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Ask Your Senators to Support Professional Development for Educators

The Effective Teaching and Leading Act (S.1063) will support induction and mentoring programs and enhance ongoing, job-embedded professional development for all teachers and school leaders.

The bill needs the support of your U.S. senators to move forward and become part of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

See a checklist of actions (PDF) you can take to support the bill.

Get Informed


The 2014 ASCD Legislative Agenda (PDF) outlines the association's policy priorities for the year.

Policy Points

ASCD's newest policy publication spotlights timely education policy issues of importance to all educators.

  • Funding Sources for Educator Professional Development (PDF): Despite shrinking education budgets, there are still opportunities to pursue funding for educator professional development. Check out this issue of Policy Points which provides links to these resources.

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Policy Priorities

ASCD's quarterly publication comprehensively analyzes critical education policy issues.

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We need your help! Congress is making education policy decisions that affect you, your local schools, and your students. 

Don't let Congress make decisions without the crucial information you can provide. You can help them, and they will welcome your input. 

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Keep Up with Opportunities to Take Action

Read about the latest education policy news and developments and find opportunities to take action Capitol Connection.

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Make a Difference

  • Whole Child Resolutions: The Rhode Island General Assembly passed a joint resolution (PDF) supporting a whole child approach to education. See follow-up ideas for how Rhode Island educators can build on this work, and watch ASCD's webinar about how to get a Whole Child Resolution introduced by your own state policymakers.
  • Whole Child Recognition: Arkansas Governor Michael Beebe signed a new bill into law that promotes a whole child approach to educating the state’s children. The legislation (PDF) establishes a Whole Child Whole Community recognition program and aims to measure the comprehensive well-being of children and how well stakeholders are meeting their needs.
  • Teacher evaluation: Read ASCD’s letter (PDF) about teacher evaluations and accompanying Policy Points (PDF) to the chairman of the House K–12 education subcommittee.
  • ESEA waivers: Read ASCD's letter to the Senate HELP Committee about why waivers are not an adequate substitute for ESEA reauthorization.
  • Civic learning: See ASCD's recommendations (PDF) for the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Race to the Top District Grants: Read ASCD's letter (PDF) to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan offering recommendations for priorities, criteria, and definitions for the proposed grants.
  • Preparing students for lifelong success: View the College, Career, and Citizenship Readiness Coalition's consensus statement and policy recommendations.


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Is It Good for the Kids?

Read ASCD Executive Director Gene Carter's commentaries on timely education policy issues.

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