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 Ways You Can Get  Involved in Advocacy: 

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1. Protect LEARN (Literacy for All, Results for the Nation). The President's FY18 budget eliminated the $190 million allocated for LEARN. 

Your calls, letters and tweets convinced 8 more Senators to sign on to the Senator Jack Reed's Dear Colleague Letter. But now we need to convince all members of Congress to retain the $190 million allocated for LEARN. Visit here for more information how you can help. 

Senators who signed on to support LEARN include the following: Warren (D-MA), Hirono (D-HI), Sanders (I-VT), Whitehouse (D-RI), Baldwin (D-WI), Blumenthal (D-CT), Casey (D-PA), Durbin (D-IL), Kaine (D-VA), Booker (D-NJ), Markey (D-MA), Franken (D-MN) and Van Hollen (D-MD). 

2. Thank you for participating in an Education Funding Day of Action on May 18. 

We appreciate all of you who called, wrote and/or tweeted your Senators and Congressional Representative to ask them to protect funding for public education. But we need you to continue as Congress reviews appropriations requests and drafts its FY18 budget. Visit here for more information. 

3. Review NCTE's Policy Recommendations for the 115th Congress

The priorities which NCTE has established to accomplish its federal and state policy and advocacy work impacting Prek-16 teachers and schools are:

  • Promote policies that ensure equity for all students to learn reading, writing, literature, language, and literacy 
  • Inform policy that impacts professional learning for teachers of English and composition 
  • Foster and promote education innovation in PreK-16 literacy instruction and learning 
  • Protect federal public education funding

To support our priorities and ensure the 115th Congress hears what is important to our 30,000 members, NCTE makes these recommendations.

4.  Learn about Everyday Advocacy 

We are teachers. We know what happens in the worlds of schools. How can we leverage our expertise to create the changes we know matter most? This resource-rich website explores how we can become advocates for teachers, for teaching, and for student learning. Learn how to enter the public conversation in ways that are smartsafeand savvy. Find your voice and help change the conversation. Become an everyday advocate.

5.  Write for Literacy & NCTE

Literacy & NCTE is seeking original pieces from NCTE members on a variety of topics that impact teachers and students. We are particularly looking for pieces on topics for which you are passionate. Topics can range from teaching grammar to discussing the school-to-prison pipeline to how teachers take care of themselves within a rigorous profession and everything in between. We also encourage submissions by students. [If they are minors, we require a guardian’s permission to publish.] All blogs are shared on social media.

6. See Our Ideas for Advocacy You Can Do at Home

NCTE held its Advocacy Day on April 27. But, everyone can continue to make a difference right from where they live and work. Read our tips for speaking out and choose an activity or two from our list below to do to help support literacy education.

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