AASB February Conferences Resources

Leadership Academy

& Legislative Fly-In

+ Youth Advocacy Institute,

Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall, Juneau,

February 12-14, 2022.

Leadership Academy

Saturday, February 12, 2022

The 2022 Leadership Academy Day focused on School Board Members’ Role in Leadership. Commissioner Michael Johnson and school law attorney John Sedor joined other presenters for a full day of boardsmanship training, and the rollout of the newly developed Board President Handbook.



  • Slides – Effective Meetings Matter! – Tiffany Jackson & Timi Tullis, AASB
  • Slides – How to Save Legal Fees… From a Lawyer! And Stump the Lawyer – John Sedor
  • Slides – Board Leadership: Planning Your Year of Governance – Lon Garrison

Legislative Fly-In

Sunday, February 13 – Monday, February 14, 2022

Participants had the opportunity to be briefed on key legislative issues influencing education in this year’s legislative session, met in like-size district forums to identify legislation that can be supported by AASB, developed talking points for legislative priorities, and met with legislators and other decision makers.


Slides & Video

PLEASE NOTE: Member password required to access videos. Contact Jenni Lefing

  • Video – Setting the Stage: Our Purpose – Lon Garrison, AASB Executive Director
  • Slides | Video – Legislative Process & Context 2022 – Norm Wooten, AASB Advocacy Director
  • Video – Remarks by Representative Andi Story
  • Slides | Video – Update From DC – Pete Hoepfner, AASB Board President
  • Slides | Video – Key Legislative Issues and Bill Review – Norm Wooten, AASB Advocacy Director
  • Slides | Video – FY2023 Budget Overview – Neil Steininger, OMB Director

Legislation On The Move

  • HB 18 – Teachers: National Board Certification – Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins (D-Sitka)
  • HB 19 – Limited Teacher Certificate; Languages – Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins (D-Sitka)
  • HB 60 – Public School Mental Health Education – Rep. Matt Claman (D-Anchorage)
  • HB 164 – Early ED Programs; Reading; Virtual Ed – Rep. Chris Tuck (D-Anchorage)
  • HB 220 – Retirement Systems; Defined Benefits Option – Rep. Grier Hopkins (D-Fairbanks)
  • HB 259 – PFD’s 25/75 POMV Split – Rep. Ivy Spohnholz (D-Anchorage)
  • HB 272 – Increase Base Student Allocation – Rep Andi Story (D-Juneau)
  • HB 273 – Increase Base Student Allocation Inflation – Rep. Andi Story (D-Juneau)
  • SB 34 – State-Tribal Education Compact Schools – Sen. Gary Stevens (R-Kodiak)
  • SB 72 – Secondary School Civics Education – Sen. Gary Stevens (R-Kodiak)
  • SB 80 – Public Schools Mental Health Education – Sen. Elvi Gray-Jackson (D-Anchorage)
  • SB 111 – Alaska Academic Improvement and Modernization ACT – Senate Education Committee
  • SB 119 – Oath of Office – Sen. Lora Reinbold (R-Eagle River)

Week of Feb 21

AASB will be setting up Virtual Legislative Meetings via Zoom. More details coming soon.

Youth Advocacy Institute (YAI)

Saturday, February 12 – Monday, February 14

YAI is designed for high school students, especially sophomores and juniors, who want to be immersed in the Alaska legislative process.

Participants learned how a bill becomes a law, discussed key legislative issues influencing education this year, participated in mock testimony, and advocated for legislation (alongside their school board) that affects them and their communities, all for public education.

For questions, more details on YAI, or agenda information, please reach out to Tyler Breen.

COVID-19 Safety Information

Registration requirements for AASB’s February conferences will require one of the three items listed below:

  • Proof of a COVID vaccination (presentation of your actual vaccination card or a legible photo) or:
  • Proof of a negative COVID test (PCR) within three (3) days of the start of the AASB event or:
  • A health care provider’s documentation that you have had COVID within the last 90-days and are free from symptoms, including no fever within 24 hours of fever-reducing medications, has been at least 10 days since symptoms first appeared, and are not contagious for the virus but may test positive. If you cannot produce the proof listed above, you will not be admitted until the documentation is provided to AASB staff.

In addition, all attendees are required to follow AASB’s COVID-19 mitigation plan, which includes wearing a mask throughout the conference. You can review the mitigation plan here: AASB Covid Mitigation Plan.