Action Toolkit: I Love My Public Schools Week 2018

COVER I love my public school Week of Action

Show your teachers, community, elected officials and decision makers why you love your public school!

Statewide I LOVE MY PUBLIC SCHOOL
WEEK OF ACTION GUIDE 2018

Click here to download a printable pdf of this guide with a selfie-template!

WHO:    All Wisconsin parents, educators, & community members who support and appreciate public schools
WHEN:     February 12-16, 2018 – with special focus on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14

Special Week of Action events:

  • Mon. Feb. 12: WPEN meeting and I Love My Public Schools and Twitterstorm kickoff – RSVP here
  • Wed. Feb. 14: Wisconsin PTA Legislative Conference at the Capitol RSVP here
  • Friday Feb. 16: Special Delivery Day RSVP here

I love my public school Week of Action INSPIRATION-2WHERE: Every school district in Wisconsin
WHAT: A statewide effort to send the message “I love my public school!”
WHY: Because strong public schools are the heart of our communities, and we want to spread the love!
HOW: It’s easy! Just follow these four simple steps:

  1. BE THE LOVE. Hold one or more of the following events (or think of your own!) from Feb. 12-16
    • Valentines: Send Valentine’s to the educators and staff in your school. Don’t forget administrators and your district office! Make a party of it by holding card-making parties with parent groups, student orgs, and other local teams. KEEP IT SIMPLE. The message is: I LOVE MY PUBLIC SCHOOL because….
    • Welcome Walks: Welcome staff and students to school (ideally on the morning of Valentine’s day but whenever works for your team/s) by lining the street/sidewalk with signs telling them why you love your local schools.
    • Special Events: invite speakers or hold a party to honor local difference-makers in your schools
    • Media Message: Write a letter to the editor or op-ed for your local paper sharing why you love your schools. Contact your local paper and new stations to inform them of your events and invite them to come cover them!
    • School Board Actions: Make a formal resolution declaring it I LOVE ___ PUBLIC SCHOOLS WEEK in your district. See sample here.
    • Take a selfie with the I LOVE  MY PUBLIC SCHOOL BECAUSE…sign below. Share on social media. Use our photo frame on facebook.
  2. SHARE THE LOVE.
    • Let local and state-level decision makers know you care!  When decision-makers see us making public schools a priority, they’ll know we want them to make public schools a priority, too. Let your legislators and local leaders know WHY you love your public school. Send your legislators a Valentine (or better yet, deliver one in person!), sharing the reasons why you love your public schools.
      SPECIAL DELIVERY EVENT! Let decision makers know how much YOUR community loves its public schools!
      IN PERSON: JOIN US ON FRIDAY FEB 16 AT 10:30 AM on the Capitol steps (State Street entrance) to deliver Valentines to the Governor and our legislators as a group – those who wish are welcome to join us after for lunch at the Great Dane. RSVP here to join us.
      VIRTUAL DELIVERY: If you can’t join us in Madison, deliver your message virtually! Take photos of your Valentines and tweet them @ your elected officials, share on facebook and tag your legislators, and use snail mail to send the message. RSVP here to let us know your plan!
  3. SPREAD THE LOVE.
    • Use #ILoveMyPublicSchool *and* #ILove_______PublicSchools [insert your city/district here] SHARE photos, reports, posts and testimonials on all social media platforms. Tag your district/teachers/staff and send the love out. Tag us @WiscEdNetwork (Twitter) and @WisconsinNetwork (facebook) so we can amplify the love!
    • Update your profile picture on Facebook with a I Love My Public School Filter Week filter! Simply go to https://www.facebook.com/profilepicframes, then search “Wisconsin Public Education Network.” Then pick your favorite option and click “Use as Profile Picture” to save.
    • New to using Twitter to spread the love! See this quick twitter guide on how to maximize your social media impact this week.
    • Twitterstorm short graphic I MY PUBLIC SCHOOLS WEEK (1)
    • Short Twitter Infographic
    • Long Twitter Infographic
  4. FEEL THE LOVE.
    Let us know your plan & tag us in your posts to get your actions on the map! Wisconsin Public Education Network will regularly update a love-map at http://www.WisconsinNetwork.org/blog/i-love-my-public-school-week to show where people around the state have been giving love to their public schools.  Facebook (@WisconsinNetwork) or Twitter (@WiscEdNetwork). WisconsinNetwork.org. Email: hdb@WisconsinNetwork.org

LOVE MY SCHOOL

Print this image and take a self with the reasons YOU love your public school:

I love my school because
Print or share this image with others in your community. Take a selfie with your reasons and share on social media using hashtag #ILoveMyPublicSchool
I LOVE my public SCHOOL
Download this image to use as your profile picture for the week of Feb.12-16, 2018!

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