As teachers, every action we take to push for change requires bravery and many of us work in spaces where advocacy comes with personal or professional consequences. That’s why we’ve designed learning experiences at this Convention that help participants develop “smart, safe, and savvy*” approaches to fostering change.
Through everyday advocacy we can begin to remodel the narrative surrounding the issues we care about. And in the Taking Action Hub facilitators with expertise in this work will help you to discover how.
Each of the workshops in the Taking Action Hub is designed around your own answer to this question:
What is it that you want others to understand about literacy education?
While you will get the most out of attending all three sessions, each can also work on its own.
Dive into naming and framing your issue. Consider the role action research plays in this process and think through how others “understand” the problem.
Smart sessions will be held at the following times:
A. Friday 9:30-10:45
C. Friday 12:30 – 1:45
G. Saturday 9:30 – 10:45
Explore ways to build allies for your cause and awareness around your issue. Think through approaches open lines of communication and foster communities of change.
Safe sessions will be held at the following times:
D. Friday 2:30 – 3:45
E. Friday 4 – 4:15
F. Saturday 8-9:15
H. Saturday 11 – 12:15
Advocacy efforts lead to change when they’re strategic. Develop a plan of action by crafting a strategy statement and identifying tactics aimed towards your goal.
Savvy sessions will be held at the following times:
I. Saturday 1:15 – 2:30
J. Saturday 2:45 – 4
K. Saturday 4:15 – 5:30
L. Sunday 10:30 – 11:45
* The “Smart, Safe, and Savvy” approach to everyday advocacy is a project NCTE member Cathy Fleischer has been working on for several years with teachers in Michigan. To learn more visit the Everyday Advocacy website: everydayadvocacy.org.