Teacher Advocacy Toolkit


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Build your advocacy voice! Use this self-assessment to explore your strengths and identify next steps to share your voice.

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  • 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

Action 2

Personal support

Do you have a personal support network to help you create school change? Use this tool to uncover personal supports and challenges you’re facing as a teacher.

Prepared by the Search Institute.

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Action 3

Teaching as leadership

What can teachers do to affect change in their classrooms? Learn more about how you can set big goals, plan purposefully, execute your plans and continuously seek improvement.

Developed by Teach for America.

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Action 4

School reform glossary

Can’t keep up with all the education jargon? This simple glossary can help. Created by the Great Schools Partnership, the Glossary of Education Reform is a comprehensive online resource that describes widely used school-improvement terms, concepts and strategies.

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Action 5

KIPP framework

There is a wealth of knowledge about what works in great classrooms. The KIPP framework for excellent teaching draws from Saphier’s pyramid, Lemov’s taxonomy, Teach For America’s rubric and Hunter’s lesson plan.

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