Everyday Advocates understand how to work in sustainable ways:
- They know the importance of making advocacy a part of their day-to-day lives;
- They recognize that long-lasting change takes time;
- They create long-term goals, but realize the importance of short-term and intermediate steps to get there;
- They understand that even small amounts of advocacy can have a large impact.
How to get there: Consistently working in proactive and strategic ways to help others understand issues of literacy can help you gain the confidence you need to make this a part of your day-to-day life. From setting daily or weekly goals for outreach (from sharing book titles to student work to conversations with others) to finding specific times and places in which to reach out, advocacy can become an integral part of your teaching life. And when advocacy becomes a part of your daily work rather than an add-on, when outreach is seen as integral to your professional role as a teacher, we can impact the conversation on education in meaningful, long-term, sustainable ways.