Magazine article Techniques

Advocacy Begins with You

Magazine article Techniques

Advocacy Begins with You

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WHILE EVENTS LIKE ACTE'S NATIONAL POLICY SEMINAR (NPS) PROVIDE AN EXCELLENT opportunity to advocate on behalf of career and technical education (CTE), nothing replaces the importance of a grassroots effort.

In preparing for this column, I reached out to two state association executive directors for their thoughts on CTE advocacy. Surprisingly, both of their comments included a quote from Tip O'Neill, the late speaker of the House of Representatives, who said, "All politics is local."

When Matthew Gambill meets with Georgia ACTE members, he shares the importance of getting involved. He said, "You must be able to develop and implement a successful advocacy strategy in your home community. If you succeed at doing this, you will have no problem interfacing with state and federal elected officials."

He added, "You must be able to convince your local school superintendent, school board members and chambers of commerce, etc., that CTE is critical. If you accomplish this, you will then have additional advocates who will also help raise the level of dialogue about CTE in their respective spheres of influence."

Pat McGregor of Oklahoma emphasizes the importance of ongoing relationships with policymakers. …

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