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2013 Convention News

Join in the Many Fun Activities Planned for Convention Week

By Mike Forcade

All work and no play at the Seattle convention is just not right. As if the packed program of educational sessions from 8 to 5 were not enough, several special events are planned to round out your schedule. Here is a glimpse of what NASP has in store for you in the Emerald City. Check your program and online for more information at www.nasponline.org/conventions.

Welcome Orientation

First timers and old timers alike are welcome to attend this session bright and early Tuesday morning at 8:00 a.m. Learn how to get the most out of the convention and meet new people you will pass numerous times over the next few days. The session ends at 9:00 a.m., leaving you plenty of time to plan your day based on what you have just learned.

Seattle Welcome Party

School psychologists will be rocking to the beat of a live band in a city known for innovative music and great talent. Join your colleagues for a winter blast full of networking, music, dancing, and fun. Mark your calendar for Tuesday evening at 9:00 p.m.


This highly popular event continues in the DIY (do it yourself) format for Seattle. There will be organized runs led by locals, self-guided running and walking courses, and other exercise options to burn off those calories from the great food of Seattle. Participate in one of the runs, walks, or other activities on a personalized schedule. Preregistration is required to be assured a stylish T-shirt as a souvenir of your participation. Proceeds go to a local chapter of Girls on the Run.

Book Discussion With Richard Gerver

Keynote speaker and inspirational educational reform leader Richard Gerver will discuss his latest book, Creating Tomorrow's Schools Today: Education– Our Children–Their Future, which raises critical questions about how we educate children and their readiness for the challenges of the future. Check the program for time and location.

NASP Awards Reception

Extend your convention day on Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. by coming together to honor colleagues and others for outstanding work and support of our profession.

Multicultural Meet and Greet

Join your colleagues in a celebration of diversity. Network with other members, pick up multicultural resources and information, and hear about the accomplishments and initiatives of the NASP Multicultural Affairs Committee on Thursday morning at 8:30.

31st Annual Past President's Roast

Who says leaders get respect? Warm up for Thursday dinner by attending (4:00 to 6:30 p.m.) a slightly irreverent review of the professional accomplishments of former NASP president Dan Miller.

Children's Fund Auction

The best place for fun on Thursday evening at 6:00. The auction is more than a fund raiser that benefits children. Enjoy the competition of bidding with food, a cash bar, networking, and plenty of time left over for a late dinner.

With all these choices, don't forget to fit in time to explore Seattle and all it has to offer. The convention program and city will make your week fly by and make for a memorable experience on both the professional and personal levels

Mike Forcade is the NASP Convention chair.