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2013 Convention News

Building Leaders

By. Michael C. Forcade

Flying into Seattle to plan the convention, I was fortunate to be sitting on the correct side of the plane. The view of Mt. Rainier quickly followed by Puget Sound and the city of Seattle literally took away my breath. From the ground, the city is equally beautiful and exciting. Although Mt. Rainier has not erupted for more than 130 years, Seattle will soon be rocked by NASP as we bring the annual convention to the Pacific Northwest on February 12, 2013. Attendees will delight in discovering all the city has to offer, from the wonders of Pike Place Market, the Space Needle, and Underground, to the flagship Nordstrom store and many fine coffee houses and boutique restaurants. I can assure you from my visit that this will be a great venue for our annual convention.

Our headquarters hotels are located right in the middle of this vibrant city. All educational sessions will take place in the Washington State Convention Center, which is literally 45 steps across a side street from the doors of our headquarter hotel. In fact, all the hotels are well positioned for easy access to the Convention Center. This beautiful facility is easy to navigate, has excellent meeting space, and has food and beverage options within. Seattle is very walkable if you don't mind hills, and the transit system is excellent as well. The light rail from the airport will bring attendees to a station less than two blocks from our hotels. Transit passes will take the adventurous to the wonders of the city, but I found plenty of entertainment and fine food and drink within walking distance. I promise all my NASP colleagues that you will find much to enjoy in Seattle during any free time you can squeeze in around an outstanding professional development program we have planned for you.

Convention Schedule Packed with Goodies Again

The theme for the 2013 Seattle Convention is Building Leaders. We will again be able to offer registration and packet pick-up on Monday evening from 4:00– 7:00 p.m. As usual, the convention will be in full swing starting Tuesday mid-morning, preceded by a Welcome Orientation session at 8:00 a.m. specially designed for first time attendees. All professional development activities will end late Friday afternoon so that Saturday can be devoted to leadership meetings (or the beginning of your tourism).

Register Early and Save

NASP remains committed to making the convention as affordable as possible. With this in mind, we are continuing the discounted early registration fee that is even lower than the preconvention registration fee (that is lower than the full registration fee). Online registration opens October 1, 2012. Register by November 14, 2012 to get the lowest possible rate. Register by October 24, 2012 and also be entered to win one of six Early Bird Registration prizes. The Grand Prize includes four hotel nights and a convention registration fee reimbursement.

Another good reason to register early is that you must register for the convention before reserving your room at one of the four official convention hotels at the convention rate. Once you register for the convention, you will receive a confirmation that includes instructions for obtaining hotel reservations through our housing bureau. This process is designed to ensure ample availability of hotel rooms in the blocks NASP has in the official convention hotels. You will want to be sure to do this as the room rates are unbelievably low. Complete information about convention and hotel registration is available online at www.nasponline.org/conventions.

Best Practice at Your Fingertips

By now, your convention Preliminary Program should have arrived and you may have noticed our continuing effort to emphasize Web resources over paper. NASP's green movement is designed to save trees (and member resources). Plus, we recognize that many more of you out there can access our information from almost anywhere via your hand held devices. Hence, we introduced the NASP Convention mobile website which will be available for Seattle by the time you arrive. The convention website (http://www.nasponline.org/conventions/2013/index.aspx) provides an excellent overview of all components of the convention, as does the Preliminary Program. You will note that the convention program continues to offer a full slate of workshops, papers, mini-skills, symposia, and posters covering the entire spectrum of our field. More than 1,500 proposals were submitted for review, which allows for the selection of a wide array of presentations and workshops centered on the convention theme.

Program Highlights for Seattle

The program will include more treats than space permits me to describe. So, here are a selected few to consider.

Keynote Address—Leading in the Reality of Change

Richard Gerver is an internationally renowned speaker in education leadership and reform. A former principal and advisor to the British government, Gerver will discuss the roles school psychologists can play in helping to move education toward genuinely meeting the needs of the whole child, even in an atmosphere of pressure and change. He will connect the need to rediscover our own visions and values to our ability to help our children discover theirs. He will highlight parallel challenges around the world and champion the need for a new focus on collaboration, creativity, and competencies as we look to successfully help lead our schools, our communities, and our children into a future of ongoing change defined not by risk but by possibility.


Once again, a strong array of nearly 50 half- and full-day sessions have been scheduled for the convention, and we have done so without increasing workshop fees. Examples of workshop topics include: It's Not So Black and White: Evaluating Autism Spectrum Disorders; Leading RTI in Early Childhood and Preschool Initiatives: The Rationale and Promising Models; Cognitive and Behavioral Assessment of Executive Functions in the School Setting; After a Suicide: Guidelines for Schools; Building Effective and Time-Efficient Behavior Plans That Capitalize on Behavior Contrast Theory; Don't Carve the Turkey With a Chainsaw: Resolving Interpersonal Conflict; Mathematical Learning Difficulties in School-Age Children; Assessment and Intervention Across Multiple Learning Environments; and Addressing Equity and Disproportionality and Family Engagement Within Behavior Support Efforts. Additionally, all four PREPaRE School Crisis Prevention and Intervention workshops are being offered. A complete list of workshops and descriptions is available online.

Documentation Sessions

There are two ways to earn and receive documentation for NASP-approved (and APAapproved) hours at the NASP convention: (a) convention workshops described above (WS session codes) and (b) specially designated documented sessions (DS session codes) that meet the standards of the NASP-Approved Provider System. Among others, these standards require sign in/sign out, clearly stated learning objectives, and a postsession evaluation in order to receive documentation. For Seattle, there will be eight advanced documented sessions, each of 80 minutes in duration. Topics include: Leading for Social Justice as a School Psychologist; Promoting and Preserving Your Role and Services to Improve Student Outcomes; Military- Connected Children: You Can Make a Difference; Using Multiple Regression to Test Mediation Versus Moderation; The Ethics Committee's Dilemmas: Responding to Questions From the Field; An Introduction to Modern Missing-Data Analyses; and Individual Counseling With LGBTQ Students: Ethical and Affirmative Practices.

Once again this year, registration is required. Payment of a $5 processing ensures everyone with a ticket will have a seat and handout for the session. These sessions (DS) and the convention workshops (WS) may be counted toward the 10-hour NASP- or APAapproved requirement for renewal of the NCSP.

NASP Online Learning Center (OLC)

You can check out both workshops and documented sessions from the 2012 convention in Philadelphia in the NASP Online Learning Center (http://www.nasponline.org/profdevel/online-learning.aspx). Sessions in the OLC qualify for NASP-, APA-, and NBCC-approved CPD, just as they do onsite at the convention.

Participant Information Exchanges (PIE)

This popular presentation format has been expanded for Seattle. After a brief presentation, attendees engage in a roundtable discussion on the topic. Five sessions are scheduled simultaneously on a broad but similar topic in 45-minute time blocks on Thursday and Friday. Our hope is that attendees will be able to spend time at the PIE sessions that draw them to the room and still have time to move around and engage in the other sessions.

I encourage you to visit the website for the convention (www.nasponline.org/conventions) to learn more about the program and the city of Seattle. Please join thousands of your school psychology colleagues and me in Seattle this February to share experiences and listen to the folks who wrote those books you might otherwise have been reading at home by the fire!

Michael C. Forcade is the NASP Convention chair