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Advocacy You Can Do at Home - Previous Revision

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 (

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 

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

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


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

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 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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