How to Be Heard: Advocating for Students and the Profession

Class Details

  • Class Type: Online
  • Date: 7/9/2018 - 8/5/2018
  • Adams State Credit: 1
  • Nonmember Price: $145
  • CEA Member Price: $45
  • Graduate credit for this class is optional and costs an additional $55. This class is a book study and requires students to purchase a book.

  • Currently Enrolled: 8 of 20
  • Class Type: Online
  • Date: 1/14/2019 - 2/17/2019
  • Adams State Credit: 1
  • Nonmember Price: $145
  • CEA Member Price: $45
  • Graduate credit available at $55.00 per credit. Required Text: How to Be Heard: 10 Lessons Teachers Need to Advocate for Their Students and Profession by Celine Coggins

  • Currently Enrolled: 12 of 20
  • Class Type: Online
  • Date: 1/2/2019 - 5/5/2019
  • Nonmember Price: $0
  • CEA Member Price: $0
  • Currently Enrolled: 16 of 20

About the Course

This course is a book study of Celine Coggins How to Be Heard: 10 Lessons Teachers Need to Advocate for Their Students and Profession. Participants expand their knowledge and ability to influence educational policy and professional practice. The content will support participants to be at the forefront of modeling excellence in education at the local, state and national level.

This book demonstrates that when teachers' voices are heard, they will be rightfully recognized and supported as change leaders in their schools. Celine Coggins, a renowned teacher advocate, offers nuts-and-bolts strategies that are recognized as the "price of admission" to becoming a credible and welcomed participant in important policy conversations and decisions. The author clearly demonstrates that it is not only possible for teachers to initiate change, but to also effectively participate on the policy playing field.

This how-to guide is filled with concrete ideas for engaging in productive decision-making, using real-world examples from teachers who have successfully used these strategies.

Required Text: 

Upon completion of this course, learners should be able to:

  • Develop their influence in advocacy by critically thinking about viable strategies to real-time educational policy.
  • Articulate his/her opinion on either side of the debate to frame policy decision making.
  • Determine policies that need to be at the systematic level to those that can be created and implemented at the local level.
  • Create equality of opportunity for students to succeed in school through advocacy in educational policy.
  • Initiate change by effectively participating in the educational policy at the local, state and national level.
  • Grade(s): Pre-K Kindergarten 1st Grade 2nd Grade 3rd Grade 4th Grade 5th Grade 6th Grade 7th Grade 8th Grade 9th Grade 10th Grade 11th Grade 12th Grade Elementary K-5 Secondary 6-12
  • Subject(s): Education Leadership Education Support Professionals Professional Development Specialized Service Providers Teacher Leadership/Effectiveness


N Burrell
This text gave me information about the perspectives of policy makers and actionable steps to try to influence policy. The participants were very willing to share their ideas and experiences which added to my learning!
Avis Paul
Very interesting read that empowered me as an educator. Facilitator was present in discussions, and had applicable suggestions.
Jennifer Ewing
I really enjoyed this class. The questions were thought provoking in a way that meshed well with the reading. The book itself has given me knew perspectives and incentives on how to bridge policy with the classroom. I do wish that there was more discussion, but I am really not sure how that would look in the online forum. Maybe more discussion on the final projects or ideas so that we could get feedback prior to going into the field? Overall, a great class!

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