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.

A Big Tent: Engaging External Stakeholders in Advocacy

Matthew Hall, Regional Advocacy Director – Panhandle, Raise Your Hand Texas
Sophie Torres, Regional Advocacy Director – San Antonio, Raise Your Hand Texas

Sometimes unusual suspects can make the best allies in advocacy efforts, and building coalitions is an important advocacy skill. This session will explore how to work with external stakeholders, including (but not limited to) civic groups, chambers of commerce, religious congregations, and individual businesses, on legislative priorities. Topics covered will include identifying possible partners, building mutually beneficial relationships, and approaching legislators.

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.

Grassroots Organizations Building Community Support for Public Education in Texas

Kevin Brown, Executive Director, TASA
Dinah Miller, Co-founder and Co-Chair, Texas Parent PAC
Laura Yeager, Founder, Texas Educators Vote
Charles Foster Johnson, Founder and Executive Director, Pastors for Texas Children
Theresa Trevino, Board Member, Texans Advocating for Meaningful Student Assessments (TAMSA)

Hear from a panel of pro-public education leaders from Texas Parent PAC, Texas Educators Vote, Pastors for Texas Children, and TAMSA as they join in conversation with TASA’s Kevin Brown about the importance of engaging community, parents, and other educators in grassroots advocacy to turn out the vote and address the issues plaguing the assessment and accountability system.

Marketing in Large Urban and Suburban Districts

Linsae Snider, Executive Director, Texas School Public Relations Association (TSPRA)
Brian Woods, Superintendent, Northside ISD
Charles Dupre, Superintendent, Fort Bend ISD
LaTonya Goffney, Superintendent, Aldine ISD
Michael Waldrip, Superintendent, Frisco ISD

Hear how urban and suburban districts highlight bright spots on their campuses, fight the encroaching charter narrative, tell students’ stories, and connect to the community during this panel discussion moderated by TSPRA’s Linsae Snider.