School districts can apply to attend the in-person event, which includes networking, workshops and a meeting with legislative staff and the U.S. Department of Education
The Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (ALAS) is hosting “Small School Symposium: Your Voice in DC” July 15-16, 2021 to provide selected school districts with the opportunity to network and discuss challenges and creative solutions specific to districts of their size. The event includes keynotes, interactive workshops and a meeting with legislative staff, as well as representatives from the U.S. Department of Education. School districts must apply to attend or be invited by ALAS. The event takes place in-person in Washington D.C.
To apply, visit alasedu.org/event/small-school-symposium.
“Small school districts have specific concerns and perspectives about issues ranging from funding to personnel to policy and they may not be able to get all of the answers they need at education conferences that are geared toward the masses,” said ALAS Executive Director Maria Armstrong. “We created the Small School Symposium to provide these districts with a much-needed, more personalized opportunity to have frank conversations with similarly-sized districts about issues that matter to them. We’re also giving them an audience with legislative staff and the U.S. Department of Education where they can discuss their unique needs and creative solutions.”
The Small School Symposium includes several hours dedicated solely to networking, as well as workshops centered around issues such as critical race theory, migrant students, and hiring ecosystems to advance diversity, equity and inclusion. There will be policy discussions and dedicated time for legislative staff, and representatives from the U.S. Department of Education to hear directly from the school districts.
The Small School Symposium is among several events and programs ALAS offers. It also hosts a major education conference in the fall, weekly vodcasts discussing issues in education, and several other professional development opportunities throughout the year.