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Literacy Education Advocacy

Literacy Education Advocacy Activities

NCTE celebrated Literacy Education Advocacy Day on February 27 this year and will celebrate Advocacy Month during the month of March. While most people can't make it to Washington, DC, for Advocacy Day, everyone can 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 or develop an activity of your own and share it with us (public_info@ncte.org).

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Share this list of Literacy Education Advocacy Activities or NCTE's 2014 Education Policy Platform with a colleague

Send details about Literacy Education Advocacy Day to a colleague

Search for your Representatives and Senators on Twitter and send those you find a tweet asking for their support of literacy education.

Write a Facebook entry about the need for public support for literacy education

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

 

5-10 minutes

Respond to an action alert using our easy letter-writing template:

Send a letter asking your legislators to support professional learning defined as teacher collaboration

Share your expertise as an educator and your experience in the classroom and ask your legislators to rely on and support the professional expertise of teachers

Ask your legislators to recommend that evaluation of institutions of higher education be based on multiple factors and with multiple kinds of evidence

Look up all of your elected officials (local to national) on the websites of the House of Representatives and of Senators

Read NCTE's 2014 Education Policy Platform

Call the home offices of your Members of Congress to schedule a visit while they're at home Mar. 25-Apr. 5, Apr. 29-May 3, or June 2-6, 2014

Read our tips on visiting your Member of Congress while they're at home Mar. 25-Apr. 5, Apr. 29-May 3, or June 2-6, 2014

Read NCTE member Clarissa West-White's article on starting a statewide advocacy day

Listen to these podcasts by teachers who are making their voices heard

Tell us what you did to advocate for literacy education this month or at anytime throughout the year

 

15 minutes

Learn how NCTE takes positions on literacy education issues Literacy Education Advocacy Day

On February 27, 2014, NCLE went to Washington DC for a briefing about a survey they conducted on teacher collaboration and standards implementation. NCTE members took the message of teacher collaboration and teacher expertise to Capitol Hill for Literacy Education Advocacy Day:

"Collaboration is the only driver that makes change happen," noted NCLE Director and NCTE Executive Director Kent Williamson. See more comments and resources from the day's events

If you attended the 2014 Advocacy Day, please send NCTE your report

Post a 3-5 minute video on YouTube about evaluating teachers on more than test scores or that describes how you've made your viewpoint about literacy education in public

Visit the Teachers Speak Up website for strategies and teachers' stories to help you speak out on important education issues

Share these recommendations with your local, state, or federal policymakers:

Professional learning defined as educator collaboration is key to quality in literacy instruction.

The expertise of educators, based on their research, practice, and knowledge of their students, should be the primary basis for policy decisions designed to improve literacy learning.  

Assessing the effectiveness of institutions of higher education must involve multiple factors and varied forms.

 

30 minutes

Watch "Finding Our Voice – Speaking Out to Build Support For Our Work," a Web seminar with Steven Zemelman and Harry Ross.

Post something in the NCTE Connected Community about your students and teaching and how they connect to an education issue represented in the platform in the news today

 

45 minutes

Watch NCTE's "Advocacy for the Everyday Teacher" video

 

1-2 hours

Write a letter to your local newspaper supporting the teachers in your local schools.

Speak about education at the Rotary Club or another service organization in your community

Teach a lesson about writing letters to policymakers, from principals to legislators

Talk with your family about how each member can influence your School Board

 

A few hours or more

Organize a Statewide Advocacy Day
 

 

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Most Recent Comments (7 Total Posts)

Posted By: Anonymous User on 5/7/2011 3:07:40 PM

I am 75 years old and taught GED classes for several years after retiring. Right now I am putting all of my energy into finalizing the 2nd edition of my book: You, Yes YOU, Can Teach Someone to Read: A Step by Step How-To Book, which you can order on my website: www.teachtwo.net. Lucille Chagnon,

Posted By: Anonymous User on 5/5/2011 8:07:02 PM

FCTE (Florida Council) sent 3 delegates to Washington DC for NCTE's advocacy day April 28 and paid for their hotel and flights. The 3 will share with the rest of the board and the other members at our Fall Conference. Along with 2 other Floridians we visited with our senators' and representatives' staffers and shared our hopes and recommendations for education policies in our state.

Posted By: Anonymous User on 4/9/2011 2:06:38 AM

Please read the LEARN Act carefully before you start advocating for it.

Posted By: Anonymous User on 4/7/2011 2:16:53 AM

Resisting the LEARN Act and resisting the NCTE policy statement. I can't believe NCTE is still pushing the LEARN Act and Striving Readers, two of the worst plans for literacy ever conceived.

Posted By: Anonymous User on 4/3/2011 9:28:53 AM

I have forwarded (list of activities) to both my teacher-daughter and our media center book club leader. I'm also doing literacy book club circles with my juniors and seniors and college classes.Betsy Lynch

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