Advocacy To-Do List
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Advocacy is a marathon, not a sprint. Effective advocacy takes time, organizing, and careful planning. It may feel overwhelming, but you can do it! The toolkit, and the additional resources provided below, will provide you with the information you need to begin working with principals and policymakers to improve school safety policies and best practices.
Step 1: Be familiar with the Framework for Safe and Successful Schools and review the following Toolkit Resources.
- Tips for Becoming an Effective Advocate: Educating School Boards
- Tips for Becoming an Effective Advocate: Educating Policymakers
Step 2: Understand the current conversation about school safety at the national level and within your own community. Examine the current policies and practices in place, and determine areas in need of improvement. Engage other educators with whom you work, and engage members of your state association in these conversations. The following Toolkit Resources will assist you in this process:
- Examining the Current Landscape for School Safety
- Assessing the Climate for Safe and Successful Schools
Step 3: Familiarize yourself with current research on school safety and school mental health services. The following NASP resources contain useful research that may help you in your advocacy efforts:
- Research on School Security: The Impact of Security Measures on Students
- Rethinking School Safety: Schools and Communities Working Together
- Safe Supportive Conditions for Learning: Making Connections for Student Success
Step 4: Identify any additional resources or assistance needed. Based on your advocacy needs, you may consider seeking assistance from NASP or utilizing a lobbyist. These toolkit resources can help you determine if you need additional assistance:
Step 5: Develop your advocacy key messages and communication strategies that you will use to promote the Framework for Safe and Successful Schools to various audiences. This Toolkit has resources you can use to guide your work.
- Key Messages: Framework for Safe and Successful Schools
- Effective and Easy Communication Tips for School Psychologists
- Media Outreach Through Newspapers (NASP Handout)
Step 6: Develop and Implement an Action Plan
Step 7: Share your experiences with NASP and other school psychologists by completing this form contained in the Toolkit: