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Positive Relationships — Student Success


With more than 1,000 sessions and events to choose from at the NASP 2011 Annual Convention in San Francisco, there is ample opportunity to expand your knowledge and skills while networking with colleagues from across the country. Following are just a few highlights of our Featured and Special Sessions. See the ad on page 39 listing NASP Convention Workshops and look in future issues of Communiqué, your Preliminary Program, and online at www.nasponline.org/conventions for full details on our exciting convention program. Online convention and hotel registration open October 4th.


Linda Darling-Hammond, PhD, Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education, Stanford University
Linda Darling-Hammond is a leading expert in the areas of school reform, teacher quality, and educational equity. She was named one of the ten most influential people in U.S. education policy during the past decade. From 1994–2001, she served as executive director of the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future, a blueribbon panel whose 1996 report, “What Matters Most: Teaching for America’s Future,” led to sweeping policy changes affecting teaching in the United States. In 2008–2009, she headed President Barack Obama’s education policy transition team and continues to serve as a policy advisor to the president. Most recent of Darling-Hammond’s more than 300 publications is The Flat World and Education: How America’s Commitment to Equity Will Determine Our Future (Teachers College Press, 2010).


Positive Relationships—School Success
Relationships form the foundation for the success (or failure) of everything we do. In schools, this includes relationships between students, between students and adults, among staff, between school personnel and families, and between schools and community resources. As school psychologists, the value of our relationships extends to our interactions with our colleagues, our involvement in NASP and other professional associations, and our outreach to key stakeholders such as school leaders, allied professionals, and policy makers. This strand will include Featured and Special Sessions from experts on how to create positive relationships that promote school success for all students.


Fostering Positive School Climate: Developing Supportive Relationships and Self-Discipline
George Bear, PhD, University of Delaware, Newark

Relationships Between Schools and Families: Pathways for Student Success
Susan M. Sheridan, PhD, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, NE

They Said It Couldn’t Be Done: Successful Data-Driven Systems Change in a Large Urban School District
Kevin P. Dwyer, NCSP, Retired, Bethesda, MD, & David Osher, PhD, American Institutes of Research


Improving Impacts of Classrooms: Professional Development and Standardized Classroom Observation
Robert C. Pianta, PhD, University of Virginia, Charlottesville


The Art of School Psychology
Alex Thomas, PhD, NCSP, Professor Emeritus in Educational Psychology at Miami University, Ohio


Strengthening Relationships With Administrators: Having Influential Conversations
Louis J. Kruger, PsyD, NCSP, Northeastern University

INVEST in Community: Six Steps to Building Relationships Across Cultures
Janine M. Jones, PhD, NCSP, University of Washington


NASP will provide seven CPD sessions that will meet all documentation requirements toward renewal required in NCSP standards for CPD. These sessions are also APA Approved. The listed sessions will now be ticketed events that require preregistration and a $5 service charge.

Improving Students’ Reading Skills With the HELPS Program
John C. Begeny, PhD, North Carolina State University, Raleigh

Transforming School Discipline Practices: The Collaborative Problem Solving Approach
Ross W. Greene, PhD, & Craig Murphy, PhD

Observational Assessment of Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder
Stephanie H. McConaughy, PhD, University of Vermont, Burlington, & Robert J. Volpe, PhD, Northeastern University, Boston, MA

Ethics: There’s No App for That (Yet)!
Fred Provenzano, PhD, NCSP, Private Practice, Seattle, WA

Screening, Intervening, and Program Monitoring With English Language Learners
Mike L. Vanderwood, PhD, NCSP, University of California, Riverside

Implementation Integrity Within RTI : Roles and Tools for School Psychologists
Holly S. Windram, PhD, & Kimberly Gibbons, PhD, St. Croix River Education District, Rush City, MN

Finding and Evaluating the Research for Behavior Interventions
George DuPaul, PhD, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA
      Sponsored by Society for the Study of School Psychology


Participant Information Exchange (PIE)
Returning again for San Francisco with improvements, this presentation format is intended to be a cross between a paper and poster. Sessions will be organized in 45-minute time blocks in a room separate from posters. While the sessions for PIE are still hand selected for San Francisco, the format will become a new proposal option for the 2012 convention.

All new for San Francisco—a Friday night wrap up party!
Wind down from the busy convention and close out your week with music and friends.

Convention Registration is required for access to Hotel Registration. Both open on October 4, 2010.