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Arizona Association of
School Psychologists
 

The mission of school psychologists is to promote educationally and psychologically healthy environments for all children and youth by implementing research-based, effective programs that prevent problems, enhance independence, and promote optimal learning.

Help Wanted!

Intervention Newsletter Editor and AASP Webmaster

The Communications Committee serves as the voice for AASP with the primary responsibility of disseminating information to support the work of school psychologists in meeting the needs of children and families in the state of Arizona. This committee includes the subcommittees of the Intervention Newsletter, Photography, the AASP Website, Listserv Communications, and School Psychology Awareness Week. The following positions are available within the Communications Committee

 Intervention Newsletter Editor ($1800 Annual Stipend paid quarterly)

The Intervention Newsletter is coordinated through the Editor and the Editorial Board.  Duties include determining the most efficient way to publish, print and distribute the newsletter, making final decisions about the content of each newsletter, coordinating and tracking the requests for the advertising of job openings and commercial vendor ads, and coordinating submissions for the newsletter. The Communications Chairperson is essentially the editor-in-chief and is responsible for completing and distributing quarterly newsletters in a timely manner, according to deadlines established in the Procedures Manual. The Intervention Newsletter Editor reports to the Communications Committee Chairperson, or this could be the same person.

Find the application HERE. Please apply by February 20, 2020

Additional information about the position is available HERE.

Webmaster ($2000 Annual Stipend paid quarterly) 

The Webmaster must have prior knowledge in website editing. AASP’s Webmaster reports to the Communications Chairperson and is responsible for posting all requested information on the AASP website in a timely manner (within 12-36 hours) and setting up online conference registration through our Wild Apricot site for the annual conference and all regional workshops. As a team, the Webmaster and Communications Chairperson continue to improve the website capabilities to better serve our membership. 

Find the application HERE. Please apply by February 20, 2020

Additional information about the position is available HERE.



Arizona School Psychology Shortage Infographic

As many of you are aware, shortages in school psychologists affects our overall service delivery.  The attached infographic offers an opportunity for each of us to voice key issues to stakeholders and advocate for the work of school psychologists.  As school psychologists, we play a critical role in providing comprehensive support in various areas (school safety, mental health, etc.).  AASP encourages you to share this infographic with key decision makers in your district.

Click here to access the infographic:  School Psychology Shortage Infographic

Additional information and resources can be found by clicking on the various links below:

Arizona School Psychology Staffing Ratios:  Ratio- 1:1,320

(Per instructions of the Arizona Department of Education, AASP utilized the available information from their website. As of 10/22/2019 total enrollment numbers were only available through the 2017/2018 school year.)


33% of Arizona students experience 2 or more adverse childhood experiences.

-        https://azaces.org/what-is-an-ace/#ace-study

 

10,000 Arizona teens are estimated to have attempted suicide in 2017.

-          https://azgovernor.gov/sites/default/files/teen_suicide_prevention_awareness_month_2019_0_0.pdf 

-          https://www.americashealthrankings.org/explore/annual/measure/Suicide/state/AZ 

 

25% of Arizona students do not graduate high school.

-          https://www.expectmorearizona.org/progress/high_school_grad/?location=State::Arizona

 

1 in 5 Students in Arizona are bullied (cyber, verbal, physical, and/or social).

-       https://www.childhealthdata.org/docs/nsch-docs/sas-codebook_-2011-2012-nsch-v1_05-10-13.pdf 

-       https://www.childhealthdata.org/browse/survey/results?q=5367&r=4




Safe Arizona Schools and Crisis Training Materials

AASP is thrilled with Governor Ducey’s new Safe Arizona Schools action plan. In his plan, the Governor recognizes that children have the right to feel and be safe in their classrooms. AASP is particularly supportive of the focus on increasing mental health care in schools as well as increased training and support of school resource officers. His proposal calls for common sense changes to our state laws regulating access to firearms as well. We urge you to review Governor Ducey’s plan here and to contact Governor Ducey’s office to share your support.

Please click on the following document to read a message from AASP regarding the plan and some additional resources for crisis training: 

Message about crisis training.pdf


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