When I am asked how to best “get involved” on public education issues I guess I think of a few salient things:
1) Volunteer at whatever level is best for you: your local school, broader local issues, statewide or national policy issues. Our schools need the help everywhere and each of those levels have their own importance.
2) In my advocacy I always try to focus on the connection (or disconnection) between policy and practice. How do the laws that are passed in Atlanta and Washington affect the teaching and learning that goes on in classrooms every day?
3) Happy and fulfilled teachers are an essential feature of any properly functioning school – – as a wise person once said: “a teacher’s working conditions are my child’s learning conditions.” Teachers, and the other adults in a school community, truly are doing the Lord’s work— they deserve our thanks, our encouragement and our support.
4) Acknowledge and celebrate what works in our schools, the many miracles and lives affected every day; at the same time, we all need to work to address the many challenges that our schools face.
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