Tell Your Senators to Support Effective PD

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Senators to Support Effective PDby Melissa Mellor, ASCD Public Policy

You can probably recall multiple instances when you’ve collaborated with colleagues on your own time, participated in irrelevant workshops, and experienced woefully inadequate support when facing school or classroom challenges.

The Effective Teaching and Leading Act (S. 1063) seeks to rectify this by providing teachers and principals with meaningful support through multiyear induction and mentoring programs and ongoing, job-embedded professional development. ASCD provided expert guidance on the bill, which was introduced by Senator Jack Reed (D-RI). Now we need your help to get your senators to support it! 

Take time during the August recess to ask your senators to cosponsor S. 1063.The more support the bill has, the more likely it is to be included in the Senate’s Elementary and Secondary Education Act reauthorization bill.

You can influence the future of this legislation:

  • Send your senators a customizable, automated e-mail that will take just a few minutes of your time.
  • Spread the word to friends and colleagues on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Invite your lawmakers to your school, and showcase your successes and challenges in supporting educators.

We’ve created a helpful checklist (PDF) to give you more ways to get your senators on board, as well as a social media guide (PDF) with tips and sample messages. Our one-page resource (PDF) provides more detailed background information and talking points about the bill.

Your senators are in the midst of a five-week recess, even as they’re on track to become part of the least productive Congress in recent history. As you begin your back-to-school preparations, please add one last item to your list, and give your senators a chance to redeem themselves. Contact your senators and ask them to cosponsor S. 1063 today.

Melissa Mellor is ASCD’s manager of public policy outreach. In this role, she works to promote whole child policies at the state level and helps ASCD members advocate for better education policy. Prior to joining ASCD in 2007, Mellor worked on high school redesign issues at the Council of Chief School Officers and researched states’ teacher quality policies at the Editorial Projects in Education Research Center.