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Literacy Education Advocacy

2017 NCTE Advocacy Day - Previous Revision

March Is NCTE Literacy Education Advocacy Month!
You have the knowledge and classroom experience needed to talk with policymakers, school leaders, parents, and the public about the topics important to literacy teaching and learning.

See our list of activities, some that take 1 minute and some that take 10 minutes or more, for ideas of how to share your stories, advocate for your profession, and celebrate the students you work with every day.

Write, Phone, or Tweet for Literacy Education
In 3 minutes, right from your smart phone or your desktop, you can make a difference. Contact your legislator now so that the important issues NCTE members took to Capitol Hill on Literacy Education Advocacy Day on  Thursday, February 27, continue to stay on their minds. Share your expertise as an educator and your experience in the classroom and ask your legislators to

  • support professional learning defined as teacher collaboration,
  • rely on and support the professional expertise of teachers, and
  • recommend that evaluation of institutions of higher education be based on multiple factors and with multiple kinds of evidence.

See also NCTE's 2014 Education Policy Platform, recommendations to policymakers, and additional ideas for advocating for literacy education, students, and teachers that you can use during Literacy Education Advocacy Month in March and all year long!

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

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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" video where Susan Houser, Clarissa West-White, Shelbie Witte, and Millie Davis tells us how easy it is to advocate for literacy education!



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