Happy Spring 2021
What an unprecedented year! I hope this finds you well as we head into the final stretch of the 2020-2021 school year!
- The NASP 2021 Virtual Conference was very successful with over 8200 attendees! They recently released the Keynote Address by Steve Gross! If you have not heard it, take the time to view it through the NASP website. It’ll help you through the next few months! Also as an attendee, remember that you can download and have access to all of the presentations for 60 days after the conference.
- ISPA board members have taken advantage of virtual NASP trainings over the past year. Last summer, the board was trained through the Assistance to States (ATS) chair and this summer we’ll receive training through the Government and Professional Relationships (GPR) group. ISPA is still looking to recruit members for our GPR committee. Please contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Sarah Abreu (email@example.com) should you be interested.
- NASP developed a Unified Anti-Racism Statement, which ISPA also adopted, and is currently working on a Resolution Supporting Efforts to Reduce the Harmful Effects of Climate Change on Children and Youth. Also, the NASP Advocacy Center is seeking your support in writing our legislatures regarding equitable outcomes for all students, support for mental and behavioral health needs of students, school safety and climate change, and critical shortages of school psychologists. Please take a moment and go to the NASP website and click on the Advocacy Center and write your legislatures; it only takes a moment! NASP makes it super easy! (https://www.nasponline.org/research-and-policy/advocacy).
- In addition to our U.S. Representatives and Senators, our Idaho legislatures need to hear our voices and know what we do and how we work to support students, staff, and families. I encourage you to let your voices be heard by contacting your representative, share and explain the NASP Practice Model, and let them know what is needed to have safe and supportive school environments. If you’re unsure who your representative is, then click on the following link - https://legislature.idaho.gov/legislators/whosmylegislator/.
- ISPA created a Social Justice Task Force last fall and we have worked to create a resource page for ISPA members! There is a wealth of resources listed under the Advocacy tab on the ISPA website. Check it out!
- Lastly, ISPA continues to grow and strengthen our organization and membership by getting involved in several task force groups, collaborating with other professional organizations, and voicing our needs to our legislatures.
Teresa Stivers Fritsch, Psy.S., NCSP
Idaho NASP Delegate