The Sheff Movement pursues a variety of advocacy strategies to ensure that policymakers have accurate and up-to-date information as they prepare to make decisions that will affect the region’s voluntary, two-way integration system. Our most effective resources are the parents, educators, and students who can share their experiences, voice their support, and remind policymakers that these programs provide tangible benefits to families throughout the region. Organizing these opportunities for parents and students to reflect upon and speak about their personal experiences also increases their knowledge and skills, and builds a sense of shared commitment to securing quality integrated education for all children.
Our advocacy strategies include:
- An Advocacy Day that brings together parents, students, educators and allies from across the region to meet with legislators and provide a visible presence at the Capitol
- Building a network of active supporters who can respond quickly with phone calls or letters to elected officials
- Publishing opinion articles in local and regional news outlets
- Preparing and distributing fact sheets and other informative materials to policymakers