KANSAS ASSOCIATION OF SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGISTS
Empowering Children, Educators, and Families
KASP STRATEGIC PLAN
KASP SPRING CONFERENCE
Board Minutes by Susan Severin, Secretary
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
POSITION SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES
Assist President with fall convention as needed.
GENERAL BOARD INFO
The KASP Executive Board meets 4 times per year.
KASP provides 2 state-wide professional development opportunities.
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.
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.
2016 KASP CONFERENCE LINKS
CHC Cross-Battery Online
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
Center for the Research, Evaluation and Awareness of Dyslexia (Center for READing)
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.
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
2016 SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGIST OF THE YEAR
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
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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