AASB’s Leadership Academy: Legislative Fly-In & Youth Advocacy Institute 2023

Leadership Academy & Legislative Fly-In

February 4-7, 2023

Fly-In Agenda

Plan to attend this year’s Leadership Academy & Legislative Fly-In in Juneau to be briefed on key legislative issues, meet in like-size district forums to identify legislation that can be supported by AASB, develop talking points for legislative priorities, and meet with legislators and other decision-makers!

Guest Instructor: Marissa Rathbone

Director of Strategic Advocacy, Washington State School Directors Association

Marissa will bring a fresh and well-developed set of advocacy skills to share at our training. She is an educator at heart and a lifetime advocate for public education with over 25 years working in education and state government. She believes that public education is the basis of a thriving economy and healthy society and loves being able to work with locally-elected school board members to strengthen this foundation.

  • Saturday 2/4: Learning how to be effective advocates and being educational advocacy leaders in your district and community. 
  • Sunday 2/5: Focus on the make-up of the next legislature, Bills that have been introduced, and working on crafting your advocacy message for meetings with legislators, both in-person and remotely.
  • Monday 2/6 & Tuesday 2/7: Reserved for school board members and superintendents to meet with their legislators and others. 

Contact Jenni Lefing for more information on the Leadership Academy & Legislative Fly-In.


Youth Advocacy Institute (YAI)

February 4-7, 2023

YAI Info & Agenda

This year’s Youth Advocacy Institute is designed for high school students who want to be immersed in the Alaska legislative process.

Students will:

  • Learn how a bill becomes a law, 
  • Discuss key legislative issues influencing education this year, 
  • Participate in mock testimony, and
  • Advocate for legislation (alongside their school board) that affects them and their communities, all for public education.

Contact Claudia Plesa for more information on the Youth Advocacy Institute (YAI).