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I always come away from the NASP conventions with energy and renewed excitement about being a school psychologist.
Alice Wellborn, MA, NCSP
Transylvania County Schools


I am always impressed with the level of expertise and depth of offerings at the NASP convention.
Nadine Woodle, NCSP
Naperville School District 203

Featured Sessions

FS01: NASP Distinguished Lecture: Leaders of the Pack—School Psychologists as Leaders of School Change

Tuesday, February 12, 2013 11:00a.m.–12:20p.m.

  • Joseph F. Kovaleski, PhD, Indiana University of PA, Indiana, PA

We all know that change in schools only happens when individuals step into leadership positions. School psychologists have the training, knowledge, and expertise to lead. This presentation will highlight the ways in which school psychologists in Pennsylvania have risen to the challenge of leading school change.

FS02: Inspiring, Supporting, and Sustaining Social–Emotional Learning in Schools and Districts

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 2:30p.m.–3:50p.m.

  • Maurice Elias, PhD, Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ
  • Kim Gulbrandson, PhD, Milwaukee Public Schools, Milwaukee, WI
  • Libia S. Gil, PhD, Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning, Chicago, IL
  • Michelle Lynn Van Allen, MEd, Marcus Garvey Math and Science School, Chicago, IL

Evidence-based social–emotional learning (SEL) programs, when well implemented, are consistantly shown to improve students' social, emotional, and academic outcomes. School psychologists play a key role in both securing “buy-in” from administrators and teachers for SEL adoption and supporting quality implementation. This panel, featuring top researchers and practitioners in SEL program implementation, will lead a dynamic discussion of best SEL practices in school- and district-wide initiatives.

FS03: NASP Legends in School Psychology Address: Dependent Variables That Facilitate the Scientific Practice of School Psychology

Thursday, February 14, 2013 10:00a.m.–10:50a.m.

  • Thomas J. Kehle, University of Connecticut, Storrs, Storrs-Mansfield, CT

What we want for our children is remarkably similar to Bertrand Russell's writings regarding the definition of an educated and contented individual. This presentation will demonstrate how the application of these wants, as dependent variables, can facilitate the design of scientifically based interventions that attempt to promote a cumulative knowledge base.

FS04: BrainSTEPS: Systematic Planning for School Reentry Following Traumatic Brain Injury

Friday, February 15, 2013 11:00a.m.–12:20p.m.

  • Brenda Eagan Brown, MSEd, CBIS, Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania, Carlisle, PA

This presentation provides contemporary information about understanding students who have sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI) and their unique recovery patterns both during school reentry and in subsequent years, as the brain develops. Also included will be information from a nationally recognized, evidence-based Pennsylvania consultation model (BrainSTEPS) designed to facilitate school reentry following a TBI.

FS05: Helping Students Be Academically Present to Learn in the Era of the Common Core

Thursday, February 14, 2013 1:30p.m.–2:50p.m.

  • David M. Osher, PhD, American Institutes for Research, Washington, DC

Many factors interfere with students being present as learners. Some are individual, others ecological. These factors are particularly important for vulnerable and disadvantaged students in the era of the common core. School psychologists have the skill set to help both students be present and schools to build conditions for learning.