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.
NEA Backgrounder: Special Education Workload Analysis Model [PDF]
School Funding Advocacy – Identify and understand the complex and multiple funding processes involved in public school-based services from federal, state, and local perspectives.
Every Student Succeeds Act
Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) (U.S. Department of Education) – ESSA legislation, regulations, guidance and resources.
Crosswalk of Current Law with Every Student Succeeds Act (National Education Association) [PDF]
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.
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.