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.

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.

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.

Public Schools and the Local Charter Fight

Ellen Williams, TASA Governmental Relations Consultant
Patti Everett, Texas Kids Can’t Wait
Cameron Vickrey, Associate Director, Pastors for Texas Children
Michael Cardona, Superintendent, San Marcos CISD

This session will explore the timeline and process for response when charters come into your community. Hear from a district, legislative, and advocacy perspective and help empower local advocates in engaging the community in response to the charter narrative.

How to Have a Seat at the Legislative Table

HD Chambers, Superintendent, Alief ISD
Mark Henry, Superintendent, Cypress-Fairbanks ISD
Michael Hinojosa, Superintendent, Dallas ISD

This session will include a discussion on how the superintendents for Alief ISD, Cy-Fair ISD, and Dallas ISD work with their boards and staff on creating a legislative priority agenda that is used to work with state leaders during a legislative session. The discussion will include a focus on what an education leader can do to have a positive impact on public education policy in Texas.