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By Gene R. Carter, Executive Director, ASCD
ASCD unveils policy recommendations for 2014 that will help to promote the comprehensive achievement of students and support the work of educators in districts, schools, and classrooms.
Effective educators know the importance of supporting the whole child. They strive to nurture students who are healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged. Their goal is to not only help all students attain academic proficiency but also partner with families and communities to give students building blocks to become fulfilled, productive members of society.
It’s time for U.S. lawmakers to share this goal, shifting from a narrow focus on high-stakes testing and educator evaluation to a broader, more meaningful vision of success that supports each student from early childhood through graduation.
Each year, a committee of ASCD educators develops a legislative agenda to guide the association’s advocacy activities related to federal education policy and corresponding reforms at the state and local levels. ASCD’s 2014 agenda offers four policy recommendations:
ASCD will tirelessly advocate for these priorities on behalf of our members throughout the year. Last week, we were joined in this effort by educators from across the country for our Leadership Institute for Legislative Advocacy. The educators met with their federal lawmakers and underscored the importance of the recommendations, shared their successes and challenges in supporting the whole child, and emphasized the need for policy changes that support such work.
Congress needs to hear from you, too. I urge you to make these recommendations your own with personal examples of how they can enhance your work in your district, school, or classroom and help you meet your students’ needs. Congress and the Obama administration need to understand that their education strategies must help schools both strengthen academic learning and attend to the essential supports that are necessary for students to reach their potential. Only then will the nation’s children be fully prepared for successful futures.
View ASCD’s 2014 Legislative Agenda at www.ascd.org/legislativeagenda. To stay informed about crucial education developments, subscribe to Capitol Connection at www.ascd.org/capitolconnection.
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