The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) promises to return much of the decision making for our nation’s education where it belongs – into the hands of local educators, parents and communities.  To be effective leaders in the implementation process, NEA members must be knowledgeable about the law, and must engage community stakeholders to support policies that meet the needs of our students. In this breakout session, NEA leaders will discuss best practices and strategies to build partnerships and shape policy at the state level. You will then have an opportunity to discuss how to use these strategies and suggestions to shape policy in your states.

NEA Leadership Competency: Advocacy NEA Leadership Competency Advocacy

Date and Time: Sunday, July 3, 2016, 10:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Location: DC Convention Center, Room 147 AB



Kimberlee Irvine (UTEA), Alumni Teacher Leadership Initiative program


Lynn Goss (WEAC), Paraeducator, Member of US Education Department Negotiated Rulemaking Committee on ESSA

Cecily Myart-Cruz (CTA), Educator, United Teachers Los Angeles-NEA Vice President

Gabriel Tanglao (NJEA), Educator




LaToya Johnson, Organizational Specialist, NEA Center for Organizing



ESSA Backgrounders List (2 pgs., PDF)

ESSA Table Talk Guiding Questions (1 pg., PDF)

ESSA Top 10 Decisions (1 pg., PDF)

Taking the Lead on ESSA Policy PowerPoint (6 pgs., PDF)