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Literacy Education Advocacy Day & Month Resources

Literacy Education Advocacy Day in Washington, DC (April 19, 2012) 

Literacy Education Advocacy Month (March-April)

2012 NCTE Legislative Platform 

Creating the Legislative Platform

View the recordiing 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.

Contacting Legislators

Speaking Out to the Media and Public

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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.

Other Tips and Success Stories 

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

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