Advocacy - Workshop and Resources for 2016

Iowa ASCD - Advocating for Learning with Your Stories - 2016

Welcome to the Iowa ASCD Legislative Workshop – Advocating for Learning with Your Stories on February 11, where you will increase your skills in leveraging change with legislators.  Dr. Susan Pecinovsky will lead this authentic learning experience. 

Iowa ASCD Agenda

Impacting Learning “On the Hill”

February 11, 2016

Location:        A.M. – Embassy Suites - Downtown Des Moines, 101 East Locust Street
P.M. – “On the Hill” at the Capitol (1007 East Grand, Des Moines)

7:30-8:00          Continental Breakfast and Networking

8:00-8:15          Welcome  (Iowa ASCD President Becky Martin)

8:15-9:00          Dr. Ryan Wise – Iowa Director of Education

9:00-9:30          Making Meetings Meaningful – Personalizing Your Message (Iowa ASCD Advocacy Director Dr. Susan Pecinovsky)

9:30-11:00       Education Financial Issues in Iowa (Margaret Buckton)

11:00-11:30   Making Meetings Meaningful – Personalizing Your Message (con’t) (Iowa ASCD Advocacy Director Dr. Susan Pecinovsky

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11:30-12:30   Preparation for “On the Hill” (Working lunch)

  • Finalizing Your Ask
  • Caucus Meeting Protocol

12:30-1:00       Trip to Capitol 

 1:00-2:00          Democratic Caucus with Representative Cindy Winkler, Room 304  (Iowa ASCD Advocacy Director Dr. Susan Pecinovsky)

2:15- 3:00        Republican Caucus with Representative Cecil Dolecheck  Room 304  (Iowa ASCD Executive Director Lou Howell)

3:00-3:45          Visits with Individual Legislators (If your legislator wants to meet with you earlier, please feel free to meet during the Caucus Meeting times.)

3:45 –4:00        Meet on First Floor (Table Area) and Debrief Our Visit

4:00                   Shuttles back to Embassy Suites

Meetings with Your Legislators:  Please contact one or more of your legislators to arrange for your own meeting with him/her/them about 3:00 – 3:45 P.M. on February 11.  We have attached a phone/email transcript for your convenience.  They usually will allocate about 20 minutes for a meeting.  We will practice in the morning workshop in developing your message and identifying your “ask.”  If your legislator wants to meet with you earlier, please feel free to meet during the Caucus Meeting times.

  • Find your legislator – and his/her contact information.  Emails and phonemessages are ideal ways to contact your legislators.  See transcript on web page listed above as well as included as an attachment for the
  • Check out the podcast by Dr. Pecinovsky on how to contact your legislator to make an appointment to advocate for learning. 
  • Check out the phone transcript and letter you might use to contact your legislator – on our website at the URL above as well as attached to this email

Parking:  Parking will be available across the street from the Embassy Suites – Self Parking is $8 for the day; valet parking is $19.00. 

Directions to the Embassy Suites: 

  • From I-35N or I-80E - Take I-235E to Penn Ave. exit, take a right off the exit ramp going South. When you reach Locust St. take a right and continue approx. 6 blocks, Embassy Suites is on the left hand side of the road.
  • From I-35S or I-80W - Take I-235W to Penn Ave. exit, take a left off the exit ramp going South. When you reach Locust St. take a right and continue approx. 6 blocks, Embassy Suites is on the left hand side of the road.

Shuttles to Capitol:  We will have shuttles available to/from the hotel at 12:30 and 4:00.  You are welcome to drive to the capitol but may find it more convenient to take the shuttle.

Please note that we must go through security when we enter the Capitol so it is wise to keep jewelry to a minimum and to wear comfortable shoes.  If you have business cards, please bring them – they are always a nice touch to leave with your representative.

Please check out below for tools for your advocacy.  You will find . . .

  • Rubric for Advocacy – to check your own level of advocacy
  • The agenda for the morning’s learning and the visits in the afternoon
  • ASCD access to Capitol Connections, Educator Advocates, ASCD Position Statements, ASCD Legislative Agenda
  • Sample letter and phone transcript to contact your legislator to make an afternoon appointment for February 11.
  • How to find your legislator.

A block of rooms has been reserved for February 10th at the Embassy Suites Hotel Des Moines Downtown - 101 E Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309 (Phone:  515.244.1700).  Be sure to ask for the Iowa ASCD block of rooms.

We look forward learning and working together.  Please contact Susan Pecinovsky at specinovsky@marshalltown.k12.ia.us or 641.754.1000 with any questions or concerns, including dietary needs.

 

Tools for Advocacy:

  • ASCD Educator Advocates:  Sign up today for Educator Advocates from ASCD!  Stay informed about the education policy and politics that affect your day-to-day work.
  • Iowa ASCD Webinars for Advocacy
  • State of Iowa Economy:  This PowerPoint was provided by Margaret Buckton, presenter at the Advocacy Workshop on February 11, 2016.
  • State of Iowa Economy:  This PowerPoint was provided by Margaret Buckton, presenter at the Advocacy Workshop on February 11, 2015.

 

Research

  • ASCD Policy Points - Testing Times (March 2015) The amount of time students spend preparing for and taking standardized tests has garnered both surging interest and growing push back from parents, educators, and policy makers.  ASCD has compiled the latest data from the most recent assessment surveys and studies for a better understanding of how many tests students take, who requires the tests, and what purposes the tests serve.   
  • ASCD Policy Points - Poverty and Education (May, 2015)  For the first time in recent history, the majority of children attending U.S. public schools come from low-income families. This policy point highlights what poverty means for America’s schoolchildren, how it affects education, and what we can do to mitigate its effects on student success.
  • ASCD Whole Child Snapshots for United States and each state, including Iowa.  Each snapshot has initial ideas for how families, educators, and communities can make targeted and innovative improvements to support the whole child and help students become productive adults and engaged citizens. ASCD is developing the snapshots annually to feature the most recently available data and to permit year-over-year comparisons.  You may compare Iowa to previous year as well as to other states and the United States.
  • Deeper LearningA new policy brief (August, 2015) from the American Institutes for Research (AIE) examines deeper learning, how it can prepare students for college and career, and states' policies on student-centered education. See the brief here
  • Homework and Family Stress - With Consideration of Parents' Self-Confidence, Educational Level and Cultural Background:  Kindergarten students have the least amount of homework, averaging 25 minutes per night, compared to high school students who have approximately an hour of homework per night, according to a recent study in the American Journal of Family Therapy. The study finds that as parents perceive a decline in their abilities to aid their children with homework, family stress increases. Study authors recommend that teachers assign homework that is interactive and applicable to the real world, so that family can experience it together in a meaningful way.
  • Top Four Graduation Rate Take Aways:  ASCD's latest issue of Policy PointsTop Four Graduation Rate Takeaways (PDF)—highlights states making the greatest graduation rate improvements, districts’ efforts to increase local graduation rates, and more.

This page was updated on June 23, 2016.