Inaugural Summit on Advocacy for Texas Public Schools

Thursday, November 18, 2021
George W. Truett Theological Seminary, 1100 S 3rd St, Waco, TX 76706

Friends of Texas Public Schools and Pastors for Texas Children have teamed up to co-host the Inaugural Summit on Advocacy for Texas Public Schools, designed to strengthen advocacy efforts among school, community, church, business, and elected leaders.

 

Why? Public education, more specifically our neighborhood independent school districts, are the bedrock upon which all success in Texas is built. Without a strong system of free public schools serving the public good and funded collectively by every Texan, whether they have children enrolled in them or not, our state and nation cannot thrive.

Attend this Summit and learn how to strengthen your advocacy game while maximizing returns on those efforts. All politics really are local. 

This Summit is about uniting and mobilizing the supermajority of Texans who believe in and support their neighborhood ISDs in stepping up as advocates for the institution of public education, and more specifically, the children served and the educators serving. The Summit is not about lobbying. While lobbying is a critical and necessary function, it is not advocacy.

Advocacy precedes, succeeds, and coincides with lobbying, but it is exponentially more effective than lobbying in achieving meaningful and productive change at the state level. Advocacy is a consistent campaign of:

 

·       Voting

·       Educating

·       Engaging 

·       Mobilizing

·       Connecting

·       Contributing

·       Volunteering

·       Marketing

SUMMIT PROGRAM AGENDA

 

7:30am     Coffee and networking

8:00am     Breakfast with Keynote

8:30am     Power of Grassroots (Q&A)

9:15am      Stepping into the Arena

10:00am   Break

10:15am    Lead Staff to the Polls!

                             Boldly, Effectively, & Legally

11:00am    Speaking Up

11:30am    The Purpose of Public Education

12:00pm    Lunch & Networking

12:45pm    Keynote

1:30pm      Model Superintendent Leaders (Q&A)

2:30pm      Wrap Up + Call to Action

3:00pm     Adjourn

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