Robin Olivier, M.Ed., NCC, NCSC, CHt . Robin_m_olivier@hotmail.com Early College Academy. Advocacy. Goals and Expectations of this Presentation:. To be informed . About leadership and advocacy within the state and what is possible when you engage in leadership and advocacy
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All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.
-Martin Luther King, Jr.
Active support of an idea or cause etc.; especially the act of pleading or arguing for something
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 Competencies for counselors (2003), endorsed by the American Counseling Association (ACA), have provided a framework for understanding how advocacy is applied to practice.
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.Common Forms of Advocacy in School Counseling
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.
(Brown & Trusty, 2005)
(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)Other Skills/Attributes
Amanda Fitzgerald, ASCA Director of Public Policyafitzgerald@schoolcounselor.orgnational
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
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?3. Know your lawmaker
“The time to make friends is before you need them.”
-Lyndon Baines Johnson
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.4. Communication: Telephone calls
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 letter4. Communication: letter/email
Change is the essence of life. Be willing to surrender what you are for what you could be…we must become the change we want to see…We are the leaders we have been waiting for.”
--Mahatma GhandiA final Thought