Arizona Rural Schools Association
Attention all Aspiring Advocates!
Are you passionate about a cause but unsure about how to effectively advocate for it? Join ARSA's Policy Expert Dianne Smith and ARSA Executive Board members this winter for the First Annual ARSA Winter Advocacy Workshop and transform your passion into action!
Event Date: January 19, 2024
Venue: Helios Education Foundation
4747 N 32nd St., Phoenix 85018
Who is this for?
Designed especially for those ARSA educator members that are new to advocacy or those that want to brush up on their skills, this workshop aims to provide participants with the fundamental tools and knowledge to become effective champions for the rural causes they hold dear. The workshop is open to the first 35 registrants, and a waitlist will be opened for further registrations, both on a "first come - first served" basis. You must be currently employed by an ARSA member district to register.
Expert-Led Sessions: Gain insights from leading voices in the advocacy realm.
Networking Opportunities: Connect with fellow participants and expand your rural advocacy community.
Tailored Content: Curated specifically for rural educators to ensure a solid foundation in advocacy work.
What is included?
All participants will receive a $250 scholarship to help cover the cost of travel (hotel, transportation). Meals at the workshop will include breakfast, lunch and a snack.
Introduction to Advocacy:
- Understanding the essence of advocacy and its role in affecting change.
- The differences between advocacy, lobbying, and activism.
Building Your Advocacy Strategy:
- Identifying key issues and crafting compelling narratives.
- Setting clear, achievable goals.
Engaging Stakeholders and Building Alliances:
- Recognizing the importance of diverse voices.
- Methods for effective stakeholder engagement.
- Crafting your message: clarity, consistency, and impact.
- Leveraging different communication channels: From traditional media to social media.
Navigating Political Landscapes:
- Understanding the legislative process.
- Building relationships with policymakers and legislators.
Evaluating Advocacy Efforts:
- Establishing metrics for success.
- Adjusting and refining strategies for maximum impact.
By the end of the ARSA Winter Advocacy Workshop, participants will:
- Have a solid understanding of advocacy and its different facets.
- Be equipped with the skills to develop and execute an effective advocacy strategy.
- Understand how to engage and communicate with key stakeholders.
- Be prepared to navigate the complexities of political and legislative environments.
- Be able to measure the success of their advocacy initiatives and refine them as needed.
You must be an employee of an ARSA Member District or a Member of the Borderlands Rural Teacher Caucus to attend. Please contact Melissa Sadorf to verify current membership status.
To register, visit: https://azascd.org/event-5466642
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Don't miss this opportunity to become an empowered advocate. Secure your spot today and make a lasting difference tomorrow!
For further inquiries, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 520-266-0081.
Together, let's amplify our rural voices and make an impact!