How Advocacy Has Become An Important Part Of Educators

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Advocacy has become an important part of educators’ work as they are making efforts to provide supports for the development of their students. This advocacy can be in the form of endeavors conducted privately, publicly, and through private-sector connections (Dever, 2006), implemented in the classroom, school-wide, state, and national levels (Roberts & Siegle, 2012) through the use of purpose, preparation, and persistence (as cited by Roberts & Siegle, 2012). Teachers may advocate for changes in educational policies, use of developmentally appropriate instruction within the curriculum, classroom situations, programs, nutrition, or any other condition/program with the best interests of the children in mind (Dever, 2006) and their care and concern about educational issues (Roberts & Siegle, 2012). Teacher candidates are future advocates and their passion for future students and their careers should drive them to develop a talent for advocacy of educational policies, individual students, their needs, as well as the development of relationships of relationships with parents and community members in order to advocate for students, school communities, and themselves (Massengale, Childers-McKee, & Benavides, 2014). The selection for this advocacy project was a result of my desire to advocate for parental involvement. As a former Parent Involvement Chairperson for the school’s Parent Teacher Association and a future teacher who recognizes the importance of parental involvement in
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