Education Advocacy Toolkit
We believe that affecting the policy context is critical to achieving our purpose. Therefore we have designed this toolkit to help you become an effective advocate for sound federal education policy. Developed by B & D Consulting, this 24-page guide answers questions about who you should contact, what your message should be, and how to deliver the message. Advocacy Tip
There is truth in the idea of strength in numbers. One letter to one congressperson is great, but if you truly believe something, mobilize like-minded believers to ACT by writing letters, making calls, and speaking out for an issue.
What can you do?
NSDC Policy Points
Made possible through funding from College Board, NSDC Policy Points, a four-page newsletter, was created to help members of Congress and their staffs develop greater understanding of government's role in supporting teacher learning that directly affects student achievement. We invite members to share these newsletters with state-level policy makers and other key decision makers within their own spheres of influence.
- NSDC Policy Points, December 2009, Vol. 1, No. 4
Read about the importance of collaboration to professional development, both within and beyond education. See how a school district in Iowa uses collaborative professional learning to better serve students.
- NSDC Policy Points, July 2009, Vol. 1, No. 3
What does effective professional learning really look like in schools and what are the results? See our definition of professional learning come to life in three districts across the country.
- NSDC Policy Points, April 2009, Vol. 1, No. 2
The April issue explores specific aspects of our definition of professional development. To see three online videos illustrating the definition, visit the definition page.
- NSDC Policy Points, January 2009, Vol. 1, No. 1
The first issue establishes the importance of professional development for our nation and illuminates what we can learn from high-performing school systems in the U.S. and other countries. This issue excerpts aJSD interview with international reformer Michael Barber. Download the full JSD interview here.