Public Policy Institute (PPI): 2021 Virtual Advocacy Academy
NASP Virtual Advocacy Academy and Capitol Hill Day:
Building Capacity to Address Shortages in School Psychology
This virtual advocacy academy will focus on helping state leaders and other interested NASP members develop the advocacy skills, strategies, and state association system supports to address shortages in school psychology. There will be three parts to the academy.
Pre-Academy Grassroots Advocacy Training. Participants will complete a 3.5-hour CPD credit prerecorded module and related activities on their own time prior to their participation in the academy. Additionally, participants will be expected to set up virtual Capitol Hill meetings with their elected officials or staff for July 22 in advance of the start of the academy. Instructions will be provided to all registered participants on how to set up their hill team meetings.
Day 1 Live (July 21, 12:30–8:45 p.m. EDT)—Shortages in School Psychology. On Day 1 of the virtual advocacy academy, participants will receive 4.0 hours of NASP-approved CPD content presentations and discussions on shortages in school psychology. These sessions will be delivered live. State teams will also have opportunities to work together to craft state-specific messages addressing the issues impacting shortages in school psychology and to discuss issues of shortages with other state teams from their regions.
Day 2 Live (July 22, Appointment and consultation times vary between 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. EDT. Regional discussions open at 5:00 p.m. EDT.)—Virtual Capitol Hill Day Experience. Day 2 will enable participants to engage in virtual advocacy meetings with their elected officials or staff to ask for support remedying the shortages in school psychology. Day 2 will also have opportunities for state teams to discuss their Hill experiences and share lessons learned with NASP staff and Government and Professional Relations (GPR) committee leaders one on one and in regional discussion groups. State team meetings with elected officials will vary. Consultations and discussions available throughout the day.
After registration is complete, information about accessing course content and program topics will be provided at a later date.