Advocacy News: Capitol Hill Recognizes
School Psychology Week and the Work of
In honor of
National School Psychology Week, the NASP Government and Professional Relations (GPR) and Communications
committees and NASP staff joined forces on a campaign to help elected officials
on Capitol Hill learn about the positive contributions of school psychologists
and how our services impact student mental health and learning. This advocacy
campaign involved creating a federal resolution recognizing National School
Psychology Awareness Week, soliciting bipartisan sponsors and co-sponsors in
both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives in support of the resolution,
and culminated in passage of the resolutions and the sponsoring of a bicameral,
bipartisan Congressional briefing held in
D.C. on Tuesday, November 10,
2009. Here are some of the exciting facts supporting this advocacy campaign:
- More than 100 face to face
visits to federal elected officials were made by school psychologists (NASP
staff, leaders, and members) requesting support for a resolution
recognizing National School Psychology Week.
- NASP GPR Committee activated
the School Psychology Action Network in a grassroots campaign to state
leaders to solicit support for the federal resolution. Dozens of conference calls and emails
directed at state SPAN contacts were initiated.
- APA Division 16 (School
Psychology) and NASP collaborated to solicit grassroots support for the
National School Psychology Week Resolution by sending out legislative
alerts and submitting “talking points” to the House Education and Labor
- More than 3700 letters were
sent through the
Center asking for
support of the resolution.
- Two federal resolutions were
introduced and passed through the House of Representatives and the Senate
recognizing National School Psychology Week and the important
contributions of school psychologists.
- More than 2100 letters were
sent through the
Center inviting elected
officials to attend the congressional briefing during National School
- More than 60 people including
Capitol Hill staff and representatives from a variety of education and
mental health organizations attended a congressional briefing entitled,
“Positive School Climate, Student Wellness, and Improved Academic
Outcomes: Bringing Out the Best in Students and Schools” on November 10,
2009, in the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center, Washington, DC.
- Materials developed for the
briefing included a summary of key briefing concepts, legislative
priorities, and supporting research.
some of the key information about this advocacy effort including information
about the resolutions and the briefing, click on the links below:
this was an amazing effort involving the leadership and advocacy of thousands
of school psychologists. This was an exciting opportunity to bring attention
not only to the role and services of school psychologists—but also to
critically important issues related to our work such as the importance of
positive school climates and student mental health and wellness. NASP sincerely
thanks all who participated in this advocacy effort.