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Digital Activism Made Easy


By Amanda Litvinov


Elected leaders at every level of government—from the president of your local school board to the president of the United States—make decisions that affect your future classroom.

Whether it’s the number of tests your students will take throughout their school years, the standards teachers are expected to meet, or whether your district offers music or has a nurse in the building—all of that, and more, depends on the people we elect and how we work with them once they’re in office. There is much at stake.

That’s why it’s so important that elected leaders hear from future teachers and current educators about what will benefit our students. NEA and your state association pour over legislation to determine what will help or harm our students, keep association members and the public informed, and develop tools that make it easy for you to be a part of the conversation.

Here are 3 easy steps to get you started as a digital activist for public education.

1. Stay Informed is an essential resource for keeping new teachers in the know on state and national politics and legislation that affect public education.

“EdVotes really homes in on the education issues in politics that we need to know about and act on as future educators and as college students,” says Emily Oaks, who has recently completed her degree in elementary education at Southern Connecticut State University and is now teaching sixth grade.

“A lot of us will start teaching soon and certainly the decisions that are made by our elected leaders over the nextfew years will impact our classrooms,” says Oaks.

Subscribe to the weekly newsletter for coverage of state and national politics, legislation and events that affect public education. And follow EdVotes on your favorite social media platforms.

For more on what’s happening on Capitol Hill, sign up for NEA’s Education Insider to receive federal legislative updates on the topics of most interest to you, plus links to NEA’s Legislative Action Center.

Finally, check out your state association website and make sure you’re taking advantage of the insights and information their political experts have to offer. Also, follow your state association on social media and sign up for legislative newsletters and text alerts.

2. Spread The Word

You can make a difference just by sharing pro-public education content on the social media sites you log onto every day. Like Speak Up for Education & Kids (EducationVotes’ home on Facebook) and follow EdVotes on Twitter and Tumblr, and you’ll receive a slew of fresh pro-public education content to share with your networks.

This just might be the quickest way to ensure that the people you are connected to understand what’s at stake in politics for students and schools. It’s about more than efficiency—a “share” here and a “retweet” there can open up meaningful conversations that inspire others to take action on behalf of public education.

3. Make Your Voice Heard

This is the part that no one else can do for you: Sign your name and tell your story for the cause. As an EducationVotes subscriber and Speak Up follower, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to sign petitions, take pledges, and share your story.

“Sometimes we feel out of control. It feels like some politicians don’t care,” says new teacher Emily Oaks. But she knows that’s exactly why it’s important that she and other future educators get engaged in issues covered by EducationVotes and state association vehicles, ranging from the fight for school funding to college affordability to fair tax policies for working families.

Says Oaks: “There’s no doubt in my mind that everything that’s going on in politics now is crucial. Together we can do something. That’s what we teach our students every day.”


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