Public Advocacy

PUBLIC ADVOCACY UPDATE: Full STEAM Ahead - Destination Imagination

By Lisa Bushey
Associate Executive Director, Public Advocacy and Communications

For the intellectually curious interested in innovative pathways to expand students’ interest in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics), here’s an innovation initiative perhaps unfamiliar to you. Recently, NSBA was invited to gain backstage access to “Destination Imagination” (DI) to learn what DI is, how it works, and why it matters.

2015 Advocacy Institute Public Advocacy Background Materials

This document provides the background materials for public advocacy items discussed during the 2015 Advocacy Instiute.  Topics include:

  • Stand Up 4 Public Education
  • The 46th Annual Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup Poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools, Phi Delta
    Kappan, September 2014


New Year, New Push to Safeguard America's Public Schools

Jan. 12, 2015 - Statement of NSBA - The National School Boards Association (NSBA) announces the January 2015 launch of its online donor portal in support of its 501(c)(3) work on behalf of America’s public schools and our nation’s public school children - Stand Up 4 Public Schools at

I Stand Up 4 Public Schools

Public schools mold America into the great nation of citizens we are today. From the encouragement of great teachers or mentors like the football coach, to the support of the high school counselor, public schools shaped many of our lives. So, let's "Stand Up 4 Public Schools" and support quality public schools for America’s students! Emmy Award-winning television personality and celebrity advocate for “Stand UP 4 Public Schools,” Montel Williams says now is the time to support public education.

School Boards Launch National Campaign to Promote Public Education

Alexandria, Va. (Feb. 18, 2014) - In partnership with its state associations, the National School Boards Association (NSBA) has launched, an all-new national campaign to highlight the success of public education. The campaign features advertisements with celebrity advocates and public school graduates to tell their stories of public education.

NSBA joins effort to distribute “12 Years a Slave” to U.S. public high schools

Who I am Today Began with Public Schools - Stand Up 4 Public Schools

Public schools are where futures start. Let's "Stand Up 4 Public Schools" and support quality public schools for America’s students! Narrated by Emmy Award-winning television personality Montel Williams, a celebrity advocate for "Stand Up 4 Public Schools." Special thanks to Virginia's Alexandria City Public Schools for their participation in this video.

Astronaut and educator Barbara Morgan stands up for public schools

Hailed as “NASA’s first educator astronaut to reach orbit,” Barbara Morgan is the latest distinguished American to join the “Stand Up 4 Public Schools” campaign of the National School Boards Association (NSBA).

Morgan, a former elementary school teacher, was NASA's first educator astronaut. She served on a 13-day mission onboard the space shuttle Endeavour in 2007. She previously trained as the backup to Teacher-in-Space Christa McAuliffe, who was a member of the ill-fated 1986 Challenger mission.

PDK/Gallup Poll Reflects Americans’ Support for School Board Governance

Recognize Your School Board

Say "Thank You" to Your Local School Board

Throughout the year, state school boards associations and their school systems recognize the work and dedication of school board members in their state. See what your state association is doing to say "thank you" to your neighbors who are school board members.


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