Division 15 Survey of Member Attitudes and Expertise Regarding Education Policy and Practice
This survey is being sent to you by the Educational Policy and Professional Learning Ad Hoc Committees appointed by President Nussbaum for the 2017-2018 year. The purpose of this survey is to gather ideas from members about how Division 15 can effectively contribute to the development and implementation of educational policy and practice. We seek your input to help us think through ways we might do this.

We have two goals with this survey. First, we want to begin to assemble a list of Division 15 members’ skills and expertise in order to create a data base of willing experts that would: (a) interact with media and/or policy representatives about current events, policies, or emerging issues relevant to educational psychology; and/or (b) engage in professional learning initiatives with policy and practice partners.

Second, we want your input about whether and how Division 15 should become more proactively engaged in policy response, analysis, advocacy and professional learning initiatives.

About You
Your Name:
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Your Email Address:
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For approximately how many years have you been a Division 15 member?
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Part I: Expertise and Contact
Regarding your stated area(s) of expertise:
1. Would you be willing to be listed as a contact for policy-related inquiries (by media and/or by relevant policy representatives)?
2. Would you like to be involved in professional learning initiatives of the Division?
If yes to either or both 1 and 2, please also complete the following form so that we can add you to our directory of experts: http://edpsych.us/PolicyDirectory
Part II: What should be Division 15’s Role in Policy?
The Ad Hoc Committee is considering mechanisms through which the Division might become proactive in policy response, analysis, and advocacy. One option is to develop relevant Position Statements/Policy Briefs based on Division 15 members’ expertise.

Position Statements are viewed as advocacy-related documents that summarize a position that is for or against specific policy initiatives. These statements are based on the most up-to-date available data and analysis and are written to reflect an organization’s commitment/values regarding educational policy activities. Position Statements can be written/distributed during the legislation development phase (before policies are passed/enacted) as well as after legislation has been passed and when the policy is set (or in motion).

How important is it that Division 15 advocate for/against relevant educational policy initiatives?
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What might be the criteria for selecting the policy issues that the Division should weigh-in on?
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Do you have any recommendations for examples of policies/practices we should advocate for/against?
This could include any ideas from past, current, or future legislation initiatives—we’re just trying to get a feel for the range of possible issues.
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Please rank-order (from 1-highest to 3-lowest) the policy scope that Division 15 as an organization, and its members as individual scholars, should focus on as it relates to Position Statements: *
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Local Policy
State Policy
National Policy
If you would like to explain your ratings, please do so below:
Your answer
Policy Briefs are documents that summarize the relevant research available regarding the effects of specific policies and practices. Briefs may or may not include specific recommendations for practice. The purposes of Briefs are multifold and include: educating policymakers, practitioners, and/or citizens, assisting Division 15 members with talking points for initiating discussions with local policymakers, and helping to clarify (for public and practitioners) (mis)conceptions regarding common practices. For example, Division 15 might originate or support a Policy Brief concerning best practices for homework. Such a Brief could outline specific research informed positions/practices and make recommendations for both policy and practice.
How important is it that Division 15 create or disseminate Briefs as described above?
Not Important
Very Important
What might be the criteria for deciding on issues to take up in Briefs?
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What might be the criteria for deciding on the timing of Briefs?
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What issues would you like to see advanced in Policy Briefs?
Any ideas from past, present, or future legislative activities can be included—again, the goal is to get a general scope of supported ideas from our members.
Your answer
Please rank-order (from 1-highest to 3-lowest) the policy scope that Division 15 as an organization, and its members as individual scholars, should focus on as it relates to creating and disseminating Briefs: *
1
2
3
Local Policy
State Policy
National Policy
If you would like to explain your ratings, please do so below:
Your answer
How should the Briefs/Position Statements be vetted?
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Would you support the establishment of a Division 15 standing Policy Committee whose charge would be to oversee the development of these activities?
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What are other strategies Division 15 might adopt to influence policy and practice?
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Do you have any additional feedback on Division 15’s role in policy-related activities?
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Part III: What should be Division 15’s Role in Supporting Educational Practice?
How important is it for Division 15 to support educational practice through activities such as professional learning initiatives and research-practice partnerships?
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Very Important
How important is it for Division 15 to support educational practice through activities such as professional learning initiatives and research-practice partnerships?
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Very Important
Are you currently applying your research expertise to influence practice?
For example, are you serving on a board; supporting professional learning and development; involved in a research-practice partnership; etc.? Tell us about your current involvement in supporting educational practice.
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Would you be interested in working on Division 15 initiatives that seek to bridge theory/research and practice?
What are the main challenges for Division 15 members to engage in supporting educational practice?
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What might we as a Division do to support members who value this form of scholarly and professional engagement?
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