Presentation on theme: "Washington State PTA Advocacy Focus Day Thursday Feb. 26, 2009 Rally on the Steps in Olympia 1."— Presentation transcript:
Washington State PTA Advocacy Focus Day Thursday Feb. 26, 2009 Rally on the Steps in Olympia 1
WSPTA’s Vision and Mission Vision Make every child's potential a reality Mission Speak on behalf of children and youth in the schools, in the community, and before governmental bodies and other organizations that make decisions affecting children 2 everychild.onevoice everyvoice.anadvocate
Role of Focus Day in PTA advocacy 3 Survey the Membership: Rank the Issues Spring Convention Advocate locally with legislators Step you can take is to contact your legislator Talk with legislators Cultivate Legislator Relationships Focus Day Legislative Assembly: Prioritize Issues Members Submit Legislative Issues
1-day event at the Olympia Capitol for all advocates New for ’09 Rally + Partners + Online Support How legislators visibly see PTA & advocacy coalition Newsworthy, influential, state-wide awareness for WSPTA Top 5 Issues Opportunity to add your voice In person or online…. ….Advocacy in Full View 4 WSPTA’s Focus Day is....
Focus on One Message, One Agenda Basic Ed Funding is our priority message Petition the legislature to fulfill the mandate to their Basic Ed Funding Task Force of re-define and price Basic Education Maximum influence is our top agenda Big attendance + visibility = influence of legislators and populous on each Top 5 issue 5 Steps you can take are to share the core message, show up with friends
Focus on Coalition of Partners 6 WSPTA is one of the many – Steps you can take are to: invite your colleagues & friends invite their organizations cultivate all advocacy partners Friends on the left…. Friends on the ….right
Register online to receive: current news & info latest resources transportation options PTA membership is not required to register 7 Focus on Being Connected Step to take is RSVP – let us know you are coming!
Virtually too.... If you can not join us on the steps, participate via the online CapWiz . Join in online in a 48-hour window around Feb. 26th. CapWiz lets you send a quick one-time directly to your legislators. Background info and a specific request of your legislator make up the template, or use your own words to say exactly what you want. In 1-2 minutes you can support Focus Day’s timely influence. 8 Focus on Promoting Participation Step to take is participate one way or another!
Focus on Transportation Local units have resources to organize carpools and charter buses CarpoolCharter a bus 9 Step you can take is to enjoy the journey, arrive with friends, share the day!
Focus on Influencing Legislators 10 What do we all need out of Focus Day? For more legislators to cast more votes for positions WSPTA champions. Our collaborative Focus Day coalition garners media attention and public awareness, emphasizing the pivotal role advocates play in a legislator’s focus on issues. Step you can take is to ask your legislator what they are voting for from BEF’s work
Focus on Investing One Day…. 11 TENTATIVE AGENDA - As of December 2008 Columbia Room & South Steps of the Legislative Building (Capitol Dome). Appointments with legislators as you may schedule throughout the day. 9:00Check-In Registration opens 10:30Welcome – Laura Bay, WSPTA President FD Chairs Byron Shutz & Shelley Kloba 10:45Overview of Focus Day - Paul Cheek, WSPTA Legislative Director toBill & Committee Status - Donna Christensen, WSPTA Lobbyist 11:30Top 5 WSPTA Priority Issues – 5 mins by each issue submitter 12:00Rally on The Steps of the Legislative Building (Capitol Dome) Speaker: Emcee / FD Chairs? Speaker: Pres. Laura Bay Speakers: Advocacy Partners Exec. Directors 12:15Guest Speaker: Governor Gregoire 12:30Guest Speakers: To be announced 1:00Conclude Public Rally on the Steps 1:30Columbia Room Presentation / Speaker - To Be Determined 4:00Conclude Event, and access to the Columbia Room –
Focus on Steps You Can Take Save the date Thu. Feb. 26 RSVP - let us know you are coming! Contact your legislator throughout the year Participate, one way or another – attend or CapWiz Show up with friends – invite colleagues & friends Cultivate all advocacy partners Enjoy the journey, share the day – carpool or bus Share the focused message - top priority is funding the Top 5 Ask your legislator what they are voting for from BEF’s work 12
Make no little plans, they have no magic to stir men’s blood. Daniel Burnham 13 WSPTA Focus Day Co-Chairs Byron Shutz Shelley Kloba Legislative Director Paul Cheek Advocacy Coordinator Kim Howard WSPTA Resources - WSPTA CapWiz Center - everychild.onevoice everyvoice.anadvocate