Agenda Overview

There will be four parts to the academy and the tentative agenda appears below. NOTE: All CPD sessions are marked with **.

Preacademy Grassroots Advocacy Training

Participants will complete 3.5 hours of CPD prerecorded, asynchronous modules and related activities on their own time prior to the live sessions during the Advocacy Academy. Additionally, before the live Advocacy Academy sessions, participants will receive instructions on setting up their virtual Capitol Hill meetings with their elected officials and/or staff for Day 3 (July 15) of the Advocacy Academy.  

Recording 1: Foundations of Public Policy (15 minutes)**

In this session, past chair of the NASP Government and Professional Relations Committee (GPR), Nate von der Embse, describes theories and processes of public policy development.

Recording 2: Basics of Legislative Advocacy (Part 1, 45 minutes)**

GPR committee member Julia Szarko and NASP Director of Policy and Advocacy Kelly Vaillancourt Strobach review the fundamental elements of effective grassroots advocacy.

Recording 3: Basics of Legislative Advocacy (Part 2, 1 hour)**

GPR chair Kari Oyen and GPR member Tess Melendrez highlight elements of effective communication and key message development.

Recording 4: Preparing for the Virtual Capitol Hill Day Experience (45 minutes)**

GPR chair Kari Oyen, Northeast regional representatives Peter Faustino and Julia Szarko, and NASP staff members Becca Murdoch and Kelly Vaillancourt Strobach review key information and provide talking points to help you prepare for the virtual Capitol Hill Day.

Recording 5: Mining for Data to Support Advocacy for School Psychology (30 minutes)**

NASP Director of Professional Policy and Practice Stacy Skalski explores public sources of data that can support advocacy messaging and provides a data scavenger hunt activity.

Recording 6: Capitol Hill Staff Interviews (45 minutes)**

Becca Murdoch, NASP’s Manager of Policy and Advocacy, interviews three Capitol Hill legislative staff members about their roles, responsibilities, and general experiences working on Capitol Hill.

  • James Longley, Senior Legislative Assistant, U.S. House of Representatives, Office of Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA-01)
  • Taylor Ware, Legislative Aide, U.S. Senate, Office of Senator Raphael Warnock (D-GA)
  • Jaime Cobham, Legislative Assistant, U.S. House of Representatives, Office of Congressman Jamaal Bowman (D-NY-16)

Day 1: July 13, 5:00–8:00 p.m. EDT

Welcome, Academy Overview, and Preacademy Grassroots Advocacy Town Hall Discussion

This 3-hour live session will provide an overview of the Advocacy Academy, brief presentations by each of the preacademy instructors, and an opportunity for participants to engage in town hall style discussions about the preacademy materials and learn tips for building grassroots advocacy movements at the local and state levels.

State teams will also have opportunities to work together to craft state-specific messages addressing the issues impacting equitable access and network with other state teams from their regions.

Welcome & Academy Overview and Preacademy Discussion Groups
5:00–6:30 p.m. EDT

This session will offer a welcome and introduction to the Advocacy Academy from the NASP president, staff, and volunteer leaders of the Government and Professional Relations committee. Additionally, participants will engage in dialogue sessions designed to explore concepts addressed in the preacademy modules.

Facilitators: Celeste Malone, NASP President; Kelly Vaillancourt Strobach, NASP Director of Policy and Advocacy; Stacy Skalski, NASP Director of Professional Policy and Practice; Rebecca Murdoch, Manager of Policy and Advocacy; and Kari Oyen, Chair, and regional representatives of the NASP Government and Professional Relations (GPR) committee

Regional Discussion Groups: Preparing for the Capitol Hill Experience
6:45–8:00 p.m. EDT

Participants will have a chance to meet in their GPR regional groups and with state teams to discuss issues and craft messages relative to their upcoming Day 3 Capitol Hill experience.

Facilitators: GPR Committee Regional Contacts, Kelly Vaillancourt Strobach, Director of Policy and Advocacy; and Rebecca Murdoch, Manager of Policy and Advocacy

Day 2: July 14, 1:00–9:00 p.m. EDT

Equitable Access to School Mental Health Services

On Day 2 of the virtual Advocacy Academy, participants will receive 5.25 hours of NASP CPD content presentations and discussions on issues that limit access to school mental health services and strategies that can help improve equitable access. These sessions will all be delivered live.

CPD Live Session 1: Keynote 1 & Discussion (1.5 hours of CPD)
1:00–2:30 p.m. EDT

This session will examine systems-level policy considerations in ensuring access to school mental health services. Data collection systems that enable needs-based assessments including the National Center for School Mental Health’s School Health Assessment and Performance Evaluation System (SHAPE) will be presented.

Presenter: Dr. Sharon Hoover, Codirector of the Center for School Mental Health, University of Maryland

Break and “Exploring the Federal Role in Education” Poll
2:30–3:00 p.m. EDT

CPD Live Session 2: The Evolving Federal Role in the Provision of School Mental Health Services & Discussion (1.25 hours of CPD)
3:00–4:15 p.m. EDT

This session will focus on future directions for Special Education Programming, parent perspectives on the delivery of mental health services in schools, special considerations for working with students with emotional disabilities, and resources available through the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education programs.

Presenters: Renee Bradley, Deputy Division Director, Research to Practice Division; and Valerie Williams (Invited), Director, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), US Department of Education

CPD Live Session 3: Keynote 2 & Discussion (1.5 hours of CPD)
4:30–6:00 p.m. EDT

This session will examine systems level practice considerations in ensuring access to school mental health services. Issues addressing culturally affirming social emotional learning, equity, and social justice will be addressed.

Presenter: Dr. Byron McClure, Founder of Lessons for SEL and Former Assistant Director of Redesign for the DC Public Schools

CPD Live Session 4: Bringing it All Together—Culturally Responsive MTSS (1 hour of CPD)
6:15–7:15 p.m. EDT

MTSS as the most effective strategy for delivery of comprehensive SMH services. This session will explore the importance of integrating systems level policies and practices into a seamless and culturally responsive mutitiered prevention and intervention system that relies on both school-based and community-based personnel and services.

Presenter: Dr. Celeste Malone, NASP President-Elect and Associate Professor and Coordinator of the School Psychology program at Howard University, Washington, D.C.

Topical Breakout Discussions
7:30–8:25 p.m. EDT

Participants will self-select into topical discussion groups to address in greater detail issues and messaging related to creating equity and access to school mental health services. Topics to be addressed include:

  • leveraging policy and funding
  • enhancing workforce capacity (training and access)
  • implementing a continuum of evidence-based prevention and intervention strategies (MTSS)
  • using data to promote equitable implementation and outcomes
  • enhancing mental health literacy and reducing stigma

Facilitators: Members of the NASP GPR committee and NASP staff

Final Regional Discussions and Final Wrap Up
8:30–9:00 p.m. EDT

Participants will gather in regional breakout groups to engage in final planning related to their upcoming Day 3 Capitol Hill experience. Participants will discuss final messaging and integration of Day 2 content into future advocacy messaging for students.

Facilitators: Members of the NASP GPR committee and NASP staff

Day 3: July 15, 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. EDT

Virtual Capitol Hill Day Experience

Day 3 will enable participants to engage in virtual advocacy meetings with their elected officials and/or staff to ask for support for programs that increase equitable access to school mental health services. Day 3 will also have opportunities for members of state teams to regionally discuss their Hill experiences and share “lessons learned” from their advocacy experiences.

Open Discussion Forum
9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. EDT

Participants may “drop in” throughout the day to discuss with GPR committee members and NASP staff their experiences engaging in direct advocacy with Capitol Hill staff and elected officials.

Facilitators: NASP staff and GPR committee members

Regional Discussions
5:00–6:00 p.m. EDT

Participants will reconvene for a final discussion about their Advocacy Academy experience, including reflections on their Capitol Hill advocacy experience.

Facilitators: NASP staff and GPR committee members

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2022 Agenda

Questions?

Contact:
Rebecca Murdoch,
Manager of Policy and Advocacy