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Advocacy Action Center

NASP Advocacy Action Week

NASP is hosting an Advocacy Action Week from July 20-24th, focusing school psychologists across the country on federal advocacy for our students and our profession.

Please join WSASP on Facebook and here at the WSASP Advocacy Action Center website as we guide you through a variety of activities to connect with your federally elected officials through social media, sending letters using the NASP Advocacy Action Center, and even sharing a video expressing what issues are facing School Psychologists today! With our colleagues across the country we will make sure decision-makers in the ‘Other Washington’ hear our voices!

This week we will advocate in 3 ways:

Social Media Posts

You can choose to write your own statements using the hashtags: #NASPAdvocates #WSASPAdvocatesToo #waleg #waedu #waelex, or use these sample statements

(PRO TIP- when recommended to tag your elected officials, you can find their social media information on their individual web pages under contact information or by searching for them on social media, for easy reference, our state senators are Senator Patty Murray is @pattymurray, Senator Maria Cantwell is @mariacantwell.  Be sure to look up your elected representative as well!)

● In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the social unrest due to police brutality and racism, mental health in schools is more important than ever. I hope my representatives in Congress (tag representatives) agree and will support legislation to put qualified mental health professionals in schools! #NASPAdvocates #WSASPAdvocatesToo #waleg #waedu #waelex

● As a school psychologist who works with kids every day, I have seen firsthand the toll that the COVID-19 pandemic and unrest has taken. The need for more of us is serious and must be met. I urge my congressional representatives (tag representatives) to pay attention to this issue! #NASPAdvocates #WSASPAdvocatesToo #waleg #waedu #waelex

● Our schools that need our support the most continue to be underfunded, year after year. Enough! We need Congress invest funding into Title I, Title IV-A, and IDEA so we can finally provide a quality public education for our kids. #NASPAdvocates #WSASPAdvocatesToo #waleg #waedu #waelex

● 1 in 5 students will experience a mental health disorder, but 80% of students who need support do not receive it. We need more school mental health professionals to identify and help our kids. Help me help kids (tag representatives)! #NASPAdvocates #WSASPAdvocatesToo #waleg #waedu #waelex

● Washington has an average of 1 school psychologist to ever 992 students, with a range from 1 to 530 all the way up to 1 to 3,500!  This must result in inequitable access to services for our students.  Help me create a pipeline for more school psychologists into Washington's schools!  #NASPAdvocates #WSASPAdvocatesToo #waleg #waedu #waelex

● Post this image about our average ratio with the following hashtags in the text #NASPAdvocates #WSASPAdvocatesToo #waleg #waedu #waelex

Contact Your Representatives 

Access the One Minute Solution to send letters to all of your federal representatives in less than 1 minute!

Create a video!

See the NASP guidelines for creating a video, including a sample script, here.  You can send your video to NASP so they can use it in their advocacy efforts, then you can post it on social media using this text: 

I made this video for my representatives in Congress (tag representatives) to urge them to support legislation to put more school psychologists in classrooms. #NASPAdvocates #WSASPAdvocatesToo #waleg #waedu #waelex

Video example: President Alex Franks-Thomas, NCSP

Video example: GPR Co-Chair Carrie Suchy, NCSP

How are schools funded?

Information about the Washington Prototypical School Funding Model for School Psychologists

The OSPI Staffing Enrichment Workgroup is tasked with making recommendations for reducing educational opportunity gaps in Washington State. The group’s first directive was to make recommendations for the Prototypical School Funding Model. A report with recommendations was released during the fall, and was of concern to many WSASP members. Click here to access an article providing clarification and understanding about what the Prototypical School Funding Model is, how school psychologist roles are typically funded, and the advocacy work that WSASP is engaged in on this topic.

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.  

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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