Tips for Advocating Effectively For Your Child
Anyone can be an advocate. The N.C. PTA offers the following tips in its Advocacy Guide for Officers and Members:
1. Be fearless. Never be concerned that you are an inexperienced advocate. All the best advocates once were inexperienced. You are a concerned citizen parent and member of the N.C. PTA, and these are the only credentials you need to be an advocate.
2. Be helpful. Sometimes the best way to deal with an issue is to offer your help in solving it.
3. Be informed. Learn everything you can about the issue that concerns you. The best advocates usually know more about an issue than the public official in charge. The N.C. PTA provides a wealth of information about major education issues on its Web site (www.ncpta.org).
4. Be civil. Even when issues are controversial or complicated, civility is a must. Tension and tempers never solve anything. Public officials, whether principals, superintendents, school board members or legislators, all deserve civility. Public officials instantly respect dedicated advocates who appreciate the value of civility.
5. Be persistent. Public officials don't expect you to take "no" for an answer, and they respect persistence. Some of the most important goals take a long time to achieve.