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Putting Advocacy to Work – Try ‘Speed Dating’ in Baltimore

As you plan your session schedule for the AACTE Annual Meeting, don’t neglect your advocacy skill development! Please join me Friday, March 2, at 2:00 p.m. for “Putting Advocacy to Work.”

In this speed-dating-style session, I will run the clock while you circulate through your choice of introductory mini-sessions led by experts and professionals. There will be four time slots during this hour-long opportunity, each beginning with a few minutes of commentary by the leaders, and then opening for questions and discussion. Move from table to table to learn how to start off:

  • Advocating “up the food chain” at your institution
    How do you advocate for your program, department, college, or school with those in leadership at your institution?
  • Advocating at the state level through coalitions
    Many voices are louder (and stronger) than one – how do you begin to build collaboration at the state level to advocate for educator prep?
  • Advocating at the federal level, locally
    Members of Congress have more time to meet when they are back home. How do you invite them to visit your program or ask for a meeting to discuss key issues? How do you reach out to your government relations staff to coordinate efforts?
  • Engaging students in advocacy
    Advocacy is a professional responsibility for us all. How do you begin to engage your students in advocacy as part of their educational experience?
  • Putting advocacy to work through messaging
    To get things done, we’ve got to work with both sides of the aisle, and at times do this not only with Congress, but with your state and local elected officials. How do you start develop messages that will resonate with both sides of the aisle on the same issue?

Bring your business cards and your questions, and think about which four of the five options you’d like to attend. Add this session to your personal AACTE Annual Meeting schedule and stay apprised as presenters are confirmed via AACTE Event Planner.

Also, I am presenting two Washington Update sessions – one on Thursday and one on Saturday. Looking forward to seeing you in Baltimore in March!

Still need to register? Don’t worry – the registration discount is in effect through February 2, and even after that you can still sign up at the on-site rate. February 2 is also the deadline to reserve a hotel room in AACTE’s discounted blocks, but don’t delay if you still need a room – hotels are selling out fast! Click here to get started.

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Deborah Koolbeck

Senior Director of Government Relations, AACTE