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Speaking to the Public

By sharing your educational knowledge and stories about the great things happening in your classroom with others you can help change the public conversation about literacy education. It's easy! Just be yourself and talk with colleagues in other academic departments, school board members, civic groups, parents, neighbors, and friends!

Teachers Speak Up!

See the Teachers Speak Up website for terrific tips for telling stories about the work you do in the classroom and many 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.

Watch the "Finding Our Voice -- Speaking Out to Build Support for Our Work" video for more tips on speaking out on literacy education.


 5 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.


You may also have the opportunity to send a news release to the media or write an opinion piece or letter to the editor of your local newspaper. 



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



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