How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in life you will have been all of these.
~ George Washington Carver

Get off the Sidelines and Into the Game

Teacher as Change Agent

An online course designed to help teachers assess and develop their leadership skills; deepen their knowledge about policy; sharpen their skills in influencing change; and build an ongoing learning community of colleagues interested in becoming more effective teacher leaders. Contact for more information.

A Public Policy Primer: How To Get Off the Sidelines and Into the Game

A must-read for teacher leaders who want to understand the complex nature of decision-making in our democracy and to develop strategies for having a larger voice and impact.

Advocacy Toolkit: Ensuring the Success of all Learners
An extensive kit offering tools including the basics for planning an advocacy campaign, tips for communicating with policymakers, and the nitty-gritty on communicating with the media.


A PowerPoint presentation, developed by Eric Hirsch and Tammy King of the Center for Teaching Quality, that presents excellent strategies and tips for working with policymakers to effect change.

Written by Ann Bradley from Education Week

Written by Sharon Nelson, Director Wisconsin New Teacher Center

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