Communicating Your “Why”!

I’ve spent the past ten years of my life working with teachers across the country to make changes on behalf of their students. From introducing new programs in their districts to changing union contracts to successfully advocating for state legislation, I’ve helped thousands of teachers become effective advocates—empowering them to support their students. I’ve captured the lessons teachers need to build influence and power in my new book, How to Be Heard, and will be sharing them across a series of skill-building Teaching Partners Live Workshops.

I offer nuts-and-bolts strategies that together are recognized as the “price of admission” to becoming a credible and welcomed participant in important policy conversations and decisions. I believe that it’s possible for teachers to initiate change, and to participate effectively on the policy playing field.

This first TeachingPartners Live Workshop focuses specifically on they ways to get started sharing your experience–on getting to the “Why” your own experience is important to you, and to your students. I encourage every teacher to get started by getting focused on storytelling. Participants will examine their personal narrative and practice connecting their stories to the evidence for policy change on a specific issue of interest to them and to their students.

Celine Coggins

Dr. Celine Coggins is a Lecturer and Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Prior to Harvard, Celine founded and ran Teach Plus, a nationwide network of over top-performing 30,000 teachers. Celine recently published... Full Bio


This workshop is part of Celine Coggins Shares How to Be Heard.