NCSPA Advocacy

As school psychologists, one of our many jobs is to advocate for children’s needs. However, it often seems that the efforts of one individual are not enough to make the changes needed to support the students with whom we work! So, how can you increase your ability to make a difference? Advocacy! NASP has made it very easy for everyone to become an advocate for those issues near and dear to our hearts, without having to spend time composing letters or traveling to Washington, DC to speak with your congressional representatives. Check out NASP’s advocacy page for form letters on various issues that you can email or send to your congressional representatives in only a few minutes!

For more information, please contact NCSPALegislative@gmail.com.

NCSPA Legislative and Public Policy Committee

The NCSPA Legislative and Public Policy (LPP) Committee serves as the liaison between NASP and North Carolina school psychologists.  Regular tasks of the committee include gathering information to disseminate to NCSPA members and other stakeholders about advocacy, formulating a yearly LPP agenda, organizing LPP activities across the state, and contacting legislators in regard to current issues.  Please send an email to the address above and let us know how we can help you!

Recommended Advocacy Activities

2017 Key Points

See NCSPA’s LPP Agenda for 2017

Your LPP committee often has members frequently asking, “How do I stay up-to-date on information?”  Consider getting on the email lists for one or more of these organizations.  NC Child is a particularly timely and informative information resource.  Begin there and branch out as you are comfortable.
“Go To” resources for members include:

Other resources include:

  • http://www.ncpolicywatch.com (N.C. Policy Watch, a project of the N.C. Justice Center, is a news and commentary outlet dedicated to informing the public — including elected officials as they debate important issues — and ultimately to improving the quality of life for all North Carolinians.)
  • http://www.ncchild.org (NC Child advances public policies that improve the lives of North Carolina’s children.)
  • https://www.ncforum.org : (For more than 30 years the Public School Forum of North Carolina has served as an indispensable and nonpartisan champion of better schools. We bring together individuals and institutions from business, education and government to study education issues, develop ideas, seek consensus, and ultimately inform and shape education policy. provides information on NC Education budget.)
  • www.publicschoolsfirstnc.org (Public Schools First NC is a statewide nonpartisan organization focused solely on public education issues. We collaborate with teachers, parents, business and civic leaders, students, and communities across North Carolina in support of an effective public education system that will prepare each child for life.  Fact sheets are included.

Local Advocacy Information

Who Represents Me?

You can find out who represents you at NC’s General Assembly at this link: http://www.ncleg.net/representation/WhoRepresentsMe.aspx

The NCSPA has provided some guidelines for attending local school board meetings.

Sample letters to legislators:

NASP Resources

The NASP Advocacy Action Center provides a convenient way to look up and contact your Congressional and other federal representatives.

Click here to view the NASP Core Messages.

If you are interested in gathering advocacy tools or just learning more about advocating for school psychology, the NASP Advocacy Roadmap provides several easy-to-use resources. You are also more than welcome to contact members of NCSPA’s legislative committee, who would be more than happy to help you advocate for our profession.

A complete list of NASP Advocacy resources are compiled here for you to review: http://www.nasponline.org/advocacy/advocacyresources.aspx

The NASP What is a School Psychologist printable brochure: http://www.nasponline.org/about-school-psychology/who-are-school-psychologists