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Literacy Education Advocacy

Advocacy Day & Month

Join us for Literacy Education Advocacy Day
Thursday, February 25, 2016
Your voice will make a difference!

We know it's a lot to ask, but we would love for all of you to join us in Washington, DC, for NCTE's Literacy Education Advocacy Day on Thursday, February 25.

Register for Advocacy Day!

We're working to set up group meetings with members of the Senate Health, Education, and Labor (HELP) Committee, and we know that  congressional staff are more receptive when constituents attend these meetings. If you live in these states -- AK, CT, CO, GA, IL, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MN, NC, PA, RI, SC, TN, UT, VT, WA, WI, WY -- please consider coming to Advocacy Day.

We also encourage our local membership from DC and VA to join us. However, the invitation is open to anyone -- no matter where you live -- and we are happy to help you set up a meeting with your representative. Both K-12 and higher education issues will be addressed. We want and need your voice to make a difference.


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


Sign up to receive Advocacy Month & Day updates and other tips for speaking out!


Please tell us what you've done to advocate for literacy education by completing this short survey.


Although March Is NCTE's official Literacy Education Advocacy Month, Advocacy is All Year!
You have the knowledge and classroom experience needed to talk with policymakers, school leaders, parents, and the public about the topics important to literacy teaching and learning.

See our list of activities, some that take 1 minute and some that take 10 minutes or more, for ideas of how to share your stories, advocate for your profession, and celebrate the students you work with every day.


Visit Your Congressional Representatives When They're in Their Home Offices; see the calendars for the House of Representatives and Senators.  



See the following to prepare for February 25, 2016 Literacy Education Advocacy Day


See also NCTE's 2016 Education Policy Platform, recommendations to policymakers, and additional ideas for advocating for literacy education, students, and teachers that you can use during Literacy Education Advocacy Month in March and all year long!




But I Don't Know Anything about Advocacy!
View the recording of "Finding Our Voice -- Speaking Out to Build Support for Our Work," an online session with Steven Zemelman and Harry Ross, and our "Advocacy for Everyday Teachers" video where Susan Houser, Clarissa West-White, Shelbie Witte, and Millie Davis tells us how easy it is to advocate for literacy education!



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