Supporting Diverse Populations

Policies Supporting Diverse Populations

For school psychologists, social justice is both a process and a goal that requires action. School psychologists work to ensure the protection of the educational rights, opportunities, and well-being of all children, especially those whose voices have been muted, identities obscured, or needs ignored. Social justice requires promoting non-discriminatory practices and the empowerment of families and communities. School psychologists enact social justice through culturally-responsive professional practice and advocacy to create schools, communities, and systems that ensure equity and fairness for all children and youth.

NASP is committed to advocating for the civil rights, well-being, educational and mental health needs of all students. This is accomplished by ensuring that all students are able to attend schools and live in communities that are safe, supportive, and free of bullying, harassment, discrimination, and violence.  NASP opposes efforts that seek to systematically discriminate against or segregate children or youth on the basis of actual or perceived characteristics, including race, ethnicity, color, religion, ancestry, age, national origin, immigration status, socioeconomic status, language, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, cognitive capabilities, social-emotional skills, developmental level, chronic illness, or any other personal identity or distinguishing characteristic. Unfortunately, systematic discriminatory policies and practices continue to exist.  However, school psychologists can play a critical role in leading important conversations and actions necessary to achieve equity for all students.

Your Voice Matters

Below are a set of resources to help individuals and state associations advocate for the recommended policies and practices to advance social justice and support diverse populations. You are encouraged to consult these resources to help you organize and plan for your professional and/or legislative advocacy activities. These materials can, and should, be adapted to meet the unique needs of your local communities and states. For information and resources relating to basic advocacy skills, check out NASP's Policy Playbook.  


Policy Playbook

NASP's Policy Playbook, completed and released in 2019, was created to provide tips, advice, and best practices on how to fulfill one of the most important aspects of being a school psychologist: advocacy.