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School Board Activism Workshop

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What you will learn

Get the skills to wage and win your campaign for school board.

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Leadership Institute's School Board Activism Training provides you with the skills training you must have successfully engage parents, grandparents, community, and your school boards.

In every community, school boards have an important role. They make sure students receive the education they deserve to prepare them for higher education, trade school, or the workforce.

Sadly, many school boards are used as social engineering tools or are captured by labor union officials trying to control both sides of the collective bargaining table.

Conservative parents, activists, and leaders, like you, must engage in school boards from coast to coast to ensure schools focus on their educational mission for our children's future success.

Political technology determines political success. Get the skills for a successful effort – it's essential.

Learn from successful, experienced leaders who have served on school boards and works in grassroots operations.

While this particular workshop is being organized by, Texas Convention of States, LI's School Board Activism Campaign Training features presentations from seasoned conservatives who have been elected to school boards, campaigned for school board candidates, or organized efforts concerning school boards.

You'll receive briefings and background information you'll need to be a well-informed activist. You will learn to articulate your own experiences and issue positions to your community. You will explore how to identify additional volunteers for your efforts and how to build coalitions for success.

Specifically, you will learn to:

  • develop communications specifically on school board issues;
  • recruit and retain additional volunteers for your efforts;
  • create coalitions of like-minded allies.

The $25 tuition includes a continental breakfast, lunch, presentations, hand-outs, and access to additional on-demand content.

The content of this training can be applied to any political or public policy campaign. Register and attend, even if your top issue is not in the schools.

About the Organizers:
The Convention of States Foundation is a 501c3 nonpartisan education effort about Article V Convention. The Convention of States organization boasts a grassroots network of over 5 million supporters and volunteers, representing every state legislative district in the nation. Its mission is to restore a culture of self-governance in America and to curtail federal overreach. COS's primary focus in accomplishing this mission is using a limited Article V Convention to propose constitutional amendments that impose limitations on the size and scope of the federal government, including a balanced budget requirement and term limits for federal officials.

Prominent endorsers include Mark Levin, Ben Shapiro, Dave Rubin, Senator Rand Paul, Gov. Ron DeSantis, Sean Hannity, Senator Ben Sasse, Dr. James Dobson, Pete Hegseth, and Gov. Mike Huckabee.

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Saturday, July 9

8:30 AM - 4:30 PM


Barbwire HALO Cowboy Church
6761 State Highway 154 W
Gilmer, TX 75644 Map




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Dena Espenscheid

Dena Espenscheid

Director of Grassroots Coalitions, Leadership Institute

After completing the 2020 Marine Corps Marathon, Dena Espenscheid knows how true the cliché, “Campaigns are like Marathons,” actually is. There are plans, deadlines, and expenses. There are worn-out shoes, blisters, pain, exhaustion, joy, energy bursts, and mile-marker accomplishments. The big day comes and before it is over you swear off running ever again and want to quit. Then you cross the finish line. Success feels fantastic! The next day, after a good sleep, you are out on a trail, ready to do it all again!

Over her twenty years of professional experience, Dena held a variety of positions in public policy organizations, advertising agencies, and political campaigns including, Coalition for a Strong America, National Ballot Access, American Majority, Open and Clean Government, Vote Yes for Life, and the National Abstinence Clearinghouse. Much of her work has been focused on grassroots organizing, and training volunteers and fellow staffers.

Dena is a veteran of political campaigns as small as city council and as large as a presidential campaign. She has served in most campaign positions, including volunteer coordinator, regional field director, political director, and statewide spokesperson. She has overseen ballot qualification, volunteer recruitment and training, and get-out-the-vote efforts. She has formulated communication strategies, organized events, and done personal solicitation. As a "Jill of All Trades", Dena brings her varied experience to the position as the Director of Grassroots Coalitions, where she travels the country training conservatives to run their races and win.

Dena graduated from Thomas More College in Northern Kentucky with degrees in Biology and Speech Communication.

Dena's favorite presentations are on persuasion. She knows that people want to stay consistent with the image they project. If you tell someone they are generous before soliciting a donation, they are more likely to give. To keep herself moving, Dena is ending this bio by stating that she still runs in Quantico, Virginia where she lives with her houseplants.