for the 2011 Literacy Education Advocacy Day
It's time to register for NCTE's Advocacy Day on Thursday, April 28, 2011, in Washington DC. NCTE members attending Advocacy Day will learn the latest about literacy education issues at the federal level and have a chance to interact with people highly involved with those issues.
Watch this website and your email for details on literacy education issues, NCTE policies and legislative platform, and tips for talking with legislators.
Can't Make It to DC for Advocacy Day?
No worries, see our list of Literacy Education Advocacy Activities for opportunities to show your support for literacy education through activities you can do right at home during Literacy Education Advocacy Month, March-April 2011. Last year hundreds of NCTE members sent nearly 1,000 letters to their representatives on Literacy Education Advocacy Day and we'll soon let you know how to share your voice and expertise with policymakers this year.
State Advocacy Days
Join the Texas Council of Teachers of English Language Arts for its first Legislative Advocacy Day at the State Capitol in Austin, on Thursday, March 24.
The Flordia Council of Teachers of English is making plans for its second Advocacy Day on Thursday, March 31.
Is your affiliate planning an advocacy event in your state? Email NCTE and tell us about it!
Learn More about Literacy Education Advocacy
and How Important Your Efforts Are
"Teacher Advocacy: Teachers Speaking Up Through Advocacy Day—and Other Grassroots Activities—We Can Make a Difference in Literacy Education" from the March 2010 Council Chronicle.
"Inside NCTE Policy Work: Bringing Member Knowledge and Experience to Bear," an overview of NCTE policy work by Barbara Cambridge, Director of NCTE's Washington, DC, office.
But I Don't Know Anything about Advocacy: See the recording of our "Advocacy for Everyday Teachers" online session where Susan Houser, Clarissa West-White, Shelbie Witte, and Millie Davis tells us how easy it is to advocate for literacy education! Make sure to go to the Elluminate site and follow all three steps to ready your computer before clicking on the session.
Tell Us What You Did to Advocate for Literacy Education during Literacy Education Advocacy Month by Completing this Short Survey.
Your Visits & Letters Made NCTE's 2010
Literacy Education Advocacy Day a Success!
Nearly 60 NCTE members visited congressional offices in Washington, DC, and hundreds of NCTE members sent nearly 1,000 letters to their representatives on Literacy Education Advocacy Day, Thursday, April 22, 2010!
Go Out, Get Involved, and Make a Difference
Are you actively involved in the decision making that affects your work in the field of education? Do you have a strong opinion on what changes should be made? Do you wish our government would make a legislative change that would directly affect you and your students? You can do something about this and let your voice be heard! Read this inspiring article by Janice Suppa-Friedman about the Virginia Association of Teachers of English's commitment to literacy education and involvement with the NCTE Literacy Education Advocacy Day.
(Above, Janice Suppa-Friedman, NCTE Liaison, Congressperson Tom Perriello, Representative 5th District, and Adria Merritt, VATE President-Elect, meet in the Rayburn Building on Capitol Hill, April 22, 2010)
No Place Like Home: Florida Holds Its First Advocacy Day in 2010
After taking part in NCTE's Literacy Education Advocacy Day, members of the Florida Council of Teachers of English worked to establish an Advocacy Day in their state! See also Clarissa West-White's video account of the day's activities.
At right, Florida Representative Alan Williams (in center of back row, in front of window) poses for a picture during his April 7, 2010, meeting with members of the Florida Council of Teachers of English and students from Florida State University and Florida A&M University.
Nearly 50 NCTE Members Met with Congressional Staff
and Legislators at the 2009 Advocacy Day
See the May 2009 SLATE Update for stories from NCTE members about their experiences meeting with Congressional staff and legislators. In their discussions members focused on asking for support for a resolution recognizing October 20, 2009, as the National Day on Writing and for a comprehensive literacy bill.
Two NCTE Members from Virginia Met with Their Congressperson
(from left to right, above: Janice Suppa-Friedman,
Congressman Tom Perriello, Sarah Tanner-Anderson)
Six NCTE Members from Florida Attended the 2009 Advocacy Day
(left to right, above: FCTE's Clarissa West-White, April Blaze, Joan Kaywell;
Clint Cates, legislative aide to Senator Bill Nelson;
FCTE's Christiana Succar, Susan Houser, and Kathleen Blake Yancey)