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Finding Your Voice, Honing Your Message: Advocacy Writing for Early Childhood Education

What do we mean by advocacy and why is it important for Early Childhood Education? This paper argues that writing is a particularly effective means of advocating on behalf of the interests of the families and children served by the profession as well as for the status of the preschool teaching profession itself. It offers advice on different outlets for writing: the traditional opinion column, the letter to the editor and on social media. It also highlights the importance of the cultivation of expertise by early childhood professionals, not only in order to engage and shape the public debate on particular issues from a position of knowledge, but also to raise image of the profession by the performative act of publicly sharing specialized and useful knowledge.

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Finding Your Voice, Honing Your Message: Advocacy Writing for Early Childhood Education [PDF]
February 15, 2015
Trisha Craig and Tom Benner

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