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Advocacy You Can Do at Home - Previous Revision

NCTE will celebrate Literacy Education Advocacy Day on February 27 this year and 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 (

1 minute      5-10 minutes       15 minutes       30 minutes   
   45 minutes       1-2 hours     A few hours or more


1 minute

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


5-10 minutes

Respond to an action alert 

Look up all of your elected officials (local to national) on

Register for NCTE's Literacy Education Advocacy Day

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 Feb. 19-22, 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 Feb. 19-22, 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! 


15 minutes

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


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 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

Attend Advocacy Day

Organize a Statewide Advocacy Day


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