You Can Make a Difference

  • Concerned citizens often wonder what they can do to help their local students and schools. Following are some ideas on how you might advocate for the education issues that most concern you.

    • Empower yourself
      • Choose an issue affecting your local schools and learn about that issue.
      • Hone and deliver a “laser talk” to someone about the issue you chose.
    • Advocate with your legislators
      • Send a letter or email to local legislators.
      • Establish a relationship with legislators’ aides.
      • Schedule face-to-face meetings with legislators, and ask them to take a leadership role on your selected issue.
      • Invite legislators to special events at schools.
      • Ask questions at legislators’ town hall meetings.
    • Advocate through the media
      • Write a letter to a newspaper editor and send your published letter to local legislators.
      • Copy editorials or newspaper articles about your issue and send them to local legislators.
    • Advocate in the community
      • Organize a letter-writing campaign.
      • Speak to a local community group.
      • Participate in a forum on your selected issue.
      • Use social media to spread the word:
        • Update your Facebook or Twitter status with a key point from your “laser talk.”
        • Share links to relevant news articles or to your school district website.
        • Invite people to participate in events that are related to your selected issue.
        • Follow legislators’ social media accounts. Use social media to connect with legislators.