which can only be provided by a high-quality teacher.
The two cannot be separated. Therefore, doing what
is best for students also means doing what is best for
I advocate for the creation of a culture that truly values
education. Students and teachers are more than
test scores. The complexities involved in educating
students are often misunderstood by the public-atlarge
and policy makers. Therefore, educators have a
responsibility to speak up and to be heard on issues
I advocate for the educational, social, and economic
needs of schools at the local, state, and national level.
Schools are a reflection of the communities they
serve, and as such, they require solutions that fit their
Effective public schools helped to build this great
nation, and they remain vital to our prosperity and our
democracy. Advocating is something we can all do to
ensure students have access to a high-quality public
I advocate for
my profession in
order to empower
change the working
conditions in our
that our working conditions are our students’ learning
conditions, and our schools are in need of a 21st
century transformation. If we want to attract and retain
the best and the brightest to serve in Georgia’s public
schools and provide our children with the education
they truly deserve, we need to treat our teachers as
true professionals. This is why I am GAE!
I advocate for the
thousands of teachers
who have spent countless
hours planning, writing,
and creating high quality
materials for students,
only to be told their
work might be in vain, due to the political whims of
lawmakers who don’t have the best interests of my
students in mind.
“P”ower is simply “The ability to get things done.”
Power is scary to some who have never had any.
Power comes with responsibility and risk that come
with it. AND, with power comes the ability for us to
direct our profession and have more control of our
Power is also the freedom to do what is RIGHT instead
of being cowed into doing what we know is wrong for
children and for society out fear or intimidation.
I advocate for learning that organizing is THE key to
making things better. WE, all of us together, make
things better by building power.
Lesson 1: There are two kinds of power, organized
people and organized money.
Guess which one all of us collectively have?
I advocate for using our collective power to teach
our students to organize so that they can learn how
to gain power, individually and collectively, to control
over their own lives AND better the lives of others by
“Promoting the general welfare”.
I advocate to organize to oppose and replace ALL who
try to abuse their financial and/or political power to
frustrate people in pursuit of THEIR hopes and dreams
simply to allow those already powerful to amass ever
more wealth, and the power that comes with it, to the
detriment of our students and ourselves.
I advocate to organize for REAL equality that allows
ALL of our students to have a REAL chance to
succeed to their maximum potential.
I advocate to organize living up to our collective creed
that “All men (human beings) are created equal.”
I advocate to organize to assure that the “least” of
us are treated with dignity, respect, and a decent
way of life regardless of their ability to provide such
for themselves. This creed is part of all the major
religions of the world, yet is often forgotten by too
many. Here is but one example: Matthew 25:40 .
Dr. Dorothy Welch,
I advocate for my
students and my
profession because I
believe every student
deserves a high-quality
I advocate for students
because I know that
public education is truly
the great equalizer in
I advocate so that all
students have an equal opportunity to fulfill the
potential that every one of them is born with to
truly change this world and make it a better place. I
advocate so that Georgia students know that there
is a world of opportunity open to them beyond their
community and that it is an open book just waiting to
I advocate so that teachers can teach and not read
scripts and test.
I advocate so that our ESPs have a fair opportunity to
fulfill their dreams with their families and not stress
over inadequate paychecks. I advocate so that leaders
can lead and not be pressured to make a cut score at
I advocate so that those who have given a life of
service to the children of this state can enjoy a secure
I advocate so that the politicians in the Gold Dome and
on Capitol Hill know that we are never going to meet
the challenges of the 21 st century and beyond if we
continue to cut the legs of public education out from
under the practitioners. I advocate to bring the faces
of the young men and women in my classroom out of
the shadows of the numbers and give them a voice to
the decision makers.
I will never stop advocating for students or educators
because it is thanks to public education that I have
the voice to do so. I will honor those who came before
me by continuing to be a strong voice for those who
Peter Toggerson, GAE-Retired
I advocate for ORGANIZING so that WE, all of us
together and individually, can get done all we need to
do to improve OUR schools, the learning opportunities
and the conditions of all those who work attend and/
or work in them.
I advocate for ORGANIZING training.
I advocate for learning to NOT fear the “P” word.
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