This is the first year for KASB's newest leadership development opportunity! Participants were selected in August 2019 and will attend sessions throughout the 2019-2020 school year.
- Establish a network of education advocates throughout Kansas who have a full understanding of issues on the local, state and federal levels.
- Connect education advocates to establish networking and support opportunities and to share ideas and approaches to advocacy.
- Explore education advocacy initiatives and analyze successes and failures in achieving goals and objectives to improve education in Kansas
- Improve effectiveness of individual and organization advocacy activities.
- Expand diversity of education advocates and support efforts to participate in the legislative and community outreach process.
AATI 19-20 Session Schedule
Same time/location as KASB IDEA Reauthorization/Special Education Basics Workshop.
KASB AATI Participants attend 1 of 3
- 8.27.19 Topeka
- 8.28.19 Dodge City
- 8.29.19 Salina
Morning session will focus on IDEA Reauthorization. KASB AATI participates will then meet in an afternoon session covering the following topics: Understanding the Role of the Advocate; Resources for Advocates from KASB; Differences between Local, Regional and National Advocacy; and Setting a Legislative Platform after Gannon.
(Sponsored by Piper Jaffray & Co.)
Maize 10.10.19 (An additional location for the afternoon session may be added.)
Topics will include Selling a Bond Election; Understanding Local Finance Efforts (LOB, Capital Outlay) and Impacts; Working with Local Advocates, such as PTA/PTO, Site Council and others.
The Kansas Supreme Count delivered its decision in the Gannon case in June 2019 and retained jurisdiction. What does this mean for schools in Kansas, and what will the legislators do next session? Spend the day with KASB staff, other experts from across the state and your colleagues as we discuss school finances and the 2020 Legislative Session. Special programming will be added for KASB AATI participants.
The KASB Annual Conference provides intensive learning and networking experiences that bring together hundreds of Kansas board of education members, school district leaders and content experts. KASB AATI participants will attend targeted sessions relating to program outcomes, including the KASB Legislative Platform, Federal Advocacy Issues and Planning, 2020 Election Implications.
KASB’s Advocacy in Action develops understanding of the current issues and attitudes in Topeka. Topics include strategies for effective advocacy and critical issues facing the 2020 Kansas Legislature, congress and the Kansas State Board of Education. Woven into the program is time to meet with your legislators in a social setting to discuss local issues. KASB AATI participants will be included in some special leadership meetings at the Statehouse.
Demonstrate new-found skills and knowledge by presenting testimony during a committee hearing on a topic of interest. KASB Advocacy Staff will assist you in drafting and submitting testimony and coaching on how to deliver testimony in front of a legislative body. You will also learn how to track legislative priorities and bills through the process. KASB AATI participants will meet with KASB Advocacy Staff and Kansas Legislators to advocate for support of legislative issue, and learn how to track bills through the process.
Topics include wrap-up and moving forward; focusing your advocacy work; and developing a support network and team. This session will give you an opportunity to plan your future advocacy efforts and how you can apply the knowledge you have and develop a support network both locally, and regionally.
NSBA 2020 Advocacy Institute Feb. 2-4, 2020 and potential Summer Advocacy Trip to Washington, DC June 2020 (Not included in program cost)
Spend time on the Hill interacting with your Congressional Delegation and staff discussing the education issues that are most important to our kids. (These trip(s) are an optional participation. Cost is not covered in the program fee, and participation will be limited.
Ten education leaders have been selected to take a deep dive into the world of public school advocacy in KASB’s inaugural class of the Advanced Advocacy Training Institute. “We are excited to have such a diverse group of individuals that bring a wide range of knowledge and expertise to the first year of the program,” said Rob Gilligan, KASB’s Government Relations Specialist. The AATI will focus on public education advocacy. Advocacy for education doesn’t just happen at the Statehouse in Topeka. It is a local issue, and each community needs champions - both within the public education system and outside of...
First session of KASB’s new advocacy training institute will feature discussion with NSBA advocacy leaderScott Rothschild
The Advanced Advocacy Training Institute -- KASB’s newest initiative to develop a network of education advocates throughout Kansas -- will start with a deep dive into federal issues as the attendees meet with Chip Slaven, NSBA Chief Advocacy Officer. Applications for the AATI program are open until Aug. 9 and can be found on the KASB website here. Participants selected for the program will be notified the week of Aug. 12. With more than two decades of experience advocating for public education, implementing national grassroots campaigns, and building bipartisan support, Slaven joined the NSBA team this past June to strengthen NSBA’s ability...
To develop a deeper understanding and network of education advocates in Kansas, KASB is excited to announce the Advanced Advocacy Training Initiative (AATI) for the 2019-2020 school year. “With the recent Kansas Supreme Court ruling in support of the four-year school finance plan adopted by the Kansas Legislature, advocacy and support for education becomes more critical than ever,” said KASB governmental relations specialist Rob Gilligan. “The focus of our efforts will now be less on securing additional funding than on keeping the long-term financial commitments in place and ensuring that we communicate effectively the progress that continues to be made...