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 (email@example.com).
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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
Tweet to Congress or write a Facebook entry about the need for public support for literacy education
Sign up to receive Advocacy Day updates and other tips for speaking out
Respond to an action alert
Send a letter (using our letter template) 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 Congress.org
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
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
Read 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
Learn how NCTE takes positions on literacy education issues Literacy Education Advocacy Day
If you attended 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.
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 Connected Community about your students and teaching and how they connect to an education issue represented in the platform in the news today
Watch NCTE's "Advocacy for the Everyday Teacher" video
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
Organize a Statewide Advocacy Day