Creating a Culture of Voting in Schools

David Thompson, Partner, Thompson & Horton, LLP

Learn how your district leaders can build a culture of voting among your students, parents, staff, and community members. This session will take you through some of the ways districts can build support from an empowered community, while avoiding legal pitfalls along the way.

Collective Impact: How The Permian Basin is Improving Education

Scott Muri, Superintendent, Ector County ISD
Adrian Vega, Executive Director, Education Partnership of the Permian Basin

Learn from Ector County ISD Superintendent Dr. Scott Muri (and others) on how education leaders of the Permian Basin reached across industry sectors and even state boundaries to gather superintendents, business leaders, philanthropists, elected officials, and public education advocates to strategically plan for the future of education in the Permian Basin. Leaders in the region organized a strategic planning session, The Permian Basin Education Leadership Summit, designed to focus on the development of system level plans to help effectively address the unfinished learning of students. What started as a grassroots effort to support school systems as they developed plans for their use of ESSER funds is now an evolving network of support for the region.

Associations Building Support for Educators and Tackling Legislative Issues

Jodi Duron, Superintendent, Elgin ISD (TASA Legislative Committee Chair)
Mark Terry, Deputy Executive Director, Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association (TEPSA)
Mike Lee, Executive Director, Texas Association of Rural Schools (TARS)
Greg Gibson, Executive Director, Texas Association of Mid-Size Schools (TAMS)
Bill Tarleton, Executive Director, Texas Rural Education Association (TREA)

Join Jodi Duron, TASA Legislative Chair and Elgin ISD Superintendent, for a panel discussion exploring ways that leaders from TEPSA, TARS, TAMS, and TREA set legislative priorities, build grassroots advocacy among their members, and advocate on behalf of educators across the state.

Built to Win: Developing Legislative Agendas as Advocacy Tools

JoLisa Hoover, Regional Advocacy Director – Central Texas, Raise Your Hand Texas
Missy Bender, Regional Advocacy Director – Collin/Denton Counties, Raise Your Hand Texas

Developing a legislative agenda, or a list of policy priorities, is an important step for school districts to accomplish their goals in Austin during a legislative session. However, a legislative agenda can be much more than a list. When created in partnership with stakeholders from across a district, it can become a powerful galvanizing tool for advocacy. This session will explore developing legislative agendas as a process that builds advocacy capacity within a district.

More than Duty: Why Get Out the Vote Work Matters for Schools

Skylar Gallop, Regional Advocacy Director – Panhandle, Raise Your Hand Texas
Cassandra Jones, Regional Advocacy Director – Central Houston, Raise Your Hand Texas
Giovanni Escobedo, Regional Advocacy Director – South Texas, Raise Your Hand Texas

We often talk about voting as a ‘civic duty,’ and it certainly is that. But how can engaging in get-out-the-vote (GOTV) work be good for school districts? Why should long-term efforts to increase voter turnout be a priority? And how can districts do this work safely within all legal bounds? This session will explore these questions and offer practical tips for impactful GOTV work, even in challenging political circumstances.