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1 OCTEO Fall 2007 Organizing a Day at the Capitol Linda Distad, Ed.D. College of St. Catherine St. Paul, Minnesota

2 OCTEO Fall 2007 Organizing a Day at the Capitol A bit about MACTE: 29 Teacher Preparation Programs– all are approved by the Minnesota Board of Teaching Represents three institutional types- Research I, state universities, private colleges/univerisities

3 OCTEO Fall 2007 Organizing a Day at the Capitol MACTE’s Mission: As leaders in teacher education, MACTE serves all learners in an ever-changing society through its commitment to high and consistent standards for every teacher.

4 OCTEO Fall 2007 Organizing a Day at the Capitol The Whys and Wherefores : MACTE wanted to be considered the “voice” of teacher preparation in Minnesota. P-16 Council Board of Teaching meetings: The MACTE Minute Board of Teaching committees: 3 representatives

5 OCTEO Fall 2007 Organizing a Day at the Capitol Published Op Ed article in St. Pioneer Press Testified at House and Senate Committee meetings Met with legislators

6 OCTEO Fall 2007 Organizing a Day at the Capitol What was missing…. There was a very dedicated core group but….

7 OCTEO Fall 2007 Organizing a Day at the Capitol The broad membership of MACTE had little engagement with the process. And yet….. everyone was impacted by the decisions.

8 OCTEO Fall 2007 Organizing a Day at the Capitol 1.If you’re not at the table, you may be on the menu. a)You have to show up EVERYTIME. b)Sometimes you have to respond very quickly.

9 OCTEO Fall 2007 Organizing a Day at the Capitol c)You need to speak with one voice- consistent messages. (We try to travel in 3s.) d)You need to decide which issues the organization will address and which they will not.

10 OCTEO Fall 2007 Organizing a Day at the Capitol 2. Values trump facts. (Don’t Think of An Elephant, George Lakoff) a)Higher Ed loves facts. b)Legislators love stories that relate to their districts. Ex: Alternative licensure

11 OCTEO Fall 2007 Organizing a Day at the Capitol 3. Advancers, not blockers. a) What do we support? b) Creation of Legislative Briefs

12 OCTEO Fall 2007 Organizing a Day at the Capitol MACTE’s Day at the Capitol 101 How we got started…

13 OCTEO Fall 2007 Organizing a Day at the Capitol 1.Someone needs to act as the leader/organizer. 2.Pick a date. The earlier in the session, the better.

14 OCTEO Fall 2007 Organizing a Day at the Capitol 3.As an organization, spend time on your “message.” macteissuebriefs2007.doc macteissuebrief3.doc

15 OCTEO Fall 2007 Organizing a Day at the Capitol..\macte-day at the capitol\CSC priorities.doc

16 OCTEO Fall 2007 Organizing a Day at the Capitol 4. Give the membership as much help with the logistics as possible. How to set up an appointment When to set up an appointment Maps of the Capitol and related buildings

17 OCTEO Fall 2007 Organizing a Day at the Capitol Location (and cost) of parking lots. Location of cafeterias– possibly schedule a meeting time for lunch...\macte-day at the capitol\macte day 2007 packet.doc

18 OCTEO Fall 2007 Organizing a Day at the Capitol 5. Make the membership aware of when and where Education Committees are meeting Have member address the Committee Minnesota Legislature Committee Agendas.doc

19 OCTEO Fall 2007 Organizing a Day at the Capitol Next Steps: Meet with legislators well in advance of the Day at the Capitol. Meet with other Education Organizations well in advance of the Day at the Capitol. Stay in touch. Attach a “face” to the “voice.”

20 OCTEO Fall 2007 Organizing a Day at the Capitol Next Steps: Align the Day at the Capitol with MACTE’s winter meeting. Bring teams– graduates, principals, parents, faculty.

21 OCTEO Fall 2007 Organizing a Day at the Capitol What we gained: 1.More members are committed to political action. 2.More legislators know about MACTE. 3.Requests for information from legislators have increased.

22 OCTEO Fall 2007 Organizing a Day at the Capitol 4.It catalyzed conversations within MACTE about what is important to us. 5.It made us examine our language; how we frame our positions. 6.It was fun; it built camaraderie within the organization.

23 OCTEO Fall 2007 Organizing a Day at the Capitol 7.We discovered some new talent within the organization.

24 OCTEO Fall 2007 Organizing a Day at the Capitol Acknowledgements: AACTE’s Day on the Hill provided the model for MACTE’s Day at the Capitol.

25 OCTEO Fall 2007 Organizing a Day at the Capitol Acknowledgements: Many of the preparation components derived from sessions at AACTE’s Annual Meeting Larry Johnson’s session about working with legislators Key Messages session by Steve Allen

26 OCTEO Fall 2007 Organizing a Day at the Capitol 1.If you aren’t at the table, you may be on the menu. 2.Values trump facts. 3.Advancers, not blockers.

27 OCTEO Fall 2007 Organizing a Day at the Capitol Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there. Will Rogers


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