School Advocacy Resources
School District Success Stories - Learn how school-based SLPs have successfully advocated for improved conditions in their district.
Facilities & Working Conditions
Advocating for Special Education Working Conditions [PDF] (National Education Association) - This resource focuses on the working conditions of general and special educators who work with students with disabilities.
Appropriate School Facilities for Students with Speech-Language-Hearing Disorders - This report contains minimum requirements for creating optimal learning and assessment environments for students. It is designed to be a reference when building a new school, redesigning an existing structure, and/or advocating for improvement of facility work conditions.
Working for Change: A Guide for Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists in Schools [PDF] - This guide offers strategies on how to negotiate with school unions/associations and school administrators to advocate for identified individual and local needs.
School Funding Advocacy - Identify and understand the complex and multiple funding processes involved in public school-based services from federal, state, and local perspectives.
No Child Left Behind (NCLB)
Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) (U.S. Department of Education) - This website features NCLB legislation, regulations, guidance and policy letters.
IDEA and ESEA: Intersection of Access and Outcomes (National Education Association) - Clarification of the relationship of IDEA and NCLB and the impact on students with disabilities.
Salaries & Benefits
Increasing Salaries in the Schools - Information on advocating for higher salaries and additional benefits with school unions and administrators.
Salary Supplement Initiative - This resource guide provides information on advocating for the salary supplement initiative at the local and state levels.
Advocacy in Action: A State Model for Change - This guide assists state speech-language-hearing associations interested in engaging in state-level advocacy efforts to create an effective state advocacy program, with tips for analyzing a state's potential for successful advocacy.
State Education Advocacy Leaders (SEALs) - Appointed by ASHA recognized state speech-language-hearing associations, SEALs advocate on education issues, including caseload/workload, salary supplements, and maintenance on personnel standards.