Welcome to the Advocacy Page!  We are going to post our work with other organizations that advocate for quality literacy instruction in KY and the nation.

  • As announced at the Annual Conference in February 2020, KCTE has revised the Diversity Statement. It was long overdue. Thank you to our Diversity Chairperson, Kennita Ballard for spearheading this effort and presenting it at the conference. Please contact her if there are suggested revisions or concerns. You can view the statement here.
  • KCTE/LA in conjunction with the KY Council of Teachers of Social Studies developed a letter in response to the Proposed Graduation Requirement Changes. You can read the letter here: KCTELA Graduation Requirements Statement (1)

Past Activity: 

NCTE has released a position statement on the potential appointment of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education.  Please feel free to use it when contacting legislators.  Here is the letter.

Here is a message from Susan Houser, NCTE President:

On January 17, the US Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee conducted the nomination hearing for Elisabeth “Betsy” DeVos as the Secretary of Education. Based on DeVos’s performance, hundreds of national and local organizations have organized to support, voice concern, or oppose her nomination. The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) agreed to sign with 52 state and national organizations to express “deep concern” over DeVos’s nomination.
The letter was sent on Monday, January 30, to members of the HELP Committee and to the press. A vote is tentatively scheduled in the HELP Committee on Tuesday, January 31, where she is expected to be voted on as the nominee along partisan lines. A vote by the full Senate could happen as early as this week.
Our core beliefs, our mission, and our multitude of position statements regarding what quality education in literacy should contain are in direct opposition to those views presented by the nominee. NCTE’s Executive Director Emily Kirkpatrick, the NCTE Executive Committee’s Policy and Advocacy Subcommittee Chair Alfredo Celedón Luján, and the NCTE Presidential Team have all been in contact on this issue over the last few weeks and feel that signing on to this letter is a worthwhile effort for us as an organization.
The letter and those organizations that support it can be found here. I welcome any questions or comments you might have. This letter can be used by you, our members, in ways that will be beneficial to further the causes that we uphold and endorse.
Susan Houser, NCTE President

We have worked with the KY Reading Association to send out a survey to members about literacy issues that matter most, and we are beginning to develop committees to dive deeper into Senate Bill 1 as it applies to ELA teachers and students in KY schools.  Stay tuned! – Final Draft of the survey results 

Letter to Legislators

NCTE is working with us to connect with KY legislators.  In the meantime, they are hosting an advocacy day in Washington, D.C. this year the day before our Annual Conference!  We will be sending our own letters to Frankfort on this day and making phone calls.  For more info on this event, see below:

Join us for Literacy Education Advocacy Day
Thursday, February 25, 2016
Your voice will make a difference!

We know it’s a lot to ask, but we would love for all of you to join us in Washington, DC, for NCTE’s Literacy Education Advocacy Day on Thursday, February 25.

Register for Advocacy Day!

We’re working to set up group meetings with members of the Senate Health, Education, and Labor (HELP) Committee, and we know that  congressional staff are more receptive when constituents attend these meetings. If you live in these states — AK, CT, CO, GA, IL, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MN, NC, PA, RI, SC, TN, UT, VT, WA, WI, WY — please consider coming to Advocacy Day.

We also encourage our local membership from DC and VA to join us. However, the invitation is open to anyone — no matter where you live — and we are happy to help you set up a meeting with your representative. Both K-12 and higher education issues will be addressed. We want and need your voice to make a difference.