By: Sandy Smith
Even though this is my first International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) Symposium, it’s not the first time I’ve had the opportunity to rub shoulders with others who are passionate about education.
The pre-conference “Policy Advocacy Skills Workshop” did not disappoint! A small group of us signed up to participate in this additional session, so we were each afforded some one-on-one practice with iNACOL staffers. From best practices to trigger words to avoid, and from delivering opening statements to answering questions from former Georgia state legislator Alisha Morgan, a lot was packed into this three hour workshop. Alisa, Robbie and I had the opportunity to share some advocacy tips with the group, and after a role-playing exercise, the former state legislator, who was acting as the Education Committee Chairwoman for the workshop, told me she needed a Vice Chairwoman! 🙂
Over the next two and a half days, we’ll learn about the latest online learning tools, we’ll hear from students, and we’ll have opportunities to network with teachers, administrators and others who are interested in parent advocacy, the parent perspective and in all that we do at PublicSchoolOptions.org. I’m looking forward to sharing my family’s education story and to advocating on behalf of the thousands of families we represent across the country.