Policy Advocacy

Advocating for Students, Teachers, and 21st Century Writing Education  

Advocacy is organized activism in support of an idea or cause.  Advocacy consists of constituents contacting their elected officials about issues that are important to them and establishing relationships with these legislators. Public policy decisions are influenced by many factors, including a legislator’s relationships with his/her constituents.

Click here for the November 2011 Legislative Update

Director Emeritus Don Gallehr and Director Paul Rogers visit the office of Virginia Senator Mark Warner on Capitol Hill

People often ask how advocacy is different from lobbying. Lobbying is an effort to influence the thinking of legislators or other public officials for or against a specific cause or a specific piece of proposed legislation. Advocacy is the promotion of a cause, idea, or policy. In other words, your active support of writing and of the Writing Project is advocacy.

As an advocate for high quality professional development for teachers, the importance of writing instruction across the curriculum, the professional standing of teachers, and the Writing Project model of professional development you are contributing to the day when all students will have the opportunity to discover and use the power of writing across content areas and arenas of activity (civic, economic, and personal) for learning and success.

Some things YOU can do:

1. Each year in the Spring the NVWP invites all NVWP Teacher Consultants to join us on Capitol Hill as we visit the educational aides for our elected representatives.

2. Contact your representatives on the phone

3. Use the Twitter directory or this Facebook app to easily find your senators online

When contacting your representatives through social media outlets, keep your messages short and always remain respectful and professional. You should also let your representative or congress person know you live in their service area.

For more information please download the National Writing Project ‘s “Advocacy Toolkit”