Informing & Inspiring New Teachers a Kappa Delta Pi publication Volume 19, No. 1 KDP Executive Director FAYE SNODGRESS Consulting Editor STEPHANIE L. SCHAEFER Managing Editor KAREN L. ALLEN Assistant Editors KATHIE-JO ARNOFF SALLY RUSHMORE Art Director CHUCK JARRELL NSTOY Liaison PEGGY TORDOFF A Beginning Teacher’s Guide to Advocacy By NATHAN BOND AND WILLIAM STERRETT NTA BERNARD BULL REA KIRK MADELINE KOVARIK JACQUELINE LYDY GINA RILEY STEPHANIE L. SCHAEFER NICHOLAS J. ULIANO MACK WELFORD MICHAEL P. WHITMAN W ISSN 1070-7379 published four times during the school year by Kappa Delta Pi, 3707 Woodview Trace, Indianapolis, IN 46268-1158. Send all subscription orders and editorial correspondence to address above, call 1-800-284-3167, or visit KDP Online at www.kdp.org. Subscription rate: $10.00, members, per year, domestic; $12.00, members, foreign; $12.00, nonmembers, do-mestic; $14.00, nonmembers, foreign. Single copies, $3.50 (+s&h). Third-class bulk permit paid at Columbus, Ohio. Postmaster does not return issue to publisher with address change. Subscriber must send changes to: Kappa Delta Pi, 3707 Woodview Trace, Indianapolis, IN 46268-1158. ©2011 by Kappa Delta Pi. All rights reserved. hen asked in surveys why they chose education as a profession, beginning teachers often cite the opportunity to help others. As Charney (2002, 22) noted in her classroom management book on responsive teaching, “We all have an inherent need to be useful and helpful to others.” Teachers—new and experienced—generally are regarded as kind-hearted people who want to better the lives of the children in their classrooms; they want to “make a difference.” By doing so, they serve their community and make a positive impact on society as a whole. Dr. Bond , Associate Professor at Texas State University, currently serves as President of Kappa Delta Pi International. He is Counselor of the Eta Zeta Chapter and a member of the KDP Public Policy Committee. Dr. Sterrett , Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, serves as Chair of the KDP Public Policy Committee. He is a former principal and upper elementary teacher. Though beginning teachers tend to focus on creating positive change within their own classrooms and with their individual students, they also can make a difference in the lives of others on a larger scale and beyond the classroom. They can advocate for the profession. Indeed, teachers serve a powerful professional role as they “not only exert significant influence on the performance of students, but they also influence the performance of other teachers and school leaders” (Reeves 2008, 2). What is advocacy and how can new teachers be advocates for the profession? Merriam-Webster (2011) defines advocacy as “the act or process of supporting a cause or proposal.” Teachers have many opportunities to lend support and provide a unique perspective on current instructional practices, school policies, and community responsiveness amid increasing changes and challenges. This article identifies four ways to advocate for the profession and the steps that Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education (KDP) is taking to assist in this area.