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ASPA General Membership Meeting: 2/19/08: Sheraton


Role Call: Present were Lawrence Norton, Colleen Pucillo-Stout, Nicole Moyer, Deb Ward, Glen Ramos, Judith Davis, Elizabeth Hansen, Amy Little, Mary DuHoux, Erik Viste, Jim Coats, Jennifer Knutson, Todd Knutson, Theo Lexmond, Heather Christian-Martins, Sandy Nedrow, Lanai Jennings and Jason Stahl.


Quorum was established at 5:20 pm.


Treasurer's Report: Jason reported that ASPA's current balance is $22,830 and that we currently have 60 members.


Secretary's Report: Colleen reported that she had updated the minutes from the 1/17/08 meeting to include Erik's legislative report.


NASP Delegate Report: Mary reported that the annual NASP winter/spring DA meeting took place on Saturday and Sunday, February 9-10, 2008, in conjunction with the NASP convention in New Orleans, Louisiana, at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel. DA meetings are held twice a year, once in the summer and again concurrent with the NASP annual convention. Elected delegates from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico represent their constituents at these meetings. It is through DA meetings that NASP delegates, such as me, are able to represent NASP members and participate in the decision-making process related to the actions and direction of our national organization. Please, feel free to contact me if you have any questions, suggestions, or issues you would like me to communicate to the DA. The next DA meeting will be held July 19-20, 2008, in San Jose, California.


Western Regional Meeting

Immediately prior to the DA meeting, the Western Region meeting was held on Friday, February 8, 2008. At this meeting it was announced that Todd A. Savage (New Mexico Delegate and Western Region Delegate Representative) had relocated to the Midwest and thus resigned his elected positions effective at the conclusion of the DA meeting. Ellen Krumm, the newly-elected delegate from New Mexico, was appointed by NASP President Rhonda Armistead to complete Todd's term as delegate and Jean Ramage (Hawaii delegate) was elected to complete the remainder of Todd's term as delegate representative. Furthermore, as Stephen Brock's (California delegate) term as the other delegate representative from the West expires June 30, 2008, Don Blagg (Nevada delegate) was elected to this position effective July 1, 2008. The remainder of the Western Region meeting was spent discussing issues raised at the NASP Executive Council meeting and that were to be discussed at the DA meeting over the weekend, a summary of which is outlined below in this DA report. The next Western Region Leadership meeting will be held September 26-28, 2008, in San Diego, California.

Convention 2008

This year's convention, held February 5-9, 2008, was a huge success, with over 4,500 educators from across the country in attendance. The New Orleans convention was the second largest in NASP history, with the 2007 New York convention holding the record for attendance at approximately 6,200. The theme, Resilience: Building Strength for Life, was addressed throughout the program. Convention highlights included the Children's Fund Auction, the Minority Scholarship reception, and various NASP Award honorees. On a side note, the convention coincided with the world-famous Mardi Gras celebration, which provided a lot of fun outside of the meetings for convention attendees!


The 2009 convention will be held February 24-28 in Boston at the Marriott Copley Place; the theme for the Boston convention will be, Taking Strides to Make a Difference. Future convention locations and dates include Chicago, March 2-6, 2010; San Francisco, February 22-26, 2011; Philadelphia, February 21-25, 2012; and Washington, DC, February 18-23, 2014 (the dates and location for the 2013 convention have yet to be determined). As I informed you last year, the convention for the next several years continues to be earlier than usual for a couple of reasons: a) NASP is able to negotiate better rates for February/early March and, b) practitioners have expressed a desire for an earlier convention. In addition, it is important to note that starting with the 2009 Boston convention a new hotel reservation procedure will be put into place. To access the convention hotel block of rooms, you will first be required to register for the NASP convention; once you have registered for the convention, you will then find a link to housing. This new procedure is designed to address hotel room booking and attrition issues that have inconvenienced convention attendees and put NASP at risk of incurring penalty fees for unused rooms.


Delegate Assembly Meeting Highlights

Election results. Newly-elected NASP leaders were recognized. Among these individuals were NASP President-elect Patty Harrison (Alabama), and Secretary Jennifer Kitson (Kansas). Their terms begin July 1, 2008. Among the recently elected delegates recognized were Ellen Krumm (New Mexico), Shelley Oswood (Montana), Michelle Malvey (Colorado), and Joe Palladino (Wyoming).


Dues increase. The only action item on the agenda was the proposal for an increase of $15.00 to general membership dues for the 2009-2011 dues cycle, which was passed on a vote of 32-15. (NASP revisits membership dues every three years). Attached to this motion was a request that effectiveness of retaining transitional year dues in retaining individuals in this membership category as full members be evaluated.


Position papers. The first discussion items, facilitated by Beth Doll (Co-Chair, Child and Profession), were the initial presentation of several revised position papers. These proposals were a part of NASP's effort to reduce the overall number of position papers by blending overlapping statements into a single, replacement position paper. The specific proposals presented and reviewed were as follows:

School Mental Health Services for Children and Youth (Matthew Burns, Chair)

Comprehensive Pupil Services (Matthew Burns, Chair)

Appropriate Behavioral and Emotional Supports to Meet the Needs of All Students (Pamela Fenning, Chair)

Appropriate Academic Supports to Meet the Needs of All Students (Pamela Fenning, Chair)

Early Childhood Assessment (Amanda Vanderheyden, Chair)

Early Intervention Care and Education (Amanda Vanderheyden, Chair)


These papers will come back for vote for possible adoption at a future DA meeting. Other position papers coming up for future review include one addressing attention problems and another addressing character education. There is some discussion in the writing workgroup as to whether the character education paper should be addressed at all, as the climate in which it was created has changed. Another writing group will need to be formed in the coming months/years to revisit extant position papers on grade retention and social promotion, assessment in school psychology, and large-scale assessment for high-stakes decision-making. More information will follow regarding these papers throughout the coming year.


NASP has been approached to endorse a paper entitled, Effects of Punishment on Children, written by people outside of NASP. Gene Cash and Marcia Martin reviewed the paper and the NASP Executive Council received their feedback on the paper, which seems to have some merit as a potential resource for the Child and Profession workgroup.


The Model Licensure Act. Kathy Pluymert (Program Manager, Professional Standards), Jennifer Kitson (Program Manager, Advocacy), and Rhonda Armistead (President, NASP) presented an update on the APA Draft Model Licensure Act (MLA). To this point, over 900 hours have been spent by NASP leadership in responding to, and working to maintain, the exemption for specialist level individuals to maintain the title school psychologist. During the fall 2007 public comment period related to the proposed changes to the MLA, over 10,600 letters were sent to APA from NASP members and partner organizations expressing concern about the removal of the exemption for school psychologists. States must be vigilant about changes to credentialing at many levels. For example, even though the MLA has yet to be modified, two states (Wyoming and California) have already had to address attempts to redefine who it is that provides psychological services in schools. NASP continues to monitor the public response to the MLA. It is pursuing legal opinions regarding possible restraint of trade; and is providing training and support to leaders, members, and states surrounding issues of certification/licensure and responding proactively to potential changes in policy. NASP is working to gather support from other stakeholder groups at state and local levels to continue to advocate for the maintenance of the exemption, and to develop a clear plan of action for addressing potential credentialing requirement changes. Numerous resources, including the NASP Advocacy Roadmap, are available at the NASP website and NASP leadership expertise around advocacy and the MLA are available to states in dealing with threats to the title and practice of school psychology.


NASP membership. Alex Thomas and Wendy Finn provided a membership update and as of February 2008, NASP membership reached 25,114, an all-time high. The goal is to surpass the 26,000-member mark sometime in 2008-2009.


Legislation. Stacy Skalski (Director of Public Policy) and Barry Barbarasch (Chair, Government and Professional Relations) presented a federal legislative review that included information about current legislative actions, grant opportunities, and upcoming legislative initiatives. You can learn more about these legislative issues at the NASP website. Additionally, I encourage you to use the NASP Advocacy Action Center to be part of the One-Minute Solution and play an active role in influencing legislation relevant to our profession.

Minority Scholarship Program. Deborah Crockett (Chair, Minority Scholarship Program) provided an update regarding the Minority Scholarship program. Several organizations and state associations continue to contribute to the scholarship fund. To date, 28 scholarships at $5,000 a piece have been granted; 21 recipients have completed their training programs.


Summer Institutes. This year's NASP/AHI Summer Institutes will be held July 21-23, 2008, in Atlantic City at the Sheraton Hotel and July 28-30, 2008, in Las Vegas at Ballys Hotel and Casino. Summer Institute programs are currently being finalized and flyers will be available at the beginning of March.


Children's Fund. The Children's Fund report included recognition of Janet Friedman (New Jersey delegate) and Shelley Oswood (Montana delegate) as newly-elected Board Trustees.


E-Communities. The new NASP Communities web page was unveiled. To use this page click on the "Communities" button that appears on the left menu bar, at the bottom of the page. Then from the Communities page click on the topic you wan to view, or click "New Topic" to start a new discussion.

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ASPA Review: Amy reported that she is currently working on the next issue of the ASPA review and appreciates any additional information for inclusion in the review. Feel free to email her information at


Membership: Joe Hannah was not in attendance to present membership information.


Legislative Update: Erik reported that he has been tracking bills that may have an influence on the practice of school psychology. At this point, there are not any bills in committee that will have a direct impact on school psychologists. There are a variety of bills that are educationally related and include those focused on truancy, repeal of the HSGQE, etc. Jim reported that in some areas of rural Alaska, if a child misses more than ten school days, parents may have to go before the magistrate and face jail time.

Theo reported that last year, there was work behind the scenes to repeal SB 48. This did not pass through committee and hasn't been addressed again this year. Erik also reported that March is traumatic brain injury awareness month. Erik reported that he will continue to track relevant bills including federal ones focused on loan forgiveness for school psychologists.



Children's Fund Donation: Lawrence reported that the ASPA Executive Board voted to make a $1,000 one time donation to the NASP Children's Fund to help pay the cost of the playground built during the NASP Conference in New Orleans. Mary reported that that ASPA's donation was very well received and appreciated.




Changes to NCSP Renewal Requirements: Lawrence reported that there are revisions to the NCSP renewal requirements. Starting 1/2009, school psychologists need three hours of professional ethics within their professional development hours. NASP is planning to provide a self-study module within the year. Starting 1/2010, 1/3 of NCSP renewal hours must be obtained through an approved provider (APA or NASP approved). Mary reported that she is working on getting ASPA approved as a provider. In order to do so, she has to complete a lengthy packet and provide data from those participants that attended the last three conferences. She has data from the last conference, but is working to gather data from previous conferences. Once ASPA is approved, any workshops and conferences that we hold can be utilized as approved professional development hours. Theo also noted that the logistics of the Type K certificate held by many school psychologists makes it difficult to renew state certification and NCSP concurrently. There was discussion as to determining whether this is the case with other states and how they have addresses this issue. Mary reported she would discuss this with Joan Bohmann as well.


ASPA Fall Conference: Judith reported that she has booked the BP Energy Center in Anchorage for the ASPA Fall 2008 Conference. The conference will take place on October 9 &endash; 10. Judith is still looking for recommendations regarding speakers and plans to book the speakers shortly. A discussion occurred surrounding recommendations of topics and speakers. Anyone with additional suggestions can contact Judith at


ASPA Website: Lawrence reported that Joe is maintaining the ASPA website but is looking for volunteers to assist in maintenance. Anyone that is interested is encouraged to contact Joe Gerard at


NCSP Reviewers: Elizabeth reported that NASP is looking for volunteers to assist in reviewing NCSP portfolios from those applicants that have not matriculated from a NASP approved program. She reported that applicants in this regard have increased substantially and there is a great need for reviewers. Training occurs annually at the NASP conference.


Lifetime Achievement Award: Lawrence noted that he would like ASPA to consider creating a Lifetime Achievement Aware for those individuals who have made significant contributions to ASPA, NASP and the profession of school psychology. He reported that if ASPA did so, we would need to establish nomination criteria. Other states have done this so we would be able to utilize their criteria as a guide. Mary made a MOTION to create nomination criteria for an ASPA Lifetime Achievement Aware. Elizabeth seconded. MOTION passed.


UAA Administrative Certification in Special Education: Erik reported that UAA has reinstated their educational leadership certificate in special education to include school psychologists. Those enrolling in this program would earn an administrative certificate in special education. Classes begin Fall 2008 at UAA.


NEA Alaska: Glen Ramos reported that he is currently a NEA representative for the state. He reported that he would add to Erik's list of pertinent legislation. Glen reported that currently the primary issues focus on ESEA, reauthorization of IDEA and retirement issues. For more information, go to the state website (


The meeting was adjourned at 6:25 pm.




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