Advocacy in School Psychology: Bridging Resources to Action

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 2,10
  • Skill Level: Intermediate

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. reflect on personal experiences with advocacy and areas for growth
  2. develop a key message related to a specific policy issue of their choice
  3. plan action steps to engage in future advocacy within their community
  4. identify various venues for advocacy on local and national levels
  5. identify effective strategies of advocacy


Advocacy is an ethical obligation for school psychologists, and they are uniquely positioned as change-makers in education. In this session, participants will receive information about accessing and navigating resources for professional advocacy and engage in dialogue and reflective activities about personal experiences, policy interests, and creating a plan for sustained engagement in advocacy. Participants will practice developing key messages and action steps for future advocacy work.



Rachel Davis, University of Wisconsin–Madison
Carly Holtzman, University of Wisconsin-Madison


Caleb E. Flack, Miranda R. Zahn


Letter to Supervisor

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