Teacher Advocacy Toolkit
Welcome to our guide for amazing teachers
who want to be amazing advocates!
Welcome to MinnCAN’s teacher toolkit, an advocacy resource for educators!
At MinnCAN, we believe that teachers have an important role in education policy and advocacy and have always placed a high value on educator input. Thanks to their expertise and firsthand classroom experiences, teachers add a critical perspective to policy discussions. Quite frankly, to create high quality public schools, we need teacher voices.
Since our founding in 2011, MinnCAN has engaged with teachers in both formal and informal ways, reaching out through email and social media and holding teacher focus groups, round table discussions and town halls. We also facilitated a statewide poll of 400 public school teachers and regularly conduct school visits across Minnesota. We do this outreach in order to find best practices, share teacher voices, and develop policy to replicate the successes of changing-the-odds teachers.
We created this toolkit with input from teachers like you, who want to have a voice in policy issues that affect our classrooms. This toolkit gives you tools to network with other teachers, learn how our state legislators develop education policy and understand your role in advocacy—both at your school and within the larger community.
I hope this toolkit helps you find—or create—your seat at the policymaking table.
See you there!
2014–15 MinnCAN teacher policy fellow
MinnCAN advocates for smart public policies that promote access to great public schools for every child in Minnesota, and we want your voice to be part of the conversation. Our advocacy toolkit empowers educators to raise their voice in the community and at the Capitol.
You [teachers] work with our students every day and can truly have a powerful influence as we work together to ensure that every child gets the best educational experience possible. Thank you for all that you do!Representative Anna WillsLegislator
It is imperative that teachers become advocates for their students and their profession, since they will be crucial to the success of any reform...As a policy leader, I want teachers to bring their personal experiences and points of view.Senator Eric PrattLegislator
Understanding the importance of every teacher's voice is a critical starting point for meaningful dialogue on the future of education.Senator Branden PetersenLegislator
As we consider the challenges of educating our next generation of learners we ask our teachers, our most important asset, to lead us in developing policies and best practices that propel and transform our young learners into being all they can dream.Senator Terri BonoffLegislator
You can shape public policy if you are present, not if you are absent. Teacher advocacy is critical in developing sound education policy.Senator Melisa FranzenLegislator
Teachers should be engaged in education policy because it is incredibly fulfilling to be a part of creating change that reaches further than the walls of your classroom.Luke WinspurMath Teacher, Shakopee High School
Teachers need to be a part of education policy because their daily direct contact with students ensures that best practice is kept in mind when considering policy decisions.Andy NelsonMusic Teacher, Ramsey Middle School
Teachers know education from the micro to the macro and our advocacy is the key to creating the best experience possible for every one of our kids.Elissa Cedarleaf DahlTeacher, Minneapolis Public Schools
Teachers should be involved in education policy because they are the ones on the front lines. They are the ones that will be impacted by the policy.Christine DavesParent, Minneapolis Public Schools