NSBA Advocacy Institute

As a school board member, part of your responsibility is to be an advocate for your district and public education on both the state and national levels. The Advocacy Institute is your chance to share an important message with Congress and the White House: Support our public school students!

The 2020 AI Stipend information will be posted mid-summer next year.

What is it?

Every year, the National School Boards Association (NSBA) hosts the Advocacy Institute. This is the only national legislative event exclusively for school trustees. Attendees receive briefings on federal issues and their impact on local school districts, and meet with US senators and members of Congress to discuss the issues. The conference is open to all current school board trustees and administrators, and there are breakout sessions and seminars that are eligible for continuing education credits.

Join Texas trustees at the Advocacy Institute

Each year, TASB offers member districts a stipend to cover the cost of conference registration. TASB's goal is to have a representative from each of the 36 Texas congressional districts at the conference.

Local school boards may nominate a trustee and alternate to represent their districts. The stipend covers the cost of the conference registration and is paid directly to your district. Recipients pay for accommodations and transportation to and from Washington, DC.

Nomination process

Each local school board may nominate a trustee and an alternate for the stipend.

Note: The conference is open to all current school board trustees and administrators; however, the stipend is only for the selected nominee or the board’s alternate.

Who should we nominate?

You should nominate a trustee who is not only interested in advancing their advocacy skills but also has experience at building relations with political leaders at the local and state level.

How does the board nominate a trustee?

  1. Your school board must agree to participate in the Advocacy Institute.
  2. Your board must nominate a trustee and an alternate to represent your district.
  3. Your selected trustee and alternate each complete the nomination form.

How is a trustee selected to receive the stipend?

Nominations are first reviewed by a selection subcommittee made up of members of the TASB Legislative Committee. The subcommittee considers a nominee’s participation in any of the following:

  • Leadership TASB
  • TASB Delegate Assembly
  • TASB Grassroots Meetings
  • TASB Legislative Advisory Council
  • TASB Board of Directors
  • The board of any TASB-affiliated entity

Registration, attendance, and travel

After a trustee is selected to receive the stipend, there are some things your district and the trustee must do.

  • The trustee has to register for the conference and make hotel and flight reservations. TASB is not responsible for the registration and travel.
  • The stipend recipient’s school district must pay the Advocacy Institute registration fee to NSBA, and TASB will reimburse the school district for that fee only.
  • The trustee should make an appointment with his or her congressman. TASB Governmental Relations will provide a spreadsheet with contact information for the scheduling assistant of each congressman. It has been our experience that a phone call directly from the trustee receives priority over one from the Association.

If you have any questions about the Institute, email Ruben Longoria at ruben.longoria@tasb.org or call 800.580.4885.