Why Attend?

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Learn how to advocate for public education by leveraging your community and connecting your school district with decision-makers in the Capitol to influence public education policy. Because effective advocacy takes time to build, now is the time to prepare for the 89th legislative session in 2025.

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Earn CEUs

Continuing education credit for Trustees:

Missy Bender is a TEA Registered Provider of continuing education for school board members.

This summit will provide 12 hours of continuing education credit within the Framework for School Board Development.

Trustee Advocates Program Photo Missy Bender

Amplify Your Voice

Across Texas, school trustees provide education oversight and citizen governance to ensure our public schools meet the expectations of our local communities. The community perspective these leaders — and their constituencies — bring is critically important to state policymakers.

The Trustee Advocates Program Summit will provide school boards and their superintendents with a roadmap, tools, and techniques to help them find, use, and amplify their voices and the voices of their communities, to influence state education policy. 

Attendees will also learn from other school district leaders as they share their experiences and lessons learned as they applied these tools and techniques leading up to and during the 88th legislative session.


DeKalb ISD Trustees and Superintendent participating in the Trustee Advocates Program


All meals are included:

August 23: Dinner
August 24: Breakfast, Snack, Lunch, Snack, Dinner
August 25: Breakfast, Snack, Lunch


Start at 6:00 p.m. on Wed., August 23, 2023
End at 1:00 p.m. on Fri., August 25, 2023


The Holdsworth Center
The Campus on Lake Austin
4907 Ranch Road 222
Austin, TX 78731

Learn How to Advocate for Public Education

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Please note that attendee cancellations are refundable up to Friday, July 14, 2023. No refunds will be available after July 14, 2023. Raise Your Hand Texas is a nonprofit 501(c) (4) organization. All contributions to the organization are not deductible for federal income tax purposes as charitable contributions.


Who should attend?

Superintendents, Trustees, and school district leaders who want to learn how to develop an advocacy plan and engage their communities.

What does the registration fee include?

The registration fee includes all programming, meals, snacks, and non-alcoholic beverages throughout the day.

Do I have to stay overnight at the Campus on Lake Austin?

No, it is not required. However, if you do not live in the Austin area you will likely want to take the opportunity to stay onsite. It is a unique opportunity to stay at this beautiful and highly secure property.

Will I receive continuing education credit?

Yes. Trustees will receive 12 hours of continuing education credit upon completion of the Trustee Advocates Program Summit.

What is the policy on video and photography at the Summit?

No taping or recording is allowed other than by Raise Your Hand Texas.

Raise Your Hand Texas and its designees may record, photograph, and or stream various aspects of this event for archival or promotional purposes. By attending the Trustee Advocates Program Summit, sponsors and attendees give Raise Your Hand Texas permission to use the attendee’s voice and image in any such archival or promotional recording, photograph, or streaming activity.

May I bring a guest?

No, we cannot accommodate guests for this event.


What the first cohort of the Trustee Advocates Program has to say:


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