Today: Write, Phone, or Tweet for Literacy Education!
In 3 minutes, right from your smart phone or your desktop, you can make a difference. Contact your legislator now so that the important issues NCTE members took to Capitol Hill on Literacy Education Advocacy Day on Thursday, March 5, continue to stay on their minds. Share your expertise as an educator and your experience in the classroom and ask your legislators to include the following in the rewrite of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA):
- Funding for comprehensive literacy programs for students and professional learning for teachers that includes protected time for collaboration.
- Title I funds devoted to schools and districts that serve the most low-income students and to programs that build the capacity of such schools to make sustained improvements.
- Funding for research, professional learning, and teacher preparation to support assessments for learning and innovation in assessments for accountability.
What Happened on NCTE's Literacy Eduction Advocacy Day
March 5, 2015?
NCTE members and officers met education policymakers, took NCTE messages to legislative offices, and gained in-depth insights about key policy questions. See
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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.
See also NCTE's 2015 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!