Policy Decisions or Not Decisions

After our class discussion on various policy issues from our EDLP 704 course, there has been a great deal of discussion on why and how policies are tabled and sent to committees. After reading the legislative postings we are still often left with many questions. So when I ran across this blog, I had to agree with the “up in the air” concept.

Retrieved from ASCD Blog post:
Don’t Leave Policy Decisions Up in the Air
On my way home from the ASCD’s Leadership Institute for Legislative Advocacy (LILA) conference, I was looking out the window as the captain announced that we were “at our cruising altitude of 30,000 feet.” As I looked down upon the landscape, I could see the general makeup of the land, but there was no way I could actually see what was happening on the ground. I could see large features of the landscape, but the subtle details were not visible to the eye.

It dawned on me that policymakers are, in effect, looking out their “windows” at an altitude of 30,000 feet as they consider the pros and cons of educational policies. What we are doing with our ASCD advocacy work is connecting the planners and decision-makers of Congress to what is really happening on the ground in our classrooms every day.

Advocacy work requires consistent effort to build relationships, offer resources, and sustain communication. I encourage you to consider these steps to getting involved with education advocacy:……….
(see site for list)

These are some ideas to help inform education policy, and align the view from 30,000 feet with the reality on the ground. If we are successful, we can help bring into focus the landscape in which state and federal decisions are enacted, and the faces of the children who are impacted.

Post submitted by Marsha Jones, Associate Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction (Pre-K – 12) for the Springdale School District, in Northwest Arkansas.


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