Video Series: How to Use Your Story to Begin to Advocate

I was honored to be invited to David Lipscomb University by Professor Lance Forman to be interviewed for a Ed.S-level course called “Systems Thinking” which focuses on the history of inequities in the public school system, the legislative process, and using our voice to be advocates for change. I was asked to speak on a variety of advocacy-related issues, but the heart of the interview is learning how to tell your story and how to use that story to build connections to empower your advocacy. Each of the videos below are about 16 minutes long. Thank you for taking time to watch.

Introduction and how to tell your story.
Barriers to beginning your advocacy: honing your story and building your network.
Accessing the system to work for change and managing failure.
Preparing for your first advocacy meeting, effectively sharing your story and seeking change from within your institution.
Taking next steps in advocacy: legislation and the challenges of managing your work your influence grows.

I will be creating more blogs to summarize the advocacy tips in this series. Check back soon!

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Anna Thorsen

I am a parent, attorney and advocate. I and my middle school daughter both have dyslexia. During the 2015 legislative session I was a tireless advocate to help pass the much needed Dyslexia Legislation in Tennessee and am proud to participate in the 2016 Bill Signing. I now serve on the Decoding Dyslexia TN Leadership Team and serves on the TN Department of Education’s Dyslexia Advisory Council. I have been a presenter for the past two years at the Tennessee Association for Assistive Technology annual conferences. I also does frequent speaking engagements around Middle Tennessee on the topic of dyslexia. My family's dyslexia story has been featured in several articles, including Mindshift's October 15, 2015 article "Why Recognizing Dyslexia at School Can be Difficult."

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