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Resources for understanding how to influence and set policy for MTB-MLE programs

In the Policy Resource Basket, techniques, tools and examples of public relations campaigns for policy advocacy are provided. The goal is to help program practitioners and others to build persuasive arguments for MTB-MLE aimed at education policy makers, other specialists, and parents. Readers should also review the first resource basket, The Case for MTB-MLE. A decision to begin MTB-MLE reflects not just a go-ahead signal, but also a commitment of resources to getting it done. Because the decision is so weighty, it has to be carefully considered and supported with evidence that the investment in resources will pay off. Also, since the decision to support MTB-MLE typically implies that some other competing program will be abandoned or not initiated, the evidence not only has to be convincing, it has to be framed in economic, social, and political terms to make a larger case. In other words, the facts and aspirations for the program need to be positioned within the long-term goals of the administrative unit's educational policy and the tie-in of the program to that policy has to be sold to the decision makers. A large part of making a convincing case for a new program requires showing that the program will not only be effective, but that it will also be affordable. From this budgetary perspective, program designers need to assemble cost information on launching and sustaining the program. The Policy Resource Basket includes the following topics:

  • National language policies and strategic plans that affect education
  • Education policies and strategic plans that include language policy statements or guidance
  • Early childhood development policies and strategic plans that include language policy statements or guidance
  • Policy advocacy for MTB-MLE

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