Empowering Children, Educators, and Families

Kansas Association of School Psychologists

Fall 2019 Edition

   Jeanelle Herrel, Editor       Lina Kitson, Associate Editor

KASP Vision and Mission

KASP VISIONKASP visibly leads in promoting proactive, research-based practices and partnerships which foster the academic and psychological well-being of children, for their benefit and that of their families, schools, communities, and the profession of School Psychology.

KASP MISSION:  KASP exists 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.

President's Message

Hello KASP!

I hope everyone is wrapping up their school year and ready for the much deserved break we have all earned.  As the fog of living day by day starts to dissipate from your mind and you clear off your desk from the reports, I recommend you find a positive from this last school year.  My positive this year was coaching and guiding a practicum student for the first time! I am also grateful to have survived a shortage of two years and will be fully staffed next year. As the end of the year ends, these questions are ones I ask teachers I work with, building teams, and myself: What went well this year? What are things I wish would have gone differently? What are my plans to change for next year? Reflection is an important part of our practice to continue to grow.   

Our board is doing some of this reflection as well to better serve you as members.  We have recently changed our vision to be more explicit so that it can reflect some of the goals to advocate for our profession and researched-based practices for the betterment of students.  In an effort to do this, KASP is not only leading top notch conferences but also actively engaging in ways to change legislation for our state. Kansas Association of School Boards (KASB) has been asking our board to be apart of Task Forces within the state!  As we go to Topeka for our next conference, we hope to be updating you on some of the Task Forces KASP has been engaged in. This is giving our profession an opportunity to have a seat at the table as discussion occurs around Mega-Issues.  It is a great time to be a school psych and apart of the KASP board! I recommend putting your name in to help serve on our board as elections come up in the Fall.

In the Fall, we will be having our annual fall conference about “Deepening your understanding of the brain”.  I know I have mentioned the importance of us knowing about the brain and being the experts in this area. What I haven’t mentioned is that I am a nerd about the brain.  Neuropsychology has always intrigued me and a passion of mine since undergrad! You know every time we learn new things or do something outside our comfort zones we “stretch our brain”!  I recommend you find one way to stretch outside your comfort zones. Go into classrooms to teach about the brain, lead a small social skills group, or get involved in one of your building/district teams.  These practices will start to show our colleagues the broader way our profession can be active in the Mental Health of students! I hope as you plan for next year, you plan for one way to stretch and grow.

Don’t we all like a Bell Curve : )

I wish you all a wonderful break and hope to see you all at our conference next fall!

Psyched to be your President!

Jessica Mefford, Ed.S

Jessica Mefford, Ed.S

KASP President

Board News and Announcements

Board Minute Summary by Angie Howard, Secretary

The KASP Board convened in Emporia, Kansas on Saturday, May 4, 2019.  The Board engaged in activities that targeted refining the current vision statement for the organization.  The following vision statement was developed, “KASP visibly leads in promoting proactive, research-based practices and partnerships which foster the academic and psychological well-being of children, for their benefit and that of their families, schools, communities, and the profession of School Psychology.”  The Board continued working to develop and complete work on the strategic goals and plan.  The Board members established and assigned short and long-term action items associated with the strategic goals that were developed.  Board members discussed the upcoming KASP Fall Conference including the process for distributing a call for proposals as well as reestablishing a university trainers meeting at the annual conference.  The previous budget was reviewed and the current budget was updated following a discussion of current budgetary constraints and needs of the organization.  The NASP delegate gave an update, which included discussion of opportunities for participation and advocacy through NASP including contributing to the review of the NASP 2020 Standards through the revision open comment session.  Information on the ESPS Recognition Program was also shared.  Board members voted to hold a special meeting session on August 2nd in addition to the Board meeting scheduled for August 3rd to further develop the organizational structure of the Board meetings and organizational documents for the purposes of increasing efficiency and productivity of meetings. 

Timely Events

PREPaRE Workshop 

KASP is pleased to announce the offering of NASP's PREPaRe Workshop #2 Crisis Intervention and Recovery: The Roles of School-Based Mental Health Professionals. (2nd Edition) this June.  Be sure to get registered and have those purchase orders processing if your district/coop is covering your registration.  

There are a limited number of seats, but we also must have enough participants to hold this training.  Don't forget that this training is perfect for teams from districts/coops!  

Click here and you will find additional information about the workshop and the presenters. 

Electronic registration is already open on the site! 

Click here to access a the workshop flyer and please share with colleagues and administration.

Membership Newsletter Survey

The newsletter editor and associate editor sent out a survey to the members to determine what needs to be updated in the newsletter for it to be as beneficial as possible. Below are the results from the survey:

The survey was completed by 79 people who hold a variety of positions such as current and retired school psychologists, graduate students, current and retired professors/lecturers, interns, admins, special education directs, and coordinators.

The following information was found to be the most useful in the newsletter: Convention information, upcoming events, relevant legislation information, links to resources, app and book recommendations, as well as task force updates.

Results also included many recommendations that members would like to see included in the newsletter such as job openings, interventions, review of research articles, ELL information, and additional NASP information.

We would like to thank everyone who took the time to complete this survey and we plan to use this information to tailor the newsletter to the needs of our community. 

Timely Topics

Dyslexia Task Force 

The Dyslexia Task Force has shared its findings in a complete report and it has largely organized its recommendations around the structure of its subcommittees on Pre-service and In-service Professional Development, Screening and Evaluation Process, and Evidence-based Reading Practices. The Subcommittee on Current State and Federal Law recommended the Task Force target all recommendations to the appropriate audience and request necessary resources for the implementation of all Task Force recommendations.

School psychologists will be a significant part of the identification and development of interventions for students who may have reading difficulties. Jim Porter, KASB, stated to KASP that "school psychologists will be critical to general education teams in identifying and implementing specific interventions for struggling readers as early as possible in the intervention process."  School psychologists have knowledge and expertise in the areas of recommending specific screeners to struggling readers, assisting teams in identifying problem areas in the area of reading, and recommending interventions for struggling readers to assist them in the reading process.  Porter also stated that significant work will be done over the summer in the areas of school funding for the Task Force's recommendations and statewide implementation regarding the three areas the Task Force has targeted to affect change in these areas. 

KASP remains dedicated to getting information out to members as changes are made and we are made aware of this information. Look for updates in our fall newsletter as well as at our upcoming conventions and conferences. 

Click here for the complete report from the Dyslexia Task Force. 

Excellence In School Psychological Services (ESPS) Recognition Program

NASP developed a program that recognizes school district for implementing the 6 organizational domains that are part of the NASP Practice Model. The program's goals are to highlight districts that demonstrate efforts to implementing the 6 organizational domains, provide continuous improvement framework and incentives for districts that work toward implementing the NASP Practice Model over time, and empower school psychologists to improve services to students, families and schools. 

Who can apply for the recognition program?

The application is open to all districts.

How to apply for the recognition program?

The application is currently open and the 2019 deadline is September 30th, 2019.

The first step is to complete the application form (click here for a short cut to the application form). Next, you will receive an email with a link to access the submission folders and materials.

After the submission deadline an ESPS team will review the submissions, provide feedback, and recognition level.

How long is the application?

NASP recommends that completion of the form should be done by at least two people as it requires a significant amount of time and preparation.

Is there a fee?

There is a fee to apply which depends on the size of your district (click here for more details).

What are the benefits?

The program offers five levels of recognition: No Recognition, Emerging, Promising, Proficient, and Exemplary. All districts that earn a designation of Emerging or higher will receive the following:

Letter of recognition to central administration (copy to applicant, his/her supervisor, superintendent, school board president)

Permission to use online seal reflecting level of award earned

Framed certificate

Adaptable Press Release for local media use

Acknowledgment on the NASP website

Online Learning Center gift card (award amounts vary depending on designation and size of district)

Districts that earn a designation of “Promising” or higher will receive a complimentary convention registration

How long do districts maintain the recognition?

Districts may hold a recognition level for up to 5 years before it expires.

Districts may reapply any year within the 5 years to achieve a higher recognition level.

***More information can be found here.

Work Authorized School Psychologist Program

The shortage of school psychologists has affected schools in every corner of the state. Because of this, KSDE approached KASP to help develop a process to help address the shortage. The result is a respecialization program that allows individuals from related fields, who hold a master's degree and a current license in their field, to complete essential coursework and then work as a school psychologist while finishing their Ed.S.  The committee overseeing this process can grant a Work Authorization which is recognized by KSDE. Individuals holding Work Authorization are reimbursable for categorical aid as a professional. Information about the program is available on the KASP website.

Updates from your NASP Delegate

Your NASP membership will expire on June 30. If you’re like me, you value your membership for the peace of mind of knowing you have a ‘home’ at NASP for content and connections. Your member access to necessary and timely school psychology resources includes evidence-based publications, handouts, podcasts, and research; professional advocacy to protect and promote your role and our profession; and the largest online community of school psychology professionals worldwide. Renewing now also offers you the option to divide your dues over three monthly installments. Enrollment in the installment plan expires June 14, 2019 at 8:00 p.m. EDT. View details and renew here.

Online Interest Groups and Communities:

  • The School, Family and Community Partnering Interest Group provides a valuable network for promoting education and collaboration on mental and behavioral health, and fostering communication among key stakeholders. A primary goal is to share and centralize research, resources, and information supporting the Family–School Collaboration Services domain of our NASP practice model. Explore what’s new and sign up to participate here
  • The Crisis Management and Grief Support Interest Group offers a space where colleagues can discuss school crisis management, grief support and student mental health. Topics within these areas include suicide, trauma, resilience, and grief and bereavement. Mental Health Awareness Month presents a valuable opportunity to highlight these important topics, and invite you to join the discussion by clicking here.
  • The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Community online in the NASP online Communities offers a safe and supportive place for NASP colleagues to share experiences, insights, and concerns, and to ask questions. LGBTQ+ youth are a diverse group. While there have been dramatic shifts in the social, cultural, and political landscape, they remain among the most at-risk groups for mental health concerns, secondary to the adversity they often face. During mental health awareness month, consider joining the LGBTQ+ Community to expand your skill set in creating safe and supportive schools for all youth. Click here for the link! 

The 2020 NASP Professional Standards revision public comment period will only be open through May 10. If you have not yet had the chance to share your opinions about the proposed standards (Graduate Preparation, Credentialing, the NASP Practice Model, and Ethics) we encourage you to log in to the website and respond to the surveys. Remember, these standards will guide our profession until 2030, so your input it critical. 

Early registration deadline for the NASP 2019 Summer Conferences is next week! Save $60 when you register by Wednesday, May 8. Student and Early Career members enjoy special reduced registration rates. Come to Phoenix, AZ, July 8–10, or Hartford, CT, July 22–24 for the opportunity to dive deep into your topics of interest while spending time with friends and colleagues. Be among the first to receive crisis intervention and response training through the new third edition of the PREPaRE workshops. Click here to learn more.

Public Policy Institute (PPI): Early registration discount ends May 27 or when space is filled. This popular event is cohosted by NASP and George Washington University in Washington, DC. This year’s theme is “Building Capacity for Safe and Successful Schools: Policy Directions for the Nation.” Come sharpen your advocacy skills with 3-day and 5-day options (July 15–19). Learn more and register here.

Call for Presentation Proposals for the NASP 2020 Annual Convention opens May 1st! Find detailed instructions here for submitting a presentation proposal and helpful information about how to compose a successful proposal. The 2020 Convention Committee is particularly interested in receiving proposals for advanced, skills-based presentations that will appeal to seasoned practitioners and assist them in delivering the highest quality, evidence-based practices in schools. Make plans now to join friends and colleagues as a convention presenter in Baltimore, Maryland. Don't wait—submissions are due by midnight on Wednesday June 12, 2019.

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Brandi Duskie
NASP Delegate - KS

convention news


Fall KASP Convention

October 3-4, 2019

Capitol Plaza HotelTopeka, KS

KeyNote Speaker: Lisa Kelly-Vance, PhD, Professor of Psychology and Director of the School Psychology University of Nebraska Omaha and our current President of the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).  Her research and applied interests are assessment and interventions with preschool children in the context of play, mental health in early childhood, school-based academic and social interventions, prevention, and self-care.

Lisa Kelly-Vance, PhD

Lisa Kelly-Vance, PhD

The main Friday Speaker will be Elaine Fletcher-Janzen, ED, NCSP, ABPdN.  She has been a school psychologist in the public schools, neuropsychiatric inpatient, and university settings for the past 34 years. Dr. Fletcher-Janzen received her Diplomate in Pediatric Neuropsychology in 2010. She has also co-edited and authored sixteen books and reference works including the Encyclopedia of Special Education (Wiley) and the Diagnostic Desk Reference of Childhood Disorders (Wiley). She also published the Neuropsychology of Women (Springer), the third edition of the Handbook of Clinical Child Neuropsychology (Springer), and Neuropsychological Perspectives on the Diagnosis of Learning Disabilities in the Era of RTI with John Wiley & Sons.  She also co-authored Essentials of KABC-II Assessment! Dr. Fletcher-Janzen's research interests address cross-cultural aspects of cognitive abilities, effective neuroscience and homeostatic function of emotions, neuropsychological aspects of chronic illness, and the systematic management of pediatric chronic illness in school and clinical settings.

Elaine Fletcher-Janzen

Elaine Fletcher-Janzen, ED, NCSP, ABPdN

Breakout sessions will be held on Thursday with a variety of topics.  

If you would like to present for a session, please submit a Proposal by July 20, 2019.  

***Submit this form to kaspempowers@gmail.com***


The NASP Annual Convention will be held in Baltimore, MD. For more information click here!

NASP summer conventions are held July 8-10 in Phoenix, AZ and July 22–24, 2019 in Hartford, CT

Click here link for more information.

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. 

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