Board of education members play an important role in advocacy. They can work behind the scenes to inform and persuade local legislators; some might speak publicly or even testify before the state Legislature or the State Board of Education to generate a greater awareness or influence action concerning a pressing issue.

With the beginning of a new two–year legislative session in Trenton, the latest issue of School Leader magazine looks at the power of board member advocacy and strategies for making an impact.

The magazine also features an interview with Kerri Wright, New Jersey’s Board Member of the Year, and a member of the Chester Board of Education, and an article full of tips for school districts seeking grant funding.

School Leader magazine is published four times a year and is mailed to all board of education members and charter school trustees, as well as other select education stakeholders.