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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.


2020-2021 AASP Board Nominations

Calling all future AASP Leaders!! The nomination and election process for the AASP Executive Board of 2020-2021 is officially underway. Come join a dynamic organization focused on professional development and advocacy for the field of school psychology in Arizona. Nominations are open for the following positions:

  • President-Elect (three-year term as President-Elect, President, and Past-President)
  • Secretary (two-year term)
  • One Regional Director from each of the four regions including southern, central, western, and northern (two-year terms).

All nominees must be current Full or Retired members of AASP.  Self-nominations are welcomed.

Descriptions of the roles and responsibilities for each open position are available in the AASP Procedures Manual on the AASP Website (Click Here, page 7). Nominations must be submitted on or before midnight March 20th to past-president, Jennifer Kirkpatrick at Jennifer.kirkpatrick@aasp-az.org .

Nominations letters should include (1) the name of the person being nominated, (2) the office for which the candidate is being nominated, and (3) the nominee’s contact information including phone number and email address. If you are nominating someone other than yourself, please make sure that the person is willing to be nominated. Each nominee will be asked to complete a questionnaire providing background information and a statement of goals/vision for the role/association.



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


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.”

safe-successful-schools-framework.pdf

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.

Resolution Efforts to Prevent Gun Violence_January_2018_With_References_FINAL.pdf

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.”

SchoolViolence.pdf


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.


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