Theme: Advocacy

  • Vision & Goals
  • Webinar: Archive & Information
  • Background Readings
  • Action Planning Resources

Vision & Goals

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"If I am not for myself, who will be for me? But if I am only for myself who am I? If not now, when?" -Ethics of Our Fathers

Advocacy is a critical skill to influence and create change for the future of our nation's children. All too often, advocacy may be interpreted as self-promotion and our profession may not be as active and vocal as other professions. School psychology and school psychologists need to further develop effective advocacy strategies to support our children and youth, to enhance the profession, and to incorporate evidence-based assessment and treatment in schools.

The presentation will focus on:

  • How do we advocate and promote healthy schools and classroom climates?
  • What is educational advocacy and what tools are needed to promote the effective education of all children?
  • How do we advocate for the profession of school psychology?
  • How do we educate for advocacy on both the university and practitioner level?
  • How do you support, advocate for, and implement evidence-based practices?
  • What are some examples of effective advocacy at the local level?

The broad conference goals to create our future for advocacy by and for school psychologists include:

  1. Define advocacy by and for school psychologists.
  2. Identify local, state/provincial, national, and/or international strengths that will promote development of advocacy by and for school psychologists.
  3. Identify local, state/provincial, national, and/or international challenges that will inhibit development of advocacy by and for school psychologists.
  4. Identify resources in existing structures (e.g., professional organizations, local and state education agencies, research, graduate programs) that will support advocacy by and for school psychologists.
  5. Identify systems-level and individual opportunities to research, promote, and demonstrate advocacy by and for school psychologists.

Archived Webinar (November 10, 2012)

 

Keynote Speaker

Featured Speakers

Panel Presenters

  • Elizabeth A'Vant, MA
    Initiating School Climate Improvement in an Urban District
  • Katie Eklund, PhD
    What Happened to My Test Kit? One School Psychologist's Experience in Utilizing 10 Domains of Practice
  • John Kelly, PhD
    Advocating for the Inclusion of Students with Special Needs in Inter-scholastic Sports

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Credits

Action Planning Resources

Futures Conference Action Planning Handbook

Needs Assessment Data

National/International Resources

Blank Action Plan Template