Reaching Out to Members of Congress Talking Points
- Support the House Appropriations Committee FY 2020 mark-up that would provide an increase of $500 million for Title II-A.
- Full funding of Title II – the Supporting Effective Instruction State Grants Program in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) – must be preserved and increased in order for teachers and principals to meet the needs of the students they serve.
- Title II is the only dedicated source of federal funding for professional learning and leadership support for teachers and principals.
- With an increasingly diverse set of student needs and higher demands for how students must be prepared to be college and career ready, Title II has never been more important! Teachers and school leaders must have resources available for continued growth in their practice to meet student needs.
- ESSA strengthened Title II by establishing new evidence requirements and a more rigorous definition of professional learning. We need to give ESSA a chance to work!
- We use Title II funds in my [school/district/state] for....
Among its many uses, Title II supports:
- instructional coaching and mentoring,
- professional learning in content and pedagogy,
- specialized training for teachers and principals to meet individual student needs,
- implementation support for personalized learning, effective instructional materials and technology, and
- leadership development for principals
What members are saying
I grew in my knowledge, skill and application in three areas. First, I have increased my capability to facilitate others leaders’ capacity to understand the Standards for Professional Learning and move the Standards into practice. Second, I have revisited my notes and used the content from our sessions on change management and implementation of change in a many learning activities. Third, my greatest growth has been in the area of assessing the impact of professional learning. Revisiting this topic in multiple sessions during the Academy allowed me to sharpen my skills and deepen understanding. The inquiry-based learning model served me well. — Michelle Bowman