#NYSchoolsInPeril – Tuesday Rundown

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“Advocacy needs to be your year-round, part time job.”

– Kyle Belokopitsky, Assistant Director for Government Relations, NYSCOSS

Who’s ready to be a voice for their school!

Last night’s regional advocacy workshop at Niskayuna High School brought hundreds of school district stakeholders together to learn how to effectively advocate for their schools.

Robert Lowry and Kyle Belokopitsky from the New York State Council of School Superintendents were the featured presenters and offered “how-to” strategies and techniques for helping parents, teachers and taxpayers reach out to lawmakers and take that important step in advocating for educational change.

  • View the PDF of the PowerPoint presentation from last night
  • Visit the NYSCOSS Advocacy webpage.

Media coverage of the workshop

  • Albany Times Union
  • The Daily Gazette
  • WTEN – News 10
  • WNYT – NewsChannel 13
  • WXXA – FOX23 News
  • WRGB – CBS 6
  • YNN

As we mentioned last night (and last week), Education Speaks will be serving as a “homebase” for a new social media advocacy campaign over the coming months. Social media is a tremendous tool for advocacy and can serve as a great source in helping to get the word out about what is happening in our public schools.

You’ll start to see some new items posted during the week on our Facebook and Twitter pages, as well as new segments on the blog, including a weekly adovacy tip, polls, and a video segment called “Watch and Learn”.

To get you started, we’ve updated our advocacy page on the blog to include the handouts from last night, including the Advocacy Toolkit and information on how to contact your elected officials.

Welcome Aboard

Since last night’s workshop, Education Speaks has added nearly 80 new Likes/Followers to our social media accounts. We’re thrilled to have you with us and hope that our posts continue to spur discussion and help to move the conversation forward.