready Schools, Alliance for Excellent Education; Nathan G. Mains, Chief Executive Officer, Pennsylvania School Boards Association; Chip Slaven, NSBA Chief Advocacy Officer; Rishabh Chatterjee, NSBA Fellow, and a Remake Learning Days Representative.

Thursday, June 10

12-1:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time

Keynote Congressional Session
Speakers: NSBA Leadership and Key Members of Congress (To Be Announced Soon)

Virtual Visits to Capitol Hill
Hill Day goes online! Join your local colleagues in a series of virtual appointments with your representatives on Capitol Hill. Virtual visits with Members of Congress and staff will be organized by individual state school board associations and will take place throughout the day.

More details on the schedule and speakers will be available in the coming weeks.

Registration Fees

Registration

Deadline

Rate

Early Bird

By April 30

$299

Standard

April 30-June 9

$350

Cancellation Policy

Registration fees for the Advocacy Institute are non-refundable. If you are unable to attend, you may access a recording of the event at a later date. By registering and participating in this event, you consent to the recording of your likeness, image, and/or voice and authorize the National School Boards Association (NSBA) to use photographs, video, and audio recordings containing your likeness, image, and/or voice in any medium for any purpose. Contact us at info@nsba.org to opt-out.

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