Legislative Advocacy

 

You have the power to effect change about the issues that matter to you the most. Decision-makers react to those who can most effectively bring their issues to the forefront of the public agenda. NCATA provides a forum where our individual voices can come together to influence policymakers regarding issues that impact teacher assistants.

Remember, while there’s strength in diversity, there’s power in unity. NCATA is here to bring as many diverse voices to our cause as possible, and deliver a unifying message at the same time. We must agree on the important goals and we can achieve success!!

Advocacy Tips

  • Know your messages.
  • Keep your messages simple and grounded in facts.
  • Deliver your messages over and over again, using all of your tools.
  • Ask for the one thing you really need, not a list of what you want.
  • Position your issues within the decision-maker's agenda.
  • Build impeccable relationships with the people who impact your issues.
  • Know the core facts about your issues.
  • Believe that you have the power to effect change.
  • Start today - you have the right to be heard now.
  • Don't ever give up - successful advocates are persistent in their efforts.

*(source: advocacysolutions.ca)

NCATA allocates a percentage of its resources toward legislative advocacy:

  • The Legislative Committee works to identify, prioritize and track state legislation and regulations important to teacher assistants, and, when appropriate, recommend policy positions on such legislation and regulations to the Board of Directors.
  • NCATA's legislative chair monitors the activities of the NC General Assembly to ensure that the interests of teacher assistants are well-represented and to alert members when advocacy is needed.

NCATA Resources:

How to Be An Effective Advocate (PDF File)
Resolving Grievances (PDF File)

NCATA Legislative Committee

The NCATA Legislative Committee works to identify, prioritize and track state legislation and regulations important to teacher assistants, and, when appropriate, recommend policy positions on such legislation and regulations to the NCATA Executive Council. We are dedicated towards reaching our legislative goals, discussing our work and concerns with legislators, and helping them better understand how teacher assistants benefit North Carolina's students.

You are an important part of this process! NCATA provides a forum where our individual voices can come together to influence policymakers regarding issues that impact teacher assistants. NCATA action alerts give you the information you need to effectively bring your concerns to the attention of your legislators. You have the power to effect change about the issues that matter to you the most!

Remember, while there’s strength in diversity, there’s power in unity. NCATA is here to bring as many diverse voices to our cause as possible, and deliver a unifying message at the same time. We must agree on the important goals and we can achieve success!

Things You Can Do

You can be an effective advocate for teacher assistants and NCATA. Below
are just a few examples of ways you can make your voice heard and
mobilize others:

  • Call your legislators.
  • Send a fax.
  • Write a personal letter.
  • Send an e-mail.
  • Send a telegram.
  • Send a handwritten postcard.
  • Call local radio talk shows.
  • Speak on local cable television programs and radio shows.
  • Write a letter to the editor of your local daily or weekly newspaper.
  • Meet with local reporters and editors.
  • Form connections with supportive groups that include parents, teachers, principals, etc., and encourage them to contact legislators on key education issues.
  • Ask friends, family, and supporters to write personal letters to legislators on behalf of critical issues – every letter and telephone call counts. 
  • Invite legislators to visit your schools or attend special school events. Even if they cannot always     attend, they will appreciate the invitation. 
  • Attend events sponsored by your legislator. 
  • Send copies of interesting news articles, information about successful programs in your schools or noteworthy educational studies to legislators.
  • Respond quickly to NCATA action alerts and updates.

(adapted from information by the California School Board Association)

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