Good advocates use effective listening strategies. The more you learn about your students the better equipped you will be to advocate for them.
Know Students’ Rights
Become familiar with state and federal laws and policies. Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is a great place to start. Your state department of education is also another resource.
Focus on the Student
Try to see things from your student’s perspective. How will they be impacted shortterm and longterm?
Get Support From Others
Remember you can’t do this alone. It is important to build relationships with school leadership and staff. You may need others to help you reach your goal.
Step Outside Your Comfort Zone
Sometimes advocating for students means stepping outside of the school building and engaging the public.