Advocacy is at the core of our PTA mission to make every child's potential a reality. By engaging and educating members on critical local, state and national level, PTAs become essential voices in making decisions that impact Texas families.
- Register as an executive board member with Texas PTA within 15 days of election or appointment.
- Complete mandatory training within 30 days of election or appointment.
- Meet with the outgoing advocacy VP/chair to obtain their procedure manual and history of the role.
- Join your PTA.
- Review your PTA’s Bylaws and Standing Rules (if applicable).
- Subscribe to Texas PTA’s Under the Dome newsletter to receive advocacy-related communications.
- Review Texas PTA's and National PTA's Legislative Positions, Resolutions, and Legislative Priorities.
- Review the Basics Advocacy Resource Guide for detailed support and effective strategies.
- Develop a Plan of Work and submit it to the executive board for approval.
- Sign the Confidentiality, Ethics, and Conflict of Interest Agreement provided by the secretary.
- Identify policy issues of interest to your PTA membership and monitor through local and national media, school district policies, school board meetings, and PTA resources.
- Advocate for policies aligned with Texas PTA's Legislative Priorities.
- Present legislative reports at all executive board and membership meetings.
- Provide members with contact information for elected officials while sharing action alerts and encouraging participation.
- Meet with elected officials at least annually.
- Network with PTA advocacy leaders in your community to collaborate on common goals.
- Promote and participate in Texas PTA’s bi-annual Rally Day and Straight Talk events.