NCSPA is a professional organization that supports and advocates for school psychologists across North Carolina to provide comprehensive services that reflect best practices in the field of school psychology.

Welcome parents, educators, leaders, and student support specialists!

We hope that you will find this resource helpful as you fulfill your role in ensuring positive educational outcomes and wellness for all our children and youth. As School Psychologists across North Carolina, we can be part of the solution, no matter the problem!


Special Announcements

Support for Students and Families in WNC Affected by Wildfires
Posted on November 13, 2016 by Digital Media Committee Chair
Western North Carolina is currently experiencing wide spread wildfires.  We would like to share the following resources from NASP to assist school systems in working with students and families affected by the fires: Natural Disasters: Brief Facts and Tips Helping Children After a Natural Disaster: Information for Families and Educators If you have additional questions or concerns, you can contact us here.
School Psychology Awareness Week is NOVEMBER 14th-18TH - SHARE YOUR STORIES!
Posted on November 02, 2016 by Digital Media Committee Chair
Bring the important work of school psychologists to the forefront during this week by submitting stories/highlights/video clips of the “small steps” that school psychologists are taking to have an impact on students
  • Directors of school psychologists and school psychologist practitioners are invited to share the great work of their school psychologists by submitting stories/highlights/video clips from across the state
  • It is preferable if the appropriate professional standard linked to the work is referenced (e.g., As school psychologists, we assist in promoting a respectful environment for diverse populations. In this feature, we would like to share how we have partnered with other specialized instructional support personnel to promote a safe and respectful school climate for all by…)
  • Submissions should include the name and brief description of the LEA/school/charter school and school psychologists/other education staff involved, with either a link or contact information for interested parties to obtain additional information.
  • Submissions should be limited to 250 words or less (may include photos) OR a brief video (less than 5 minutes)
  • All submissions should be emailed to: DPIschoolpsychology@gmail.com by November 10th These highlights/videos will be shared across various communication platforms during the week of 11/14-11/18
NEW!! Fall Public Comment Sessions Scheduled
Posted on October 19, 2016 by Digital Media Committee Chair
Educators, parents, students and other stakeholders of North Carolina’s public schools are invited to attend six public comment sessions scheduled for October across the state. Public input is being sought by NC Department of Public Instruction staff to help guide development of the state’s plan for complying with the new federal education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). States are required to develop their own ESSA plan to comply with the federal law. The state plan will address issues of school accountability, student assessments, support for struggling schools and other elements. Please note that sessions will be held 5-7 p.m. except Tarboro HS-Oct. 19 time will be 4:00-6:00 pm. Anyone may attend a session in any region. Audience members who want to speak (up to 3 minutes) will be asked to sign in and are invited (but not required) to bring a copy of their remarks to submit into the record of the event. A recording and notes from each session also will be taken. Click here for more info.

GEOGRAPHICAL AREA

DATE

LOCATION/VENUE

North Wilkesboro Thursday, October 6 West Wilkes Middle School 1677 N. NC Hwy 16 Wilkesboro, NC 28697
Jacksonville Wednesday,  October 12 Jacksonville High School Media Center 1021 Henderson Drive Jacksonville, NC 28540
Fayetteville Tuesday, October 18 Long Hill Elementary 6490 Ramsey Street Fayetteville, NC 28301
Tarboro Wednesday, October 19 Tarboro High School 1400 Howard Avenue Tarboro, NC 27886
Waynesville Monday, October 24 Tuscola High School 564 Tuscola School Road Waynesville, NC 28786
Burlington Tuesday, October 25 Career and Technical Educatio
Helping Children After a Natural Disaster: Information for Families and Educators
Posted on October 11, 2016 by Digital Media Committee Chair
Many children and families in North Carolina are struggling to recover in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.  Please see the following from NASP for resources and suggestions on how to help:

Natural disasters can be especially traumatic for children and youth. Experiencing a dangerous or violent flood, storm, or earthquake is frightening even for adults, and the devastation to the familiar environment (i.e., home and community) can be long-lasting and distressing. Often an entire community is affected, further undermining children’s sense of security and normalcy.

Children look to the significant adults in their lives for guidance on how to manage their reactions after the immediate threat is over. Parents, teachers, and other caregivers can help children and youth cope in the aftermath of a natural disaster by remaining calm and reassuring children that they will be all right. Immediate response efforts should emphasize teaching and reinforcing effective coping strategies, fostering supportive relationships, and helping children understand their reactions.

We are not able to prevent crises from occurring but we can control the conditions in which we work through one and we do that through our district's crisis plan.

For more information, click here.

Adapted from: National Association of School Psychologists. (2015). Helping children after a natural disaster: Information for families and educators [handout]. Bethesda, MD: Author.
NCSPA Fall Conference Cancelled Due to Weather
Posted on October 08, 2016 by Digital Media Committee Chair
As of 1:35pm on October 7th, the city of Wilmington has closed the Wilmington Convention Center and informed us that we cannot have our Fall Conference. I am so very sorry that this has happened and for the late notice. Our foremost concern is for your safety and the safety of the staff of the convention center and hotel, therefore we had been leaning this way already. We had hoped to have at least Monday and Tuesday but due to changes in the course of Hurricane Matthew, updated rainfall estimates, likely tidal and river flooding, and the likelihood of losing electricity, this is no longer and option. To give you an idea of the severity of the situation, my own family and I are evacuating right now. As we know more, we will share information on a possible rescheduling as soon as we can.

Thank you for your understanding in this situation, and we wish you the safest of weekends. As always, let us know if you have additional questions.

Amy
Amy Ivey
NCSPA Fall Conference Chair
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