In today's political and global world, it's not enough to remain a solid educational leader. Leaders must become advocates for education_on Capitol Hill, in state legislatures, and within communities. Advocacy for School Leaders: Becoming a Strong Voice for Education, written by an educator for educators, examines key issues facing education, demonstrates methods for addressing the issues, and discusses strategies to advocate for an education agenda at local and federal levels. Starting with local impact and moving to federal initiatives, Sandra Whitaker provides significant insights into school-business partnerships and the legislative process, allowing educators to approach advocacy efforts with greater understanding of the institutions with which they must work. The advocacy action points and questions for reflection included in each chapter allow readers to adapt the information and strategies to their local contexts.
Based on her experiences working with the media, business leaders, and elected officials, this book presents practical approaches for working with educators and those outside the field to understand issues facing today's schools and for identifying and promoting sensible solutions that elevate teaching and learning.
Sandra Whitaker is a National Board certified teacher in English-language arts, has spent much of her career working with struggling readers and writers, and is deeply concerned with issues of literacy, access, and differentiation. Throughout her career, she has served the educational community as a teacher, building-level administrator, curriculum developer, and curriculum coordinator.
Chapter 1 The Conversation Begins Chapter 2 Know the Issues Chapter 3 Building Networks Chapter 4 Home Sweet Home Chapter 5 It's Not "Just Business"-It's Personal Chapter 6 Money, Money, Money Chapter 7 Branching Out: State and Federal Conversations Chapter 8 Moving Forward Chapter 9 Afterword: Updates at Press Time Chapter 10 Appendix A: Bibliography of Business Titles Chapter 11 Appendix B: Federal Budget Charts Chapter 12 Appendix C: Sample Letter to Congress Chapter 13 Appendix D: Appropriate Salutations for Government Officials Chapter 14 Appendix E: Government Websites Chapter 15 Appendix F: Education Associations and Websites