April 5, 2017

Position yourself with an advocacy statement on science and education

Posted by Laura Guertin

Definition of advocacy = the act or process of supporting a cause or proposal (from Merriam-Webster)

Definition of position statement = a statement setting out the considered position or policy of an organization, group, etc., with respect to a particular matter (from Oxford Living Dictionaries); an explanation, a justification or a recommendation for a course of action that reflects an organization’s stance regarding the concern (ANA)

Whether you refer to them as positioning statements or advocacy statements or advocacy position statements, these documents are pieces that represent the result of an intentional and thoughtful process by an organization. These statements are a voice that encourages work towards a common goal or sustaining a particular status – be that improved health and well-being, and yes, even science and science education.

I hope that educators and non-educators review this list and see the potential and power of these statements, as well as where the statements can be most effectively shared. Individuals, departments, and organizations can and should use position statements to advocate for resources, programs, funding, or perhaps just to get a conversation started. Position statements are a resource that does not benefit anyone if they just sit on an organization’s website – the next step is to do something with them. If you are looking for a voice to add to your own, consider these statements by AGU, GSA, NAGT, AMS, NSTA, etc.

This collection of position statements is reproduced and expanded upon from the original list I prepared for the Pennsylvania Earth Science Teachers Association (PAESTA) website.








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