Building Advocacy Relationships at the State level

We all know educator preparation is held accountable at the state level. That is why the ability to advocate and engage with your state elected official and agencies is such a consequential part of developing and preparing educators. For those interested in engaging with their elected officials, the question then becomes, where do I start and how can I build the strong relationships that are such a vital part of effective advocacy? 

On March 14, the members of the AACTE Government Relations and Advocacy Committee hosted a webinar to address these and other important questions. The organizing theme of the webinar was identifying and constructing the building blocks of effective and productive engagement with legislators, their staff, and key regulators at the state level.

The webinar, Building State Chapter Advocacy Relationships with State Officials and Staff webinar, was recorded and is available to members.

Highlights of the webinar included an introduction to the AACTE resources, such as the State policymaker guides and State Policy Tracker (login required). AACTE Government Relations Committee members shared their personal experiences with successful advocacy and took questions from webinar attendees about the best practices, targeting strategies and effective communication methods that make for productive advocacy.

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