LILA 2013 Agenda
ASCD's Leadership Institute for Legislative Advocacy (LILA) kicks off on Sunday, January 27, at 4:00 p.m. eastern time and runs through 4:00 p.m. eastern time on Tuesday, January 29.
Breakfast and lunch will be served on Monday and Tuesday.
Sunday, January 27
Politics, Policy, and Education in 2013
Participants will hear an analysis of the 2012 presidential and congressional election results and what they mean for education policy in the 113th Congress. Will reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) be a priority if Congress remains divided? Who are the new leaders within the Department of Education and the congressional education committees on Capitol Hill? What reform issues will rise to the top in this new environment? Each of these issues will be addressed from ASCD’s perspective.
ASCD President Debra Hill
Diane Ravitch, the renowned education historian, author, and professor of education at New York University, will kick off ASCD's legislative conference with her observations on the latest trends in education reform. She'll share her evolving perspective on how improving the nation's education system requires much more than standardized testing and punitive accountability systems. The prolific and provocative Ravitch, a former assistant secretary of education and counselor to Education Secretary Lamar Alexander, will provide her analysis of the federal and state policy landscapes and her insights about what educators must do to maintain public support for education and enact the policies necessary to improve schools.
Greet friends and meet new acquaintances who share an interest in policy and have a passion for politics during this informal networking event.
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Monday, January 28
Educator Advocates Connect the Classroom to the Capitol
ASCD's annual legislative agenda outlines the organization's policy goals and vision for the coming year. These policy priorities, developed by a committee of ASCD members, are a comprehensive set of federal reform recommendations to support educators, improve our schools, and benefit students. ASCD Legislative Committee members will unveil the 2013 Legislative Agenda at this session and discuss its content. With the legislative agenda as a solid foundation, participants will walk through ASCD’s 2013 legislative priorities, armed with background, talking points, messaging, and solid responses to tough questions to increase participants' effectiveness during their Capitol Hill meetings.
A National Education Leader Looks at How We Got Here and Where We're Headed
Gene Wilhoit, executive director of the Council of Chief State School Officers, will reflect on Common Core State Standards implementation and the No Child Left Behind waivers and what they mean for the profession, as well as share his perspective on the next trends in education reform across the states.
Ask the Experts: Education Funding, Common Core Standards, and IDEA
Federal funding for education is at risk at all levels because of the recession, budget shortfalls, and federal spending cuts. The Common Core State Standards are nearing implementation and the Individuals with Disabilities Act is due for reauthorization soon. Panelists will provide their expert insights on the status of each of these important issues and what to expect in 2013.
Supercharging the Education Profession by Igniting the Power of One
National Teacher of the Year Rebecca Mieliwocki shares her inspiring message to educators about the role they must play in helping students, improving schools, and defending their profession. Recognizing the challenges facing education today, Mieliwocki, a 7th grade English teacher from Burbank, Calif., believes that productive, revolutionary change in education begins with teachers and will describe what educators can do to help realize these goals.
The Next Four Years at the Department of Education
Deborah Delisle, assistant secretary for elementary and secondary education (invited), will outline the administration's vision for education policy for the next four years, including department priorities, insights into relationships with key congressional education policymakers, ESEA reauthorization, and the future of the No Child Left Behind waivers.
Capitol Hill Update—Congressional Staff Panel
Key staff members of Senate and House education leaders will engage in a panel discussion about the latest policy and political developments and share their outlook for reauthorizing ESEA in the year ahead. These staffers will provide their insights on Congress’s education priorities in 2013 and answer questions about federal issues affecting schools and students.
Capitol Hill Boot Camp: Making Meetings Meaningful
Five video presentations will teach attendees what to do and what not to do during their legislator meetings, addressing how to deliver an effective elevator speech, how to handle a hostile meeting, what to do when a meeting is interrupted, and turning obstacles into opportunities. Participants will view videos and engage in dialogue about the right and wrong ways to conduct hill meetings.
State Group Meeting Planning for Hill Visits
Attendees meet in state groups to share learning and experiences and develop meeting strategies and messages for their Capitol Hill meetings the next day.
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Tuesday, January 29
Congressional Office Visits
ASCD members discuss with federal policymakers education policies and funding as they relate to their state education systems, district needs, and school situations. Members will learn about the current thinking and future prospects for education reform on Capitol Hill and inform their representatives about their firsthand experiences as education leaders.
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