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NCTE is actively working to let Congress know that funding for public education, teacher professional learning and literacy matters

1. NCTE is very concerned that the President’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget eliminates all funding dedicated to teacher recruitment, teacher training and ongoing professional learning (Title II funds).

We need you to help put pressure on Congress to support funding that provides the only resource for professional learning in some schools. If Title II funds are cut it will hurt teachers and their students.  Funding that NCTE knows makes a difference is at great risk. Learn more here.

2. Protect LEARN (Literacy for All, Results for the Nation). The President's FY18 budget eliminated the $190 million allocated for LEARN which is the only literacy grant funding available to states. 

Keep going! We need you to convince all Members of Congress to retain the $190 million allocated for LEARN. Visit here for more information how you can help. 

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 smartsafe, and 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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