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Arizona Association of
School Psychologists

The Mission of the Arizona Association of School Psychologists is to engage school psychologists with high-quality professional development, promote visionary leadership, and advocate for ethically, culturally competent and socially just practices to empower school psychologists in the vital role of supporting the well-being of Arizona’s children and youth.

AASP Legislative Priorities 2021.pdf

The AASP Annual Conference has gone HYBRID - check it out!

Early Bird Registration Rates if you register by 10/30/21!

Why hybrid? The 53rd Annual AASP Conference has gone hybrid!  We are offering options to attend the November 4-5, 2021 conference in-person at the Desert Willow Conference Center in Phoenix OR to attend select sessions virtually!  AASP had a previous agreement with Desert Willow to hold the conference at the site this year. We are also aware that our members have various degrees of comfort levels with attending sessions in-person.  We will be taking precautions including requiring masks for all attendees (see Duty of Care for more specifics). In an effort to be more inclusive and accessible, attendees may sign up for 1-day or 2-day virtual options. If an attendee's situation changes, the Whova conference platform will offer flexibility for attendees to adjust session attendance to in-person or virtually.

Explanation about conference rates: For attendees attending in-person, part of your registration costs cover breakfast, lunch and snacks during the day and at the reception.  For those attending virtually, registration covers the A/V equipment, camera operators, and online platform licenses (i.e., ZOOM, Whova). The AASP Executive Board is striving to meet the unique needs of members and non-members as we navigate these unusual times. We welcome feedback as we adapt our professional development offerings.  Our goal is to provide high-quality, relevant trainings along with opportunities to safely network with friends and colleagues. The Whova platform will provide ways to engage with others in fun and informative ways whether attending at the conference site or online.

We also encourage you to share the various options with your school and district colleagues. The virtual 1-day and 2 day options may be of interest to special education directors, teachers, school counselors, social workers, and other educators. Topics include dyslexia and reading interventions, childhood anxiety, mental health services, autism, ethics, and legal issues. The overall theme of Advocacy in Action: Advancing Our Profession is also highlighted in the keynote address by Leslie Paige, Past NASP President!  

AASP Legislative Priorities

1. Advance the Comprehensive Role of School Psychologists.

2. Increase Access to Mental Health Services in Schools.

3. Promote Equity for All Students.

4. Support Effective School Safety Measures.

5. Improve Access to School Psychologists.

6. Increase Investments in Education.

AASP Social Justice Resources

As events unfold around the country, we are again reminded that members of our communities face the realities of social injustice every day. As school psychologists, we have a responsibility to help students and their families cope with the challenges they are presented. To that end, the Arizona Association of School Psychologists has created a Social Justice Resources page with links to books, videos and lesson plans that we hope you find beneficial. Click here to access the AASP Social Justice Resources page.

AASP has released a Position Statement on Social Justice, Prejudice and Discrimination. Click here for the paper.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources for School Psychologists

From NASP: The Pandemic's Impact on Special Education Evaluations and SLD Identification

Click here for the Best Practices in Completing Educational Evaluations During School Closure document

AASP helped the Arizona Department of Education develop a reopening guidance document for school psychologists. Click here for the document.

Fellow Arizona school psychologists: Need to vent? Want to discuss something happening at work that only another school psychologist would understand? Please complete this request for support and someone will follow up with you. Click here to complete the form.

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

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