With funding cuts decimating our public school budgets and fresh off a victory over school vouchers, which would have taken more money out of schools, Oklahoma teachers are quickly learning that speaking up, contacting state leaders, and advocating for our students and our profession is an effective method of enacting reform for the benefit of our state’s most vulnerable people — our children.
That said, it’s sometimes hard to figure out where to begin advocating for positive public education changes. Fortunately, Jennifer Gonzalez of the website Cult of Pedagogy has gathered a list of resources, many of which we at OEJ have been reading for years, and interviewed an eminent national education blogger Anthony Cody, who writes at Living in Dialogue and Edweek. While Gonzalez’ resources are nationally focused, the communities and resources will absolutely benefit us in our activism on the local level.
How Ordinary Teachers Become Activists
The good news is, you can do something. All over the U.S., teachers, students, and parents are organizing to fight the policies that are wreaking havoc on education. And slowly but surely, they are succeeding.
Once you’ve listened to Jennifer and Anthony’s interview — or reading the transcript — check out our Oklahoma teacher advocacy resources.