Self-Advocacy

"Speak up so I can hear you!"

How to help students communicate their needs.

Communication: In order to empower our students, we need to teach them how to advocate for themselves. For example, if a student is going to be late, they need to email you and let you know. Or if the student is not able to complete an assignment on time, they need to reach out to their boss (teacher) and request an extension. Prompting them to proactively communicate their needs, will develop workplace social skills.

Here are additional evidence-based practices and professional development opportunities to help students increase self-advocacy:

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