Great Rally Signs

If you aren’t already planning to attend the rally for teachers, students, and public education on July 1st at 3:30, at the Knoxville City-County Building, please mark your calendar!

Some participants have already started thinking about ideas for signs, so I have gathered photos from rallies all over the US, which represent many of the current topics of concern.

When making a sign, remember that most of your audience will be DRIVING and will have only a few seconds to get your message.

Here are some tips for great signs:

  • Use HUGE letters
  • Use as few words as possible
  • Look at your sign from a distance to check for readability
  • Plan your sign before making it
  • Have another person check your grammar and spelling!
  • Use sturdy materials
    • science fair type presentation boards
    • old corrugated campaign signs that are still in your garage
    • Heavyweight poster board
  • Think about space – signs that can be held up HIGH can go behind lower ones for bigger visual impact.
  • Lowe’s has yardsticks that are GREAT for signs.
  • For large signs, consider a stick on each end
  • Use BOTH sides when possible – especially for signs that will be held high.
  • CLEAN UP after the rally!
    • If you expect to need signs again, store them in a poster bag
    • Be sure nothing is left behind for others to clean up after you

Teachers at Lacy Elementary School in Raleigh wear red to show support for a teacher “walk-in” Monday, Nov. 4, 2013. Read more at

From the TEA Rally, March 5, 2011 (Photo JOwen)

From the TEA Rally, March 5, 2011 (Photo JOwen)




More Education Less Legislation


Patti Hickey of Highlands Ranch joins more than 200 others rallying in support of Douglas County School District teachers outside the district administration building Friday. (Karl Gehring, The Denver Post)

From the TEA Rally, March 5, 2011   (Photo JOwen)

From the TEA Rally, March 5, 2011 (Photo JOwen)

Members of UFT Solidarity, New Action and DTOE (Don’t Tread on Educators) hold signs as they rally on the steps of the Tweed Courthouse in Manhattan demanding reforms to the process of teacher dismissal in New York City public schools “New teachers deserve support, not abuse.” “Fire abusive administrators, not teachers.” “Justice for probationary teachers.” (“Probationary might be confusing to people. Alternatives would be “all,” “new,” or “non-renewed.”

March 5, 2011 (Photo JOwen)

March 5, 2011 (Photo JOwen)



March 5, 2011   (Photo JOwen)

March 5, 2011 (Photo JOwen)

March 5, 2011

March 5, 2011

Chicago public school educators and activists rallied Monday afternoon to support teachers who have refused to administer the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) and parents who have opted their students out of the exam.

AP Photo/Brennan Linsley Students protest outside of Ralston Valley High School, Tuesday, Sept. 23 in Arvada.

AP Photo/Brennan Linsley Students protest outside of Ralston Valley High School on Tuesday, Sept. 23 in Arvada “All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent” Edmund Burke

Jeffco Public Schools teacher Audrey Truesdale rallied with more than 100 other educators, parents, and students Friday evening to raise awareness for their concerns about the county’s school board majority. ( Photo by Nicholas Garcia )

“I may be small, but my potential is huge!”

“Think outside the bubble. Let us teach.” “One Size does not fit all.”

Chicago teachers rally support in the streets during a mass march in May “At a time when most union officials are shamefacedly selling concessions as “the best we can do,” Chicago teachers are defiant. Just ask anyone who encountered the giant inflatable rat that accompanied the spirited CTU picket outside the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) offices August 22 a few hours before a school board meeting.”

My favorite anti-testing sign: