Virtual Leadership & Legislative Academy and Youth Advocacy Institute – Resources & Video

Welcome to the AASB 2021 Virtual Leadership & Legislative Academy and Youth Advocacy Institute Resources page!

Link to AASB Legislative Priorities 2021

Slideshows and other public resources from the conference are posted below.

Session video recordings can be accessed by registered attendees by clicking on the button below and entering the event password.

Link to List of Like Size District Discussion Groups

Link to Legislative Meetings Schedule (PDF)

Virtual Leadership & Legislative Academy

Saturday and Sunday, February 6-7

Leadership Day

The Leadership Day, Saturday, February 6, will be centered around communication during these times. This includes crucial training on: 

  • Superintendent Contracts with John Sedor
  • Communicating on Your Board
  • How to Communicate During These Pandemic Times? 
  • Mindfulness for the School Board 

Legislative Day

The Legislative Day, Sunday, February 7, will inform you of what’s happening in the legislature this session. It will provide opportunities for school boards to develop talking points for this year’s legislative priorities, to speak with a unified voice to advocate for public education. 

Legislative Meetings

During February 8-12, the week following the Legislative Academy, we’ve arranged Zoom meetings for school boards to meet with their legislators. You will be teamed up with other school districts that are represented by the same legislators. The meetings will be facilitated by Norm Wooten, AASB’s Director of Advocacy, to ensure each school district has an opportunity to relate your story to the legislators.  Each meeting will last one hour. There will also be opportunities to share and connect with school boards before and after legislative meetings. See the Legislative Meetings Schedule below.

Legislative Meetings Schedule – February 8-12


The email you received Friday, February 5 includes a Zoom link for your district’s Legislative Meeting. Please contact AASB if you need assistance.

Monday February 8 – 9:00 am

School Districts: Haines, Juneau, Skagway

Senator Kiehl

Representatives Hannon, Story

Monday, February 8 – 2:00 pm

School Districts: Alaska Gateway, Denali, Nenana, Tanana, Yukon Flats, Fairbanks

Senators Bishop, Kawasaki, Meyers

Representatives Cronk, Hopkins, LeBon, Prax, Thompson, Hopkins, Wool

Monday, February 8 – 4:00 pm

School Districts: Cordova, Kodiak, Yakutat, Kenai

Senators Stevens, Micciche

Representatives Stutes, Carpenter, Gilham, Vance

Monday, February 8 5:00-5:30 pm


Tuesday, February 9 – 9:00 am

School District: Anchorage

Senators Reinbold, Costello

Representatives McCarty, Sponholtz, Rasmussen, Claman

Tuesday, February 9 – 2:00 pm

School Districts: Aleutians East, Bristol Bay, Dillingham, Iditarod, Kuspuk, Lake & Pen, LKSD, SW Region, LYSD, Bering Strait, Galena, Kashunamuit, LYSD, Nome, North Slope, NW Arctic, St. Mary’s, Unalaska, Yukon-Koyukuk

Senators Hoffman, Olson

Representatives Edgmon, Foster, Zulkosky, Patkotask

Tuesday, February 9 3:00-3:30 pm


Wednesday, February 10 – 9:00 am

School Districts: Chugach, Copper River, Delta-Greely

Senator Shower

Representative Rauscher

Wednesday, February 10 – 2:00 pm

School District: Anchorage

Senators Weilechowski, Revak

Representatives Merrick, Drummond, Nelson, Tuck

Wednesday, February 10 – 3:00-3:30 pm


Thursday, February 11 – 2:00 pm

School Districts: Annette Island, Chatham, Craig, Hoonah, Kake, Hydaburg, Ketchikan, Klawock, Pelican, Petersburg, Sitka, SE Island

Senator Stedman

Representatives Kreiss-Tomkins, Ortiz

Thursday, February 11 – 4:00 pm

School District: Anchorage

Senators Begich, von Imhoff

Representatives: Tarr, Shaw, Snyder, Kaufman

Thursday, February 11 – 5:00-5:30 pm


Friday, February 12 – 9:00 am

School District: Anchorage

Senators Gray-Jackson, Holland

Representatives Josephson, Schrage, Fields, McKay

Friday, February 12 – 12:00-12:30 pm


Saturday & Sunday Slideshows – February 6-7

Leadership Day Schedule – Saturday, February 6

8:30 – 9:00 am – Connectivity Check

9:00 am – 9:15 am – Welcome & Introductions

9:15 am – 9:45 am – Welcome from Commissioner Michael Johnson, Alaska Department of Education & Early Development

9:45 am – 11:00 am – Superintendent Contracts – John Sedor, Sedor Wendlandt Evan & Filippi

11:00 am – 11:10 am – Break

11:10 am – 12:00 pm – Communicating over the “Great Divide” – Tiffany Jackson, AASB – Slides

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm – Lunch

1:00 – 2:00 pm – How do we Communicate During These Pandemic Times? – Pegge Erkeneff, Kenai Peninsula Borough School District – Slides

2:10 pm – 3:30 pm – Mindfulness for the School Board – Kay Douglas, Texas Association of School Boards and Timi Tullis, ​AASB

3:30 – Closing

YouTube video link: “Like the month of May” by AK REBEL ft. Brooklyn, Saraaraq, Wasabi & Mista Mista

Legislative Day Schedule – Sunday, February 7

8:30 am – 9:00 am – Connectivity Check

9:00 am – 9:15 am – Welcome & Introductions

9:15 am – 9:30 am – Welcome & Overview – Lon Garrison, AASB

9:30 am – 10:00 am – Legislative Context & Process – Norm Wooten, AASB – Slides

10:00 am – 11:00 am – Key Legislative Issues & Bill Review – Norm Wooten, AASB – Slides

11:00 am – 11:10 am – Break

11:10 am – 12 pm – Creating the Message – Norm Wooten, AASB – Slides

12:00 pm – 12:30 pm – Lunch Break

12:30 pm – 1:45 pm – Like Size District Forums – Link to List of Like Size District Discussion Groups

1:45 pm – 2:30 pm – Coming Together Talking Points – Jenni Lefing & Lon Garrison, AASB

2:30 pm – Next Steps & Closing

FULL SCHEDULE – Virtual Leadership & Legislative Academy (PDF)

Youth Advocacy Institute

Sunday, February 7

At the same time, students are invited to register for this year’s Youth Advocacy Institute. This is an opportunity for students to connect with peers from across the state, and their School Boards. Students will build and use their skills to advocate during this year’s Alaska State Legislature.

Sessions include: 

  • Using Your Voice to Advocate 
  • Bill & Testimony Practice 

Students will join School Board Members for Like Size District Forums on Sunday to discuss legislative priorities. 

SCHEDULE – Youth Advocacy Institute

YAI Event Website