Update & Work Session Nov. 19, 2009
Since we last met… <ul><li>Meetings </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fairfax Education Foundation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Corp...
Since we last met… <ul><li>Continue to establish liaisons & streamline </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Please check out our liaison ...
Check out  www.fairfaxflags.org
Check out  www.fairfaxflags.org
Fan “Fairfax FLAGS”
Facebook &  www.fairfaxflags.org <ul><li>Content will build & evolve </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Schools can feed latest events ...
Moving forward… <ul><li>&quot;The core issue is not one program vs. another program, but rather the level of funding we re...
Facing issues <ul><li>How to get more funding for FCPS? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Educate the community this is a BIG issue fo...
Taking Action <ul><li>Attend community dialogues: Dec. 2 </li></ul><ul><li>Organize rally for community dialogues? </li></...
Fairfax FLAGS Role <ul><li>Serve as the platform to unite & promote advocacy efforts to maximize impact </li></ul><ul><ul>...
Role of Liaisons <ul><li>Set up advocacy team in school </li></ul><ul><li>Communicate & publicize advocacy </li></ul><ul><...
Organization of Committees <ul><li>Prefer two leaders per committee </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide us with contact informat...
Committees <ul><li>Budget  (SK) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Analysis of FCPS & County </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Grant/Alternati...
Budget <ul><li>Analysis of FCPS & County </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Follow online budget questions submitted by School Board & ...
Political Outreach <ul><li>Ensure relationship-building, calls to action & constant communications with: </li></ul><ul><ul...
Media & Publicity <ul><li>Organize rallies or public demonstrations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Figure out venue & timeline </li...
Organizational Outreach <ul><li>Ensure relationship-building, calls to action & constant communications with: </li></ul><u...
Public Hearings & Meetings <ul><li>Prepare for public hearings </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Work on public hearing strategy </li>...
Advocacy Communications <ul><li>Daily monitoring & tracking of information </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Discussion groups </li></...
Let’s Get to Work! <ul><li>Break into your committee of interest </li></ul><ul><li>Those serving on multiple committees, b...
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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 schools and elementary foreign language programs.

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Flags Presentation 11 19 09

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

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