Final Review of the 2018 GW/NASP Public Policy Institute

Equitable Policies and Practices That Promote Engagement and Success for Diverse Learners

From July 16–20, school psychologists, teachers, school administrators, graduate students, and others interested in education policy came to Washington, DC to participate in the 2018 GW/NASP Public Policy Institute (PPI). The institute was cosponsored by the George Washington University (GW) Graduate School of Education and Human Development (GSEHD). GW brings to the partnership resources, professional expertise, and professional connections that help make the PPI a rich public policy-training experience for all involved.

This year, PPI participants came from 21 states, including: AZ, CA, CO, CT, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KY, LA, MA, NC, NJ, NY, OK, PA, TX, UT, WA, WI. PPI participants had the option of taking a 3-day basic training (July 16–18) for NASP Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credit or a 5-day advanced training (July 16-20) for NASP Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credit or GW Graduate Semester Credit. Additionally, this year a 2-day Special Topic training was offered to people who have previously attended PPI. This opportunity focused on exploring the theme of the institute in greater depth through participation in Days 4 and 5 of the program. An amazing line up of national experts presented information and engaged in dialogues with PPI participants. Some of the national leaders and scholars who participated in this year's PPI included:

  • Maria Ferguson, Executive Director, Center on Education Policy

  • Florencia Guiterrez, Senior Research Associate, Annie E Casey Foundation, National Kids Count

  • Bruce Lesley,  President, First Focus

  • David Bateman, Professor, Educational Leadership and Special Education, Shippensberg University of PA

  • Renee Bradley, Deputy Director, Research to Practice Division, Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education 

  • Walter Gilliam, Professor of Child Psychiatry & Psychology and Director of the Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy at Yale University

  • George Batsche, School Psychology Professor and Director of the Institute for School Reform, University of South Florida
    Judy Elliott, Former Chief Academic Officer Los Angeles Unified School District, and Asst. Superintendent Long Beach Unified School District (CA)

  • Janine Jones, Director of the School Psychology Program and Licensed Psychologist,
    University of Washington, WA

  • Elisabeth Wright Burak, Senior Fellow, Georgetown University Health Policy Institute: Center for Children and Families

  • Lisa Kelly-Vance, Professor, School Psychology Program, University of NE-Omaha and
    NASP President   
  • Kristy Feden, Executive Director Sarpy County Head Start, Papillion, NE
  • Lindsay Jones, Vice President of Policy and Advocacy Officer, National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) Washington, DC
  • Jennifer Brown Lerner, Assistant Director for Policy and Partnerships The ASPEN Institute, National Commission on Social Emotional Learning and Academic Development 
  • Charles Barrett, School Psychologist Loudoun County Public Schools, Ashburn, VA 
  • June Lucas Zillich, School Psychologist, EBS Healthcare working with Scottsdale Unified School District, AZ and former Supervisor, Office of Student & Family Support & Engagement, Montgomery County Public Schools, MD

Members of the NASP Government and Professional Relations Committee, as well as key staff members, led interactive discussions and provided education on the basics of grassroots advocacy. Carol Kochhar-Bryant, Former GWU Senior Associate Dean of GSHED, also presented, led teamwork sessions, facilitated discussions, and directed the GWU credit participants. You can view the full agenda for both the 3-day and 5-day training experiences and see the entire line up of speakers below.

Capitol Hill Day, July 18, 2018

On July 18, 2018 PPI participants traveled to the US Capitol to engage in a productive day of advocacy. The day began in the Capitol Visitor's Center, in a room sponsored by the Senate House Education Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee. Participants enjoyed a continental breakfast and got an inside look at life on Capitol Hill through a question-and-answer session with legislative staff members. We thank: Bo Morris, Education LA, Rep. Jared Polis (CO-2); Kim Knackstedt, Disability Policy Advisor, House Committee on Education and the Workforce, Minority Staff; Allie Kimmel, Senior Education Policy Advisor, Senate HELP Committee, Minority Staff; and Naveed Jazayeri, Education LA, Senator Bill Nelson (FL) for sharing their experiences working on Capitol Hill. After the morning session, state teams ventured into the halls of Congress to meet their elected officials and/or legislative staff. Nearly 100 visits to the offices of US senators and US representatives were made that day. NASP materials and resources were presented and specific public policy priorities and issues were discussed.

Sample Presentations

PowerPoint presentations are accessible to current NASP members only. Please log in to see the links. PPI sessions included presentations from national experts, school psychology leaders, GWU faculty, and NASP staff. Samples of some of the presentations are included here: