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GW/NASP 2011 Public Policy Institute Registration Now Open

The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and the George Washington University (GW) Graduate School of Education and Human Development (GSEHD) will cohost the 2011 GW/NASP Public Policy Institute to be held in Washington, DC, July 6–8 (3-day training for NASP CPD), and July 6–8 and 11–12 (5-day training for GW credit). The theme of this year’s PPI is "Learning and Social–Emotional Supports for Vulnerable Students: Directions for the Nation." Advocacy strategies for school personnel to support students struggling with barriers to learning related to parent military deployment, foster care, homelessness, domestic abuse, and immigration are just some of the topics to be addressed.

The 2011 GW/NASP Public Policy Institute will feature a 3–day basic training for school psychologists and other national organization participants from Wednesday through Friday, July 6–8, 2011, on GW campus. GW graduate students and any other participants taking the institute for graduate semester credit will extend their experience through a 5–day PPI that continues on Monday and Tuesday, July 11–12, 2011. The 3–day basic training will focus on building the foundational knowledge of grassroots advocacy and federal education law, while the 5–day experience will look more closely at the development of administrative policy and procedures and their impact on students and school organizational systems. Participants will gain first–hand knowledge of the administration and legislative policy process through field trips to the U.S. Department of Education and Capitol Hill where they will have the chance to visit national leaders and the offices of their elected officials, and observe Congress in action.

Cost. $369 per person, including all materials (handouts and a CD of selected materials), a networking reception, selected meals, and a $10 Metro ticket to enable transportation to/from Capitol Hill. Participants will earn NASP continuing professional development credit.

Registration. Online registration for the 3–day training is available at http://www.nasponline.org/advocacy/ppi-2011.aspx. Register early! Space is limited. For more information visit the NASP website (http://www.nasponline.org/advocacy/2011-GWNASP-PPI.aspx).