NASP Advocacy

NASP is a nonpartisan professional organization and does not endorse political candidates or "rate" sitting elected leaders. Our advocacy efforts focus on specific issues that support children's learning and development and school psychology. Toward that end, NASP has developed a comprehensive policy platform, Ready to Learn, Empowered to Teach: Excellence in Education for the 21st Century, for inclusion in the national debate over how best to help all of America's children achieve their fullest potential.

Engaging in advocacy on behalf of children, their families, and the profession of school psychology is the responsibility of the association as well as every NASP member and leader. The NASP strategic plan identifies the following broad advocacy objectives:

  • Maintain or increase inclusion of school psychologists as service providers in legislation, regulations, and procedures (federal, state, and local levels).
  • Increase school psychologists' role in provision of mental health services for children and youth.
  • Increase school psychologists' role in prevention, intervention, and crisis response.
  • Promote awareness and support of comprehensive school psychological services.
  • Increase awareness of the value of professional supervision for school psychologists.
  • Increase number of school psychologists and graduate students trained in advocacy skills.
  • Promote equity in access to educational resources and mental health services for all children and youth.

Within these advocacy pages, you will find a variety of information, tools, resources, and activities that support these objectives. Click on one of the links below to learn more about the NASP advocacy initiatives and how you can participate in the advocacy process.

Advocacy: "The act of pleading or arguing in favor of something, such as a cause, idea, or policy."
- American Heritage Dictionary, 2003