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Annotated Websites on Advocacy

NCTE's Literacy Education Advocacy Calendar- This National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) web site is interactive and regularly updated. Get ideas to share with your local council members and share some of your great work related to advocacy. http://www.ncte.org/action/advocacyday/calendar 

NCTE's Advocacy Day in Washington, DC- April 22, 2010
http://www.ncte.org/action/advocacyday. Not able to make that date but still want to go to DC and meet with your representatives? Visit NCTE's ideas for setting up an appointment in DC and maximizing your time- http://www.ncte.org/action/reqappt.

Letter to Editor or Opinion Pieces- Have you always wanted to write a letter to the editor or some type of public piece in support of education or to offer input on educational decisions? Were you just a bit unsure how to get started? This link at the IRA�s website http://www.reading.org/General/Legislative/TakeAction.aspx  and this link off of the NCTE website http://www.ncte.org/action/write  offers many great ideas for writing an opinion piece or letter to the editor in your local newspaper.

NCTE- Suggestions for Visiting Your Legislator (at home)- http://www.ncte.org/action/visit. From making the appointment to follow-up visit recommendations, this website offers practical steps for a successful meeting, including the best times of the year to set up meetings and specific ideas to prepare for meeting with your legislator.

Resources for Advocacy- International Literacy  Association (ILA) offers a tremendous amount of resources to assist with advocacy. At this link you can find position statements related to literacy, standards for teachers, links to lesson-plans, and other organizations that can help you grow as a professional and get you more involved in your profession. http://www.reading.org/General/Legislative/Resources.aspx 

What's Hot: Becoming Informed on Issues- Looking to become more informed with policies and reports that effect education or those that are related to issues that matter to you? This link from IRA will get you pointed in the right direction and streamline the process- http://www.reading.org/General/Legislative/LegislativeBlog.aspx 

Get Involved- Want to begin your own local Governmental Relations Committee? Want to get involved in advocacy in another way? Visit IRA�s link http://www.reading.org/General/Legislative/GetInvolved.aspxand/ or contact someone from IRA to help you get started.


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