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2009 NASP Public Policy Institute - Basic Description

Nationally recognized experts, NASP leaders and staff will provide training on the fundamentals of both professional and legislative advocacy. The 2009 NASP PPI will be held in the Washington, D.C. metro area concurrent with the NASP Summer Conference. PPI participants will attend the four general session presentations together with the NASP Summer Conference participants.

All other PPI sessions will be led by local experts in the area of education, leadership, public policy or government affairs, NASP leaders and staff.

The primary objective of the PPI is to build individuals and state association’s capacity, knowledge and skills related to public policy and grassroots advocacy. Topics will review key education statutes like NCLB and IDEA, and how states can create local advocacy networks that are effective at influencing public policy. Communication strategies, NASP initiatives, and specific tools for involving professionals in the advocacy process will be addressed. The PPI experience will culminate with a Capitol Hill day where participants will get a hands-on look at our federal legislative process. Participants will spend a morning on Capitol Hill hearing from a panel of legislative staff and having the opportunity to meet with their elected officials or staff to share their stories about the impact of their work and to advocate for policies and practices critical to school psychology. State planning and networking opportunities will also be available.

Anticipated outcomes for PPI participants include:

  • Develop specific legislative goals for improving public policy efforts in their states.
  • Return to the state with the information, skills, and enthusiasm to facilitate the achievement of these goals by engaging members of their state association.
  • Demonstrate increased knowledge about educational public policy and specific advocacy strategies that can be used by school psychologists as demonstrated by pre/post assessment.