Do you want to make your voice heard in support of public education and our schools in Des Moines? Attend any or all of the following events being sponsored by the Community Legislative Action Team. Follow the Community Legislative Action Team on Facebook for event updates and live streams.

MONTHLY LEGISLATIVE COFFEE
This is your chance to hear directly from your legislators and ask questions about education-related issues. These monthly virtual coffees combine updates from the statehouse with special topics important to DMPS students. Join your neighbors and learn more about the 2020-21 Iowa General Assembly.

Watch presentations from prior CLAT coffee events:
February 13 Virtual Coffee w/Legislators
Focus: English Language Learning
Special Speaker: Pablo Ortega, Director of English Language Learners Program

March 13 Virtual Coffee w/Legislators
Focus: Preschool
Special Speaker: Susie Guest, Early Childhood Programs Administrator

April CLAT Coffee with Legislators
Focus: Funding for Disadvantaged Students
Special Speakers:
Margaret Buckton, Executive Director, UEN
Allyson Vukovich, DMPS Director of Community Schools
Kiersten Cooley, Community School Coordinator
Lupe Thomason, Community School Coordinator

#ForMySchool LETTER WRITING PARTIES
Legislators make decisions on funding that determine the quality of learning materials, class sizes and availability of supports in your school. Join us in the #ForMySchool campaign to write your state legislator and tell them what you appreciate about your public school and what your school needs to be even better. Grab a piece of paper, pen, envelope, stamp and craft your quick message. Then, snap a photo of you with your letter before you drop it in the mail. Post your photo on social media with #ForMySchool and tag your legislators and school district. All of those letters can surely send a message! Click here to see presentation slides from the for #ForMySchool Letter Writing Parties.To watch a letter writing party, click here.

LISTENING CAMPAIGN
We kicked off the year with a Listening Campaign in September. If you weren’t able to make the meetings, the PowerPoint slides are available, just click here to access them. We learned more about the DMPS Board’s Legislative Education and Advocacy Committee and the Community Legislative Action Team (CLAT).

ACTION SUMMIT
Let’s keep the momentum going and continue advocating for DMPS! CLAT hosted a virtual gathering on Saturday, Oct. 24, where members presented the findings of our Listening Sessions, conducted a brief “How to Engage Your Legislator” training and discussed the advocacy calendar for 2021.