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Introduction to the WISC-V (Workshop)
Thursday, Apr 2, 2015
Please join AASP’s Central Region and Scottsdale Unified School District on April 2nd from 1:30…
Gonzaga University School of Education Assessment Conference (Workshop)
Thursday, Apr 16, 2015
The Gonzaga University School of Education is hosting their 1st annual Assessment Conference. Pl…
Call for Nominations
The association is issuing a Call for Nominations for the following positions:
*President-elect (1 year term)
*Treasurer (2 year term)
*Regional Director (2 year term)
It is the right and responsibility of each AASP member to participate in the nomination and election process to select prospective leaders. If you have ever thought about getting more involved in your state association, now is your opportunity! Please nominate yourself or someone that you believe would be a good leader. If you nominate someone, please make sure that you obtain the permission of that individual prior to submitting your nomination.
Please click on the link below for the nomination form. Nominations must be received by April 1, 2015.
Nominations forms can be returned to:
Rick Dwyer, NCSP
5635 E. Lincoln Drive #66
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
Safe and Successful Schools
The AASP Board has voted to join the list of endorsing organizations for the NASP document, “A Framework for Safe and Successful Schools.”
School psychologists must play a leading role in advocating for Safe Schools. NASP has shared with each state’s SPAN (School Psychology Action Network) representative that we are stressing five elements of Comprehensive School Safety:
1. Develop safe and supportive schools.
2. Increase access to mental and behavioral health services in schools.
3. Implement school policies that consider psychological and physical safety.
4. Multi Tiered Systems of Support.
5. Review and revise current policies and legislation.
In an effort to address these five elements NASP has authored a document, “A Framework for Safe and Successful Schools” in coordination with other national organizations: American School Counselor Association, School Social Work Association of America, National Association of School Resource Officers, National Association of Elementary School Principals and National Association of Secondary School Principals.
AASP is recommending that all Arizona school psychologists download this document and share with your school principal, school superintendent and school board. This Framework offers us a great vehicle from which to launch meaningful conversations about implementing Multi tiered Systems of Supports (MTSS) in Arizona schools.
SB1461 was changed significantly through a recent strike everything amendment. The new version of the bill does not make reference to licensed professionals or include specific requirements for comprehensive reading evaluations. A summary of the revisions has been added to the Child and Family Advocacy page and the current version of the bill may be viewed at the following link: http://www.azleg.gov/legtext/52leg/1r/adopted/s.1461edu.doc.htm.
Thank you to all AASP members who contacted your legislators to express opinions and concerns. School psychologists must continue to have a voice as there are a number of current legislative proposals that will impact education and our profession, as well as children and families in Arizona. This month's AASP Board Meeting on Friday, February 27, 2015 will focus on action steps for advocacy and is open to all AASP members. Please contact Samara Way or an AASP Board Member for information about meeting time and location.
AASP 2014 Keith Perkins Lifetime Achievement Award
Dr. Julene Robbins, Gilbert Public Schools
Dr. Julene Robbins exemplifies the best that our profession has to offer. In her current role as lead psychologist for the Gilbert Public Schools, Dr. Robbins brings to the table excellent experience derived from her time as a special education teacher, practicing school psychologist, professor of school psychology, and a licensed psychologist. She has and continues to promote our ideals of best practice by demonstrating a collaborative spirit, quick wit, and a genuine desire to support the needs of students, parents, and staff. She spends extraordinary efforts to cultivate positive relationships with her staff psychologists and district administrators all with an eye on promoting positive practices for the children of her district. She dabbles in research often publishing scholarly journal articles, supervises interns, and mentors fellow school psychologists. She sits on the board of Tumbleweed Youth Center, an organization tasked with keeping our most vulnerable youth safe. She has been instrumental to the introduction and maintenance of RTI and PBIS practices within the Gilbert Schools. She promotes the necessity of broader and comprehensive mental health supports in the schools and recognizes the need for a productive and stable staff of school psychologists. As school district budgets began shrinking and most district began cutting psychologist time, Dr. Robbins endorsed the need buffer the district psychologists from these budget cuts. Dr. Robbins identified school psychologists as essential to enacting positive school programs. As a result, the impact of employee cuts experienced in other districts were not observed within the psychology department of the Gilbert Public Schools. By promoting a comprehensive approach to the practice of school psychology, Julene has helped reinforced the critical role that school psychologists play in supporting and improving the personal and educational experiences of children statewide. Dr. Julene Robbins is our 2014 Keith Perkins Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient.
AASP 2014 School Psychologist of the Year
Dr. Winonna Considine, Creighton Elementary School District
Her colleagues describe her as kind, passionate, optimistic, an excellent sense of humor, moral, true and a consummate professional. She insists on data based decision making. She runs social skills groups at her campus, started extracurricular activities such as a campus garden, works with both school teams and district personnel to help develop policies that are student centered and productive to student success. She is generous with her time, supervising graduate students and teaching graduate level courses and always with the highest student ratings. She takes particular interest in planning and enacting mental health supports and prevention activities at her school. She is an advocate for best practice approaches and aligned her daily practice with the NASP standards in regards to mental health and crisis intervention. Dr. Considine is credited with promoting district wide initiatives to promote student wellbeing and is considered a leader among her colleagues. We are proud to announce Dr. WInnona Considine as the AASP 2014 School Psychologist of the Year.
AASP 2014 Administrator of the Year Award
Ms. Kristen Hartsuff, Special Education Director Glendale, Elementary School District
Ms. Hartsuff was vigorously recommended by her staff for this award. She has been characterized as an expert in all issues special education. Always gracious, present and an excellent listener; unflappable and always focused on solutions. She is a former special education teacher, building administrator and district administrator who always appears to understand your point of view. An amazing grant writer who continually brings in additional funding sources to special education programs. Ms. Hartsuff has taken leadership roles with the Az Department of Education Special Education Rules Committee in an effort to advocate for IDEA compliant state practices. She gets her hands dirty with tough parent issues often using a white board, sketching her ideas and saving the day. Above all, her staff views Ms. Hartsuff as a team member who brings honesty, humor and excellent problem solving skills to each situation. She is regarded as a true leader in every sense of the word. We are proud to honor Ms. Hartsuff with the AASP 2014 Administrator of the Year Award.