Celebrate NCTE Advocacy Month in March and April 2013
- Speak out on literacy education at local school board meetings
- Share stories from your classroom with administrators and the public
- Use your expertise as a literacy educator to inform policymakers
- Visit members of Congress in your home district
- See our ideas for speaking out (most items will take you 5-10 minutes, but there are also ideas that will take a little more or a little less time) and our Action Alerts
- Visit the Teachers Speak Up website for strategies for speaking out on important education issues
- Listen to these podcasts by teachers like you who are making their voices heard
- Read NCTE's educational policy platform and learn how the platform is created
Sign up to receive Advocacy Day updates and other tips for speaking out
Attend NCTE’s 2013 Literacy Education Advocacy Day in Washington, DC,
on Thursday, April 18
- Meet Education Policymakers
- Take NCTE Messages to Legislative Offices
- Gain In-Depth Insights about Key Policy Questions
- Get Tips on How to Share Your Views with Policymakers
- Review the agenda for Advocacy Day
- See the map of Capitol Hill/Capitol Visitors Center for your Advocacy Day visit
Register for the 2013 NCTE Literacy Education Advocacy Day
Participants will be encouraged to discuss these key issues during their Advovacy Day visits:
Collaboration Because teachers identify collaboration as the most crucial element in effective literacy instruction, Congress should stipulate in federal legislation sufficient time during the school day for teachers to collaboratively plan, implement, and assess student learning.
Assessment Because machine scoring cannot validly assess student writing that makes students college and career-ready, Congress should not support assessment practices that rely wholly or in part on machine scoring of student writing for high-stakes outcomes.
Research In any future legislation, including ESEA reauthorization, Congress should include requirements for research to determine the effects of federal educational policies on student learning over time.
Equity In any future legislation related to teacher preparation and distribution, including ESEA reauthorization, Congress should include and support equitable teacher distribution to ensure that students in high-need schools have access to highly qualified teachers.
Please tell us what you've done to advocate for literacy education by completing this short survey.
But I Don't Know Anything about Advocacy!
View the recording of "Finding Our Voice -- Speaking Out to Build Support for Our Work," an online session with Steven Zemelman and Harry Ross, and 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 check your computer by following all three steps before clicking on the session.