June 16-17, 2014
- 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
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
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