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The following is a representative listing of the major coalitions and partnerships in which SSWAA currently participates. Please note that there are several others that meet less frequently, but in which SSWAA is active.


Coalition to Support Grieving Students

Purpose

The Coalition to Support Grieving Students created and developed grievingstudents.org, an innovative multimedia resource designed to empower educators and school professionals in their efforts to support grieving students.

Members

Founded by New York Life Foundation and the National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement, the Coalition members unique collaboration of the leading professional organizations representing teachers, principals, school administrators, school support personnel, and other school professionals   See list. 

 Link

Information and Resources
Coalition Q & A
Coalition Website

Committee for Education Funding (CEF)

Purpose

To increase the overall federal investment in education.

Members

Over 100 education groups, pre-K through graduate and lifelong education.

 Link  http://cef.org/

Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Education Task Force

 

CCD is divided into a series of task forces that address different issues in the lives of individuals with disabilities.

Purpose

To address issues related to the education of children with disabilities.

Members

40 groups representing specific disabilities, special educators, specialized instructional support personnel, parents, and researchers.

 Education Advisory Group for the Legal Center for Foster Care and Education, of the American Bar Association (ABA)

 Purpose                           
Formed to meet the educational needs of children and youth who are homeless or in foster care. We work collaboratively with our child welfare partners to provide guidance and training to judges, court staff, parent and children’s attorneys and agency attorneys. And most importantly, to better serve the educational needs of children and their families within the court system 
 Members  
 Link  http://www.americanbar.org/content/dam/aba/publications/center_on_children_and_the_law/education/blueprint_second_edition_final.authcheckdam.pdf

Elementary and Secondary School Counseling Program Coalition

Purpose

To ensure continuation of the grant program, including advocating for increasing funding so that more school districts may receive grant awards.

Members

SSWAA and its partner organizations representing school counselors and school psychologists.

Forum on Educational Accountability

Purpose

To develop recommendations and advocate for a refocusing of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (based on the Joint Organizational Statement on NCLB).

Members

Over 100 education, civil rights, and religious organizations.

Mental Health Liaison Group (MHLG)

 Purpose                         
MHLG is an advocacy coalition on mental health issues. The MHLG conducts one plenary annual business meeting each year, and most MHLG activity is conducted at the committee level. The Steering Committee and other standing committees may organize and schedule educational briefings, plenary business meetings, or other events throughout the year, as needed for matters of exceptional importance.
 Members The MHLG provided its members with the opportunity to exchange political intelligence, form cooperative advocacy efforts, coordinate strategies and discuss public policy issues related to mental health. Staff of the National Institute of Mental Health attended its meetings as unofficial observers, but they frequently participated in the information exchange wherever they could be helpful. Participating Organizations:
 Link  http://mhlg.org/

National Alliance of Specialized Instructional Support Personnel (NASISP)

 

This is the major coalition in Washington representing pupil/related services.  Libby Nealis, SSWAA's Director of Policy and Advocacy, is currently one of the co-chairs.  

Purpose

To advocate for specialized instructional support services in Congress; to develop state SISP alliances;  and to inform the public about our mission and services.

Members

All SISP organizations, NEA, AFT, Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), and State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE).

 Link  http://www.nasisp.org/  

National Coalition on Personnel Shortages in Special Education and Related Services

Purpose

To amend Elementary and Secondary Education Act to add language on positive behavioral supports and school mental health services.

Members

To develop and implement strategies to address shortages in special education and SISP and in positions for those personnel in local school districts.

 National Coordinating Committee on School Health and Safety (NCCSHS)

Purpose                          
Established in 1994 by US Departments of Education & Health and Human Services, joined later by Departments of Agriculture and Transportation, with the purpose of bringing together Federal departments and national partners to promote and share information regarding school health and safety programs. 
 Members 75 school health and safety organizations and federal partners in relevant departments. SSWAA is also a chair of the Interest Networking Group (ING) on Safe Physical and Psychological School Environments.

National Safe Schools Partnership

Purpose

To address issues of bullying, harassment, and school climate to ensure that all students feel safe in school.

Members

Education and civil rights organizations [Convened by the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network (GLSEN)].

 Link  http://www.apa.org/pi/lgbt/programs/safe-supportive/default.aspx

Safe & Supportive School Project

Purpose                                                                    
To help create safe and supportive school environments as an innovative approach to the prevention of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections for adolescents.
 Members American Counseling Association, American School Counselor Association, National Association of School Nurses, National Association of School Psychologists, School Social Work Association of America
 Link http://www.apa.org/pi/lgbt/programs/safe-supportive/default.aspx

Student Health Advocacy Coalition (SHAC)

Purpose                                                                                                                                                                                               
SSWAA actively participates as a steering committee member of the Student Health Advocacy Coalition (SHAC). Members of SHAC meet frequently in Washington, DC for coalition meetings, Congressional member and staff meetings, and occasionally host Congressional briefings on Capitol Hill. SHAC is the advocacy coalition to support the mission of the National Coordinating Committee on School Health and Safety (NCCSHS), which is prohibited from doing federal advocacy.
 Members SHAC is a coalition of over 35 national organizations that are focused on health and/or education, and improving the health and well-being of all PreK-12 students
 Link https://storify.com/mwolfe09/student-health-advocacy-coalition-briefings


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