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.
2018 Call for Nominations
Our professional community has many exceptional psychologists and administrators. As you start back to school, consider nominating an esteemed colleague or supervisor for an AASP award in acknowledgement of their accomplishments and contributions. Each year, the Arizona Association of School Psychologists recognizes individuals who contribute significantly to the profession of school psychology. 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.
NASP Statement on The Separation of Families at the Border
Click on the link below to read the statement from the National Association of School Psychologists regarding the Trump Administration's policy on separation of families at the border. There are also additional resources for school psychologists to use that provide information about the rights of children as well as assistance for working with children who have been traumatized and immigrant children specifically.
Three Opportunities for Students with the Arizona Association of School Psychologists
Minority Scholarship (cash scholarship)
Applications are now being accepted for the 2018 AASP Minority Scholarship for eligible AASP student members who are enrolled in a school psychology program. Scholarship criteria and application procedures are attached and may also be found on the AASP website. Awards range from $500 to $1000. The deadline is September 1, 2018.
Ed Argulewicz Student Research Award (cash award)
The winner of the Ed Argulewicz Student Research Award receives a cash award of up to $500. The principal author of a submitted paper must:
· be a student member of AASP;
· be a full or associate member of AASP who conducted the submitted research as a graduate student; or
· have submitted an application for membership.
The research paper submitted for consideration for this award must have been conducted by a student. Newly certified school psychologists may submit research conducted while a graduate student, as long as the research upon which the submitted paper is based was conducted within two years of having completed it. A paper may have multiple authors, as long as the principal author meets the aforementioned criteria. Papers must be submitted by September 1, 2018. Documentation of details for the eligibility and submission process are attached here.
Call for Posters for AASP Fall Conference ($ incentive to support attendance)The 50th annual AASP conference provides the opportunity to share research findings relevant to school psychology, support professional practice, and network with other professionals. Poster submissions must be in by October 15, 2018 for consideration for the conference on November 1st and 2nd. Posters submissions may be original empirical, case study, or quasi-experimental research or theoretical/literature reviews on contemporary topics. Up to 6 students will be awarded $50 to support attendance and participation at the conference.
AASP Election Results
More than 140 votes were cast in the 2018 AASP Board Elections. The ballots have been counted and we are pleased to announce the new and continuing board members who will be start their terms on July 1, 2018. Many thanks to all candidates and those who voted in this year’s election.
President-Elect: Julene Robbins
Secretary – Kiersten Walker
Central Region Director – Charlie Kaprolet
Western Region Director – Nikki Stokes
Southern Region Director – Amy Diebolt
Northern Region Director – Christine Burnett
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:
Information Regarding Arizona Senate Bill 1467
Hello fellow AASP members! We wanted to make you aware of a bill that would have an impact on public school funding. SB 1467 invests more dollars in private schools than public schools. Children's Action Alliance (CAA) has put together two fact sheets that describe this bill and the impact it would have on public school funding. If you are interested in learning more about SB 1467, please review the two documents put together by CAA.
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.