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NASP Government and Professional Relations (GPR) Committee Framework for Advocacy

The NASP GPR Committee promotes professional practices, legislation, and policies that support the educational, health, and mental health needs of children and families, and the profession of school psychology, such as:

Building partnerships between parents, families, schools, and communities

  • Parents and families are essential to their children’s educational success
  • All children can learn best when education acknowledges their uniqueness
  • Coordinated service teams should support schools and communities, health and  mental health, career and independent living, and the social, emotional, and behavioral needs of students
  • Collaborative relationships among agencies and professional organizations lead to improved outcomes for children and their families and reduce wasteful duplication

Supporting effective learning environments for the academic/social-emotional success of all children

  • Research-based practices provide for effective learning
  • A safe, orderly environment promotes learning
  • Responsible children make responsible citizens
  • Healthy, well-adjusted children learn better
  • Prevention is more cost-effective than reactive intervention
  • The availability of a continuum of services is essential for all students
  • All children have a right to comprehensive services from school psychologists

Promoting education funding as a priority

  • Quality educational programs and services are an investment in the future and require adequate funding
  • Full funding of special education at the federal level is essential
  • Access to mental health services for students should be a funding priority

Increasing advocacy among NASP members and other stakeholders at the local, state, and federal levels

  • Informed, committed individuals can impact legislation that promotes positive outcomes for children and their families
  • Effective public policy results in quality professional practice