KANSAS ASSOCIATION OF SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGISTS

Empowering Children, Educators, and Families





Kansas Association of School Psychologists




The Kansas School Psychologist

Spring/Summer, 2017 Issue

Kathleen L. Gaskey, Editor Tommie Gonsalez, Associate Editor

Want to serve the profession of school psychology, work with your colleagues to advance the profession,  and gain leadership skills?   Consider running for one of the open Board positions listed below in 2018!  

Upcoming events

KASP STRATEGIC PLAN

 QUARTERLY REVIEW  

 BOARD FOCUS

KASP STRATEGIC PLAN GOAL 2

  • KASP shall sustain quality, affordable professional development emphasizing NASP approved professional development.
  • Objectives
    • Develop a speaker bureau of those with knowledge on various topics.
    • Address student needs at annual conference.
    • Review process for promoting, nominating and selecting award recipients.
    • Maintain Spring Workshop
    • Provide Region meeting for all four regions.
    • Collaboration with other state professional organizations 
    • Provide online professional development.

SAVE THE DATE

NASP CONFERENCE


KASP SPRING CONFERENCE

Dr. Jim Wright

Intervention Central

May 5, 2017

Emporia State University 

 Student Union

Advocacy Activities for School Psychology Awareness Week

 (November 14-18, 2016)

Before SPAW

Have a state, local governing body, or school district adopt a proclamation either commending the profession or officially designating the selected time period as School Psychology Awareness Week/Month. 

Sample Letter


Monday 11/14

Contact your elected officials asking them to co-sponsor a congressional resolution officially designating November 14-18, 2016 as School Psychology Awareness Week, using NASP's pre-crafted letter.

NASP Pre-Crafted Letter

Contact your elected officials and ask them to fully fund Title IV Part A, the Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grant, which provides funds to schools for mental health services and trauma-informed practices. Use NASP’s pre-crafted Advocacy Action Center letter:

NASP Advocacy Letter


Tuesday 11/15

In advance of Tuesday, sign up for NASP’s Thunderclap, which will automatically send a pre-crafted message through your Twitter and Facebook at 11am on Tuesday of SPAW to get #SmallStepsChangeLives and #NASPAdvocates trending on social media.

Social Media


Send tweets to your elected officials and ask them to fully find Title IV Part A. Pre-crafted tweets directed at your elected officials will appear when you send them through NASP’s Advocacy Action Center:

Title IV Part A Advocacy


Thursday 11/17

To further promote the profession this week, find out how you can set up a presentation in a high school or undergraduate psychology course explaining a career in school psychology using NASP’s presentation “Improving the Lives and Learning of Children and Youth”: 

NASP Presentation


Friday 11/18

Have a conversation with someone in your school building (Principal, teacher, administrator) and explain to them what SPAW is and the activities you did throughout the week, as well as your goals for working together.

Download an adaptable article for use in your school's newsletter to inform families about School Psychology Awareness Week, your school's activities around the theme of Small Steps Change Lives, the role of the school psychologist, and what families can do to help their children thrive

Small Steps


President's Message
                      Kathleen L. Gaskey, Ed.S.
 


        
              KASP President

Every day I am reminded of the amazing school psychologists we have in Kansas. Whether it is through conversations in my home district, or social media posts from across the state, or emails sharing a wonderful experience, I get the pleasure of reflecting on wonderful things throughout the Sunflower state. This was made even more evident during the 2016 KASP Fall Convention where we got to celebrate the work of School Psychologist of the Year, Cathy Kerr, and the Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient, Dr. Jim Persinger. We are lucky to have these individuals working in our state and sharing their expertise with all of us.  I want to thank the KASP Convention Chairperson, Judy Ball, and the rest of the KASP Executive Board for a great convention that could not have gone smoother.

KASP has worked to get a Governor’s Proclamation for the week of November 14-18 as School Psychology Awareness Week! With this approaching, now is a great time to share your own story of the great things you do in your schools. Ask to speak at upcoming board meetings. Talk to community organizations. Write an article for your local newspaper. Every conversation you have and every ear you reach is an opportunity to protect and expand the role of school psychologists.

It has been wonderful serving this organization as President and I look forward to continued service to the profession. With my last opportunity to reach you in this role, I want to share the message from my opening statements at the Fall Convention. There, I spoke about capitalization.

Capitalization is a term used frequently in the field of economics. It is the proportion of a population that achieves its potential. Those who can, do.  Malcolm Gladwell discusses capitalization in his work, and makes a great observation about the American society.  If we were to guess, we would assume that the United States are very good at capitalization. The American Dream! If you work hard enough, anyone can go to college, get a job that pays well, become president. That’s what we are told, but in reality, just because everyone has the possibility of achieving high, for many kids with disabilities, or who speak a language other than English, or who live in poor neighborhoods or trauma-filled homes it really is just a dream.

But it doesn’t have to be. Gladwell points out that for people to achieve capitalization in our society they need an advocate. Someone to recognize their talents and champion them, to go to bat for them. As school psychologists we are positioned to do just that. We have a responsibility to ensure they become what they can.

So how do we help kids reach their potential? We advocate by setting high expectations for our kids and sharing them with parents, teachers and the student.  We hold our colleagues to high standards and encourage best practices. We talk to administrators about individual and system needs to ensure all students are getting our very best. We talk to board members and stakeholders in our communities about what we want kids to be when they leave school and we work with the system to give kids these skills and attributes. But most importantly, we put our arm around students one at a time and help them see that they have someone looking out for them. We let them know that no matter what hurdle they come to, we’ll be there to help them get over it and be ready to face the next one. We don't let kids be defined by their weaknesses, but by their strengths. So find your voice and advocate for those who need it. Be the reason someone comes to school!

Board News and Announcements

Board Minutes by Susan Severin, Secretary

The KASP board met in the late evening on Wednesday, October 12th to wrap up plans for Thursday and Fridays Manhattan conference.  Finalizing KASP Villages, volunteer placements, awards, and registration details were among those topics discussed.  

Future planning involved promoting advocacy for school psychologists in Kansas along with increased involvement among both practitioners and students.  Jim Wright will be present at the spring conference (2017) and plans for the Fall 2017 KASP conference that will be held in Lawrence are underway.  Regional directors reported on past and future gatherings, which include a Central Region meeting with Rich Harrison (Behavior Interventions and Strategies) and a Southeast Kansas Region meeting highlighting adverse childhood experiences, transition services for students, and developmental disability organizations.  

The board will reconvene on January 14, 2017 in Manhattan to pursue plans for the 2017 year.    


KASP AWARDS

  LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

                  Dr. James "Jim" Persinger

The Lifetime Achievement Award is given out by the KASP Executive Board as recognition for a vast, expansive career that has influenced the field of school psychology. When it comes to school psychology in Kansas, we have a rich history. From Dr. George Kelly at Fort Hays Kansas State College in the early 20th century taking applied practices to rural communities and schools to three national school psychologists of the year from 1996-2006 (Leslie Paige, Jennifer Kitson, and Deborah Post-Potter), Kansas has been the home to many giants in the field, to whom we all owe a debt of gratitude. And today we will recognize another giant, who has allowed us to stand on their shoulders to serve Kansas kids.

Today’s recipient has served many roles. Practicing in the field. Teaching at the university. Serving as director of a school psychology program. Providing professional development. Publishing. Serving KASP and NASP. Please help me recognize, Dr. Jim Persinger

Dr. Persinger began his career as a school psychologist practicing in the field in Manhattan, before transitioning to a role at Emporia State University, where he has worked diligently to keep the school psychology training program accredited by NASP. He has supervised or been involved with over 100 student

He has participated in nine normative studies of psychoeducational assessments, has had countless scholarly publications, and has served as editor or reviewer for several scholarly publications, including Wiley, McGraw Hill, and Psi Chi. These accomplishments led to his receiving of the ESU 2008 Teachers College Faculty Recognition Award for Scholarly Activity.

A key area of his influence has been on the education of school psychologists through professional development. Jim is a regular presenter at national and state conferences and he has personally trained more than 60 Kansas school-based mental health professionals in the PREPaRE model of crisis response and recovery.  He is the first Kansas “Trainer-of-trainers” for PREPaRE.  He is also on the executive board of the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network chapter in Kansas City (GLSEN-KC), and part of their professional development team working to foster better school climate. He is a certified Safe Space trainer and provided this training to educators across the state thanks to a grant of $11,000 he secured from the Kansas Health Foundation.

Another important part of Jim’s legacy has been his involvement and leadership with KASP. He has served KASP continuously for nearly 20 years. Holding positions of editor, archivist, webmaster, NASP Delegate, and is a past president of KASP.  KASP is looked at by other state associations as a model of excellence, and this is in large part due to the vision and guidance of Dr. Persinger.

  Finally, I want to demonstrate the far reaching impact that Dr. Persinger has had on Kansas school psychology. If you were a student of Dr. Persinger, please stand up. It is clear that school psychology in Kansas would not be as strong, as respected, as revered without the lifelong commitment to excellence from Dr. Persinger. Thank you Jim for your continued commitment. It is an honor to stand beside you.    


Just a few of the school psychologist lives that Dr. James Persinger has impacted across his career.


Dr. James Persinger with KASP President Kyle Carlin


Click below for the ESU Press Release of Dr. James Persinger's Lifetime Achievement Award.

ESU Press Release

SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY AWARENESS WEEK



State of Kansas Recognizes School Psychology Awareness Week

School Psychology Awareness Week was officially recognized by the State of Kansas for the week of November 14th through 18th, as Governor Sam Brownback signed a Proclamation by the Governor to acknowledge school psychologists for their contributions to children in the State of Kansas. This week is also recognized at the national level as This state recognition coincides with National School Psychology Awareness Week.

School psychology is the practice of psychological principles in schools to support academic and social-emotional learning of children and youth.  School psychologists work in all schools to support special and general education students using knowledge of assessments, interventions, and child development to ensure all students are meeting age and grade level expectations.

All children and youth learn best when they are healthy, supported, and receive an education that enables them to thrive academically, socially, and emotionally. Schools can more effectively ensure that all students are able to learn when they meet the needs of the whole child and provide integrated, multi-tiered supports. Children’s mental health is directly linked to their learning and development, and the learning environment provides an optimal context to promote good mental health through connectedness within the school and community.

Sound psychological principles are integral to instruction and learning, social and emotional development, prevention, early intervention and school safety, and supporting culturally diverse student populations.  School psychology has over 60 years of well established, widely recognized and highly effective practice and standards that are clearly articulated in NASP’s Model for Comprehensive and Integrated School Psychological Services. School psychologists are specially trained to foster and deliver, in the school and community, a continuum of mental health services and academic supports that lower barriers to teaching and learning.

School psychologists help children to thrive by nurturing their individual strengths across both personal and academic endeavors.  School psychologists are trained to assess student and school-based barriers to learning as well as individual strengths, utilize data-based decision-making, implement research-driven prevention and intervention strategies, and evaluate outcomes and improve accountability.

In Kansas, school psychologists are represented by the Kansas Association of School Psychologists (KASP). The Kansas Association of School Psychologists is a not-for-profit, state-wide organization of school psychologists, informally established in 1960-61 and formally incorporated in 1963-64. Its membership includes school psychologists who are employed across the state in both public and private schools and agencies, as well as faculty and students in graduate training programs.  KASP’s mission is to advocate for the psychological and educational well-being of Kansas children, while serving the needs of the membership and promoting school psychology as a profession. 

More information about school psychology can be found at www.kasp.org.

BOARD POSITION OPENINGS 2018


ROLES/RESPONSIBILITIES


BOARD POSITION

President Elect:  

The President-Elect attends KASP Executive Board meetings, prepares for hi/her duties as President, and assists other officers or officials as is necessary.  The President-Elect or the President is expected to attend the annual NASP convention.  The President- Elect also works with the Treasurer to develop a budget for the year that they serve as President.  The budget would likely be developed during December and then presented at the board retreat in January.

Associate Editor:   

The primary function of the Editor and Associate Editor is to publish a minimum of four newsletters (The Kansas School Psychologist) per year. They shall coordinate any other publications as determined by the Board. This is a two-year position with election to the Associate Publications position for the first year. The Associate Editor will be mentored during his/her first year and will share in publication duties. The Associate Editor will become the Editor/Publications Chairperson for the second year of his/her term.

Regional Directors:  Southeast Region and Central Region:  

There are four Regional Directors who serve as representatives to the KASP Executive Board from the Northeast, Southeast, Central and Western regions of the state. The primary responsibilities of the Regional Directors are to inform and survey their constituents on important issues and report the results of surveys to the Board. Regional Directors also support the Membership/Public Information official by developing membership in their region and identifying District Liaisons from each independent agency providing school psychological services i.e. school district, Cooperative, Interlocal.

If interested in serving on the 2018 KASP Board, please contact Ashley Enz, KASP Past-President at asenz@bluevalleyk12.org.

POSITION SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES

Assist President with fall convention as needed.

  • Develop goals for term as President -the concerns or issues that will need to be addressed.
  • Develop Budget for Presidential year with assistance of the Treasurer.
  • Attend NASP Central Regional meeting at NASP..
  • Type up summary of Central Region meeting for The Kansas School Psychologist.
  • Participate in KASP Leadership Retreat (January) and organize for year as President.
  • Collaborate with Editor to produce 4 newsletters per year.
  • Solicit/Obtain articles.
  • Write articles.
  • Assist with newsletter theme development.
  • Survey other state newsletters.
  • Layout newsletter pages.
  • Proofread the newsletter.



  • Within a month after an Executive Board meeting, Regional Directors will provide District Liaisons information on issues of significance from the meeting.  District Liaisons will be responsible for sharing that information in their area.  The Regional Directors may also work with District Liaisons to send and receive other information as requested by the KASP President.
  • Regional Directors help the Past President in soliciting nominations for officers and officials.  They also work to solicit nominations for Edna Harrison Awards, Action Research Grant, and School Psychologist of the Year.

GENERAL BOARD INFO

The KASP Executive Board meets 4 times per year.

  • January (2 day retreat)
  • May (in conjunction with Spring Conference)
  • July/August (meeting prior to school starting)
  • October (in conjunction with Fall Convention)

KASP provides 2 state-wide professional development opportunities.

  • Fall Convention (typically 2 days in October)
  • Spring Conference (typically in May, 1 day)

KASP also provides regional Professional Development activities.

KASP publishes a newsletter each quarter.

KASP monitors state legislature for actions relevant to school psychologists and advocates of the best interest of Kansas children, youth, schools, and school psychologists.


KASP provides relevant resources through the website KASP.org.

KASP operates an award program including the Kansas School Psychologist of the Year, Edna Harrison Award, Minority Scholarship, and Research Grants.

TIMELY TOPICS



convention news



WELCOME TO THE KASP BOARD!


President Elect:   Jessica Feldhausen Western Region: Erica Turano

Secretary:   Susan Severin Northeast Region: Ashley Enz

Communications Director:   Emily Demo Associate Editor: Tommie Gonzalez


Save the Date:  Next KASP Board Meeting is on January 14, 2017.

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NASP CHILDREN'S FUND

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At the KASP Fall Convention, the members of KASP donated over $100.00 to the NASP Children's Fund.  Children's Fund of School Psychology, Inc. (CFSP) is a nationwide organization and a recognized 501(c)(3) charitable organization that offers personal grants and advocates mental health care for children. For more than 35 years, they have made it their goal to provide various types of grants to schools and school personnel to help children with their basic needs.

For the Spring, 2017 NASP Convention in San Antonio, Texas, The Children's Fund of School Psychology (CFSP) is seeking new members and enlisting your support to help children and youth enhance their physical and emotional well being.  CFSP grants are available to ensure that children and youth are able to profit from educational instruction and to become healthy adults with bright futures.

CFSP Donations can either be specific or general in nature.  If you wish to ensure that you are giving 100% to your favorite cause, you have the option of designating funds for a specific area.

The CFSP has six areas to which you can target funding.  These are:

HOST CITY PROJECT(S):

Each year when members of the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) travel to a city for the annual convention, the  CFSP works to ensure that our profession is viewed as making a difference in that city.  We work with the local NASP Conference Committee and local charities to select a charity or charities in the host city to receive such funds.  During the NASP 2017 convention in San Antonio, the CFSP is planning to sponsor two host city projects:  1) a participatory landscaping and cleaning project at Morgan's Wonderland, a cultural and environmental theme park for children and youth with special needs 2) a literacy project with San Antonio Reads.    If you are interested in joining the Children's Fund Directors in the participatory host city project at Morgan's Wonderland, please contact Jeanne Pound (ejpound@aol.com) and Joe Gerard (jgerard@gci.net).  Tentative plans include opportunities to volunteer on Tuesday and/or Friday of the convention.  Transportation to and from Morgan's Wonderland will be provided.  With respect to the literacy project, we are encouraging conventioneers to bring a book to the convention that will be suitable for children between the ages of 3 and 11.  Bins for the collection of the books will be at the Children's Fund Booth in the Exhibit Hall and in the Drop-off Room for auction donations.

During the 2016 convention, the CFSP provided $2500 to NOLA College Prep to assist high school students in need of funding to make college visits  and $2500 to Covenant House, which assists homeless teens with nutrition, shelter, education, and job training in New Orleans. In recent years, the support of Children 's Fund members, as well as those who contribute and participate in the annual Children's Fund Auction, has enabled us to  provide a playground at Live Oak Elementary School in New Orleans. assistance for homeless teens at the Larkin Street Shelter in San Francisco, computers and educational software for use with preschoolers at the Head Start program in the Native American Center in Seattle, and an interactive cultural/musical program, as well as personal books for a home reading program for elementary students, at Harriet Tubman School in Washington, D.C.

BASIC NEED GRANTS:

Basic Needs Grants support the basic needs  of children and youth so that those without the means to acquire these can participate fully in school instruction.  These grants have been used to provide such things as food, clothing, eyeglasses, hearing aids, personal hygiene items, and school supplies to those in need.

MENTAL HEALTH GRANTS:

Mental Health Grants assist school psychologists in acquiring materials for mental health interventions in schools.  Such funds have been used to enhance the social skills, emotional regulation, coping skills, and adaptive skills of children and youth.

YOUTH EMPOWERMENT GRANTS:

Youth Empowerment Grants enable school psychologists to assist youth in developing innovative mental health interventions that focus on the development of positive behaviors. In addition to the prevention/early intervention emphasis of these grants, an opportunity for the development of youth leadership skills is provided.

SERVICE GRANTS:

Service Grants are awarded to school psychologists for outcomes-based service delivery to grade levels, entire schools, or school districts.  These grants encourage districts to provide services via ‘seed’ money or matching grants to develop programs for mental health intervention.

The CFSP Board of Directors encourages you to  become a member of the Children's Fund of School Psychology, provide a donation at its website (www.childrensfundofschoolpsychology.org), and consider including the Children's Fund of School Psychology in your estate planning.  Stay tuned to the CFSP plans for the 2016-17 fiscal year on facebook and on the CFSP website.  Plans are to include a page on the website devoted to convention activities.  We are committed to providing many more children and youth with bright and productive futures!

ANNUAL CHILDREN'S FUND AUCTION

Each year during the NASP convention, the Children's Fund holds a live and silent auction.  Proceeds from the auction are used to help fund grants and the host city projects.  Please reserve the date for this year's auction (February 23, 2016 from 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.).  It will be a gala event that is held in the Texas Ballroom of the Grand Hyatt Hotel.  We hope to see you there!

Thank you for your consideration.

Jeanne Pound, President Delores Terry, Vice President Linda Burdick, Treasurer Lynne Thies, Secretary

Tom Delaney, Director Joe Gerard, Director Joelene Goodover, Director Juliette Madigan, Director

Jeff McNish, Director Ellen Winningham, Director

Children's Fund of School Psychology, Inc. www.childrensfundofschoolpsychology.org

CONVENTION PICTURES







President Kyle Carlin visits with Dr. Dawn Miller before opening the 2016 KASP Fall Convention. 


   Kansas School Psychologists gather in Manhattan for the 2016 KASP Fall Convention



KASP Student Table

Why Students Should Become Members of KASP.



President Kyle Carlin opens the 2016 KASP Convention discussing the importance of "capitalization" and the impact that school psychologists can have on the life of children.



Congratulations to Thomasenia "Tommi" Bouknight, recipient of the KASP Minority Scholarship Award.




Full House at the KASP Membership Meeting


After receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award, Dr. James Persinger discusses the shortage of school psychologists with the current membership, encouraging advocacy and active involvement from members to further develop the profession of school psychology.



KASP President Kyle Carlin with presenter Dr. Samuel Ortiz.





Thank you to all of the KASP Board Members, Presenters, KASP Members, and KASP Villages participants for making the 2016 KASP Convention a success!

Kansas Association of School Psychologists (KASP) is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists to offer continuing education for school psychologists.  KASP maintains responsibility for the program.                                           

  

 KASP is a NASP approved provider of CPDs.   KASP is approved provider #1030


No person will be denied access to or full participation in any KASP program, event or activity on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, disability, or age. 

NASP ANNUAL SPRING CONVENTION

Save the Date for the NASP 2017 Annual Convention

Stretch Your Professional Muscles in San Antonio
Have you registered for the NASP 2017 Annual Convention, February 21–24, 2017 in San Antonio, TX? Don’t miss this chance to engage with thousands of school psychology professionals from across the country. From now until January 25, save $30 with the preregistration rate.

This convention is your chance to:

  • ·       Look at challenges with a fresh perspective and bring home recommendations from other practitioners,
  • ·       Earn continuing professional development (CPD) credit for your national certification or state licensure,
  • ·       Enhance your crisis prevention and response capacity with the PREPaRE curriculum,
  • ·       Learn about the latest research in the profession,
  • ·       Connect with colleagues about future career opportunities, and
  • ·       Shape the future of the profession by mentoring graduate students and early career professionals.

Topics will include multitiered service delivery, evidence-based interventions, family–school collaboration, support for diverse populations, and more.

Locate materials to convince your supervisor to approve your attendance, get registration and hotel details, and more at www.nasponline.org/NASP2017.

  

LINKS AND APPS

CORNER BOOKSHELF

2016 KASP CONFERENCE LINKS

CHC Cross-Battery Online

CHC CROSS BATTERY


SWIFT is a national K-8 technical assistance center that builds school capacity to provide academic and behavioral support to improve outcomes for all students through equity-based inclusion

SWIFT Schools


Center for the Research, Evaluation and Awareness of Dyslexia (Center for READing)


Dyslexia


The NASP Implementation Guide is designed to help move toward the implementation of the NASP Practice Model by setting goals that best meet the needs of your school building, district, or state.

NASP Practice Implementation Guide




Samuel Ortiz Recommended Books:


Rhodes, R., Ochoa, S.H. & Ortiz, S. O. (2005).  Comprehensive Assessment of Culturally and linguistically Diverse Students:  A Practical Approach.  New York:  Guilford.



Flanagan, D.P., Ortiz, S.O. & Alfonso, V.C. (2013).  Essentials of Cross-Battery Assessment, Third Edition.  New York: Wiley & Sons, Inc.





Flanagan, D.P. & Ortiz, S.O. (2012).  Essentials of Specific Learning Disability Identification.  New York:  Wiley & Sons, Inc.




Ortiz, S.O., Flanagan, D.P. & Alfonso, V.C. (2015).  Cross-Battery Assessment Software System (X-Bass v1.0).  New York: Wiley & Sons, Inc.


Dawn Miller References


Hattie, John (2009 ).  Visible Learning:  A Synthesis of Over 800 Meta-Analyses Relating to Achievement



SCHOOL PSYCH SPOTLIGHT

MADE ME SMILE

2016 SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGIST OF THE YEAR

        Cathy Kerr

The 2016 Kansas School Psychologist of the Year has given 30 years of outstanding service to Kansas schools. She has supervised more than 20 practicum students. She has been a repeated guest speaker for the University of Kansas School Psychology courses, sharing best practice in the area of Crisis Management in the schools. She has been an invited speaker at the Kansas Can conference and is currently on the steering committee for the Mental Health Study in Blue Valley. The adulation and praise shared by administrators, teachers, parents, and students describes a professional whom all school psychologists should strive to be.

The Kansas Association of School Psychologists recognizes, as the Kansas School Psychologist of the Year, Cathy Kerr!

Cathy is highly respected by her peers due to her exceptional leadership skills and understanding of students and their needs. She skillfully navigates difficult situations keeping the interest of students at the forefront at all times. In addition to her day to day work in the Blue Valley School District, Cathy has crafted a legacy through her work in crisis management. Capitalizing on her work on a crisis response team in New York City following September 11th, Cathy returned to Blue Valley and developed the FLIGHT Team, a crisis response team that responds to needs across the district. Cathy serves on the FLIGHT Leadership team, and provides regular training on crisis response, de-escalation techniques, grief counseling, and other related topics.

Cathy also played a critical role in the development of a suicide prevention taskforce in 2011 following the suicides of seven students and recent graduates over an 18-month period. Cathy’s passion and knowledge shaped the tiered response plan that is currently used. Cathy provides trainings on this topic across the district and has developed a training for Infinitec to help Kansas schools meet the training requirements of the Jason Flatt Act.

Cathy’s impact on students is clear. One current student notes how Cathy greeted him with a bright smile and made him feel welcome at his new school. Something nobody had ever done before. Through struggles with anxiety, Cathy continuously was there to support him through the hard times. He is now preparing to graduate, and he says, “I would not have done it without this amazing woman in my life.”

Cathy is recognized for her selfless service to the students in her district, for her unbridled passion toward student mental health, and for her tireless efforts to have the greatest impact. It is because of her that Blue Valley students are able to become what they can.  

Congratulations, Cathy Kerr, 2016 School Psychologist of the Year!



Cathy Kerr with KASP President Kyle Carlin


YOU TUBE VIDEO

"SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGIST"

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OBSERVATION HI-LITES
 
A school psychologist went into a 1st grade classroom to observe a student in evaluation.  The students were excited to have a visitor in the room, with one particular student continuously looking over her shoulder and smiling at the observer.  

Once the opportunity was provided to move around the room, the little girl came and introduced herself to the observer and asked, "Are you someone's mom?"  When the observer indicated no, she asked, "Are you someone's grandma?", and again received a no from the observer.  "Well, are you a teacher?"  When the observer said no, that she was a school psychologist, the student sighed heavily, visibly disappointed, and stated, "Oh, you just work here." and walked away dejectedly.

Made me smile, despite falling below the high expectations of a 1st grader!

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