Program Highlights

Full details about the live and on-demand convention sessions and events will be posted in January 2021. In the meantime, view a few highlights below and including key session topics.

The Power of Possibility and Play

Keynote Speaker: Steve Gross, MSW

Wednesday, February 24

Steve Gross, MSW

Steve Gross, MSW, is the founder of the Life is Good Kids Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to spreading the power of optimism to kids who need it most. Based on extensive research, the foundation helps educators and caregivers harness the power of optimism, relationships, and strengths-based approaches to working with children and youth who have faced adverse childhood experiences. Steve will share how the foundation’s Playmakers program empowers children to grow their capacity to see and focus on the goodness in themselves, others, and the world; to strengthen their social, emotional, and cognitive capabilities; and overcome adversity.

An Evening With

Dayna Bowen Matthew and John B. King Jr.

Tuesday, February 23, 7:30–8:30 p.m. EST

Dayna MatthewJohn King

Dayna Bowen Matthew is Dean of the George Washington University Law School. She is an expert in health equity and public health policy and author of Just Medicine: A Cure for Racial Inequality in American Health Care.” John B. King Jr. was the United States Secretary of Education under President Barack Obama and current CEO of The Education Trust. Dr. Matthew and Dr. King will engage in a moderated discussion around equity, education, social justice, and your role as a school psychologist.

Educational Session Topics

The live and on-demand sessions will cover a variety of ongoing and emerging issues relevant to school psychologists, including:

  • Academic assessments and interventions
  • Consultation
  • Ethics and law
  • Family-school collaboration
  • Grieving students following COVID-19
  • Mental health services
  • Resilience in youth
  • Social justice and equity issues
  • Supporting LGBTQ+ youth
  • Trauma-informed care
  • Virtual service delivery

Letter to Supervisor

Looking for a concise way to pitch the convention to your employer? This letter and the corresponding talking points are here to help!

Preliminary Brochure

Share our NASP 2021 preliminary brochure with your supervisor along with the above letter.