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Teachers Speaking Up, Speaking Out
NCTE INBOX 3-12-13

Today we kick off Literacy Education Advocacy Month, leading up to the NCTE Advocacy Day on April 18 in Washington, DC. This is the time of the year when we emphasize how you might speak out about the good literacy learning that's going on in your classes and schools -- to let parents, colleagues, friends, family, and community members in on what you see and do daily with your students.

Sign Up!Of course, we hope you'll use the power you have as informed literacy educators to share with those less informed so together we can create understandings of teachers, schools, and students that rise way above what some are saying publicly. We're ready to send along weekly tips on how you can make a big difference just by sharing what you know along with stories of your experiences. Sign up today to receive these tips.

Several NCTE members offer solid suggestions on a variety of ways you can "enter the conversation" about education:

The chapters in Cathy Fleischer' book Teachers Organizing for Change: Making Literacy Learning Everybody's Business tell us how and why teachers should be "entering the conversation, . . . reaching out to parents, organizing in their communities, sharing their tacit knowledge and new techniques, and putting all these things together to become a teacher-organizer." Read the sample chapter to see how Cathy tells her story and how what she says applies to you.

Listen!Steve Zemelman, Harry Ross, and Marilyn Hollman are the conveners of the Teachers Speak Up blog, featuring news, examples of teachers speaking up, and great strategies for just how you can connect one to one, reach out to your community, share data, write strategically, plan advocacy, and reach out more widely. Listen to community organizer Teresa Ramos and sixth-grade teacher Kevin Hodgson talk about how they speak up AND get others to join them.

Andrea Zellner and Aleks Veselovsky join Cathy Fleischer, Steve Zemelman, and Harry Ross in "Educating beyond the Classroom: Teachers Stand Up and Speak Out" in the September 2012 Council Chronicle.


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