Thursday, April 10, 2008

Advocacy Resources

As a school administrator, keeping pace with state legislation is tough enough. The federal stuff? Even more so. But two online resources bubbled to the surface this week at the NAESP Convention in Nashville:
  • THOMAS - The Library of Congress' official Web site contains a staggering number of resources and data. Looking for federal bills or resolutions? There's specific resources for teachers, too.
  • LEAD - NAESP's Leading Educators' Advocacy Dashboard gives you all the tools you need to write your Congressional representatives -- or the media in their legislative district -- about issues affecting K-12 education. Their online advocacy service provides legislative updates, information on key bills and links to local and national media outlets. You can sign up for regular updates on the issues from this site, too. Just go to the NAESP homepage and click on the LEAD icon on the list on the right-hand side of the page.
Do you have a favorite online advocacy resource you'd like to share?