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Flags Presentation 11 19 09
Flags Presentation 11 19 09
Flags Presentation 11 19 09
Flags Presentation 11 19 09
Flags Presentation 11 19 09
Flags Presentation 11 19 09
Flags Presentation 11 19 09
Flags Presentation 11 19 09
Flags Presentation 11 19 09
Flags Presentation 11 19 09
Flags Presentation 11 19 09
Flags Presentation 11 19 09
Flags Presentation 11 19 09
Flags Presentation 11 19 09
Flags Presentation 11 19 09
Flags Presentation 11 19 09
Flags Presentation 11 19 09
Flags Presentation 11 19 09
Flags Presentation 11 19 09
Flags Presentation 11 19 09
Flags Presentation 11 19 09
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Flags Presentation 11 19 09

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Presentation from the Fairfax FLAGS work session held Nov. 19, 2009. This is a quick update and a breakdown of committees to help in the Fairfax FLAGS mission to preserve the quality of Fairfax County …

Presentation from the Fairfax FLAGS work session held Nov. 19, 2009. This is a quick update and a breakdown of committees to help in the Fairfax FLAGS mission to preserve the quality of Fairfax County schools and elementary foreign language programs.

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  • 1. Update & Work Session Nov. 19, 2009
  • 2. Since we last met…
    • Meetings
      • Fairfax Education Foundation
        • Corporate funding not optimistic
      • Schools hosted meetings with School Board & County reps
        • Kent Gardens, Lake Anne, Great Falls, anyone else?
    • Community dialogues
      • Huge turnout from early foreign language
      • Most stayed on message to not attack other programs & advocate for FCPS funding
  • 3. Since we last met…
    • Continue to establish liaisons & streamline
      • Please check out our liaison list on the website
      • Let us know of contacts at “vacant” schools
    • Various discussion & advocacy groups
      • Lake Anne, Great Falls, Laurel Ridge, Cunningham Park discussion & info sites
      • FACE: Elementary Band & Strings Advocacy
      • Any others?
  • 4. Check out www.fairfaxflags.org
  • 5. Check out www.fairfaxflags.org
  • 6. Fan “Fairfax FLAGS”
  • 7. Facebook & www.fairfaxflags.org
    • Content will build & evolve
      • Schools can feed latest events & information by emailing [email_address] with “website” as subject line
      • Post discussion topics on FB
      • Will continue to upload relevant links & videos
      • Always seeking feedback & ideas for sites
  • 8. Moving forward…
    • "The core issue is not one program vs. another program, but rather the level of funding we receive. We have only three options as we prepare for FY’11: additional State funding, additional county funding, or cutting programs.”
    • – FCPS Superintendent Jack Dale
  • 9. Facing issues
    • How to get more funding for FCPS?
      • Educate the community this is a BIG issue for FCPS not just foreign language
      • Spread the word to all stakeholders (website) not just FCPS parents
      • When talking about solutions say…
        • “Fairfax County must increase funding for FCPS to preserve its programs that make it a world-class school system.”
      • State funding is improbable
  • 10. Taking Action
    • Attend community dialogues: Dec. 2
    • Organize rally for community dialogues?
    • Submit online budget feedback forms
    • Highly active schools should…
      • Set up meetings w/ district county supervisor
      • Invite all FCPS schools under that supervisor
    • Letter writing now – spread the word
      • County supervisors & Chairman Sharon Bulova
      • State officials to voice concerns & take action to advocate for FCPS
    • Must involve PTAs: Issue is FCPS
      • Contact Fairfax County Council PTA (FCCPTA)
  • 11. Fairfax FLAGS Role
    • Serve as the platform to unite & promote advocacy efforts to maximize impact
      • Website & Facebook provide centralized resource for information, ideas & strategies
      • Connecting schools to share best practices & ideas for advocacy success
      • Communicate with & through liaisons
      • Provide support & guidance to liaisons, schools, committees when requested
  • 12. Role of Liaisons
    • Set up advocacy team in school
    • Communicate & publicize advocacy
      • Reach parents by using or building email distribution list
      • Update FLAGS on latest efforts in your schools & successes to share with other schools
      • Solicit help with committees as needed
      • Talk it up & get others to help motivate parents to TAKE ACTION
      • Publicize website & Facebook as a source of information & action items
  • 13. Organization of Committees
    • Prefer two leaders per committee
      • Provide us with contact information for website
      • Ensure committee is on track & making progress toward advocacy goals
      • Provide updates to FLAGS leadership
      • Communicate any pertinent findings to other FLAGS committees
      • Request support from leadership & other committees when needed
      • Solicit more committee members if needed
      • Solicit experts or specialists for guidance or as resource if needed
  • 14. Committees
    • Budget (SK)
      • Analysis of FCPS & County
      • Grant/Alternative funding
      • Research & identify cost-savings possibilities
      • Stay current with latest news
    • Media & Publicity (TM)
      • Organize rallies
      • Letters to editors
      • Create & distribute business or “promo cards”
      • Press releases & packets
      • Video productions
    • Political Outreach (SK)
      • School Board
      • County Board of Supervisors
      • State, Federal, PACs
      • Embassies
    • Organizational Outreach (TM)
      • Businesses
      • Government Agencies
      • Influential Organizations
      • Community & Associations
      • University Outreach
    • Public Hearings & Meetings (SK)
      • Prepare for public hearings & solicit variety of speakers
      • Organize & publicize district meetings
    • Advocacy Communications (TM)
      • Discussion groups
      • Facebook monitoring
      • News & info scouring
      • Letter campaign tracking
      • Gather testimonials
  • 15. Budget
    • Analysis of FCPS & County
      • Follow online budget questions submitted by School Board & Board of Supervisors
      • Identify potential cost savings & suggestions
      • Research & answer budget questions by group members
      • Stay current with budget changes & issues
    • Grant/Alternative funding
      • Research grant possibilities
      • Explore corporate funding options
      • Endowments
      • Fees for services
  • 16. Political Outreach
    • Ensure relationship-building, calls to action & constant communications with:
      • School Board
      • County Board of Supervisors
      • State officials
      • Federal officials
      • Political Action Committees
      • Embassies
    • Keep FLAGS community informed
  • 17. Media & Publicity
    • Organize rallies or public demonstrations
      • Figure out venue & timeline
    • Letters to editors
    • Create & distribute “promo cards”
    • Press releases & packets
    • Provide necessary responses to articles
    • Provide talking points when needed
    • Video productions
    • Gather video clips & photos for promotions
      • Must have permission from parents
  • 18. Organizational Outreach
    • Ensure relationship-building, calls to action & constant communications with:
      • Businesses: local & global
        • Volkswagen, Hilton, Deutsche Bank, etc.
      • Government Agencies
        • CIA, State Department, Military, Homeland Security
      • Influential Organizations
        • ACTFL, CAL, The Language Flagship, NNEL, Japan Foundation Los Angeles, French-American Foundation
      • Community & Associations
        • Chambers of Commerce, FCCPTA,
      • University Outreach
        • Area universities, internat’l studies, business schools, etc.
  • 19. Public Hearings & Meetings
    • Prepare for public hearings
      • Work on public hearing strategy
      • Start identifying potential speakers by working with organizational & political outreach committees
      • Organize online registrations for speakers
    • Support & organize district meetings
      • Motivate & schools host cluster-wide meetings with County Supervisor & FCPS Board Member
      • Ensure all concerned school are invited when possible
    • FLAGS leadership will be involved
  • 20. Advocacy Communications
    • Daily monitoring & tracking of information
      • Discussion groups
      • Facebook
      • News & info scouring
      • Letter campaign tracking
      • Gather testimonials
    • Report new findings or inappropriate postings
    • Keep group & leadership informed
    • Make recommendations for improvement
  • 21. Let’s Get to Work!
    • Break into your committee of interest
    • Those serving on multiple committees, be sure they have your contact info
    • Before leaving, provide committee contact info to Sandy or Tina
    • Before leaving, committees report their initial ideas of how they will move forward

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