President's Special Strands
Sessions in the President’s Strands focus on practices essential to creating access to successful learning and development for ALL children through collaboration, advocacy, and leadership. These strands will include featured, special, and peer-reviewed sessions.
Creating Access for Students with Differing Needs: Collaborating and Advocating
This strand highlights practices that foster collaborative work, which honors individual and cultural differences to shape students’ healthy development and learning, reinforces treating others with dignity and respect, and achieves shared goals through advocacy for policy and practices to meet the needs of the whole child.
Leading from the Middle
In this strand, we celebrate school psychologists’ unique opportunity to advocate for effective practices to both contemporaries and district leaders. Through developing positive relationships with colleagues and defining clear objectives, we can ensure that students’ learning, behavior, and mental health needs remain at the forefront of district efforts.
Meet The President
Dr. Sally A. Baas, President of the National Association of School Psychologists, directs the Southeast Asian Teacher, Hmong Culture and Language, English as a Second Language, and Special Education Programs at Concordia University in St. Paul, MN. She is a licensed school psychologist and university professor who has spent many of her professional years working cross culturally in pre-K–12 grade settings. Her areas of expertise include cross cultural models, assessment, child and adolescent development, social–emotional learning, children’s mental health, crisis response, leadership, advocacy, and training.