NCTE Members Are the Best, Most Knowledgeable People to Speak Out about NCTE's Positions and How Those Positions Look in Practice!
- Your ability to clearly explain why students should read “tough” literature or why high stakes tests aren’t the answer to leaving no child behind articulates NCTE’s mission for members of the greater education world and for the public.
- Your words even in a local paper will go to thousands people -- tens of thousands in a large city, and millions if that paper is The New York Times.
- Your words taken to heart by a legislator could make the difference in national programs or legislation.
- You bring NCTE policies and positions to life when you share your knowledge and experience as an educator with the public.
- Changing the conversation about literacy education so we can change education policy is our goal.
Literacy Education Advocacy Day in Washington, DC (April 28, 2011)
Literacy Education Advocacy Month (March-April)
2011 NCTE Education Policy Platform
Creating the Legislative Platform
View the recording of the "Advocacy for Everyday Teachers" online session where Susan Houser, Clarissa West-White, Shelbie Witte, and Millie Davis tells 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.
5 Quick Tips for Speaking to the General Public
- Don’t shy away from lightly sharing what you know about literacy learning and NCTE policies when the opportunity arises.
- 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 but use the personal story.
Please contact Millie Davis or Lori Bianchini, NCTE Communications Division, for assistance with your questions about speaking with the media or with legislators: firstname.lastname@example.org; 217-278-3634 (Millie) or 217-278-3644 (Lori).