4 New Year’s resolutions for activists
Chris Guinther, educator and president of Missouri NEA, on Capitol Hill. Photo by Johntel Greene.
Throughout 2012 your activism and dedication to public schools and students had a profound effect on the political landscape. However, there’s always more you can do to get involved. With that in mind, we present 5 New Year’s resolutions to get you started on the path for continued activism in 2013.
- Follow your state or local NEA affiliate on facebook and twitter. One of the easiest ways to find out what is going on in local education and political news is by following your local affiliate on social media like facebook and twitter. You can find a list of affiliate facebook accounts here, and twitter here.
- Sign up for weekly email updates from EdVotes. Our weekly email list is a great way to keep up to date on the latest political news of importance to educators. With highlights of the week’s most important posts on EdVotes and a featured way you can get involved in activism for the week, you’ll always be on top of the breaking stories.
- Make a visit to one of your elected official’s offices. Educators are extremely effective messengers to elected officials, and in person meetings are the most effective way to get your message across. Take the time this year to start a real relationship with one of your elected officials by scheduling a visit to their office and expressing your concerns or conveying a message of thanks. You can find out about how to have an effective lobbying visit here, and already have a relationship in place the next time you want to make your voice heard with your elected officials.
- Become a member or increase your involvement. If you are an educator who is not already a member of the National Education Association, consider becoming one. If you are already a member, talk to your local UniServ representative or building rep about how you can get involved in the day-to-day local fights that have the most personal impact on your school and students.
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