Wednesday night’s #AllKidsNeed forum was only the beginning of our efforts regionally to stand up for public education. We need your help. The only thing the politicians and the media will listen to is action by our members and by parents across the state.
Here are a few simple, but powerful, things you can do in the next week that will make a difference. Think of them as homework assignments. If you just one, you’ll be taking a step toward defending kids, schools, and teachers in New York.
1) Get informed
- On Facebook, like the NYSUT page, NYSUT Member Action Center, and the CNY Teacher page for the latest updates on the fight for public education.
- Sign up for NYSUT MAC text alerts. Text NYSUTto 38470on your cell phone
- If you’re on Twitter, follow the #AllKidsNeed hashtagfor up to date posts from around the state on the fight for public education
- Visit the NYSUT #AllKidsNeed site to learn how you can help stand up for public education: http://www.nysut.org/resources/special-resources-sites/all-kids-need/take-action
2) Get active on Social Media
- If you currently use Facebook or Twitter, like and follow the NYSUT page and the CNY Teacher page for the latest posts.
- If you’re a Twitter user, recruit one colleague, friend or family member to start a new Twitter account. Simple screencasts and printable instructions are available at: cnyteacher.wordpress.com
- If you’re not a Twitter user, please sign up today. Follow this link to learn how. We need an army of teachers and parents speaking up on social media in this fight. It is the new town square where politicians and journalists go to hear feedback from people like you.
3) Speak out!
- Write a letter: Take a few minutes over break to write a letter to the Post Standard. We’ve had some great letters published in the last few weeks but we run the risk that the print media will stop covering this issue. We need letters to the editor and articles in every print edition of the paper and that will only happen if teachers like you speak out.
- Call your NYS Senator today. You can look up their number on the NYSUT MAC: https://mac.nysut.org/calllegislators/widget/issue/272
- #InviteCuomo to your classroom via the web: On your cellphone, take a picture of yourself in your classroom (no pix of kids unless they’re family please) with the hashtag #invitecuomo displayed (on a poster, smartboard, or the whiteboard). Send the picture to our WDEA email (email@example.com) or directly to my cell phone. I’ll post the pix for you on our WDEA website and share them on social media. This is a great way for you to speak out on social media even if that’s not your thing. Be creative, take a pict with your teammates or photograph something in your class you’d like to share with the gov.
- #InviteCuomo to your classroom via the mail: We’re going to deliver hand written invitations to Cuomo’s office in March from as many parents, teachers, and students we can muster. After break, we’ll be circulating invitations for you to fill out. Think kids party with puppy dogs and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on them. We’ll pay for postage, all we need from you is a hand written note telling the gov he needs to get out of Albany and get into the public schools. Can you imagine thousands of invitations arriving at the governor’s office from around NY?
Thank you for all you do every day for our community. In public education, people make a difference – you make a difference. The next few months will be among the most challenging as teachers in NY. I know you’ll continue to fight for public schools and the kids we serve.