Pre-Advocacy Academy Sessions Homework (3.5 NASP-Approved Credit Hours)
Registered participants will be provided a link to prerecorded advocacy sessions that will introduce the foundational concepts important to the advocacy experience. These content sessions will include webinars, podcasts, and a virtual scavenger hunt. They will be followed by a live discussion session held on Day 1 of the Virtual Advocacy Academy. The preacademy content and activity will be available for access no later than June 1 and may be completed at any time of the participant’s choosing prior to the start of the academy. Participants will only receive credit when the Pre-Academy Grassroots Advocacy Training is fully completed. Topics to be addressed in these prerecorded sessions include:
A. Fundamentals of Advocacy (2.0-hour module)
- Understanding the basics of legislative advocacy
- Foundation of public policy
- Kingdom’s model
- Overview of the legislative process
- Identifying who your audiences are for advocacy
- Developing targeted communications and messaging
- Exploring possible request, actions, and other policy levers
- Identifying measurable outcomes of your advocacy work
B. Preparing for the Virtual Hill Day Experience (1.0-hour module)
- Who you will be meeting? What are the basic roles and responsibilities of Hill staff?
- What should you expect in Hill meetings (i.e., agenda, roles, materials, discussion)?
- Review of the “Capitol Hill Talking Points”
- Watch “Dialogues With Hill Staff,” brief recorded interviews with Capitol Hill staff
C. Virtual Scavenger Hunt: Mining for Data on Shortages (0.5-hour module)
- A brief webinar on using national databases like the U.S. Department of Education databases (Office of Civil Rights, ESSA, IDEA), policy reports like AAEE Educator Supply and Demand Report, and data centers like the Kids Count Data Center.
- Scavenger Hunt Activity: All participants submitting a completed activity by midnight EDT on July 20 will be entered to win a NASP Online Learning Center Gift Card ($20). Five gift cards will be awarded.
D. Warm-Up Discussion: Tuesday, July 20, 2021 (Optional)
All participants will be invited to attend a 1-hour open discussion (7:30–8:30 p.m. EDT) on the evening before the live, at-home advocacy academy begins. Topics could include questions for preparing for the virtual hill day, or other issues related to the preacademy assignments.
Day 1: Wednesday, July 21, 2021 (12:30–8:45 p.m. EDT)
Topics to be addressed:
A. Understanding Shortages in School Psychology (4.0 hours of CPD)
- What are the different types of shortages (e.g., inadequate supply, recruitment and retention issues, graduate training shortages of programs and faculty)?
- Who do they impact and why?
- How can they be remedied?
- Current legislation and federal programs and databases that can help remedy shortages. Representatives from the U.S. Department of Education will contribute to the presentation.
- Examples from the field: Two panel presentations will be offered with practical examples of federal program grant recipients and legislative activities happening in states.
- Small-group discussions by topic: Participants will meet in small groups to discuss presentation content and begin work on developing topical messaging for the different types of shortages.
- NASP resources to support shortages in school psychology.
B. State Team Work and Regional Meetings
- Small-group discussion by region: State team members will participate in small group discussions with other school psychologists from other states in their region. This will provide an opportunity to learn about legislative activities and policy programs in nearby states.
- All participants from a state will meet in small groups virtually to discuss and plan for their state’s Hill day meetings.
C. Q & A: GPR committee and NASP staff will provide words of wisdom and ongoing support, consultation, and clarification throughout the academy.
Day 2: July 22, 2021, Virtual Capitol Hill Day (Meetings will vary between 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. EDT. Regional discussions will open at 5:00 p.m. EDT.)
- All participants will schedule Zoom meetings in advance of the session with legislative staff (or elected official) for their U.S. Senators and Representatives. Zoom meetings will be held between 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. EDT.
- All participants will reconvene in regional meetings for small group discussion at the end of the day. These discussions will be facilitated by their regional GPR reps and will begin at different times for each region. (1 hour, starting at 5:00 p.m. EDT)
- Electronic evaluations will be distributed following the virtual hill day discussions.
- A Zoom link will open from 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. for participants to check in with NASP staff and GPR leaders. Participants will be able to share their experiences, ask follow-up questions, and discuss emerging issues as they participate in their virtual hill meetings.