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Convincing Your Supervisor

Following are some tips to help you convince your supervisor that attending the NASP convention is a wise investment in your ability to serve as an even more valuable resource for your school or district, particularly in tough economic times. You also can share NASP President Phil Lazarus’ letter to school leaders advocating for the benefits of attending the convention.

Link the Convention Theme to Priorities in Your District

Theme: Advocating for the Emotional Well-Being of Our Nation’s Youth

  • Consider how the emotional and mental health (or lack of it) of students in your district is affecting behavior, safety, and achievement.
  • Discuss how the economy may be impacting the social-emotional well-being of students (stress, homelessness, poverty, family instability) and how you can gain additional knowledge on how to meet these increased needs.
  • Identify specific issues on which you might help to collect or evaluate data related to student emotional well-being (e.g., social-emotional learning)
  • Commit to attending sessions at the convention that offer skills develop to address these issues

Highlight the Immediate and Long-Term Benefits of Attending the Convention

The NASP convention is a unique opportunity to:

  • Acquire new evidence-based strategies to address a specific problem in your school or district.
  • Enhance your consultation and problem-solving skills to be an even more effective resource for administrators, teachers and parents.
  • Learn from others in the field how to improve implementation of school-wide initiatives such as Response-to-Intervention (RTI) and Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS).
  • Connect school safety and crisis response efforts with improved school climate and achievement.  
  • Get updated on the latest research and how this translates into evidence-based practices in the field, particularly those of most importance to your schools.
  • Find out about current developments in federal legislation and policies, such as recently released changes in FERPA and proposed changes in ESEA reauthorization, and how these affect practice.
  • Expand your ability to help administrators and teachers collect and accurately evaluate meaningful data and recommend and implement effective interventions.
  • Maintain your ethics and legal training.
  • Train with leading experts on current issues such as reading and math interventions, progress monitoring, mental health services, problem-solving team implementation, effective family-school-community partnerships, culturally competent practice, violence prevention, and creating positive school environments.
  • Learn about providing services to vulnerable populations such as children who are homeless, in foster care, or who do not live with either biological parent.
  • Build relationships with other professionals who can be a resource for information and problem-solving ideas throughout the school year.
  • Share the program online with your supervisor so that they can see for themselves the comprehensive and high quality level of professional development opportunities at the convention.

Explain That You Will Contribute at Work While You Are Away

Remind your supervisor that prior planning and good technology will allow you to continue supporting your school(s) while you are benefiting from the above.

  • Leave a phone number where you can be reached while you are away from work.
  • Check your messages frequently.
  • Check and respond to e-mail using the free on-site computers in the Cyber Center.
  • Arrange for someone at your workplace to handle emergencies while you are gone and offer to reciprocate at another time.

Offer to Be an Immediate Resource to Other Staff When You Return

  • Offer to conduct in-service trainings based on what you learned at the convention.
  • Plan to distribute to staff and parents one or more topical handouts or fact sheets that you picked up at the convention, downloaded from the NASP website, or created on the basis of what you learned.
  • Have at least one specific resource or recommendation that you can offer your supervisor that will help them address priority for their work.