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General Convention


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

Featured sessions relate to the convention theme and are presented by leading experts who are invited to speak by the Convention Committee. Below are some of the featured sessions at this year’s convention.

FS01: NASP Distinguished Lecture: Diversity, Mindset, World View—Some Lessons That Cross Cultures and Continents

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 1:00p.m.–1:50p.m.

  • Speaker(s):
  • Carol A. Robinson-Zanartu, PhD, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA

What mindsets color our perceptions? How can our students' stories help change those mindsets and inform our assessments and intervention? Narrative is but on edecolonizing process spoken of from Mexico to New Zealand and throughout Native America. This session will explore similarities in the nature of those stories and their implications.

FS02: Teaching Culture Through Laughter: Through the Eyes of a Hmong Refugee

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 2:30p.m.–3:50p.m.

  • Speaker(s):
  • Ton Ger Bennett Xiong, Woodbury, MN

Hmong comedian Tou Ger Bennett Xiong combines personal stories, humor, and spoken word into a high-energy performance session that educates about cultural diversity and the refugee experience in the public schools. The presenter has gone from a Thai refugee camp, to America's housing projects, to high school valedictorian, to , and now to 2013 Mr. Minnesota.

FS03: Helping Schools Support Grieving Students

Thursday, February 20, 2014 8:00a.m.–9:20a.m.

  • Speaker(s):
  • David J. Schonfeld, National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement, Los Angeles, CA

Whether involving a personal loss or one that affects the entire school or community, bereavement can have a profound and long-term impact on children's psychological adjustment, academic achievement, and personal development. This session will offer practical guidance on how school psychologists can collaborate with educators and families to support the grieving student.

FS04: NASP Legends in School Psychology Address: Serendipity, the Personal, and the Professional—My School Psychology Career

Thursday, February 20, 2014 12:00p.m.–12:50p.m.

  • Speaker(s):
  • Peg Dawson, EdD, NCSP, Seacoast Mental Health Center, Portsmith, NH

Chance life events led the presenter into school psychology and influenced her path, but it was finding a balance between personal and professional drives that made the journey staisfying. Dr. Dawson will talk about the arc of her career and what motivated her every step of the way.

FS05: Federal Education Policy: Meeting the Needs of ALL Students

Thursday, February 20, 2014 3:30p.m.–4:50p.m.

  • Speaker(s):
  • Deb Delisle, (Invited), U.S. Department of Education, Washington, DC

This session will review the Department of Education's role in guiding policies and the implications of current federal legislation that affects education, including ESEA reauthorization. The session will highlight the role of collaboration and advocacy in improving access to high-quality education and to mental health and learning supports.

FS06: The Power of Play: Preparing 21st–Century Children for a Global World

Friday, February 21, 2014 9:00a.m.–10:20a.m.

  • Speaker(s):
  • Roberta M. Golinkoff, University of Deleware, Newark, Newark, DE

Strong curricula can be delivered using a playful pedagogy that invites thinking and promotes learning transfer. The case will be made for having children learn content as well as additional skills (the “6 C's”; Golinkoff & Hirsh-Pasek, 2011) to prepare them for meeting the demands of our rapidly changing world.

FS07: Bracing for the Common Crash: RTI and the Common Core

Friday, February 21, 2014 1:00p.m.–2:20p.m.

  • Speaker(s):
  • Mark R. Shinn, PhD, National-Louis University, Skokie, IL
  • Michelle M. Shinn, Lake Forest SD, Lake Forest, IL
  • Robert Pastenack, Cambrium Learning Group, Alexandria, VA
  • Kimberly A. Gibbons, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
  • W A. Coulter, Human Development Center, LSU Health Sciences Center, New Orleans, LA

The Common Core State Standards and the associated accountability tests have the potential to accelerate functional screening progress monitoring, and evidence-based interventions required for successful implementation of RTI. They also have the potential to significantly impair 15 years of practice gains. Low-performing/at-risk students, including those who receive special education, are most likely to be affected. This session presents viewpoints and strategies from several school, district, and national leaders designed to avoid the crash and promote student success.

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