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Teacher advocacy encouraged in new book

Teachers wanting to speak up on behalf of education or their schools are encouraged and advised in a new book, Educators on the Frontline: Advocacy Strategies for Your Classroom, Your School, and Your Profession, co-authored by Allen Berger, Heckert Professor of Reading and Writing.

Public education faces increased scrutiny from the public and increased accountability demands from legislators. Who best to respond but educators, who know students and their strengths best, say authors Jill Lewis of New Jersey City University, Kathleen Stumpf Jongsma of Zayed University in United Arab Emirates and Berger.The book encourages classroom teachers and other educators to communicate with colleagues, supervisors, parents, their communities and local and state policy-makers about what they perceive as important issues in education.

Advocacy can range from finding more books for a classroom to speaking with legislators or penning opinion pieces for newspapers. The book's numerous case studies (some successful, some not) prompt teachers to consider approaches, ethics, possible outcomes and other aspects of real situations. Planning ideas and informational and funding resources are provided.

“Education advocacy is rewarding, frustrating, time-consuming, exhilarating and challenging,” say the authors. Planned, organized advocacy can also make a difference, they add.

The new book is available from the International Reading Association, www.reading.org.

Date Published: 11/18/2004
Volume: 24   Number: 16

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