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Title: Advocacy


1
Advocacy
  • Robin Olivier, M.Ed., NCC, NCSC, CHt.
  • Robin_m_olivier_at_hotmail.com
  • Early College Academy

2
Goals and Expectations of this Presentation
  1. To be informed. About leadership and advocacy
    within the state and what is possible when you
    engage in leadership and advocacy
  2. To reflect. On what it is that you have a burning
    commitment to. (And what change may be
    required.)
  3. To identify. Ways that school counselors might
    create, support, sustain relationships with state
    leadership, directly and indirectly.
  4. To inform state leaders/LSCA about your advocacy
    efforts at the local level and what is needed in
    order to grow and support such leadership.
  5. To TAKE ACTION!

3
  • All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and
    importance and should be undertaken with
    painstaking excellence.
  • -Martin Luther King, Jr.

4
Defining Advocacy
  • Active support of an idea or cause etc.
    especially the act of pleading or arguing for
    something

5
The School Counselor as An Advocate
  • Literature supports the role of the counselor as
    an advocate for social justice (Bemak Chung,
    2005 Goodman, Liang, Helms, Latta, Sparks,
    Weintraub, 2004 Ratts, DeKruyf, Chen-Hayes,
    2007)
  • Advocacy is one of the major themes of the ASCA
    (2005) National Model
  • The goal of advocacy is to allow for fair and
    equitable access to resources for marginalized
    groups (Goodman et al., 2004). Additionally, it
    is understood that advocacy is needed to foster
    systemic change, as oppressive conditions inhibit
    client growth and wellness.
  • Counselors should also advocate for the
    profession

6
ACA Advocacy Competencies
  • Advocacy Competencies for counselors (2003),
    endorsed by the American Counseling Association
    (ACA), have provided a framework for
    understanding how advocacy is applied to practice.

7
Common Forms of Advocacy in School Counseling
  • Researchers have described advocacy as more than
    one definable activity there is advocacy for
    students, the counseling profession, multisystem
    level social change, addressing discrimination,
    scholarship activities, and more (Goodman et al.,
    2004 Trusty Brown, 2005).
  • Rank in order which of these forms of advocacy
    is easiest to hardest for you. Discuss with your
    neighbor.

8
Our responsibility
  • It is our job to advocate for our profession (as
    we do for our students) to promote, explain, and
    clarify, and to defend if necessary the role of
    the professional school counselor in todays
    educational system.

9
Necessary Skills for advocacy
  • Good communication
  • Collaboration
  • Problem-assessment
  • Problem-solving
  • Organization
  • Self-Care
  • (Brown Trusty, 2005)

10
Other Skills/Attributes
  • (1) An appreciation for human suffering
  • (2) Nonverbal and verbal communication skills
  • (3) Maintenance of a multi-systems perspective
  • (4) Individual, group, and organizational
    interventions
  • (5) Knowledge and use of media, technology, and
    the Internet
  • (6) Assessment and research skills
  • (Kiselica Robinson, 2001)

11
Systemic Levels of Advocacy
12
national
  • ASCA Advocacy and Public Policy Institute
    (APPI)
  • Amanda Fitzgerald, ASCA Director of Public
    Policyafitzgerald_at_schoolcounselor.org

13
State Level Policy and legislation
  • 1. Know the legislative process
  • 2. Know the schedule
  • 3. Know your lawmakers
  • 4. Communicate with your legislator (visits,
    phone call, letters and email)
  • 5. Legislative Tours and/or Legislative Day

14
  • 1. Know the legislative process
  • How a bill is passed
  • 2. Know the schedule
  • Even numbered years noon on the last Monday of
    March
  • Odd numbered Years noon last day of April

15
The Legislative Process
  • How a bill becomes a law
  • Bill is drafted
  • Committee
  • First Reading/Second Rdg/Third Rdg
  • In the other body (same process/readings)
  • Conference
  • Signed into law when is law enacted?

16
3. Know your lawmaker
  • What senate district you live in? Who is your
    state senator? What committees does he/she serve
    on? How many committees in the senate?
  • What representative district do you live in? Who
    is your representative? What committees does
    he/she serve on? How many committees in the house?

17
3. Know your lawmaker
  • What makes them tick? What are their causes?
  • When is re-election
  • They love good press
  • Do you know your BESE member?

18
Know Your lawmakers
  • The time to make friends is before you need
    them.
  • -Lyndon Baines Johnson

19
4. Communication Visits
  • Make appointments in advance (you may meet w/a
    staffer)
  • Do your homework, prepare fact sheet, etc
  • Practice our presentation
  • Be on time and be brief
  • State the purpose of your visit
  • Present the arguments opinions for your
    position
  • Distribute position papers, fact sheets, other
    relevant documents.

20
4. Communication Visits
  • Stress the impact of legislation, regulations,
    etc.
  • Listen to opinions concerns presented by those
    visited. (Know the opposition)
  • Seek support, assistance, sponsorship of
    legislation and other action by the official.
  • Answer questions, Use your expertise, Share
    success stories
  • Summarize your concerns, arguments offer
    personal assistance. Thank you
  • Follow up letter and /or provide requested
    information.

21
Meet Newly Elected Congress
  • Welcome congratulate newly elected lawmakers
    after each election
  • Do some research and find out who has ties to
    school counseling or education
  • Make new lawmakers familiar with your school
    counseling program

22
Invite your Legislators to School
  • Establish contact/maintain contact with
    legislators well before the session begins.
  • Invite to special programs career days, college
    fairs, arena scheduling, classroom guidance
    lessons, etc.
  • Educate you legislator about your role as a
    school counselor (Fact Sheet).

23
4. Communication Telephone calls
  • Be prepared, have your message written in front
    of you
  • Keep message simple concise. Ask for specific
    action or message about position.
  • Number of calls count
  • Send a follow up letter with additional info (use
    personal or school letterhead), but be brief.

24
4. Communication letter/email
  • Avoid form letters/ personal or school letterhead
  • Identify yourself and your reason for writing
  • Be brief and Stick to one issue
  • Refer to legislation by its bill number or title
  • Be specific, make it clear what you want him/her
    to do.
  • Tell again why the issue is important to you and
    implications for the community
  • Offer to be a resource if more information is
    needed
  • Request a response
  • Keep copy of letter

25
How to address letter
  • The Honorable John Doe
  • State Senate/State Representative
  • P.O. Box 94183
  • Baton Rouge, LA 70804-4183

26
district Level Policy and Issues
  • Meet with your principal
  • Local school board presentation

27
School Level
  • The school counseling program should be on the
    PTA agenda once annually.
  • Back-to-school time, NSCW, Spring testing.
  • Prepare a hand out (fact sheet) or presentation
    for parent organization
  • Information table in highly visible place

28
Grass Roots
  • Most effective way to create change
  • Organizing people at the ground level to be heard
  • Crucial in local, state federal advocacy efforts

29
  • Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful,
    committed people can change the world. Indeed, it
    is the only thing that ever has .
  • --Margaret Mead

30
Fact Sheet
  • Statement of purpose
  • Organize the information for impact
  • Use a series of points to make your case
  • Keep the text brief
  • Strive for a polished, professional appearance
  • Distribute your fact sheet widely

31
Fact Sheet Data
  • We must begin to show hard evidence of how we
    make a difference in students academic
    performance.
  • Provide snapshots of the students, school,
    community, state
  • Reveal access or equity issues
  • Challenge existing behavior, programs policies

32
Network, Network, Network
  • Collaborate with all stakeholders
  • Present at their meetings
  • Explain how your issues will benefit them and
    your students
  • Ask to post your information on their website

33
Build Coalitions
  • Local school boards
  • State Department of Education
  • State School Board
  • Principals Association
  • State Superintendents
  • PTAs
  • Education Associations
  • Post Secondary Institutions

34
Follow up, Follow up, Follow up.
  • Send thank you cards
  • Emails
  • Follow up calls
  • Send additional information requested
  • Keep members informed about bill progress

35
Repeat the process
  • Stay focused
  • Stay positive
  • Keep the same faces before legislators/decision
    makers
  • Dont give up
  • It will happen
  • STAY STUDENT FOCUSED!!!

36
ADVOCACY Consequences
  • Potential Rewards
  • Personal Satisfaction
  • Personal Growth
  • Positive Systems Change
  • Promoting Social Justice
  • Potential Risks
  • Being Viewed as a Troublemaker
  • Feeling Emotionally Exhausted
  • Possibly Jeopardizing Employment
  • Being Ostracized by Colleagues

37
A final Thought
  • Change is the essence of life. Be willing to
    surrender what you are for what you could bewe
    must become the change we want to seeWe are the
    leaders we have been waiting for.
  • --Mahatma Ghandi

38
Useful website
  • Louisiana Legislature www.legis.state.la.us
  • ASCA website www.schoolcounselor.org
  • LSCA Website www.louisianaschoolcounselor.com
  • DOE website www.louisianahighschool.org
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