Legislative Advocacy Committee Chair: Gerri Settoon
Legislative Action Plan
Goal 1: Professional Development
Provide leadership in support of research, policy, and practice that improves reading instruction and supports the best interests of all learners and reading professionals.
- Present Legislative Advocacy Committee Report at Board of Directors meetings.
- Publish advocacy information in the state newsletter.
- Conduct training session during the year.
- Publish an advocacy plan or report of a current legislative issue and make available on the LRA web site.
Goal 2: Advocacy
Establish and strengthen local, state, national and international alliances with a wide range of organizations, including governmental, non-governmental, colleges and universities, community agencies, businesses and industries including the Louisiana Department of Education and the Louisiana Governor’s Office.
- Create alliances with librarians in local, parish, college and university lab schools.
- Present information and develop relationships with local school board members, superintendents and the State Board of Education members.
- Serve on Louisiana Department of Education committees and task forces.
Goal 3: Partnerships
Provide and promote effective professional development opportunities for Louisiana literacy educators, librarians, and citizens.
- Provide professional development sessions during Board of Directors meetings.
- Plan and implement annual state conference contacts.
- Solicit legislative members to partner with LRA on Public Service Announcements.
- Partner with the Louisiana Retired Teachers Association.
Goal 4: Communication
Improve and disseminate information with LRA, its affiliates, and to organizations and state programs throughout the state.
- Create and disseminate LRA Advocacy Handbook.
- Annually update Committee site on LRA website www.lareading.org
- Invite legislative members, State Department of Education staff, community leaders, and BESE members to disseminate information at meetings.
- Encourage members to become proactive with legislative issues.
- Communicate with members regarding new or “hot” Legislative issues.
Legislative Advocacy Award
Last year, only two State Reading Associations won the coveted ILA Advocacy Award. LRA was one of the winners. To do so annually, we need the help of our state association members and local reading councils. Activities that were completed at these meetings or at individual members’s schools will qualify for this award. Examples include inviting a legislative or key community official to your council or school, implementing a phone call campaign about an issue, sending advocacy call to action e-mail messages to members, etc. See the list for more ideas by perusing the ILA Advocacy Award Requisites that follows. Do send documentation to Gerri Settoon, Advocacy Committee Chairperson, to firstname.lastname@example.org or to 521 Newman Ave., New Orleans, LA 70121. Without your help, it is not possible to obtain this prestigious award.
If you would like to serve on this committee, please e-mail Gerri Settoon. Thanks in advance to those LRA Members who want to make a difference in the future lives of educators, students, and schools through legislative involvement.