NASP Call for Webinar Proposals - Special Series on Cognitive Assessment With a Social Justice Lens

Are you passionate about social justice? Do you have something to share about the role of cognitive assessment in school psychology service delivery? The NASP Professional Growth Committee and Social Justice Committee invite submissions to a special webinar series on cognitive assessment with a social justice lens. We encourage experienced presenters who may not have previously submitted for a NASP webinar, and especially those from minoritized groups, to apply.

Presenters are encouraged to frame their submission within a social justice framework for assessment, placing cognitive assessment considerations at the levels of procedural, distributive, and/or relational levels. For example, presenters might discuss:

  • Procedural considerations, such as:
    • contemporary or historical misuse of cognitive assessment,
    • how culture and values influence how test session behavior is displayed and interpreted,
    • how to determine an apprpriate battery while considering source of bias or score interpretation
    • strengths-based assessment,
    • how specific learning disability (SLD) is defined and identified in the local context,
    • and/or how to consider and interpret the influence of contextual factors on assessment outcomes, such as mobility or sensory limitations, acculturation status, multilingualism, etc.
  • Distributive considerations, such as:
    • how eligibility decisions interact with access to resources, including considerations specific to the strength of MTSS,
    • the availability of culturally appropriate measures for a variety of considerations, including gifted testing,
    • how assessment can contribute to disparities, such as over/under representation of marginalized groups within special education, 
    • and/or culturally appropriate methods for supporting the whole child at school.
  • Relational considerations, such as:
    • how evaluation results are discussed within school teams (e.g., deficit thinking),
    • culturally appropriate ways to share evaluation results with families and caregivers,
    • providing culturally responsive recommendations,
    • stigma surrounding intellectual/developmental disabilities,
    • and/or the role of advocacy and self-advocacy in shaping outcomes for students.

NASP webinars are an effective way to engage school psychology professionals on crucial educational topics and emerging issues. These sessions ideally provide participants with best practices, effective solutions, strategies for direct application, and quality resources that help participants provide effective services.

Presentation proposals will be selected based on certain general critera:

  • Quality of the proposal (e.g., description and learning objectives well written and aligned with the call for the special series)
  • Grounding in research and evidence-based practice
  • Practical application
  • Evidence of previous presentation experience and expertise among the presenter(s)

NASP webinars typically run 60 minutes, with 45–50 minutes of presentation and 10–15 minutes to address participants’ questions. Presenters are also expected to provide handouts and resources, and contribute to our A Closer Look blog. This is an exciting opportunity for you to share your knowledge and experience and contribute to the field of school psychology.

We are soliciting proposals for webinars that will take place in late 2022. The deadline for submission is July 15, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. EDT. Proposals submitted by any other means or after the deadline will not be accepted. 

Interested parties should review the FAQ for Webinar Presenters (see below) before completing the Webinar Proposal Application. Applications must be submitted to onlinelearning@naspweb.org.

Frequently Asked Questions for Webinar Presenters

How do I present a webinar and am I equipped?

Webinars simply require a phone line, laptop with a webcam, and an Internet connection. Presenters will need to conduct the webinar by speaking into a phone line and navigating the PowerPoint slides (and any other audio or video files) at their own pace using their computer. All presenters will have an opportunity to do a practice dry run (“tech run”) a few days before the actual webinar.

Presenters should avoid using speakerphone during the presentation. We recommend using a headset or talking directly into the receiver.

If there is more than one presenter, those not speaking should plan on muting their lines during those periods.

What kind of webinar is NASP looking for?

We typically prefer webinars that have a clear practical focus for working professionals in schools, with more focus on practical application than theory or background knowledge. Our proposal reviewers will rate proposals on quality, grounding in research and evidence-based practices, practical application, and speaker quality (e.g., evidence of previous successful presentations).

What format is used?

Generally, we will use Zoom, though have other options available as well if needed.

Can participants interact with the presenters?

Participants can submit questions throughout the webinar, which will be moderated and facilitated for you. How questions will be handled can be discussed before the webinar. Presenters may also engage participants using the live polling feature.

What do I need to do leading up to the webinar?

We ask that all presenters do the following:

  • Complete the Webinar Authorization Form.
  • Develop an eight-question multiple choice test.
  • Write a brief entry for NASP’s “A Closer Look” blog.
  • Provide resources to share beyond the PowerPoint slides (e.g., articles, manuscripts, manuals, scripts).

A practice “tech” run will be scheduled with you so you have time to familiarize yourself with the format and technology.

Can I play audio or video files during the webinar?

Yes.

How long does it take for the webinar to be archived and posted?

Typically within a week.

Who owns the content once I do a presentation?

NASP retains rights to the recording and the webinar, but the presenter still has intellectual ownership of the content. In other words, nothing would prevent the presenter from using the same content in future presentations.

What are the expectations for me as a presenter outside of giving the presentation?

Willingness to share your webcam for some or all of the presentation and willingness to share your email at the end of the presentation for attendees to contact you directly with questions.

How long until I find out about the outcome of my proposal?

Expect to hear something within about 1 month after the proposal deadline.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact onlinelearning@naspweb.org. Thank you for sharing your expertise.

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