The Advocacy Toolbox

Use the tools and resources on this page in order to learn about the current issues facing Colorado K-12 education. If you have questions about the CASB Advocacy Team, please contact Matt Cook, director of public policy and advocacy.


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Find Your Legislator
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Key Legislators by District

The following articles will help you create a plan to understand your constituency and create relationships with your legislators.

Lay the Foundation

  • Advocacy and Your Legislator — A step by step process for creating an Individualized Lobbying Plan for your legislator.

  • Advocacy and Your Community — An introduction to engaging your community. It is important to understand what your community desires for their schools so you are able to advocate on their behalf.

Get to Work

This action plan will help to organize your grassroots lobbying efforts. Use this as a guide and reminder of what to do during various times of the year.

Lobby With Candidates During an Election Year

Perhaps your state representative or senator has been term-limited out of office or is not running for re-election. This does not mean your grassroots efforts are on hold. Instead, it’s the ideal time to begin building a relationship with the person who will eventually become your legislator. Download this guide to grassroots lobbying with candidates.

Advocacy Lobbying at the Federal Level – Ensure the Local Voice is Heard

Washington, D.C. may be 1,500 miles away, but it’s still important for Colorado’s members of Congress to hear from you, the local voice of the community. With rulemaking and regulations being decided on for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and the re-authorization of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education (CTE), the decisions made on Capitol Hill will have big impacts on Colorado classrooms. Stay in touch with the Colorado Congressional Delegation using these resources.

The following toolkit focuses on lobbying from the local level to the federal level.

Lay the Foundation

Both CASB and the National School Board Association (NSBA) have useful resources for becoming well-versed on federal education issues.

Get to Work

The best way to impact Colorado’s Congressional delegation on education issues is to have regular meaningful interaction with members of Congress while they are at home in your district. Become knowledgeable on federal education issues, share your knowledge with other school board members and educate your Congressional representatives about the unique aspects of your school district and region.

To help you get started, use the following documents as a guide to lobbying Congress: