Saturday, January 28, 2017

Illinois school leaders to lobby Congress, attend NSBA Advocacy Institute

Illinois school board members and superintendents from will join local educational leaders from across the country at the National School Boards Association (NSBA) Advocacy Institute in Washington, D.C. from January 29-31, 2017.

The agenda for the Advocacy Institute, to be held Sunday through Tuesday, is designed to assist participant’s development of effective strategies. Programing includes interactive panel sessions, nationally recognized speakers, and networking forums to allow colleagues to share best practices in advocacy.

The final day of the Institute will give attendees an opportunity to lobby their own members of Congress on Capitol Hill. Meetings with the Illinois delegation will be a particularly important opportunity to discuss the direction of public education and protection of local governance under the new administration and congress.

“This year’s Advocacy Institute will be a great chance to be one of the first voices the new congress will hear from on what their priorities should be regarding public education,” said Susan Hilton, IASB director of governmental relations.

Representing Illinois are 21 board members and superintendents from 12 districts, including: Algonquin CUSD 300, West-Harvey Dixmoor SD 147, Lincoln Elementary 156, Matteson Elementary SD 159, Lake Forest CHSD 115, Harvey SD 152, Morton CUSD 709, Lake Villa CCSD 41, Wheeling CCSD 21, Lake Forest SD 67, Diamond Lake SD 76, and Sauk Village CCSD 168.

IASB will send officers and staff, including President Phil Pritzker, Vice President Joanne Osmond, Past President Karen Fisher, Executive Director Roger Eddy, Deputy Executive Director Ben Schwarm, and Susan Hilton.

More information about the Advocacy Institute and the agenda can be found on the NSBA website. You can also follow many of the activities live on Twitter at #NSBAAI17.