Enlighten our Policy Makers

Effectively Engage Legislators

Guest Expert Program | Virtual | Free

  • Date: Nov 10, 2022

  • Time: 4:30-6:30 PM

  • Location: Virtual

  • Intended Audience: Superintendents & Assistant Superintendents, Principals & Assistant Principals, Communication Directors, University Members, GOKey Communicator participants

  • Registration Fees: Free for Members

Session 3: Enlighten our Policymakers

Shine a Light Series

As the new legislative session begins in January, it is important to be apprised of statewide and regional Legislator’s current perception of Public Education. School leaders need to build a relationship with legislators and find ways to communicate even when there may be some disagreement.

One of southwest Missouri’s strongest Public Education advocates is State Senator Karla Eslinger. She will share some examples for how school leaders can best communicate with state policymakers. She will share insight for what she believes will be the focus for the legislative session.

Jason Dial, a founding member of GOCSD and current Missouri Association for School Administrator’s Public Education Lobbyist, will share some of legislative bills that have been pre-filed and the potential impact of these on public education.

Dr. Sarah Booth Riss, Director of the Missouri Superintendents Academy, will discuss various ways to connect and build relationships with legislators.

Guest Experts

Karla Eslinger

Karla Eslinger

Missouri State Senator, Republican, District 33

Senator Karla Eslinger is a lifelong educator with more than 30 years of experience in a variety of educational settings. She most recently served as a senior analyst for education services with the AEM Corporation and provided technical assistance to the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C. Previously, she served as an assistant commissioner of education for the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. She began her career as an elementary school teacher and went on to work as a building principal and a superintendent of schools in Ava and West Plains.

A graduate of Gainesville High School, Sen. Eslinger holds a bachelor degree in elementary education from The College of the Ozarks. She also earned a master’s degree in education administration and a specialist degree in superintendency and educational system administration from Missouri State University. Senator Eslinger received her doctorate in educational leadership and policy analysis from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Prior to her election to the Missouri Senate in 2020, Sen. Eslinger represented District 155 in the Missouri House of Representatives from 2019 through 2020.

Senator Eslinger is a long-term resident of Wasola, where she and her husband David reside on the family farm. They have also owned and operated a small business for over 35 years. They have two daughters and three grandchildren.

Dr. Jason Dial

Dr. Jason Dial

Public Education Lobbyist for the Missouri Association of School Administrators
Public Sector Consultant, Trane Technologies
Founding Member of GOCSD

Dr. Jason Dial served students of Missouri for 28 years as a teacher/coach, building administrator, assistant superintendent and Superintendent of Schools in small rural schools to large urban districts across the state. Dr. Dial has represented public schools in the Capitol since 2009 working with legislators on behalf of the students and teachers in Missouri. Those efforts have resulted in passing legislation that benefit schools across the state as well as preventing legislation that would have been harmful to our public schools. Dr. Dial is retired but continues his passion for Missouri Students by serving as an assistant lobbyist for the Missouri Association of School Administrators in Southwest Missouri.

Sarah Booth Riss

Dr. Sarah Booth Riss

Director of the Missouri Superintendents Academy and facilitator of the Women in Leadership Initiative for MASA

Dr. Sarah Booth Riss is the Director of the Missouri Superintendents Academy and facilitator of the Women in Leadership Initiative for MASA. She is also a senior associate with Educational Equity Consultants providing diversity, equity, and inclusion learning experiences for school districts and other organizations. Dr. Riss has extensive experience as a classroom teacher, principal, central office administrator, superintendent, adjunct college professor, educational consultant and member of statewide committees focused on improving educational policy. She is retired as the superintendent for the Webster Groves School District. Sarah is committed to fostering a learning community that assists educators in their professional growth and their success as school leaders.

Shine a Light Series

This event is the last in a series of 3 engagement opportunities with various experts who are versed in public relations. This series is designed to help leaders consider opportunities to better share the importance of public education and how best to engage with policymakers to depict the concept of being Public Education Proud. Participants can choose to attend all or just some of the sessions.

Public Education Proud Initiative

To advocate for Public Education at the local, state and national levels, GOCSD is providing members many opportunities to showcase what it means to be Public Education Proud (PEP). The Public Education Proud efforts includes: Teacher Proud Campaign, Shine a Light Series, GOKey Communicators Program, and the Public School Proud Bulletin.

Teacher Proud

Shine a Light Series

GOKey Communicators

Public School Proud Bulletin

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