Out of School Time: Equitable Youth Opportunities Through Community Partnerships

Jenna Courtney, Executive Director, TXPOST
Annie Wright, Executive Director, Center on Research and Evaluation (CORE), Southern Methodist University

Join us to learn more about the evidence base for after-school and summer learning programs, OST’s role in the ecosystem of support for whole child development, and how schools can maximize investments of American Rescue Plan ESSER III federal funds with community-based partners for learning recovery and beyond.

Trustees Amplify Your Advocacy Efforts

Karen Freeman, Board Member, Northside ISD
Tracy Fisher, Board Member, Coppell ISD
Missy Bender, Regional Advocacy Director – Collin/Denton Counties, Raise Your Hand Texas

Learn how three experienced trustees have amplified their school districts’ advocacy efforts year-round. Trustees will share practical tips for how a trustee can support their district’s advocacy efforts to influence education policy next session. Whether at home in the district or in Austin or Washington, during the primary or general election cycles, during the interim or legislative session, with other rule-making partners, like the State Board of Education, or with legislators, your trustees can help you amplify your voice.

Engaging in Advocacy with TASA’s Advocacy Toolkit

Amy Beneski, Deputy Executive Director, Governmental Relations, TASA
Casey McCreary, Association Executive Director, Education Policy, TASA
Colby Nichols, TASA Governmental Relations Consultant
Jodi Duron, Superintendent, Elgin ISD (TASA Legislative Committee Chair)

TASA’s Advocacy Toolkits include resources, suggestions, and links to information to assist school administrators with advocacy efforts. Hear from TASA’s Governmental Relations team for tips on how to engage in the legislative process in your district.

Association Advocacy at the Capitol: Legislative Priorities and Issues

Brian Woods, Superintendent, Northside ISD
Kevin Brown, Executive Director, TASA
Curtis Culwell, Executive Director, Texas School Alliance (TSA)
Crystal Dockery, Deputy Executive Director, Texas Association of Community Schools (TACS)
Michelle Smith, Vice President of Policy and Advocacy, Raise Your Hand Texas

Hear from a panel of public education association leaders from TASA, TSA, TACS, and Raise Your Hand Texas moderated by Northside ISD’s Brian Woods, as they discuss their organizations’ responses to the legislative issues and priorities of the 87th legislative session.

AASA Federal Education Update: COVID and Beyond

Noelle Ellerson Ng, Associate Executive Director, Advocacy and Governance, AASA

AASA’s Noelle Ellerson Ng will walk through the latest and greatest goings on in Washington DC, and what the impact of proposed federal education policies could mean for your district.