Advocacy Tools & Resources
Member participation in advocacy at the local, state, and federal level is crucial to the advancement of the profession of school psychology and increased access to comprehensive school psychological services. NASP has numerous advocacy tool kits, guides, and research summaries to help you advocate for children and youth in your schools and communities.
Communicating the Value of School Psychologists
You've probably heard the saying, "if you're not at the table, you're on the menu." Critical to effective advocacy is articulating the value of school psychologists to decision makers at all levels including parents, teachers, principals, school boards, superintendents, state education agencies, the media, and state and federal legislators. NASP recognizes the importance of your work and the positive impact school psychologists have on school and student success; we need everyone else to recognize it, too.
Promoting Effective Policy and Practice
NASP seeks to advance policies and practices that expand the role of the school psychologist to improve access to comprehensive school psychological services that improve the academic, behavioral, social-emotional, and mental health outcomes of children and youth. NASP makes available a variety of resources to assist in member advocacy, including a collection of advocacy tools as well as advoacy roadmaps around specific policy initiatives.
Supporting Diverse Populations
School psychologists ensure that their daily practice respects and honors the individual, cultural, and other contextual differences that shape child and youth development. Equally important is the promotion and adoption of public policies and practices that ensure that our nation's schools support the success of all students.
NASP's Government and Professional Relations Committee can help you find your advocacy voice, provide advocacy training to state associations, and answer legislation-related questions.
Bullying Prevention and Intervention in Schools
School communities must implement robust prevention and intervention programs to address bullying.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Youth
Education and advocacy must be used to reduce discrimination and harassment against LGBTQ youth and promote positive social-emotional and educational development.
School Violence Prevention
Schools must implement purposeful, coordinated strategies that increase levels of safety and security and simultaneously promote student wellness and resilience.