Idaho School Psychologist Association

NASP Delegate Assembly Report

March 2012

This is the latest news from the NASP meetings in Philadelphia this past February.  I was able to attend workshops on Ethics, Math Difficulties in Children (we should invite this presentation to our state conference held with CEC), and Teacher Buy-in for RTI, as well as attending the Children’s Fund Auction (Idaho donated a football and mock helmet from our state’s winningest college team), the Professional Standards Workgroup, Western Regional Meeting, and the Delegate Assembly.

I continue to be assigned as the delegate from the Western Region to the Professional Standards Workgroup which includes Advocacy, Government and Professional Relations, Assistance to States, and Professional Standards.  This year’s focus will be on implementing the new practice model.  NASP continues to work with the Texas Association of School Psychologists (TASP) regarding school psychologist’s use of ‘NCSP’ in communications, as well as with Maine who has adopted the new practice model in state law.  The NASP Ethics Committee reported advising on questions including the following: 1) A district giving ‘temporary custody’ of student records upon request to review those records;  2) A school psychologist basing a report from another’s testing;  3) A district’s plan to observe a school psychologist while conducting a group;  4) A school board member who also acted as an advocate for parents;  and 5) Legal and ethical obligations and risks for reported a teacher’s verbally abusive behavior toward students.  The Program Approval Board reviewed 39 school psychology graduate programs, approving 92%.  The NCSP Board reported an increase in certifications to 12,154 by August of 2011.  The Futures Conference continues to request member input with the use of technology.

The Western Region delegates met on Thursday afternoon.  Among the topics under discussion were the 14% drop in membership in the region.  2012 is an NCSP recertification year (renewal is ½ price for members).  Michelle Malvey, Delegate from Colorado was elected as a new delegate Representative to the NASP Executive Council, replacing Jean Ramage from Hawaii.  The new delegate roles and responsibilities paper was also discussed.  The fall regional meetings theme will be: ‘Building Leaders’.  Boise has been tentatively selected as the site of the Western Regional meeting to be held on September 30 – October 2.  This is our chance to meet NASP leaders up close and personal.  NASP is developing a non-discrimination policy which will be available as an example for state associations to adopt.

At the delegate assembly, we discussed how the economy is affecting NASP’s finances and how to best weather the storm without sacrificing benefits to members and the work we do.  To that end, a more responsive Emergency Reserve Policy was adopted.  An interest group for ‘School Psychologists in Virtual Settings’ was approved; any folks working in that environment – you now have a group to discuss issues in an e-mail type format.  Vision, Mission, and Core Value statements were adopted.  Possible new procedures for NASP President-Elect were discussed at length; no decision was made, as delegates requested time to discuss members’ views.  I will be working with ISPA President, Rose Larson to determine the most efficient method for learning the desires of NASP members in Idaho.  NASP is implementing a new coordinated initiative with Speak Up for Kids, a group working for mental health of children.  Tom Delaney of Washington State, and former NASP Treasurer was elected to the region’s representative to the NASP Children’s Fund.  The Children’s Fund Auction earned $15,000; remember that those funds (under some simple guidelines) can be requested by any NASP member.  The Texas Attorney General’s opinion (which supports NASP’s stand) regarding the use of NCSP was provided.  Summer Conference will be in Denver this year and Salt Lake City in 2013, presuming negotiations continue forward.  As noted above, the Futures Conference is available online, so members can access this at their convenience.


Ray James
NASP State Delegate - ID
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