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State Advocacy Team Toolkit

Every Student Succeds Act (ESSA)

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Advocacy Tips

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These tips are published in the Legislative Look section of The Language Educator.

  • Advocacy Resources at Your Fingertips

  • Advocacy and Future Language Teachers

  • Are You Involved With Professional Organizations Beyond World Languages?

  • Bring the Message to Organizations Beyond the Language Profession

  • Building Coalitions

  • Create a Pool of Language Professionals Willing to Testify

  • Cultivating Connections and Networking with Local, State and National Decision-Makers

  • Educate the Local Board of Education and Other Local Stakeholders

  • Educate Other Decision-Makers in Your Community About the Benefits of Language Learning

  • Engage Local Press to Publicize Your Advocacy Efforts

  • Get Local School and Community “Buy-In” to Start or Expand a Program

  • Get on the Agendas of State Decision-Makers

  • Invite Members of Congress to Your School

  • Invite State Legislators and U.S. Congressmen to Visit Your Program

  • Learn if Your Legislator Serves on a Committee

  • Meet Candidates When They Are Running for Office

  • Participate in a Town Hall Meeting or Other Campaign Event

  • State Legislative Sessions Convene in January—Now What Do I Do?

  • Take Advantage of "Fridays at Home"

  • Use Key Online Sources to Stay Informed and In Touch with Legislators

  • Volunteer to Testify for or Against Bills that Affect Language Education