URGENT! Calling all Title II advocates!
Sometimes calling your representative can seem overwhelming. Learn how you can leave a powerful voicemail message that makes a difference as Stephanie Hirsh calls one of her representatives to advocate for Title II funding.
1. Send a prewritten letter to Congress
Send a letter to Congress about the importance of Title II, and its importance in providing professional development for educators. Use this tool to find your representative, and then customize and send the draft letter below.
I am writing as a constituent from [county and school], and as a leader in my school and my community, to strongly urge you to pass before September 30th a final, conferenced version of the LHHS-Ed bill which provides $2.05 billion for the Title II, Part A program in FY 2019. Delaying approval of this bill beyond September 30 could have significant implications for school district budgeting processes, the implementation of professional development programs, and the ability of school districts to engage professional development experts.
Tile II-A provides critical funding to states for the purposes of preparing, training, recruiting, and retaining high-quality teachers, principals, assistant principals, and other school leaders. These groups all play a critical role in ensuring that our nation's students have a high-quality learning experience through high school in order to be college- and career-ready. To aid students effectively, teachers, principals, and other school leaders must be afforded the necessary opportunities for professional learning and growth as they work to improve teaching and learning in all schools.
While we would like to see Title II-A fully restored at the authorized $2.295 billion level, we urge Congress to act quickly to pass a final, conferenced funding bill for FY 2019, which provides $2.05 billion for the program, in order to at least ensure this important education program receives sustained funding in the next year.
Thank you for your consideration, and for your support of our nation's educators and students.
2. Call your members in Congress
Unsure who your representative is? Visit the Find Your Representative tool. Unsure what to say? Here is a script you can use when speaking to a staff member of the office.
- As your constituent from [insert county], I am a [insert title and organizational affiliation] and I am calling to urge Representative [insert name] to quickly pass a final, conferenced version of the LHHS-Ed/Defense funding bill that funds Title II, Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) at $2.05 billion.
- Delaying approval of this bill beyond September 30 could have significant implications for school district budgeting processes, the implementation of professional development programs, and the ability of school districts to engage professional development experts.
- Title II-A provides critical funding to states for the purposes of preparing, training, recruiting, and retaining high-quality teachers, principals, assistant principals, and other school leaders.
- Given the unique role that principals and teachers play in ensuring that our nation's students have high-quality learning experiences in order to be college- and career-ready, educators must be afforded the necessary opportunities for professional learning and growth as they work to improve teaching and learning in all schools.
- As your constituent, I urge Representative [insert name] to pass the final, conferenced version of the LHHS-Ed/Defense bill, which provides $2.05 billion for Title II-A of ESSA.
3. Tweet using #TitleIIA @[Senators and Reps]
Here are some sample tweets you can use:
- #TitleIIA is critical for teachers, school leaders, and principals to do their jobs effectively; cuts threaten this ability.
- Millions of teachers, principals, and school leaders depend on #TitleIIA to improve schools and instruction in the classroom.
- #ESSA allows states to use 3% of #TitleIIA funds for PD for principals; cutting decreases the chances to seize this opportunity.
- Each #ESSA plan is relying on #TitleIIA dollars to implement programs that will train educators on how to improve student achievement. Congress, give the states what they want by supporting full funding for #TitleIIA!
- The quality of teaching and leadership in schools are the two most significant in-school factors tied to student achievement. #TitleIIA
- #TitleIIA supports increased student academic achievement by promoting strategies that will positively affect educator effectiveness.
- Educators and students deserve schools led by great principals. Tell Congress to maintain school leadership funding through #TitleIIA
- Educators and students deserve schools filled with outstanding teachers. Tell Congress to maintain professional development funding for teachers through #TitleIIA
- Students and teachers need great principals to thrive—Tell Congress: Don't cut school leadership funding! #TitleIIA
- Without great principals, we won't have great schools. Tell Congress to maintain school leadership funding! #TitleIIA
- Educators: Join us in telling Congress not to cut school leadership funding! #TitleIIA
4. Attend Our Webinars
Learning Forward hosted a series of advocacy webinars designed to help educators build their advocacy skills. Each free webinar provides background information, the legislative status of Title II, and offers practical steps for how you can engage in this critical fight.
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5. Read Our Advocacy Posts
What members are saying
I love the emphasis on advocacy for our field – the sample templates Learning Forward shares to communicate with state reps regarding policy, the up-to-date info about policy and legislation that could impact our field. I also really appreciate that Learning Forward is the standard-bearer for professional learning standards and provides a framework that supports calibrated understanding of quality and how to strive for it.— Rhonda