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#PTALegCon: How to Advocate for Our Children

#PTALegCon has been such a rich experience. The first full day was filled with so much education and great ways to move the needle forward in the mission to advocate for every child. Here are some overall takeaways from the afternoon sessions of March 9, 2021. I also give some additional details on the sessions in the attached audio so be sure to check that out.

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With respect to advocacy generally, it can be a bit overwhelming but Daphne Hoffacker shared a great list of 10 ways to get started:

  1. Appoint an advocacy chair to be a member of your executive board

  2. Pick one core priority that your PTA wants to work on for the school year.

  3. Collaborate with associations that have similar goals.

  4. Share news articles and research through web and social media

  5. Host educations webinars with area experts and invite everyone.

  6. Develop a community event to raise awareness about a core advocacy priority.

  7. Activate your advocates.

  8. Watch school board meetings.

  9. Follow legislators on social media and attend Town Halls

  10. Participate in virtual rallies or start a rally for your local PTA’s priority.

Don’t forget that there are a lot of resources out there already at the National PTA level, State PTA level and also with like-minded organizations. Look for position statements, histories of the issue as well as any bills that have been put forth previously. Reach out to the people who have written those histories or bills and partner with them to continue to advance this issue. Finally, personal stories are critically important. They humanize the issue and show direct impact. Legislators love them so make sure your issue has one, or more, personal stories to share.

There were several deep dives in the afternoon and we attended session on digital equity, education funding, student safety and diversity and inclusion. All were very well put together and had some incredible tips for PTAs, PTOs, teachers, and other educators. If you want more details, check out the attached audio clip or listen for our summary podcast.

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