Your Source for Advocating at the Local and State Level
Since 2000, members across the country have used the State Advocacy Guidebook for the Salary Supplement Initiative to advocate for salary supplements through state legislation and regulation and local district initiatives. Successful advocacy efforts have resulted in employers rewarding members with salary supplements for the following:
The purpose of this resource is to help you become a knowledgeable and empowered advocate for yourself, the professions and the children and families that we serve. Revised as a web-based document, you are able to select only the sections you choose. We hope that the updated information that you find in this guide will be relevant and useful to you in your efforts to advocate for a salary supplement initiative.
In order to advocate for change, you need facts and data to support your request. The resources included in this section include the history and requirements of the CCC and National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), successful state and local initiatives, and a side-by-side comparison of the two certification processes.
Once you have gathered facts and information you will need to organize it in a logical and succinct manor. Developing a proposal to share with decision makers will help you organize your facts, state your request, and defend your proposal. You will need to include the following:
See what a sample proposal [PDF] looks like.
For state salary supplement efforts you will want to follow these steps:
View Develop an Action Plan for more details on the steps.
Remember that change at this level requires a sustained effort, persistence, and patience. Realistic goals and time frames for achieving your goals are a must!
Identifying key decision makers, understanding the budget process and being able to answer tough questions are key to having a successful interaction with decision makers. In preparation for a meeting with a decision you should:
Review these resources to help you prepare:
Developing letters to the editor, op-eds, and establishing relationships with reporters are all important components to successfully engaging and utilizing the media to promote your efforts. Included in this resource are guidelines for getting your message across, and developing sample letters, op-eds, and press releases.
Eileen Crowe, ASHA's director, state association relations, at firstname.lastname@example.org.