President’s Strands

This year’s President’s Strands highlight the critical role leadership and advocacy play in ensuring that schools support the success of all students. School psychologists, in collaboration with families and with other school and community professionals, play a critical role in helping schools and districts create safe and supportive learning environments that help all students achieve their fullest potential.

Strand 1: Leadership
Leadership is not about a title; it’s about the intentional, thoughtful effort to motivate others toward a common purpose. This strand will highlight the important leadership roles and responsibilities that school psychologists have to help all children and youth thrive in school, at home, and throughout life. Sessions will feature the various ways that school psychologists can develop as leaders and engage consciously with others, motivating them to take action and to make progress on difficult challenges, regardless of the context. School psychologists possess many, if not all, of the skills required for successful leadership at a local, state, and even national level. Becoming aware of and learning to refine and leverage these skills to help our children and youth is important for all of us.

  • FS004: Social Justice Leadership: Embracing Challenges as Opportunities for Moving Forward—Charles A. Barrett
  • MS248: School Psychologists as Leaders in Collaborative Problem Solving—Elizabeth Niemiec
  • PA027: Linking School Climate Assessment to School Improvement—George Bear
  • PA031: Developing Leadership Skills in Graduate School—Katherine McClendon
  • SY039: Visible, Yet Invisible: Navigating Leadership as a Person of Color—Celeste Malone
  • PA186: Systems Change to Support RTI Implementation in a High School—Bradford Daly
  • MS162: Creating a Data-Driven School: Data-Analysis Teaming Using Systems-Level Problem Solving—Daniel Hyson

Strand 2: Advocacy
Effective leadership and effective advocacy go hand in hand. This strand will focus on developing and using the skills needed to promote and adopt policies and practices that help schools support the success of all students. As advocates, we can help to bring about change by actively supporting evidence-based practices for safe and successful schools and by motivating others to support these efforts. Examples of advocacy may include problem-solving with the school administration, building relationships with policy makers, promoting social justice, collaborating with others to change or shape legislation, advocating for additional school psychologists, shaping social and political outcomes, systematically influencing decision-making, and educating others with the purpose of bringing about culturally responsive practices and nondiscriminatory, equitable, high-quality educational experiences for all children and youth.

  • FBS01: Building and Sustaining Leaders in Advocacy at the State Level—Leigh B. Kokenes
  • FBS07: Leading Systems Change: Rolling Out Trauma-Sensitive Practices in Schools—Courtnay Oatts Hatcher
  • DS006: Are You a Disrupter? Dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline—Byron M. McClure
  • MS229: Advocating for School Psychologists as Mental and Behavioral Health Providers—Shawna Rader Kelly
  • MS207: Advocating for Change: Becoming an Administrator of School Psychologists—Christina Conolly
  • PA401: Advocating for Inclusivity: School Psychologists’ Role in School Policy Development—Amy Tiberi
  • MS182: Making Schools Equitable and Inclusive for Transgender and Genderqueer Youth—Katie Petersen
  • PA091: Tweet, Tweet: Using Social Media to Advance Advocacy Efforts—Peter Faustino

Meet the NASP President

Leslie Z. Paige, EdS, has worked as a school psychology practitioner, graduate educator, project director, and research administrator. She has been active in NASP leadership since 1994, is a past president of the Kansas Association of School Psychologists (1992–1993), was the Kansas School Psychologist of the Year in 1994, and was NASP School Psychologist of the Year in 1996. She created and is current director of the Office of Scholarship and Sponsored Projects at Fort Hayes State University, which helps to support and encourage the university’s research enterprises. Her current personal focus is on developing leadership and advocacy skills for school psychologists and addressing school psychology workforce shortages.

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