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2014 Convention News
Washington, DC, February 18–21

NASP Presidents Strand's
Creating Access: Collaborate. Advocate. Lead.

By Sally A. Baas & Katherine C. Cowan

The convention theme, Creating Access: Collaborate. Advocate. Lead., embodies core values of our profession and key components of our standards. Embracing diversity and the uniqueness of each child is essential to creating access for all. So, too, are collaboration, advocacy, and leadership. These president's strands offer a variety of opportunities to learn how colleagues are successfully using these essential skills to put creating access into practice.

Strand 1: Creating Access for Students With Differing Needs: Collaborate and Advocate

Helping children and youth thrive in school, at home, and throughout life requires a shared commitment to provide the supports and services necessary to lower barriers to learning and positive development for all students. School psychologists are modeling—and more often than not creating—the way by facilitating collaboration with and among educators, families, and community providers. This includes linking our services to those of other specialized instructional support personnel to effectively identify and address students' specific needs with measurable results.

This strand highlights practices that foster collaborative relationships that honor individual, cultural, and other contextual differences to shape students' development and learning; focus on treating others with dignity and respect; and achieve shared goals through advocacy for policy and practices that meet the needs of the whole child.

FS01: NASP Distinguished Lecture: Diversity, Mindset, World View—Some Lessons That Cross Cultures and Continents
Carol A. Robinson-Zañartu, PhD, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA
Tuesday, February 18, 1:00–1:50 p.m.
FS02: Teaching Culture Through Laughter: Through the Eyes of a Hmong Refugee
Ton Ger Bennett Xiong, Woodbury, MN
Wednesday, February 19, 2:30–3:50 p.m.
SS010: Diversity Dialogue: Spotlight on School Psychology Innovators
This session is sponsored by the Multicultural Affairs Committee
Wednesday, February 19, 2:30–3:50 p.m.
MS213: Involving Refugee Newcomer Families in Their Children's Schooling
Gloria E. Miller, University of Denver, Denver, CO; Sara Ford, Colorado African Organization, Denver; Cat Thomas, University of Denver, Denver, CO; Sabrina Fruechtenicht, University of Denver, Denver, CO
Friday, February 21, 2:00–3:50 p.m.
MS070: Know Thyself: Examining Personal Bias in School Psychological Practice
Natasha L. Smith, Howard County Public Schools, Ellicott City, MD
Thursday, February 20, 4:00–5:50 p.m.
PA345: Impact of Cultural Factors on Latino Students' Schooling Experiences
Heejung Chun, PhD, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces
Friday, February 21, 3:00–3:50 p.m.

Strand 2: Leading From the Middle

School psychologists are in a unique position to provide leadership that advances effective practices to improve students' learning, behavior, and mental health. Being an effective leader does not require an official title but rather, a vision for how students can be better served, an understanding of how others can contribute to that vision, and the ability to help them engage in doing so. We can all “lead from the middle,” not by directing, dictating, or doing it all, but by creating leverage points to catapult initiatives forward by building people up in what they do and how they do it.

This strand will highlight how school psychologists are effecting positive change by bringing people together to challenge, nudge, celebrate, and spur others to action. This includes being able to convey important goals and strategies both up to building and district leadership and out to colleagues and other key stakeholders. This in turn requires developing positive relationships, defining clear objectives, aligning goals with district priorities, and measuring outcomes.

PA506: School Psychologists as Leaders of Intervention Within an RT I Framework
Elizabeth M. Whitehouse, Collingswood Public Schools, Collingswood, NJ; Deanna M. Spanjers, St. Paul Public Schools, St. Paul, MN
Tuesday, February 18, 11:00–11:50 a.m.
SY034: Advancing Multitiered Systems of Support Through a Program Evaluation Lens
Julie Q. Morrison, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH; John Eagle and Shannon Dowd-Eagle, Rhode Island College, Providence; Jennifer Rollenhagen, Michigan's Integrated Behavior and Learning Supports Initiative, Montague; Gary Stoner, University of Rhode Island, Kingston; Melissa Nantais, Michigan's Integrated Behavior and Learning Supports Initiative, Portage; Jenlyn Furey, Kingston, RI
Wednesday, February 19, 8:30–9:50 a.m.
MS016: School-Wide Health and Wellness Promotion: Capitalizing on Partnerships
Jacqueline Zeller, Children's Hospital Neighborhood Partnerships and Harvard Graduate School of Education, Boston, MA
Wednesday, February 19, 3:00–4:50 p.m.
FS05: Federal Education Policy: Meeting the Needs of ALL Students
Deb Delisle, (Invited), U.S. Department of Education, Washington, DC
Thursday, February 20, 3:30–4:50 p.m.
PA126: School Psychologist as District Leader: Implementing District-Wide RTI
Stephen R. Perry, PhD, and Laura Ryan, Napa Valley Unified School District, Napa, CA
Friday, February 21, 4:00–4:50 p.m.
MS018: Practical Strategies for School Psychologists Presenting Systems- Level Data
Daniel M. Hyson, PhD, Hiawatha Valley Education District, Winona, MN
Friday, February 21, 2:00-3:50 p.m.

Sally A. Baas is president and Katherine C. Cowan is director of communications for NASP.