Merriam-Webster defines the term advocacy as “the act or process of supporting a cause or proposal.” That support can look like lots of different things. It can be something as simple as getting better informed on the issues so you can talk about them with your peers, or something as complex as organizing your peers to develop a plan of action for systemic change. Our advice? Start small and find allies to bring along with you. Here are some resources to get you started:
- Read NCTE’s tips on how to speak to legislators; you’ll find the link on NCTE’s Advocacy Day and Month page.
- View the recording of Finding Our Voice—Speaking Out to Support Our Work.
- Listen to the Making Our Voices Heard podcasts.
- Watch NCTE’s Advocacy for the Everyday Teacher video.
- See Delivering the Message to the Media and to Legislators.