Ten Reminders of Effective (School Board) Advocacy

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  1. Check meeting calendar in October.
  2. Meet with a board member to place resolution on the agenda (probably in early September).
  3. For the Anaheim group, set up another meeting with mayor.
  4. Select 3-5 speakers and practice delivery (try not to repeat points).
  5. Go over reasons why the resolution needs to be passed and get feedback prior.
  6. Try to get a minimum of 25-50 people at the board meeting.
  7. Dress professionally.
  8. Get someone to take photos, video so it can be documented.
  9. Invite press if you know there will be a good turnout.
  10. Remember, you have a lot of authority.  School officials work for the community.
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