In the context of PTA, advocacy is supporting and speaking up for children — in schools, in communities, and before government bodies and other organizations that make decisions affecting children.
PTA is the largest child advocacy association in the nation. Advocacy has been an important part of PTA for over 100 years. From the beginning, PTA leaders have been focused on giving our children the highest advantages in physical, mental, social and spiritual education.
There are many ways to be an advocate! Some ways families can be involved are to:
Attend Parent/Teacher Conferences throughout the school year.
Meet with school leaders to discuss a topic of importance to the district.
Join your local PTA, attend PTA meetings and/or serve on a committee.
Attend a school board meeting and/or serve on the school board.
Work with the school and state leaders to implement strong family engagement policies.
Write a letter to the editor to stress the importance of family engagement and other PTA policy priorities.
Educate your members of Congress and their staff on PTA’s federal public policy priorities.
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