Inaugural Advanced Advocacy Training Institute class announced

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 the system – who can effectively communicate the positive work that is being done and the need to continue efforts to develop new programs and approaches to improving student outcomes. 

Those selected are:  

Becky Billigmeier – School Board Member – Turner-Kansas City USD 202 

Dr. John Burke – Superintendent – Haysville USD 261 

Paige Crum – School Board Member – Haysville USD 261

Terrell Davis – Exec Dir Public Affairs – Wichita USD 259 

Andy Ewing – Executive Director, Keystone Learning/NEKESC 

Travis Githens – Principal – Chase County 284 

Karl McNorton – School Board Member – Seaman USD 345 

Susan Reusser – Community Advocate – Andover USD 385 

Greg Tice – School Board Member – Renwick USD 267 

Norm Wilks – School Board Member – Eldorado USD 490 

Over the course of six different in-person meetings as well as some advocacy work next spring, participants will accomplish the following objectives: 

  • 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. 

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