1st Annual Advocacy Day

June 16-17, 2014
Downtown Raleigh
  • Do you want to learn how to effectively make your voice heard?
  • Are you interested in learning more about current issues in STEM education?
  • Do you want to learn how education policy decisions are made?
  • Do you want to connect with other educators who want to make a difference at the state and local level?
  • Are you ready to make a difference?

Spend two days learning about how to communicate effectively with lawmakers about issues that are important to you such as

  • teacher pay and tenure,
  • curriculum and standards,
  • teacher certification and evaluation and
  • testing among others.

All participants will receive

  • Certificate of completion for 12 hours (1.2 CEUs)
  • Coffee, snacks and lunch on Monday
  • Resources and data related to science education policy
  • Face time with legislators to discuss issues important to you

The workshop, the first of its kind, culminates with a visit with lawmakers* so that you can put what you've learned to work.

[*Appointments will be made if the General Assembly is still in session, if not we will assist teachers in making appointments with their senator or representative at their home office.]

Already registered?  Pay your registration fee by June 9.

In partnership with NCSBA and Public Schools First NC

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Tentative Agenda

Monday, June 16

9 am - Welcome, Introductions and Keynote

10 am - Educational Landscape of North Carolina:  Connecting Research to Policy
Beth Harris, NCSLA Advocacy Committee

12 pm - Lunch Speaker
Christine Kushner, Chair of the Wake County School Board

1 pm  How does the NC Legislature Work? 
Leanne Winner, Director of Governmental Relations for the NC School Board Association

2 pm  Current Issues before the General Assembly
Page McCullough, Outreach Director for Public Schools First NC

2:30 pm  Digging through Data:  How to find and use data and research

3 pm  Writing Workshop:  How to write an effective letter

4 pm  Legislative Panel

Representative Rick Glazier (Cumberland)
Representative Craig Horn (Union)
Representative Susan Fisher (Buncombe)
Representative Bryan Holloway (Rockingham, Stokes)
(more to be added as confirmed)

Tuesday, June 17

10 am Welcome, Review and Preview

10:30 am  Overview of Legislative Visits
Fran Nolan, Science Educator and former registered lobbyist

12 pm - 2 pm  Meet with your Legislator (lunch on your own)

2 pm Debrief and Next Steps

3:30 pm Wrap Up