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Teachers can advocate for their programs in many ways but sometimes it may feel difficult to find a place to start. If you are looking to boost your advocacy efforts, consider these steps:
Start at the Local Level Make sure your program is running well, keep your students interested and provide fun opportunities for them inside and outside the classroom. If your class is fun and they're making memories together, they'll promote your class to their peers and to parents.
Publicize Your Program Invite administrators and community members to your concerts. Take advantage of your district's social media to promote performances and student successes.
Personal Advocacy Toot your own horn! Make sure your administrator is in the loop about your accomplishments for the year. Get involved with MSBOA and music advocacy organizations.
Quote the Research NAfME, MMEA and other advocacy organizations provide articles, flyers, pictures, etc. all for our benefit. Use the data they've gathered to help promote the importance of music in a student's life. MSBOA also provides data through membership surveys. (Promote by participating!)
Stay Current Be aware of legislative changes on the federal, state and local level. Try to adapt your classroom to these changes as quickly as possible.
Form a Committee When in doubt, ask for help. There is a plethora of parents and community members willing to help you be successful. Look to booster parents and alumni for assistance. Make sure your committee stays updated and communicates regularly.
NAfME The National Association for Music Education is the foremost advocacy group in the United States for music education.
MMEA The Michigan Music Education Association is our statewide advocacy group that offers many educator resources. Resources include professional development, events for students and the Michigan Music Educator Journal.
Local and Political Advocacy MSBOA encourages you, your program parents and your community as a whole to advocate for music education in our schools. This page provides information and resources for the public on how to contact state representatives and a parent-friendly guide to local advocacy.
MSBOA Advocacy Report January 2018 This document contains numerous resources to help you advocate for your program, compiled by the Music Education Workshop Committee. Resources include helpful website, the NAfME stance on the Every Student Succeeds Act, downloadable resources, and advocacy events.