National Council of Teachers of English Logo

Finding Our Voice – Speaking Out to Build Support for Our Work

Teachers Need to Speak Out . . . and Explain What Their Work Is Like
and What Kind of Support Is Needed for It


Looking for More?

Use this set of slides for viewing this Web seminar recording.

See the Teachers Speak Up website for tips for telling stories about the work you do in the classroom and examples of how others are speaking out.

Listen to podcasts in the Making Our Voices Heard series -- real teachers providing lessons for us all on how to make our voices heard.


See the first in a series of free Web seminar recordings designed to encourage teachers to speak out about the work they do in the classroom and how to do so wisely and through a number of venues.

In "Finding Our Voice -- Speaking Out to Build Suport for Our Work," presenters Steven Zemelman and Harry Ross, authors of 13 Steps to Teacher Empowerment,

  • recognize that the present situation for teachers and schools in many places in this country is not a happy one right now with widespread budget cuts, mandates from people who don’t really understand teachers’ work, and policies that, however well-intended, undermine good teaching and learning.  

  • know that teachers complain to each other about these things, but most hesitate to speak out publicly.

  • posit that it’s especially important that we do speak out now, in the present climate, so we don’t just sit by passively while our hard work is getting bashed.

  • insist that teacher responses, though, need to be carefully crafted and echoed by many voices, so they are as effective as possible. 

  • share skills and strategies for speaking out so we can all learn, find it easier to speak and be heard, and not lose our jobs in the process. 


Share your teacher story with NCTE colleagues, friends and neighbors, policymakers, legislators. Read more in "Telling Our Stories for We Must," by NCTE Past President Yvonne Siu-Runyan.



Document and Site Resources

Share This On:

Page Tools:

Related Search Terms


Copyright © 1998-2019 National Council of Teachers of English. All rights reserved in all media.

1111 W. Kenyon Road, Urbana, Illinois 61801-1096 Phone: 217-328-3870 or 877-369-6283

Looking for information? Browse our FAQs, tour our sitemap and store sitemap, or contact NCTE

Read our Privacy Policy Statement and Links Policy. Use of this site signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use

Visit us on:

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Linked In
  • Pinterest
  • Instagram

Document URL

Document Owner

Organization Name

NCTE - The National Council of Teachers Of English

A Professional Association of Educators in English Studies, Literacy, and Language Arts