ADVOCATES FOR CHILDREN
ISSUES IN ADVOCACY FOR CHILDREN
CPSP 318C - SPRING 1999
SECTION 1: TUESDAYS, 12:30-3:30 PM
SECTION 2: WEDNESDAYS, 3:00-6:00 PM
0109 CENTREVILLE HALL
301-314-5909 (Advocates office)
301-314-2777 (CPS office)
Advocates office: 1120 Cumberland Hall
Office Hours: Tuesdays 4:00 - 6:00, Wednesdays 12:00 - 2:00, or by appointment
Students will have the opportunity to:
- see themselves as change agents for children & their families
- develop strategies to overcome obstacles and enhance opportunities for changing social conditions
- learn and participant in the public policy making process
- learn to target issues, supporters and opponents
- understand grassroots organizing & mobilization tactics
- develop & deliver effective media messages through communication strategies to educate and activate targeted audiences
- design and present an effective advocacy campaign
February 3: Opening Session
Assignment: Read Speaking Out: Early Childhood Advocacy by February 16th.
- Expectations & Norms
- Syllabus & Design
- Principles of Advocacy
February 10: Creating Change for Children
Assignment: Read and highlight the information on the Maryland Children's Initiative. Be prepared to discuss the information. Read.
- Elements For Change
- Elements Of Change
February 16: Special Class - Maryland Children's Initiative
Assignments: Write a one page reflection paper on the Rally in Annapolis. Include your observations, impressions and ideas about the event, the effectiveness of the March, Speeches and Materials. Relate what you've learned so far in class to this experience. Read The Public Policy Process. Both due February 24.
- March to the State Capital
- Call to Action
- Lobby Legislators
February 24: Site Visit - Legislative Advocacy
Assignments: Turn in Reflection Paper on the Maryland Children's Initiative.
- The Maryland General Assembly
- Enactment of the Legislative Process
- Issues Briefing by Advocates
Meet with your Issue Group to analysis your legislative initiative, review the supportive documentation, and determine your position on the legislation - support, oppose or amend. Develop a strategy for staying informed about the progress of the legislation. Prepare to present your position on the legislation in class. Read.
March 3: Issue Advocacy
Issue Group Assignment: Work in Issue Groups to develop a one page fact sheet supporting your position on your bill. Gather data from local, state or national organizations, articles and other resources of information. Contact the point person on your legislation for more information. The fact sheet must be credible, convincing and reflect YOUR position on the issue. Include the title, bill #, sponsor and committee on the top. This fact sheet will be used by the Group in your lobbying activities. Rough Draft Due March 10.
- Identify Critical Issues
- Identify Supporters and Opponents
- Overcoming Obstacles / Enhancing Opportunities
Individual Assignment: Each student will write a one page position paper on the legislation they are following. The position paper must include facts and figures from at least two substantial references in addition to the fact sheet. The top of the position paper shall have the bill title and #, your position on the bill and be addressed to the members of the committee. The position paper will be reviewed by the instructor and changes made before sharing information with legislators.
Rough Draft Due March 10. Read.
March 10: The Art of Communication
Assignment: Issue Groups refine Fact Sheet, Individuals refine Position Papers. Turn in Fact Sheets and Position Papers on Friday March 12th to have copies made. Your Fact Sheet and Position Paper will be submitted to the Committees and used in your lobbying efforts in Annapolis on March 17th. Read.
March 17: Site Visit - Lobbying Legislators
- Meet with Legislators & Legislative Staff
March 24: SPRING BREAK
March 31: Organizing & Mobilizing
- Coalition Building
- Mobilization for Direct Action
April 7: Media Advocacy
Assignment: Write a Letter to the Editor of a local or regional news paper in response to the current legislative action on your bill. Include facts, figures, feelings and an addressed envelop with a stamp. Due April 14th. Read Child Watch Material.
- Media & Messages Develop
- Communications Strategies
April 12: Site Visit - Sine Die - Optional Special Trip to Annapolis
April 14: Site Visit - Child Watch
April 21: Advocacy and the Electoral Process
- Voter Registration, Education, Mobilization
- Who's for Kids and Who's Just Kidding Campaign
- Candid Discussion with Elected Officials
April 28: Advocacy from the Inside Out
Assignment: Creating a Movement Presentations and Papers Due May 5.
- Living on Welfare
- Protecting Children from Abuse and Neglect
May 5: Creating a Movement for Children
May 12: Open Class - TBA
REQUIREMENTS AND GRADING
Grading Based on 100 Points:
|Class Attendance, Participation and Group Work ||30
|Rally in Annapolis Reflection Paper ||10
|Fact Sheet & Position Paper ||20
|Letter to the Editor ||10
|Creating a Movement Presentation & Paper ||30
Attendance and participation is essential to the learning process. The information shared by students in class and in their issue groups reflects their ability to understand and utilize the information.
Each student plays a critical role in the learnings and teachings of others. Therefore, each students' participation in their Issue Groups will be evaluated by their peers.
Students will be expected to complete all reading assignments so as to participate fully in class and Issue Group work.
Writing assignments will be evaluated based upon content, credible, persuasiveness, creative and strategic thinking.
Creating a Movement for Children will be evaluated based upon the students' ability to analyze a need and utilize strategies to bring attention and resolution to the problem.
1125 Cumberland Hall
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742-9331