Staying Engaged with Advocacy in the Summer

Summer is a time when most educators are thinking about taking a break from the demands of the academic year and focusing their attention on matters outside of the classroom.  That makes summer the perfect time for educators to reach out to the institutions off-campus that impact their work as teachers, including legislators, regulators, and colleagues at other academic institutions. 

We must never lose sight of the fact that educator preparation is held accountable at the state level and that graduates of teacher programs move into the PK-12 system—which itself is predominantly funded and certainly accountable at the state and local level.  For these reasons, it is key to engage with the state agencies, commissions, and other entities that comprise your state’s educator preparation accountability system.  

We want to help you.  

The AACTE Government Relations and Advocacy Committee is hosting a webinar on Wednesday, May 16 at 11:00 a.m., specifically designed to help educate educators on the procedures and practice of summertime advocacy. 

Entitled, Staying Engaged with Advocacy in the Summer, this webinar is a collection of insights, best practices, and suggestions for ways AACTE members can successfully continue relationships with state legislators and other government officials and keep those officials informed on critical educator issues over the summer months. 

The policymaking process, and the conversations that surround it, do not end when the final gavel falls on a legislative session. When legislation is not pending, the policymaking conversation often revolves around principles; when rules are not pending, the conversation turns to policy; and when legislative session ends, regulatory review becomes important. These are all key times for educators to dip into the process and to help shape the policy debate. This webinar will demonstrate ways to do just that.

Join me and other Committee on Government Relations and Advocacy member Larry Daniel of The Citadel, as we share our insights and personal stories about the unique challenges of advocating during the summer months and how to overcome them. 

Register now for this informative and instructive webinar:
Staying Engaged with Advocacy in the Summer
Wednesday, May 16 at 11:00 a.m. (EDT).

For questions about this webinar, please reach out to me at allen.clarkson@wgu.edu.

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