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POLICY AND PRACTICE

Every educator can be an advocate. Here’s how.

By Melinda George
December 2022
For five years, Learning Forward has led the “Every Educator Is an Advocate” campaign to encourage all educators to use their voices and expertise to make an impact on policy at all levels of the education system. Advocacy is using an opportunity to share a story or compelling reasons that a decision should be made, resources or funding should be allocated, or a path forward should be shaped in a particular way. While the job description for an educator is already complex, adding advocacy to your toolbox is important because it enables educators to be a part of the decision-making process rather than having decisions made for them. To support our campaign, Learning Forward hosted Virtual Advocacy Day in September. The daylong event brought together

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Melinda George is Learning Forward’s chief policy officer, serving on the Learning Forward leadership team and overseeing Learning Forward’s policy and advocacy work. Melinda has been integral to developing strategy and facilitating networks as well as leading the Learning Forward fundraising team. Prior to joining Learning Forward, Melinda was the president of the National Commission on Teaching & America’s Future (NCTAF) where she led its charge to build a research-based framework of policies and practices that ensure every child has access to a competent, caring teacher in a school organized for success. From 2006-11, Melinda served as the senior director of Education Strategic Relations at PBS, where she developed national partnerships and oversaw the development of PBS TeacherLine, an online professional development service. Prior to PBS, Melinda was the first executive director of the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA). Melinda began her career as a 4th- and 5th-grade teacher in D.C. Public Schools.


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