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Advocacy 2013

Make an appointment with your legislators for June 6th

You should make an appointment to visit your legislators (both House and Senate) who have community schools in their districts, AND those who do not. It would be great if you could meet with the legislators themselves. You should aim for this.  If not, ask to visit with their legislative assistants who handle education issues.
To set up a visit, either call or email your Senators’ and Representatives’ schedulers. For those visiting their DC offices, please schedule visits between 12 and 3pm on June 6th. These meetings will typically run 30-45 minutes.  Ask how much time can be allotted for the meeting. For those in DC, ensure that you do not schedule meetings back to back across Capitol Hill (the House and Senate buildings are about a 15-minute walk apart). Try to complete all meetings on the Senate side first before the House or vice versa.
Calls/Emails to schedulers should take place between 3 and 4 weeks before the requested visit date. Use the Scheduler Directory we created to help you find contacts for legislators (and their schedulers) at the federal level. If your legislators aren’t listed here, please go to and to find the main numbers for your legislators’ offices and you can reach their schedulers that way. Follow up if you don’t hear back in 1-2 weeks. Click here to dowload a template letter to schedulers.  
Advocacy Resources - Education Day Dropbox - Click here

You will find in here, the Save the Date, materials on Community Schools including a talking points 1-pager, community schools 1-pager with the Smart Phone graphic, Scaling Up Guide, Research Synthesis, One Pagers on each bill, advocacy webinar presentations, template letters, press releases, and more. Note: These resources will be provided in your packets. Please do not print copies.

The following advocacy resources can also be found in the Education Day Dropbox:
Advocacy Toolkit
This advocacy toolkit will help you better prepare to advocate for community schools on Education Day, whether you will be advocating for us in Washington, DC or in your communities or statehouses. It provides an overview of federal and state policy 101, tasks that need to be taken to prepare for advocacy visits, talking points and suggestions on how to structure visits.

Federal and State Policy 101 - Webinar
Click here to listen to the recording.
We will share a concise overview of the federal and state policies and programs supportive of community schools so you can walk away with useful talking points to use for Education Day. We will also give a brief summary of the current state of federal education policy, specifically regarding ESEA reauthorization. 

How to Advocate - Webinar
Click here to listen to the recording.
We reviewed highlights of the Coalition’s Advocacy Toolkit to help you feel fully prepared to advocate effectively with your federal and state legislators on Education Day. We reviewed how to prepare your "pitch" and "asks" in your meetings, activities to take part in on Education Day beyond legislator meetings, and more. We want you to walk away feeling informed and ready to advocate!

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If you need help with this, please contact Mary Kingston, Director of Public Policy at 202-822-8405 x140. 
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