Here’s my advice for how teachers can play a more active role in education reformation-try something new.
This may be something new in your classroom such as Paula White details.
Or it may be a new school as Chad Sansing writes about.
If you follow Aaron Eyler’s advice then your action might be not following the latest trend or the pack.
Casey Caronna suggests being a prominent voice through self-promotion, striking, and demonstrating.
My advice is try anyone of these if it something you haven’t done before. We all have our bag of tricks of what works for us (and what doesn’t) and we must forever try to expand our toolkit. We never know what the tipping point will be, which straw will break the camel’s back.
Innovation only happens through trying something new.
Some other suggestions I have are:
- Show up to your School Board meeting, tell them your story, about your work, and how you think reform efforts need to be directed.
- Make an appointment with your legislators. See above for what to say.
- Hold a community meeting
- Have a conversation with a colleague that you haven’t had before about reform
- Write a letter to the editor
- Start a collaborative blog or book club focused on reform
Try something new and let me know how it goes.