5 Quick Back-to-School Advocacy Tips

By: Caden Fabbi, Manager, Policy and Advocacy

Welcome back to school! The start of a new academic year lends us energy, excitement and a fresh start for students, educators and school psychologists alike. It also presents us with an opportunity to commit ourselves to some new "resolutions" and goals. Will you make it one of yours to be an effective advocate for kids across the country this school year?

NASP consistently offers opportunities for school psychologists to participate in advocacy activities. Here are five simple ways that you can stay connected and advocate today!

1. Join our rapid response team list.

By joining this network, you'll receive a limited number of emails asking you to amplify NASP's responses to various current events. Your engagement on these issues is vital to our success and we promise to keep our asks to a minimum. Join now by simply filling out this form.

2. Join our advocacy and public policy interest group.

Continue the conversation in our NASP member exchange Advocacy and Public Policy interest group. The interest group is a message board designed to promote, discuss and support the advocacy efforts of school psychologists across the country. Join the interest group here.

3. Participate in our first ever SPAW Virtual Hill Day.

Across the country on November 14, 2018, school psychologists will be writing to their congressional leaders asking them to support some of the issues that are most important to school psychologists. Our goal is that every single member of Congress hears about the policy issues facing children, youth and school psychologists. All details can be found here.

4. Bookmark our PolicyMatters Blog.

NASP's policy team maintains a blog with consistent, up-to-date information on its advocacy efforts. Be sure to bookmark the blog, check it regularly, and consider contributing (contact Caden at cfabbi@naspweb.org if you are interested).

5. Get involved in state advocacy.

State association leaders work hard with state elected representatives to monitor and draft bills that would address the issues most important to your local community. Ask your state association about opportunities to participate in local advocacy. Connect with your state association here.