Week of Action
The Washington State Association of School Psychologists Government and Public Relations (GPR) Committee
Statewide Week of Action
This is an opportunity for school psychologists in the state to learn about advocacy at the state and federal level. Advocating for our profession happens at all different levels – from legislative action in Olympia to conversations with friends, colleagues, and community partners.
The WSASP GPR Committee has put ideas for daily actions for the week, culminating in “Hill Day” activity where many WSASP members around the state will have meetings at local or Olympia legislative offices simultaneously to magnify our message. This week is a great opportunity to learn more about how advocacy works.
Below, you will find all information and materials you will need. Appointments with legislators need to be made in advance, so we are encouraging you to make contact now if you are considering participating. You can identify your local legislators and contact information using the District Finder.
Here are some actions for you to take part in each day:
Monday, February 24: Send a letter to the editor of your local newspaper, school newspaper, or school newsletter, advocating for education and the roles of school psychologists! Click here for a draft letter to use as a template.
Tuesday, February 25: Make your voice heard! Go to the NASP Advocacy Action Center to contact your federal representatives on important national issues. To get the word out, you can also post on social media. Here are some sample statements:
Wednesday, February 26: Speak up on important issues! Phone your elected officials to speak to your legislator or one their staffers directly! Use the District Finder to identify your state legislators and obtain their contact information. Click here to see a draft phone script to address WSASP priority legislation. Or, attend a school board meeting to speak about what is means to be a school psychologist in your district. You can see a sample statement here.
Thursday, February 27: Email your local legislative officials! Click here to see an email to your legislators to address WSASP priority legislation.
Friday, February 28: Meet with your legislators either in Olympia, or with staffers in your home districts. Members of your GPR committee will be meeting with legislators in Olympia on this day; email firstname.lastname@example.org to participate with them!
In addition to the above activities, please make a commitment to talk to one person this week about your role and the impact you make on the climate and culture of your schools.
At the end of the week, complete this form to share your actions, and to enter a drawing for a $25 Amazon gift card!
We would love to see the actions and activities you take part in! Share your activities with us on social media with the hashtags #NASPAdvocates and #WSASPAdvocatestoo and by posting on our Facebook Page, or on Twitter at @wsasp_media! With many thanks for your participation, we look forward to seeing you! Please email email@example.com if you have any questions.
Your WSASP GPR Committee