Advocacy at the Local PTA Level

PTA’s Mission is to Advocate for All Children

Advocacy is the foundation of PTA: to speak up for every child in our schools, in our community, in our state, and in our nation. Advocacy begins at the local level, with parents speaking to teachers or PTAs speaking to principals or school districts.

When we advocate at the local level, we can affect the lives of hundreds of children. When we advocate at the state and national level, we can affect the lives of thousands and millions of children.

How can you and your PTA advocate for children? Here are a few ways:

  • Attend Parent/Teacher Conferences.  Visit your child’s school and talk with teachers or administrators on behalf of children.  Here are PTA’s Tips for Parent Teacher Conferences.
  • Join the Illinois PTA Takes Action Network to be informed on urgent issues that need your voice added to PTA’s one voice.
  • Take action on Illinois PTA alerts and share them with your PTA, school, and community.
  • Utilize Voter Voice to find your elected officials and determine the committees on which they serve.  Register to Vote.

How to Get Involved

You as a PTA Member play a role as well.  Here are some resources and ways you can communicate with the decision makers in your child’s future:

How to Contact Your Elected Officials (federal, state, & local)
Illinois General Assembly
Information on Cook County Judicial System Candidates (Judges)