Friday, August 18, 2006


HOW TO BE AN EFFECTIVE ADVOCATE FOR QUALITY SCHOOLS Whether it is through education funding, accountability, or teacher quality regulations, education policy affects our schools and students. For too long, these policies have been developed without full consideration of their effect in the classroom. ASCD is working to change that by helping educators engage in effective advocacy. The resources in this guide and in the ASCD Action allow you to take action to support effective education policy. This guide offers advice for planning an advocacy campaign, communicating with policymakers, making your voice heard, and ensuring your advocacy is effective and efficient. Using ASCD materials and the tactics in this guide, you can make the most of your time as an advocate. Even if you have only two minutes to spare, these tried-and-true approaches will make sure you are respected and effective as a go-to source for education policy. The time for advocacy on behalf of students is now, and the voice needed is yours. You may already be in volved in efforts to change policies and programs close to home, but your voice must also be heard on a national level.

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