Year-round Advocacy

Successful advocacy is a year-round activity. To help school boards plan accordingly, we’ve outlined the steps and timing for maximizing your efforts.

Build Your Team

Implement priority setting
Follow and participate in work groups
Engage local stakeholders and advocates
Support local campaigns
PrepareĀ for WSSDA position work
Review legislative positions with your board and gather input to bring to Assembly
Attend the Legislative Assembly

Get Warmed Up

Get to know your local legislators, their goals, and their staff
Invite them to your schools and events
Share your district and WSSDA legislative priorities
Provide input on issues and bill drafts
Align messages/priorities regionally and locally
Register for Legislative Conference and Day on the Hill

Play to Win

Follow the Legislative Session
Track bills and committees and provide support
Participate in weekly WSSDA Legislative Representative Webinars
Attend Legislative Conference and Day on the Hill
Coordinate local outreach
Champion an issue and work with other districts
Plan trips to Olympia with students
Get familiar with WSSDA’s Legislative Positions
Consider gaps, additions, overlaps
Propose new positions for consideration

Celebrate and Educate

Thank all local legislators
Invite legislators into schools
Educate on impacts of the session
Review, inform submit legislative proposals for consideration