Washington State Association
of School Psychologists    


Uniting school psychologists to support all students through advocacy, leadership, and professional development. 

2019 Spring Lecture Series

The 2019 Spring Lecture Series is now open for registration! Click here to find more information and register!

Archived Spring Lecture Series

You can now access previously aired Spring Lecture Series, dating back to 2014, for a discounted price! Please go here for more information.

Call for Action to Prevent Gun Violence in the United States of America

WSASP is proud to endorse the the “Call for Action to Prevent Gun Violence in the United States of America” authored by the Interdisciplinary Group on Preventing School and Community Violence. For more information and to endorse this individually, please go to the following link.

Advocacy Action Center

NASP has an active Advocacy Action Request now!  12/12/2018-1/7/2019

The Department of Education and NCES is proposing to expand the staff category of data collected in the Common Core of Data to include a new category of "school psychologist."  Currently we are not able to access this specific data, leaving us without valuable information in our advocacy efforts, particularly around the school psychologist shortage impacting so many of us. 

Please submit comment in support of this action before January 7th!  The procedure to do this is below.  Additionally, there is more information from NASP and a sample comment can use for inspiration, just make sure you change it to reflect YOUR concerns.  The sample comment shows where to insert your own input. 

To comment:

1.     https://www.regulations.gov/comment?D=ED-2018-ICCD-0117-0001

2.      Either cut and paste your comments in the box, or upload a file with your comments

            NOTE Cut-and-pasted comments do not count toward the number filed. Please modify your comments to make them unique (rule of thumb is by 30% or so)! In this case, quality of the comments outweighs the quantity of comments received.

3.      Enter your first and last name

4.      If you are submitting on behalf of your state association, check the box “I am submitting on behalf of a third party” and enter your name and the name of your state association.

a.      If you are submitting as yourself, you do not need to do this

5.      Select the appropriate category for your comments (e.g Individual; state advocacy organization; etc.)

6.      Click “Continue”

7.      Review your information and click “Submit Comment.”

For more information, read below!

The Department of Education and NCES is proposing to expand the staff category of data collected in in the Common Core of Data to include a new category of "school psychologist." Currently school psychologists are included in the category of 'student support staff' which includes various staff who provide health and social services among other professionals.  Currently, we have no accurate count of the number of school psychologists employed in states due to the variable way states collect this data, if they collect it at all.   Including this data point in the Common Core of Data would be invaluable to the profession. 

 

I am writing to strongly urge you to submit comments in support of adding this category to the Common Core of Data, both as an individual and on behalf of your state association.

 

NASP has included some "best practices" for submitting these types of comments as well as template to help you guide your comments (see attached documents). You are strongly encouraged to edit this template!  It is imperative that each comment be slightly different.   Directions on how to comment are below and comments are due at 11:59pm on January 7th, 2019.

for commenting are below.

 

Thank you for taking action on this request.  If you any questions please do not hesitate to contact me or Katie Eklund (Chair, NASP GPR Committee, katie.eklund@wisc.edu)

 

Thank you so much for your advocacy on this issue.

Kelly Vaillancourt  kvaillancourt@naspweb.org

 

 

Best Practices for Submitting Comments

§  Do write comments in your own words!

·       The template provided to you is meant to be a guide and we strongly encourage you to edit it. 

·       Explain why collecting data on the number of FTE school psychologists is important to YOU as a practitioner and/or NASP leader

·       Share data unique to your state as a way to personalize your comments and show why adding a data point on FTE school psychologists would help meet a need in your state/district/university.  

·       ED is only proposing collecting data on school psychologists part of their staffing survey. Although it would be nice if they collected a host of other information to help us better understand the shortages, please keep your comments focused on the importance of collecting this very specific data point.

* You do not have to be a policy expert to submit comments. Reflect your your own thoughts and experiences.

Cut-and-pasted comments do not count toward the number filed. Please modify your comments to make them unique (rule of thumb is by 30% or so)! In this case, quality of the comments outweighs the quantity of comments received.

Comments are due at 11:59pm on January 7th, 2019



TAKE ACTION NOW!

Who:  WSASP's Government and Public Relations (GPR) committee has been hard at work in Olympia, and now we need your vital contribution and active support!

What:  Advocate for your self, your field, and kids!  Contact your representatives TODAY about the below-mentioned important issues! Your representatives value your opinion as a constituent, and the more of us they hear from, the louder our collective voice!  Below are 8 bills we are tracking now.  A brief summary is provided and each bill is linked, allowing you to review the contents of the actual bill.

When: The legislature is in session, but this will end in early March.  As bills cycle through the process and move to a vote from the entire legislative body, we will alert you to action through our member email system. When the time is right for each bill, the Form Letter Link will be activated, and you will get an email reminder to take action! 

Where:  Thanks to NASP, you will only have to send the message once to get to all three representatives based on your home address, and we will be able to pull data about how many of us are taking action!

Why:  With more letters of support and phone calls from all stakeholders and professionals in school psychology and allied fields, the legislators in the House and Senate will be informed and can realize the wide range of importance these issues represent.  If we are not at the table, we are on the menu!

How:  You can contact your legislators today.  You can submit public comment via the legislative website (see directions below, via NASP, directly with an email address, or via Our Voice, through WEA (Click here for a step by step tutorial on how to use Our Voice to email your representatives).  The GPR Committee will provide form letters as appropriate for each bill of interest to WSASP.  When these letters are made available, you can use them exactly, add personal stories or comments, or write an original letter to submit to your legislators.  Once your letter is ready, using NASP's Advocacy Action Center, you can send it to all your state representatives with one click.  We ask that you send one letter for each bill, as this is how representatives prefer communication, and it keeps our message clear.  

Legislative Session 2019

Coming Soon!

The session will start in January 2019

Tips and Tricks

Click here for a description of how a bill becomes a law (it is not so direct of a process as we were taught in middle school...)

See the State Advocacy page for instructions on how to submit a public comment on these bills or any others of interest.

Click here for more resources on Advocacy.

Did you contact your representative(s)?  Let us know!  

We want to know how BIG our impact is! 

Click here to tell us about the action you took.   

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