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Literacy Education Advocacy

2017 NCTE Advocacy Day - Previous Revision


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

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Though NCTE’s 2013 Literacy Education Advocacy Day (April 18, Washington, DC) Has Passed, You Can Still Take Part from Home!

Please Let Your Members of Congress Know

Call your legislators. Contact the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 202-224-3121 FREE end_of_the_skype_highlighting, give your zip code, and the operator will connect you to your legislator’s office (you will need to repeat this to contact all three of your legislators). Please leave the message above. You can do this 24 hours a day and leave a voice mail if necessary.

Ask your Senators and Representative

to support the most crucial element in effective literacy instruction: time for structured collaboration for educators to implement the comprehensive literacy learning included in LEARN, Striving Readers, and the Common Core State Standards.


to not support assessment practices that rely wholly or in part on machine scoring of writing for high stakes outcomes because machine scoring cannot validly assess student writing.

Tweet your legislators. Go to Tweet Congress. Enter your information to see the list of names of your congressional delegation who are on Twitter. Go to Twitter, log in, and tweet to the policymakers; be sure to include your city and state so they know you are a constituent.

Sample tweets:
@SenatorDurbin, From Urbana, IL: Teachers need school time to collaborate
@ RodneyDavis, From Urbana, IL: Machines can’t validly assess student writing


What Happens on NCTE's Literacy Education Advocacy Day?

NCTE members and officers meet education policymakers, take NCTE messages to legislative offices, and gain in-depth insights about key policy questions. See these tips for sharing your views with policymakers, the agenda for the 2013 event, and a map showing the locations of the day's group meetings.


New for 2014!  NCTE's Literacy Education Advocacy Day Will Take Place in February Instead of April:  Make Plans Now to Join NCTE in Washington, DC, on Thursday, February 27, 2014!


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.



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