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Please Let Your Members of Congress Know

Call your legislators.  Contact the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121, 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


Educating legislative staff and members of Congress is important work
and you can make a difference!

The message you send from home will resonate with legislators when NCTE Literacy Education Advocacy Day participants visit their offices on the Hill on April 18.  

posted 4/16/13

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