Advocacy 101

Learn the tips and tricks to being an effective advocate for Iowa public education.

How To Advocate

Iowa has one of the finest public educational systems in the United States. Public education is the foundation of our democratic society and the key to successful futures of Iowa children. IASB is committed to statewide leadership to ensure high achievement for all Iowa students. IASB recognizes that school boards are in a strategic position to bring about continuous improvement in public education through governance, public policies, and advocacy.

New Board Members: School board members can serve as a valuable resource to legislators, so get to know them now that you're on the board. Use our sample email to introduce yourself to your legislators and start an important and positive relationship.

Hosting A Legislator for a Site Visit

Hosting legislators at your schools may help them to better understand the impact state funding has in their communities. Download our how-to guide on Hosting A Legislator for a Site Visit.

School Board Member Advocate Job Description

Become a school board member advocate today! Download the IASB School Board Member Advocate Job Description to learn about how you can be the voice for public education. Get tips for strong advocacy tactics and learn about IASB resources to help you make your voice heard.

A Sample Two-year Advocacy Plan

Effective advocacy for education is a year-round job. It helps create awareness and encourages action from those in the community. To have a real impact on policy decisions made in Des Moines, advocacy must become a habit. Download our Sample Two-year Advocacy Plan to help provide direction and get your board involved in advocacy at the state level. An advocacy plan should identify specific board activities to assure effective legislative advocacy.

Insights from Legislators & Your Peers


These Advocacy Insights, culled from conversations with legislators and experienced board members, can help you better understand the process from the viewpoint of your locally elected official and what your fellow board members across the state are saying about what works for them. It may work for you too!


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