Contact TVUSD District Quick Facts Required Notices Schools and Calendars
California State Standards Educational Technology Electives Graduation Requirements High School Course Catalogs High School Instructional Materials Independent Study PE Positive Prevention (STD / HIV Education) Summer School Student Testing TVUSD Math Course Pathways and Team School Accountability Report Cards
Annual Notification Packet Enrollment Family Engagement/Parent Meetings TV Council PTA Hot Weather Guidelines Resources & Links Pearson - Curriculum and Textbooks McGraw Hill Connect Ed Student Fees, Donations and Fundraising Transfers Understanding Educational Acronyms Volunteers
Program Directory Alternative Education AVID Before and After School Child Care (BASES) Career Technical Education Elementary Visual and Performing Arts English Learners Foster Youth Library PBIS Preschool Programs Safe & Drug, Alcohol, Tobacco Free Schools Single Plan For Student Achievement Transitional Kindergarten Title I Programs Wellness Program
Board of Education Board Policies Budget Updates Budget and Financial Reports CFD Financial Disclosure Reports (AB1666) Local Control Accountability Plan Measure Y
District Directory Accounting and Payroll Business Support Services Child Welfare & Attendance (CWA) Educational Support Services (ESS) Facilities Development Health Office Human Resources Development (HRD) Information Management Systems (IMS) Maintenance & Operations Nutrition Services Public Information Office Purchasing Risk Management Special Education Superintendent's Office Transportation
Current Openings EdJoin Substitutes
Resource Page for Employees

TVC PTA Advocacy

PTA Advocacy.png

YOU are the strongest, best advocate for your child!

How to be an Effective Advocate for Your Child
By Celia Jaffe, Past President 4th District PTA


Many of the principles that guide PTA as an organization in advocating for all children can be put to use at the most local, personal level when you advocate for your own child.


Whether you want your child to be allowed into a particular class, believe a discipline consequence or grade was unfair, or have concerns about the level of supervision during recess, consider these steps to become an effective personal advocate:

·        Define your issue:  What is the main thing you are concerned about? Clouding the conversation with every idea, concern, and gripe about the school will distract from your main purpose.

·        Get the facts:  Explore the issue. Read the school handbook. Ask someone other than your child to describe an incident. Do your homework.

·        Go to the right person:  For classroom issues, talk to the teacher. For school-wide issues, talk to the principal. It is not more effective to “go straight to the top.” Only if you get an unsatisfactory response is it appropriate to go up the hierarchy.

·        Be reasonable:  State your case clearly without accusations or hostility. Listen to the other person’s point of view. Don’t expect the whole class or whole school to revolve around your child, but do expect sensible explanations and actions.

·        Come away with something:  Before you finish your conversation, explicitly state your understanding of where things stand. For example, “So Gertrude can retake the test after school on Monday, and the two grades will be averaged. Is that correct?”

·        Persist:  If the problem is not resolved, don’t give up. Try another conversation, with additional ideas for a resolution.

·        Follow up:  Email or write a note to the person with whom you met. Thank her for her time and restate the expected actions. Communicate either your satisfaction or dissatisfaction with the results. By becoming an effective advocate for your child, you accomplish more than resolving difficulties. You also communicate to your child how much you value his or her education, and you provide a role model for appropriate problem solving skills and persistence.

Advocacy Resources

Take advantage of these valuable resources - and never forget that PTA is here to ADVOCATE for children!


Helpful Websites/Resources


• Kids & the Law an A-Z Guide for Parents [English] [Spanish]

• When You Turn 18: A Survival Guide for Teenagers [English] [Spanish]

• PTA in California newsletter

• California State PTA Toolkit  Chapter 4 is Advocacy and includes: local advocacy, elections, legislative program, legislation platform, listing of resolutions, position statements, policies and procedures. The Toolkit is available in both English and Spanish online, in print or on CD. 

• Resolutions Book

Contact the TVC PTA Vice President of Advocacy


Events to Attend

• Council/District PTA-sponsored events

• School Board meetings

• California State PTA Legislation Conference in Sacramento (March)

• California State PTA Convention (April)

Stay Informed!

Stay connected to these resources to stay informed:

• TVUSD FaceBook:

• TVUSD Twitter:

• Know your Temecula Valley Unified School District School Board representatives:

• Sacramento Update (Advocacy newsletter from the California State PTA Legislation Team)

• California State PTA Legislative Alerts –

• California State PTA Current Legislation –

• National PTA –