Arizona Association of
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.
2019 Call for Nominations
It’s that time of year when we honor our exceptional school psychologists and administrators. As you get back into the swing of things at work, consider nominating a respected colleague or super star administrator for an AASP award in acknowledgement of their accomplishments and contributions. Individuals and teams are encouraged to nominate an outstanding and respected colleague for one of the following three awards. Click on the links below to find criteria and nomination forms.
1. School Psychologist of the Year: This award is given to a practicing Arizona school psychologist who consistently performs at a superior level. Nominees for the AASP School Psychologist of the Year should be school psychologists whose practice embodies the NASP Practice Model and whose practices permeate all aspects of service delivery as defined in the following domains of practice. The deadline for submitting award nominations is September 15 . To nominate a colleague for this award please complete the nomination form posted on the AASP website. Submit the nomination materials to Jennifer Kirkpatrick, AASP Past-President and Awards Chair at Jennifer.Kirkpatrick@aasp-az.org or by fax at (480) 893-7775.
2. Keith Perkins Lifetime Achievement Award: This award is given to an Arizona school psychologist whose career reflects consistent and outstanding achievement to students, teachers, parents, administrators, community agencies, and the profession of school psychology. Nominees for the Keith Perkins Lifetime Achievement Award should be nearing the end of their professional careers and should have demonstrated outstanding achievement as a school psychologist over the course of their careers. To nominate a colleague for this award please complete the nomination form posted on the AASP website. Submit the nomination materials to Jennifer Kirkpatrick, AASP Past-President and Awards Chair at Jennifer.Kirkpatrick@aasp-az.org or by fax at (480) 893-7775.
3. Administrator of the Year: This award is given to an Arizona educational administrator at the school or district level who supports the work of school psychologists and recognizes the value of psychological services to all children. To nominate a colleague for this award please complete the nomination form posted on the AASP website. Submit the nomination materials to Jennifer Kirkpatrick, AASP Past-President and Awards Chair at Jennifer.Kirkpatrick@aasp-az.org or by fax at (480) 893-7775.
Click on the links below for the appropriate nomination forms:Keith Perkins Award Nomination Form
2019 Scholarship Application Overview of the AASP Minority Scholarship Program for Graduate Training in School Psychology
An AASP Minority Scholarship is being offered to ease financial barriers facing some minority graduate students embarking on a Specialist Degree (or equivalent) in School Psychology. The Executive Board of AASP has adopted a similar criteria and application process used by NASP’s Minority Scholarship Program. One important goal of the Program is for each scholar receiving the award to enter the school community as a practicing School Psychologist following graduation. Award(s) will be announced at the 2019 AASP Annual Conference. Funding will be allocated for the Fall or Spring term after the announcement. A scholarship in the amount of $500-$1,000 will be awarded to at least one chosen minority graduate student.
Click on the link below for additional application information:
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2019 AASP Fall Conference
The 2019 AASP Fall Conference will be held November 14th and 15th at the Desert Willow Conference Center in Phoenix. This year's conference theme is Unlocking Your Practice Potential. AASP is thrilled to announce that Arizona State Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman will provide the keynote address at the conference. There will be a great lineup of speakers about a wide range of topics and we look forward to seeing you all there!
Click on the link to access this year's conference brochure: AASP 2019 Conference Brochure.pdf
AASP/NASP Handout on Supporting Immigrant and Refugee Students
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:
NASP Resources for School Psychologists on the Important Issues of Safe and Successful Schools and Supporting Efforts to Prevent Gun Violence
AASP is very aware that the topic of keeping students safe will be an important topic throughout Arizona schools (especially high schools) this week. Attached are documents from NASP that are resources for school psychologists to share with others. These documents use real data and a research base to discuss these important issues.
A Framework for Safe and Successful Schools
“This join statement provides a framework supported by educators for improving school safety and increasing access to mental health supports for children and youth.”
NASP Resolution for Efforts to Reduce Gun Violence
This resolution was passed by the NASP Leadership Assembly on January 23, 2018 speaks to the issues that students are organizing to address.
NASP Position Statement on School Violence
This statement adopted by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) in 2015 “vigorously supports and promotes efforts that create safe, secure, and peaceful schools free of the destructive influence of violence in all of its forms.”
NASP Advocacy Action Center
1. Visit The NASP Advocacy Page to find all of NASP's current Legislative alerts.
2. Click on the blue title of one of these alerts, and this will bring you to a new page.
3. Input your personal information in the pre-existing boxes to send the letter to Congress. The Advocacy Action Center will find your members of Congress automatically by your zip code.
4. If you check the box "Remember me" at the bottom of the page , it will remember this information.
5. Press "submit" on this page and a new page will appear with a draft subject line and message to e-mail to congress. You may keep this subject line and message or choose to edit it.
6. When you are finished editing the letter, press "Submit" and you will receive a confirmation that your letter was sent.
7. From the confirmation page, press "Back to main page" to return to the home page and submit the rest of the letters.