Teachers and the Legislature: Advocacy and Issues Forum

 Teachers and the Legislature: Advocacy and Issues Forum

Friday, October 19th, 2018

University of Central Oklahoma

Nigh University Center

9:00am to 4:30pm

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Oklahoma education leaders, educators and issues experts from across Oklahoma and beyond will present on a range of K-12 topics.  Among the presentations are the basics of statehouse advocacy, who initiates K-12 policy measure, and overview of public policy issues remaining before the Legislature.

 

9:00 am: Welcome: Constitution Hall, 2nd Floor, Nigh University Center. Dr. Mark Kinders, Vice President of Public Affairs, UCO,

 

9:15 am: Oklahoma’s Political Heritage and K-12 Education.   Dr. Shawn Hime, Executive Director, Oklahoma State School Boards Association.  Oklahoma has a dynamic history that melds and conflicts differing cultural heritages, political philosophies, and personalities.  Mix in HB1017 (with the consequences of term limits and SQ680) and this creates a difficult channel to navigate for education in Oklahoma.  Moderator:  UCO Dean of Education and Professional Studies Jim Machell.

 

9:45 am: How a Bill Becomes a Law.  Caroline Dennis, Chief Operating Officer, Oklahoma State Senate; Jan Harrison, Chief Clerk of the House.  This session covers the nuts and bolts of the legislative process:  drafting and introducing legislation; Committees and bill assignment to committees; hearings and processes; deadlines; Oklahoma’s “title off” and “emergency” implications; floor debate and amending; conference committees; enrolling and engrossing; the Governor’s legislative review process.                        Moderator:  Dr. Jarrett Jobe, Assistant Vice President of Public Affairs and Leadership.

 

10:15 am:  Break

 

10:30 am:  Where Do Legislators get their Policy Proposal on K-12 Education?  Moderator:  Dr. Lou Furmanski, Chair, Department of Political Science, UCO.  Each year scores of bills are introduced affecting the future of education in Oklahoma.  Who are the major Foundations, Stakeholders, and influencers that initiate these bills?  Who, among the dozens of stakeholders to K-12 education (e.g., school boards, teachers, parents, state government, Main Street, federal agencies) are the most influential and interested partners to education public policy positions?

Panelists:

Ms. Alicia Priest, President, Oklahoma Education Association. 

Dr. Pam Deering, Executive Director, Cooperative Council for Oklahoma State Administrators. 

Dr. Shawn Hime, Executive Director, Oklahoma State School Boards Association. 

Dr. Robyn Miller, Deputy Superintendent, Oklahoma State Department of Education. 

Dr. Bryan Duke, Past President, Oklahoma Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. 

 

11:30 am:  Takeaways for Good Statehouse Outcomes, Dr. Mark Kinders, UCO Vice President for Public Affairs; Pat Hall, Principal, Majority Plus. Legislative advocacy is a boilerplate process.  But every state has its own Statehouse culture that dictates do’s and don’ts.  This session will review the best practices for advocacy found in every Statehouse, and how to customize these to Oklahoma’s political environment.  Moderator:  Jim Dunlap, Principal, Majority Plus.

 

Noon:  Lunch  Nigh University Center Constitution Hall Lounge; A sandwich bar with chips, a cookie tea or water will be available for $10 at the Nigh University Center Constitution Hall Lounge. Please choose "yes" on questions 3. (Do you plan to purchase lunch?) when registering, if you wish to go through the sandwich bar. 

 

1:00 pm - 3:45 pm:  Breakout Sessions 7 Breakout sessions will be offered throughout the afternoon. 

  • Sessions are 25 minutes. 20 for presentation, 5 for Q&A.
  • Each session will be repeated at least once.
  • Sessions 1 through 4 will be offered during the 1:00pm to 2:30pm time block. Sessions 5 through 7 will be offered during the 2:30pm to 3:45pm time block.
  • Please click on the Session Titles and Presenters for descriptions and bios.

 

1:00 pm: Session Breakout

Framing Public Policy Issues - Dr. Travis Roach, Moderator Dr. Jarrett Jobe

Hungry Students and Learning - Petra Colindres, Moderator Dr. J. Sunshine Cowan

Another Look at HB1017 - Julie Knutson, Moderator Dr. Mark Kinders

Influencing Policy Discussion: Lessons Learned - Angela Little and Sherri Brown, Moderator Dr. Bryan Duke

 

1:30 pm:  Session Breakout 

Framing Public Policy Issues - Dr. Travis Roach, Moderator Dr. Jarrett Jobe

Another Look at HB1017 - Julie Knutson, Moderator Dr. Mark Kinders

Influencing Policy Discussion: Lessons Learned - Angela Little and Sherri Brown, Moderator Dr. Bryan Duke

 

2:00 pm: Session Breakout 

Framing Public Policy Issues - Dr. Travis Roach, Moderator Dr. Jarrett Jobe

Another Look at HB1017 - Julie Knutson, Moderator Dr. Mark Kinders

Influencing Policy Discussion: Lessons Learned - Angela Little and Sherri Brown, Moderator Dr. Bryan Duke

 

2:30 pm: Break

 

2:45 pm:  Session Breakout 

Civic Education and a Life of Engagement - The Honorable Dan Boren, Dr. John Wood

Education's Tax Base - Dr. Paul Haxton

Understanding Public School Finance - Dr. Thomas Pickens

Chalk the Vote - Dr. Claudia Swisher and Dr. Sharon Pyeatt

 

3:15 pm: Session Breakout  

Civic Education and a Life of Engagement - The Honorable Dan Boren and Dr. John Wood

Education's Tax Base - Dr. Paul Haxton

Understanding Public School Finance - Dr. Thomas Pickens

Chalk the Vote - Dr. Claudia Swisher and Dr. Sharon Pyeatt

 

4:00 pm: Closing Thoughts. Facilitator: Dr. Jim Machell, Dean of the College of Education and Professional Studies at UCO. This session will be an opportunity for attendees to share their impressions, ask questions, or offer new ideas in response to topics discussed throughout the day.

4:30 pm: Adjourn

Parking: A discounted rate of $1.00 has been arranged for this event. Please use code "TEACH18". See parking map and pay station instructions below. 

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