Advocacy U

Great Education Colorado offers monthly workshops where we will demystify the role of being an advocate for Colorado students.

We’ll provide the background and skills needed to empower you to advocate on behalf of Colorado students.

Join us for one workshop or for the entire series!

Past Events

January 19, 2018: 2018 Legislative Session Preview

The 2018 Legislative Session is now underway and January’s Advocacy U workshop is designed to help you learn more about some important bills related to school funding, equity and other hot topics for this session. On average 80 or more bills related to education are introduced each legislative session.  The General Assembly is in session for 120 days and each legislator may introduce 5 bills annually. You can do the math, knowing that there are 100 legislators (35 senators and 65 representatives), the number of bills can really add up!

You don’t have to be a lobbyist to have your voice heard! We will spend time talking about how you can lobby the Colorado Legislature.

Our speaker for this session will be Lisa Weil, executive director of Great Education Colorado. A graduate of Greeley Public Schools, the University of Colorado, and the Yale Law School, Lisa has been a public interest attorney and political consultant. She served as Policy Director and Chief Legal Counsel for former Governor Roy Romer, and as a Legislative Aide to former Senators Timothy Wirth and Bob Kerrey. In addition, Lisa managed the first Congressional campaign of Representative Diana DeGette, and has served as a consultant on a wide variety of research and campaign projects. Lisa was closely involved in the creation and passage of Amendment 23, and co-founded Great Education Colorado in 2005.

February 9, 2018: Vouchers and ESAs (Education Savings Accounts)

As explained in the School Choice Glossary produced by Education Commission of the States, “School choice has become a permanent fixture in many states’ public school systems. State policies range from increasing the public school options available to parents to more recent – and more controversial – efforts to allow parents to use public dollars to pay for private school.”

Our Advocacy U workshop for February will focus on two private school choice options — Vouchers and Education Savings Accounts (ESAs). While most people are familiar with school vouchers, ESAs are private savings accounts funded by a deposit from the state government and managed by a parent. This form of funding private schools with public funds has received more attention in recent years.

April 20, 2018: Addressing Learning and Attention Issues

One in 5 kids in the U.S. have learning and attention issues. Join Nicola Frost, Western Regional Manager for Understood, at this month’s Advocacy U. was created by 15 nonprofit partners and is a free resource and community supporting parents of kids with learning and attention issues. This organization empowers millions of parents through personalized resources, daily access to experts, interactive tools and a supportive online and on-the-ground community. is a flagship program of the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD).

2017 Events

  • Jan. 20, 2017: Education and Colorado State Governance
  • Feb 24, 2017: How can so many education bills be introduced each year?
  • March 17, 2017: Is it time to update the School Finance Act of 1994?
  • April 14, 2017: Let’s talk government revenues and budgets in Colorado!
  • May 19, 2017: Educational equity and this year’s legislative session
  • June 16, 2017: What does it take to run an effective campaign?
  • July 14, 2017: The Perfect Class
  • August 18, 2017: Dire Straits
  • September 22, 2017: Achieving Excellence Through Equity