Advocacy To-Do List

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.

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:

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:

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.

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: