If we aren’t at the table, we’re on the menu

Faye Snodgress is executive director of Kappa Delta Pi.

Teaching is a political activity but we don’t always do a good job of participating in the political aspects of education.

I’m grateful to our colleagues at AACTE for providing KDP members with the opportunity to participate in its Day on the Hill, which takes place June 11-12. I, along with many other KDP members, will learn more about the ways in which we can speak out about our core values and most importantly, who needs to hear our voice.

In the words of Katherine Bassett, Executive Director of the Network of National Teachers of the Year and a valued colleague, “If we aren’t at the table for education policy discussions, we are on the menu.”

In addition to the important efforts of our Public Policy Committee and  other committed KDP members who are involved in advocacy, participating in the Day on the Hill is another way that we are working  to be sure that we are “at the table” and not the entrée.

As a community of educators who use evidence-based strategies and practices, we have much to offer legislators about what works in education and how we want schools to be.

I hope you’ll stay tuned in the weeks to come for updates from our experience!