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Literacy Education Advocacy Resources

Literacy Education Advocacy Day in Washington, DC (March 5, 2015) 

Literacy Education Advocacy Month (March)

2015 NCTE Education Policy Platform 

Creating the Legislative Platform

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

Contacting Elected Officials

Speaking Out to the Media and Public


5 Quick Tips for Speaking to the General Public

  • Don’t shy away from sharing what you know about literacy learning and NCTE policies when the opportunity arises.Be confident and self-assured, but not arrogant. Listen to the other party and respond appropriately.
  • Turn that favorite party statement “Oh, you teach English -- I’d better watch my grammar” into a simple lesson about language and how it’s best for all of us to learn and use it.
  • Remember that literacy learning is complicated -- even if some think it simple -- and your mission is to explain this complex process simply.
  • Brag about your students.
  • Skip the jargon; use personal stories.


Other Tips and Success Stories




Please contact Millie Davis (217-278-3634 or or Lori Bianchini (217-278-3644 or, NCTE Communications Division, for assistance with your questions about speaking with the media or with legislators. 

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