- Empower yourself. Choose an issue affecting the RCS
schools and learn about that issue. Attend a school board meeting, read
local and statewide education publications, or review the “fact sheets”
to get started.
- Develop and hone a focused message or “elevator speech”
about the issue you chose. An “elevator speech” should briefly
identify a problem, present a solution, and issue a call to action. It
is a very useful tool when you have only a minute or two of someone’s
attention and you want to get a point across.
- Advocate with your elected representatives. Send a
letter or e-mail to local legislators. Call local legislators and
schedule face-to-face meetings. Establish a relationship with the aides
in legislators’ local offices. Attend and ask questions at town hall
meetings hosted by local legislators. Invite a local legislator to be
your guest at an RCS special event. Ask local legislators to agree to
take a leadership role on your selected issue.
- 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 selected issue and send
them to local legislators.
- Advocate in the community. Talk to community
members about your selected issue. Use social media to spread the word
about what you are advocating for: Update your Facebook or Twitter
status with a key point from your “elevator speech.” Share links to
relevant news articles or information from the school district website.
Follow legislators’ social media accounts and feel free to reach out to
them using these communication tools.