Title II Advocacy

Title II Advocacy

ESSA’s Title II funds for leadership and professional learning that are in danger of being eliminated. The programs funded through Title II significantly impact teachers, school leaders, principals, and the students they serve. Visit our Title II actions web page for information, including a sample email, sample tweets and tools for finding the contact information for your members of Congress. For assistance with talking points with your members of Congress, we have a set of ideas here.

Current update on Title II 


February 22, 2018


URGENT! Calling all Title II Advocates!

Please call Your Senators and US Representatives Today



The next three weeks will tell the tale regarding final FY18 funding figures for education programs, including Title IIA. The two people with the most influence over final funding determinations are Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) the Chair of the Senate Labor HHS Education Appropriations Subcommittee, and his counterpart on the House Subcommittee, Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK). It is critical that other Senators and US Representatives call them and tell them Title II is a priority for them and it needs at least level funding ($2.055 billion) in FY18.


ACTION: Call Your Senators’ and Representative’s offices and ask them to weigh in with Senator Blunt and Representative Cole about level funding Title IIA in the final FY18 Omnibus Appropriations Bill. 

Click here for instructions and scripts for making these calls. 


Questions? Contact Melinda George.


Take action 

Visit our Taking Action page for easy ways to call, email, and tweet about Title II. 

Share your story
Please share how you use Title II funds in your context and most importantly how those funds have a real impact on student learning.

Title II talking points -- use and share
Learning Forward developed this one-pager to help policymakers understand why Title II funding is so critical for students and educators.

Join the Learning Forward A-Team

The Learning Forward Advocacy Team (A-Team) is a new opportunity for members to provide a critical service to the education community. Stay up to date on the latest in Title II updates and receive special invitations to help us take action.  


Blog series: Stand up for Title II

Stephanie Hirsh statement on full proposed budget
President Trump's Proposed Budget Bankrupts Support for Educators

Coalition responds to budget proposal
Learning Forward joins other education organizations to advocate for Title II funds for educators. 

Stephanie Hirsh statement on initial proposed budget
Read Learning Forward's response to the initial release of the budget. 

Letter to appropriations committee
Learning Forward is part of a coalition of education membership and advocacy organizations working collectively to inform policymakers about the importance of Title II funds for schools, students, and communities. 

Bring your best evidence forward to show professional learning's worth
This blog post offers insights on the importance of documenting professional learning's impact as part of advocating for Title II funds. 

Webinar series: Speak up for Title II

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. 

Webinar topics and dates:

Learn more and sign up for the next webinars.

2017 Year in Review 

See how we have changed the field of professional learning over the last year. 

View here.