Twitter for Teachers: Make Your Voice Heard

Last week we posted rundown of the Gov’s State of the State address and asked you to get connected with NYSUT’s Member Action Center.  There’s two ways to stay connected:
  • Download the NYSUT MAC (Member Action Center) App on your smartphone
  • Text NYSUT to number 38470 on your phone to get the NYSUT MAC messages via text message
  • You can also follow the NYSUT MAC on Twitter and Facebook
Write a Letter
This week, we’re asking all our members to become more active on social media and more interactive with the press. Some of you have already written some outstanding letters to the Post Standard regarding the Governor’s proposals.  Kudos to Mike Root for the letter that appeared in print today. Don’t be shy, your voice is important.  Writing a letter to the editor is a great way to get your voice heard.
 
Sign Up for Twitter
Across the state, NYSUT is encouraging members to become more active on social media. If you’re not already a Twitter user, I encourage you to sign up today and start engaging the media and our elected representatives online.  Many, many politicians in Albany, their staffers, and reporters from national to local outlets use Twitter to communicate with the public.  When you sign up, start by following @NYSUT and @WDEA3115.
 
New to Twitter? Check out a brief tutorial screencast on Twitter online.  
 
Attend the CNY Education Forum
Last night I attended a planning session for an education forum scheduled for Feb. 11.  Please save the date and plan to attend (location to be announced).  The forum will include teachers, parents, administrators, and students and will invite Cuomo to address the real issues facing teachers and parents today: poverty in our communities, an over reliance on high stakes testing, and the underfunding of our schools at record levels.  We know all kids need a governor who supports our public schools, all kids need schools that are fully funded, and all kids need a diverse curriculum that nurtures their hearts and minds and inspires them to a brighter future.  We think teachers and parents know what’s best for kids, not politicians and bureaucrats.
 
Please take a moment, today, to get connected.  This fight isn’t over. Will you choose to be on the sidelines or the front lines?
 
In solidarity,

Greg McCrea
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