2018 ASCD Legislative Agenda Calls on Educators to Increase Leadership Engagement

30 Jan 2018 8:30 AM | Lewis (Administrator)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
January 23, 2018 

Contact: Cameron Brenchley, cameron.brenchley@ascd.org 

ALEXANDRIA, VA—ASCD, a mission-driven nonprofit dedicated to excellence in learning, teaching, and leading released its legislative agenda at the organization's Leadership Institute for Legislative Advocacy. The 2018 Legislative Agenda calls on ASCD's 115,000 members, and all educational professionals to become more engaged with leaders at every level to better-inform policies that support a whole child education for every student.  

“Educators must make their voices heard at all levels—at the local, district, state, and federal levels—to promote equal access to educational opportunities for all students,” said Deb Delisle, ASCD Executive Director and CEO. “The last year has demonstrated that uniting together and advocating with one voice can make a difference. Only when educators stand together do we influence decisions that are being made are in the best interest of our youth.” 

The legislative agenda is created annually by the ASCD Legislative Committee—a diverse cross section of ASCD members from the entire spectrum of K-12 education—and outlines the organization’s legislative priorities for the calendar year. ASCD’s recommendations fall under three key areas: 

Resource Equity—The college- and career-ready expectations for students have never been higher, while the needs of these students—the majority of whom now come from low-income families—have never been greater. Growing income inequality has only exacerbated educational inequities and disparities among communities of haves and have-nots. It is crucial that adequate investments be made to address these realities.  

Professional Development—Educators are the lifeblood of any knowledge economy and the embodiment of lifelong learning. Teachers and school leaders are the two most important in-school factors for student achievement. Policymakers must recognize and value the expertise of educators by providing them with the professional development and leadership training opportunities and resources they require to meet the ever-changing needs of students and the profession for the careers of tomorrow. Moreover, educators should serve as positive change agents for students and for their local communities to support the successful and comprehensive development of youth.  

Whole Child, Whole School, Whole Community—Educating students is the essential function of educators, yet it is neither solely their responsibility nor their only mission. Just as all community members share a larger duty for the security and prosperity of the neighborhood in which a school resides, families, businesses, and communities play roles in providing a safe, healthy, and welcoming learning environment. Such conditions must also include a rigorous and personalized academic experience that provides a well-rounded education and the necessary wraparound services for each student to succeed.  

Educators who want to stay informed about education policy and politics that influences their day-to-day work can join ASCD’s Educator Advocates program. The program empowers educators to work together in influencing decision makers, and ensuring they make informed decisions that will improve education in schools and for our students. For more information on ASCD’s Educator Advocates program, visit www.educatoradvocates.org

The complete Legislative Agenda is available at www.ascd.org/legislativeagenda. Visit www.ascd.org to learn more about ASCD programs, products, services, and memberships. 

ASCD is dedicated to excellence in learning, teaching, and leading so that every child is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged. Comprising 115,000 members—superintendents, principals, teachers, and advocates from more than 128 countries—the ASCD community also includes 51 affiliate organizations. ASCD's innovative solutions promote the success of each child. To learn more about how ASCD supports educators as they learn, teach, and lead, visit www.ascd.org.
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