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Develop Your Message

 

Develop Your Message

It is important to have a focused message and stick to it. Follow these tips to help develop your message:

  • Successful legislative meetings are always brief and to the point.
  • Collect facts, figures, and anecdotes that are specific to your state or local schools to use in your meetings, such as:
    • how teaching social studies supports development of critical thinking skills and civic engagement;
    • the percentage of high schoolers who leave school without history or civic education classes;
    • how teaching social studies in your area could benefit from competitive grants to create a menu of innovative, validated approaches to teaching history and civics; and
    • how past federal funding has been used to support innovative teaching in your school area, etc.
  • Stick to a few main points of support for your issue and make a specific request for action. 

To make sure your point has a lasting impression:
  • Always connect your issue to your institution or community. Legislators rely on local stories and sources for the work they do.
  • Don’t forget to mention any independent research data that supports your points. 
  • Try to establish yourself as a helpful expert on how a particular issue affects the legislator’s constituents – you, your colleagues, students, family members, etc. at home.
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