Study the Advocacy section of the Reading Rockets website.
Read Parenting a Struggling Reader by Susan Hall and Louisa Moats. Broadway Books, 2002. See especially Chapter 3, “Why You Are Your Child’s Best Advocate.” Available in PB.
Read Why Kids Can’t Read: Challenging the Status Quo in Education, edited by Phyllis Blaunstein and Reid Lyon. Rowman & Littlefield, 2006. A how-to book of essays for parents working toward reform in the teaching of reading. Includes how to have help from the media, and how to talk with teachers, principals, school committee members, and state legislators.
Contact Your Maine Legislators
Find all your Maine elected officials here by typing in your street address and town.
The linked information will give you your all your Voting Districts as well as your Polling Place.
Click on the tab marked Elected Officials to find your State Senator and State Representative.
You may email your State Senator and State Representative from his or her individual page from this Maine site.
What to Request of Your Legislators
Tell your legislators that we are failing to teach at-risk and struggling children to learn to read in Maine. Explain who are the children at-risk: children of poverty, English language learners, minority children, and children with language-based learning disabilities. We can teach all but 2-5% of children to learn to read irrespective of their backgrounds–if their reading instruction is grounded in the scientific evidence of how reading develops.
Unfortunately, many teachers do not have the background or training they need to implement evidence-based reading instruction in their classrooms.
We need requirements for state college and university teacher training programs (K-8 classroom, literacy specialist, SPED, undergraduate, graduate) to include required courses in the science of reading, data analysis, multi-tier interventions, and science-based reading instruction. Our new teachers must be prepared to teach all students to learn to read.
Suggest your legislator research this issue further and give the link to the Reading Matters to Maine website. www.readingmatterstomaine.org