Press Releases

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  • NASP Strongly Disagrees With the Trump Administration’s Decision to Rescind Federal Guidance Related to Civil Rights Protections for Transgender Students

    As stated in our official position statement on "Safe Schools for Transgender and Gender Diverse Students" (2014): "[NASP] supports efforts to ensure schools are safe and inclusive learning environments for all students, family members, and school staff, including those who are transgender or gender diverse."

  • NASP Passes Resolution Reaffirming Commitment to Promoting the Rights of All Students

    As part of celebrating School Psychology Awareness Week, NASP leadership adopted a Resolution Affirming the Rights to Safe and Supportive Schools and Communities for All Students. Grounded in our professional standards and official policy, this resolution reaffirms that we are a nonpartisan organization with a commitment to advocating for the rights, well-being, and educational and mental health needs of ALL students, and to ensuring that all students attend schools and live in communities that are safe, supportive, and free of bullying, harassment, discrimination, and violence.

  • NASP Guidance for Reinforcing Safe, Supportive and Positive School Environments for All Students

    The 2016 election has been long and fraught with strong emotions. As a nation, we have much to do to heal the divisiveness that has resulted. As parents, caregivers, and educators, we have a critical responsibility to help children and youth feel safe and secure and learn how to engage with others of differing viewpoints in a peaceful, tolerant, and respectful manner.

  • NASP Commends Hillary Clinton’s New Bullying Prevention Plan

    The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) was pleased to see Hillary Clinton, Democratic candidate for President, release a comprehensive plan, “Better Than Bullying,” to help states and schools combat bullying. NASP has long advocated for the kinds of policies and practices called for in Clinton’s proposal.

  • NASP Applauds Report Calling for Increased Access to School Psychologists

    The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) applauds the Center for American Progress (CAP) for its recent report, “Counsel or Criminalize? Why Students of Color Need Supports, Not Suspensions.” The paper highlights a growing crisis in our nation’s schools caused by the lack of access to school-employed mental health professionals, particularly for students of color and those suffering from trauma, who too often receive harsh discipline instead of the mental health supports they need.

  • NASP Statement Regarding Recent Acts of Violence

    The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) joins the nation in sorrow and outrage at the senseless acts of violence in Minnesota, Louisiana, and Texas this week. The level of anger and violence occurring in this country is unacceptable.

  • 5,000 School Psychologists Gather to Promote Successful & Mentally Healthy Students

    Promoting students’ academic, behavioral, and social–emotional competence is the focus for the more than 5,000 school psychologists attending the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) convention in New Orleans, LA, February 9–14, 2016.

  • NASP Applauds President Obama's Efforts to Reduce Violence and Improve Gun Safety

    NASP applauds President Obama’s efforts to reduce violence and improve gun safety in America by implementing commonsense improvements in existing relevant laws and regulations. NASP supports measures that will reduce access to firearms by individuals who intend to harm themselves or others and are in line with existing public safety measures designed to protect American citizens across a range of products and activities in this country every day.

  • NASP Applauds Passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act

    NASP applauds Congress for passing the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), bipartisan legislation intended to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. We look forward to this law being signed by President Obama by the end of the week.

  • NASP Urges Congress to Pass the Every Student Succeeds Act

    NASP urges Congress to pass the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the bipartisan legislation intended to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, before the end of the year, to ensure that all students have access to a comprehensive and rigorous curriculum, high-quality instruction, and comprehensive learning supports that are essential to successful learning.

  • Statement Regarding the Attacks in Paris

    On behalf of our 25,000 members, the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) joins the nation in expressing our sadness and shock at the horrific acts of terrorism in Paris, France. Our thoughts go out to the French people and to everyone affected by this heartbreaking tragedy.

  • NCSP Earns Formal Recognition From National Register

    NASP is pleased to announce formal recognition of the Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP) credential by the National Register of Health Service Psychologists. The National Register establishes uniform, rigorous criteria for specialty credentialing programs, like the NCSP, for health service psychologists.

  • Todd A. Savage to Begin Term as NASP President

    Todd A. Savage, PhD, NCSP, begins his term as President of the NASP on July 1, 2015. Savage is NASP’s 47th president, and will serve until June 30,2016. During his term, Savage hopes to focus on promoting effective strategies and practices to improve school climate.

  • Joe Prus Named NASP 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

    NASP has named Joe Prus, PhD, NCSP as 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient. NASP established the award in 1999 to recognize those who have contributed to the profession of school psychology in a significant and lasting manner. Dr. Prus is the 16th recipient of this award.

  • Pamela Agan-Smith Receives NASP 2015 School Psychologist of the Year Award

    NASP has named Pamela Agan-Smith, PsyD, as 2015 School Psychologist of the Year. NASP established the award in 1990 to recognize individual school psychologists who have demonstrated exemplary dedication and effectiveness in improving the well-being of children, families, and schools, and in advancing the profession of school psychology.

  • NASP and NASRO Release Guidance on Conducting Active Shooter Drills in Schools

    NASP and NASRO have released new guidance on conducting active shooter or other armed assailant drills in schools to address the factors that schools should take into account when considering and conducting these types of drills and how these drills might fit into a larger comprehensive approach to school safety and crisis response.

  • Best Practice Related to SLD Identification

    During the past decade, considerable progress has been made in helping to better articulate the nature of Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD) and related disorders. Commendable efforts are underway to clarify and define the nature of SLD and its impact in schools, at work, and in the community.

  • Sylvia Rosenfield Named NASP 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

    NASP has named Sylvia Rosenfield, PhD, NCSP as recipient of its 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award. NASP established the Lifetime Achievement Award in 1999 to recognize those who have contributed to the profession in a significant and lasting manner. Dr. Rosenfield is the 14th recipient of this award.

  • Educators Call for Interdisciplinary, Multitiered Framework to Improve School Safety & Access to Mental Health Supports for Students

    Leading education organizations have called on Congress and the Administration to enact school safety policies that will genuinely support the well-being and learning of students over the long-term, and have released A Framework for Safe and Successful Schools, their joint recommendations for improved school safety and access to mental health services for students.

  • NASP Cautions Against Arming School Personnel to Improve School Safety

    The tragic events at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012 further bring to light the imperative for a serious national commitment to ensuring the safety of our school children and staff. However, we must guard against letting our sense of urgency obscure evidence-based school safety initiatives in favor of seemingly obvious and potentially harmful approaches, particularly those that bring more guns into schools.

  • NASP Recommendations for Comprehensive School Safety Policies

    The United States of America has no greater responsibility than safeguarding the well-being of our children. Ensuring safe schools and communities is paramount to this responsibility. NASP has long been a leader in promoting safe, supportive learning environments that protect both the physical and psychological safety of students and staff.

  • NASP Partners With Lady Gaga for Born This Way Bus Tour

    The Born This Way Foundation announced today that it will launch the Born Brave Bus Tour, which will join Lady Gaga on the road. The preconcert “tailgate” will provide a space for young people to gather and celebrate their individuality in a safe arena where everyone is encouraged to be the person they were born to be.

  • Stigmatizing Mental Health or Developmental Disorders is Harmful

    To conclude that a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder predisposes someone to commit violence perpetuates an incorrect stereotype and maintains a stigma that often creates a reluctance to seek treatment.

  • NASP Sandy Hook Statement

    On behalf of our 25,000 members, the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) joins the nation in expressing our sadness and shock at the horrific events at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT today. Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by this heartbreaking tragedy.