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NASP Briefing on Supporting Students Experiencing Family Transitions

On November 17, 2010, NASP hosted a bicameral Congressional briefing as part of the activities associated with National School Psychology Week. This briefing was offered in cooperation with Senator Lincoln (AR), Representative Loebsack (IA-2) and Representative Ehlers (MI-3), and addressed “ Learning and Social-Emotional Supports for Students Experiencing Family Transitions: Meeting the Needs of Military, Foster, and Homeless Children”. Panelist addressed:

  • Challenges faced by children who are experiencing stressful family transitions (homelessness, foster care, military deployment of a parent or parents)
  • Implications for them in terms of academic achievement and social-emotional well-being
  • Strategies and supports schools can provide to promote school success for these students
  • Recommendations for how public policy can better address the needs of these students in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act reauthorization


  • Kathy Minke, PhD, NCSP, Professor of School Psychology at the University of Delaware and NASP President
  • Mark Pisano, EdD, School Psychologist, Fort Bragg Schools, North Carolina and NASP Interest Group Chair for Military Families and Children
  • Brenda Kabler, Coordinator of Psychological Services, Upper Darby School District, Pennsylvania, and NASP Co-Chair of the Children in Transition Group of the Multicultural Affairs Committee
  • Jim Wigo, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, Upper Darby School District, Pennsylvania
  • Stacy Skalski, PhD, Director of Public Policy, National Association of School Psychologists, Maryland

NASP Honors Representative David Loebsack (IA-02)

NASP also presented Rep. David Loebsack (IA-02) with his 2010 Special Friend of Children Award. The NASP Special Friend of Children Award recognizes policy makers, elected officials, and other public servants or members of the community who have proven to be outstanding champions at the national level for the improvement of education and mental health services for children, youth, and their families.

Rep. Loebsack was selected for this award based upon his outstanding service on the U.S. House Committee on Education and Labor. He has either sponsored or cosponsored six of NASP’s legislative priorities, including the Reducing Barriers to Learning Act, the Increased Student Achievement through Increased Student Support Act, the Positive Behavior for Safe and Effective Schools Act, the Youth Promise Act, the Keep Our Promise to America’s Children and Teachers Act, and the Graduation for All act. We are grateful to Rep. Loebsack’s leadership and advocacy on behalf of children.