Agenda Overview

Proposed Agenda

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

Pre-Academy Grassroots Advocacy Training

Participants will complete an asychronous 3.5-hour CPD pre-recorded module and related activities on their own time prior to their participation in the Live sessions of the Advocacy Academy.  Additionally, in advance of the start of the Live Advocacy Academy sessions, participants will receive communication on how to set up their virtual Capitol Hill meetings with their elected officials and/or staff be held on Day 3 (July 15) of the Advocacy Academy.  

Recording 1: Foundations of Public Policy**

Description: This session describes theories and processes of public policy development.

Presenters: Nate von der Embse, NASP Government and Professional Relations Committee (GPR) Chair (FY 21)

Length of Session: 15 minutes

Handout: PowerPoint presentation 

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

Description: This session reviews the fundamental elements of effective grassroots advocacy.

Presenters: Julia Szarko, GPR Committee Member (NE Region), and Kelly Vaillancourt Strobach, NASP Director of Policy and Advocacy

Length of Session: 45 minutes

Handout: PowerPoint presentation

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

Description: This session highlights elements of effective communication and key message development.

Presenters: Kari Oyen, Chair GPR (FY 22-23) and Tess Melendrez, GPR Member

Length of Session: 1 hour

Handouts: PowerPoint Presentation; NASP Policy Playbook 

Recording 4: Preparing for the Virtual Capitol Hill Day Experience**

Description: This session reviews key information to help you prepare for the Virtual Capitol Hill Day.

Presenters: Kari Oyen, Chair GPR (FY 22-23); Peter Faustino and Julia Szarko, NE Regional Reps GPR; Becca Murdoch, NASP Manager of Policy and Advocacy; and Kelly Vaillancourt Strobach, NASP Director of Policy and Advocacy

Length of Session: 45 minutes

Handouts: Talking Points for Capitol Hill

Recording 5: Mining for Data to Support Advocacy for School Psychology**

Description: This session will explore public sources of data that can support advocacy messaging.

Presenters: Stacy Kalamaros Skalski, NASP Director of Professional Policy & Practice

Length of Session: 30 minutes

Handout: Mining for Data Scavenger Hunt Activity 

Recording 6: Capitol Hill Staff Interviews**

Description: This session offers three interviews of Capitol Hill legislative staff describing their roles, responsibilities, and general experiences working on Capitol Hill.

Interviewer: Becca Murdoch, NASP Manager of Policy and Advocacy

Length of Zoom Recordings: 45 minutes

  • 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 One (July 13, 2022)—Welcome, Academy Overview, and Pre-Academy Grassroots Advocacy Town Hall Discussion

This 3-hour synchronous live session will provide an overview of the Advocacy Academy, brief presentations by each of the pre-academy instructors,  and an  opportunity for participants to engage in town hall style discussions about the pre-academy 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 have opportunities to network with other state teams from their regions. All times listed are in EASTERN time. The following pre-recorded sessions are available:

5:00-6:30pm EDT            Welcome & Academy Overview and Pre-Academy Discussion Groups

Description: 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 Pre-Academy 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.

             

6:30-6:45 EDT   Break

 

6:45-8:00 EDT   Regional Discussion Groups: Preparing for the Capitol Hill Experience

Description:  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 Two (July 14, 2022): 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.

1:00-2:30 EDT   CPD Live Session 1: Keynote 1 & Discussion (CPD 1.5)

Description: 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, Co-Director of the Center for School Mental Health, University of Maryland

2:30-3:00 EDT   Break and the Exploring the Federal Role in Education Poll  

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

Description: 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.

4:15-4:30 EDT   Break

4:30-6:00 EDT   CPD Live Session 3: Keynote 2 & Discussion (CPD 1.5)

Focus: 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

6:00-6:15 EDT   Break

6:15-7:15 EDT   CPD Live Session 4: Special Topic (CPD 1.0) Bringing it All Together-- Culturally Responsive MTSS

Description: 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 muti-tiered 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.           

7:15-7:30 EDT   Break

7:30-8:25 Topical Breakout Discussions

Description: 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

8:25-8:30 EDT   Transition to Regional Discussion Groups

8:30-9:00 EDT   Final Regional Discussions and Final Wrap Up

Description: 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 Three (July 15, 2022)—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.

9:00am-5:00pm EDT      Open Discussion Forum

Description: 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

 

5:00-6:00pm EDT            Regional Discussions

Description: 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

Downloadable PDF coming soon!

Questions?

Contact:
Rebecca Murdoch,
Manager of Policy and Advocacy