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Finding Our Voice – Speaking Out to Build Support for Our Work - Previous Revision


Share Your Teacher Story

"Stories provide the structure to explain the beliefs and experiences of people, and provide a framework to bring to life facts, ideas, and past events."    --    Yvonne Siu-Runyan, NCTE Past President
Share your story with NCTE colleagues, friends and neighbors, policymakers, legislators. Tell them your teacher story.  Read more in Yvonne's "Telling Our Stories for We Must."

Presenters:  Steven Zemelman and Harry Ross, authors of 13 Steps to Teacher Empowerment

Date:  Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Time:   8:00 p.m. EST

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This Live Web seminar introduces a public information campaign to encourage teachers to speak out about the work they do in classrooms and to teach them how to do that wisely and through a number of venues.
Zemelman and Ross

  • 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.


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