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The 2018 Leadership Institute for Legislative Advocacy will be held January 21–23, 2018, in Washington, D.C. Check back in fall 2017 for more information.
Breakfast and lunch will be served on Monday and Tuesday. All Sunday and Monday sessions will be held at the conference hotel, the Marriott Key Bridge. Transportation will be provided to Capitol Hill on Tuesday.
First time attending LILA? This overview of the conference will help both new and veteran attendees make the most of each session. A quick discussion of the conference structure, purpose, and logistics, as well as plenty of time for questions, will be provided.
TThe ASCD Government Relations team will provide our analysis of the recent elections and the education policies we expect the new administration and new Congress to address in 2017. We will review the current political dynamics, key issues K–12 educators should be familiar with, and how things might play out in the year ahead.
Amplify your influence with social media. The ASCD Communications team will highlight the most effective and easiest-to-use tools to share your advocacy and policy messages far and wide while keeping your audiences active and engaged.
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ASCD’s 2017 Legislative Agenda outlines the organization’s policy goals and vision for the year and includes a set of recommendations to support educators, improve our schools, and benefit students. The agenda’s policy priorities serve as the foundation for LILA’s sessions and skill-building opportunities. Learn the specifics of the priorities and how they relate to improving teaching and learning. Participants will discuss their policy preferences and the relevance of those priorities in their own communities.
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) made sweeping changes to K–12 education policies,such as accountability requirements, professional development activities, and well-rounded programs. New regulations elaborating on these changes were just released last month. This session will review the new rules, the status of state and local implementation of the law, what the law means for schools, and how educators can get involved in this ongoing implementation process.
What’s in store for federal education policy in 2017? The implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is well underway, and several major programs are up for reexamination and renewal, including the Higher Education Act, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and the Perkins Career Technical Education program. Other issues, such as student data privacy and education funding, are also likely to crop up. In an engaging “talk show” format with the audience, leading policy experts will discuss the key issues of interest to K–12 educators and how they can get involved so that what is put in place works best in schools.
Effective advocacy starts with what interests you most and what you know best. During this session, you will have the opportunity to self-organize with colleagues who share your interest in a specific issue and discuss your thoughts, goals, concerns, challenges, and successes. These wide-ranging conversations will not be confined to federal policy issues and could include the Common Core State Standards, a whole child approach to education, coalition building, teacher evaluations, and state and local education funding.
Storytelling can make a powerful impression on a policymaker. In this interactive session, you will hear examples of compelling messages and identify the most important elements for influencing others. You will learn how to connect your on-the-ground experiences with policy issues and will immediately put the lesson into practice during an activity connecting the “story” to the “ask.”
The office meeting is the cornerstone of advocacy activities with policymakers. This session will provide training on how to plan for a meeting, conduct it successfully, and take steps afterward to make it as productive as possible. You will get to role play different scenarios to help prepare you for your Capitol Hill meetings on Tuesday.
This short interlude offers attendees time to consider the key takeaways of the day and reflect on what they mean for their own advocacy goals and circumstances.
This session will provide important details and logistics about Tuesday's Capitol Hill meetings, including transportation information and how to contact ASCD staff with questions. Then, you will meet in state groups to make final preparations for your meetings. ASCD staff will be available to counsel you, whether as a state group or an individual, and help you to fully leverage your discussions with lawmakers.
Meet with your elected representatives to discuss education policies and issues as they relate to your state education systems, district needs, and school situations. You will hear directly from policymakers about the current thinking and future prospects for education legislation in Congress and have the opportunity to inform your representatives, based on your your firsthand experiences as an education leader, about how policymakers can best help students, teachers, and schools.
Reflect with colleagues and ASCD staff before attending your afternoon meetings. Lunch will be provided.
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