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ASCD's Leadership Institute for Legislative Advocacy (LILA) kicks off on Sunday, January 24, at 4:30 p.m. eastern time and runs through 4:00 p.m. eastern time on Tuesday, January 26, 2015.
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.
On-site check-in opens
Whether you're a first-time attendee or a conference veteran, this LILA overview will provide helpful information about what to expect, provide advice for getting the most out of your conference sessions and subsequent Capitol Hill meetings, and answer any questions you may have to help maximize your conference experience.
The Politics of Education Policy
There’s no denying the impact of politics on policy, especially in a presidential election year. What and how will Congress and the candidates weigh in on K-12 education, and what will be the fate of pending hot button issues such as student accountability, school improvement strategies, and teacher evaluations? The democratic process demands that educators be familiar with the political landscape and an important voice in these debates to connect policy proposals with the classroom practices they know so well.
Deb Delisle, ASCD Executive Director and CEO
Paul Reville, Francis Keppel Professor of Practice of Educational Policy and Administration, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Paul Reville, the nationally-renowned whole child advocate and former Massachusetts Secretary of Education, will present LILA's keynote address. As a visionary leader for what is widely regarded as one of the most successful state education systems, Reville was instrumental in highlighting the crucial out-of-school factors that affect learning to help address the state’s persistent achievement gaps. Reville will share his personal insights about the important influence educators can have in building support for a whole child system of education among decision makers and the public. He will offer a revealing look at the behind-the-scenes interactions of policymaking and politics and discuss how educators can play a leading role in this arena.
Greet friends and meet new acquaintances who share an interest in policy and have a passion for politics during this informal networking event. Refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will be served.
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Matt McClure, ASCD President
ASCD's 2016 Legislative Agenda
ASCD's 2016 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 Legislative Agenda's policy priorities serve as the foundation for LILA's sessions and skill-building opportunities. Learn the specifics of the agenda’s priorities and how they relate to improving teaching and learning.
From Pennsylvania Avenue to Main Street
What do the pending changes to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act mean for your district and school? Leading policy experts will address this question, and discuss how these changes will impact and align with other federal education policy issues on the horizon, such as the Higher Education Act reauthorization (including updates to teacher preparation programs and the Obama administration’s efforts to rate colleges and universities); federal protections for student data privacy; and updating the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
All Politics is Local
Effective advocacy starts with what interests you most and what you know best. Attendees will self-organize by specific issues to discuss their thoughts, goals, concerns, challenges, and successes with colleagues who share the same topical interests. The wide-ranging conversations will not be confined to federal policy and could include the Common Core State Standards, a Whole Child education, coalition building, teacher evaluations, and state and local education funding among other issues.
1:30 a.m.–4:15 p.m.
Once Upon a Time…
Touch the heart, and the mind will follow. Powerful storytelling can leave a lasting impression with a policymaker. In this interactive session, participants will learn how to connect their on-the-ground experiences with policy issues by identifying the most powerful elements of a story and connecting the "lesson" to the "ask." They will then be given the opportunity to develop, refine, and practice their advocacy messages for their Capitol Hill meetings the next day. The skills participants gain during this session will help their advocacy efforts at all levels, from communicating with parents to garnering community support for their schools and district.
State Team Planning and Individual Mentoring
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, meet in state groups to make final preparations for your Capitol Hill meetings the next day. ASCD staff will be available to counsel state groups and individuals and help them to fully leverage their discussions with lawmakers.
9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Congressional Office Visits
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 share your first-hand experiences as an education leader to inform their efforts on behalf of students, teachers, and schools.
11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Reflect with colleagues and ASCD staff before attending your afternoon meetings. Lunch will be provided.
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