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2017 NCTE Advocacy Day

Join Us for NCTE Advocacy Day
Thursday, April 27, 2017

Every year NCTE leaders, members, and friends gather in Washington, DC, to raise awareness of the literacy issues that are central to our work. The day is structured so participants begin by getting a quick update on the issues Congress is grappling with as well as some support in the best strategies to use when engaging with Congressional leaders and their staff. Then, equipped with knowledge and resources, we take to the Hill for scheduled visits with a range of Senate and House offices. We regroup at the end of the day to share learning and discuss next steps.

This is a great opportunity to engage with fellow NCTE members who share your interest in policy and advocacy. It’s also an important way to raise awareness of your concerns as an educator and the work the Council is doing to support English language arts teachers across the country as they navigate such concerns.

Chairwoman Virginia Foxx to Keynote NCTE Advocacy Day -  April 27, 2017 - Washington, DC

Virginia Foxx (R-NC), Chair of the House Education and Workforce Committee which has jurisdiction over all education policy in the House of Representatives, has agreed to keynote NCTE's Advocacy Day on April 27, 2017. While notably one of the most conservative members of the US Congress, she is also one of the strongest advocates for college readiness and lifelong learning. Dr. Foxx has dedicated much of her career as an educator to teaching. Prior to becoming a member of Congress, she spent 10 years in the North Carolina Senate and has taught at Caldwell Community College, Appalachian State University and Maryland Community College.  Dr. Foxx is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she received her AB degree in English and MACT in Sociology. She earned her EdD in Curriculum and Teaching/Higher Education from UNC-Greensboro.


Ranking Member Robert “Bobby” Scott  will deliver remarks on Advocacy Day. 

Robert C. “Bobby” Scott has represented Virginia’s 3rd District in the US Congress since 1993 and is now Ranking Member of the House Education and Workforce Committee. Mr. Scott has track record as a public servant spans more than 40 years. His work includes civil rights advocacy and promoting opportunities for at-risk and disadvantaged children and youth. While serving in the Virginia legislature, he successfully sponsored laws focused on improving education, employment, health care, and social services. In his congressional tenure, Mr. Scott was one of the four primary negotiators of the Every Student Succeeds Act, which reauthorized the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and protected Title II funding for teachers and federal funding for programs supporting at-risk students.

Throughout his career, his work has largely centered on leading the fight for access to quality PreK–16 education for all of America’s children with an emphasis on solving the growing problem of student debt, closing the achievement gap, and dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline. Rep. Scott also has led efforts to pass comprehensive juvenile justice reform and crime prevention legislation.


Congressman Ben Ray Luján will deliver remarks on Advocacy Day. 

Representative Ben Ray Luján grew up in Nambe, a small farming community north of Santa Fe, New Mexico, and it was there that he learned the time-honored traditions and values of the state. He joined the US Congress in 2009 and became the Chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in 2014.

Ben is committed to the children and families he represents and advocates for early education and that children must be provided a positive learning environment where they are encouraged to challenge themselves and reach their full potential. He also believes that ensuring a bright future for our country requires investing in our children’s education today. Rep. Luján believes that no child, regardless of education level or background, should be overlooked. 


9:00-10:15 am: Capitol Hill: Keynote by Chairwoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC)

  • Briefing from Ranking Member Bobby Scott and Congressman Ben Ray Luján
  • Distribution of NCTE Materials

11:00 am – 4:30 pm

  • Legislative office visits

4:30-5:30 pm 

  • Debriefing

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Things you can start doing now:

Your voice makes a difference.

You are in the classroom. You know your students. You know what they need and what you need. Policymakers will listen to you because you are the expert.  Policymakers want and need to hear your story. Have a story to share? Write about it for the Literacy & NCTE blog.

Read about NCTE members who have shared their story:

  • In Thunderstruck, Jennifer Paulsen relays her experience at NCTE’s 2016 Advocacy Day when she met with her representatives.
  • Bob Dandoy also writes about conversing with his Senator at the 2016 Advocacy Day in Keeping the Faith

To learn more about Advocacy Day or for information
on how to contact your congressional representatives,
please contact Lu Ann McNabb at


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