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

Lead one of our Gather and Gab special interest groups!
Posted on July 18, 2018 by Digital Media Committee Chair
Hello, Practitioners,
The NCSPA Fall Conference Committee has been working hard throughout the year to bring you a high quality, relevant, and informative professional development opportunity in October. Last year, NCSPA piloted the idea of special interest group meetups for our practitioners to network and discuss current issues in a less informal setting. We'd like to provide the same opportunity again at this year's conference and offer the opportunity facilitating one of our Gather and Gab special interest groups!  

Our 2017 conference feedback survey listed the following topics as areas of interest: 

LD determination, Counseling and mental health services, Assessing English Learners, MTSS implementation, AU evaluation and intervention, leadership, preschool topics, collaboration with outside agencies or other specialists, mentor/supervision, LI populations.  But if you have other ideas for a group we’re more than happy to have you facilitate the conversation!

Do you need to be an expert in any of these areas? No! Not at all! The point of Gather and Gab groups is to get folks together and discuss challenges, successes, and ideas around these topics. We just need you to be curious and willing!

Based on feedback from last year, we have decided to provide different times for the groups to meet:

  • Pre-Dinner/Dinner: after 5 pm Saturday (October 13)
  • Breakfast: 7:00-8:00 Sunday, Monday, or Tuesday (October 14-16)
  • Lunch: 12:00-1:00 Sunday, Monday (October 14-15)
  • Lunch: 1:00 Tuesday (October 16)
The meetup groups will be limited to about 8 people. Our programming committee will provide some facilitation questions as well as assist in reserving space at one of the nearby restaurants for your group to meet. 

If you are interested in facilitating a Gather and Gab, please fill out the form found at this link.
2018 Leadership Collaborative Summer Institute
Posted on May 17, 2018 by Digital Media Committee Chair

The North Carolina School Psychology Association would like to invite school psychologists to join us for the

2018 Leadership Collaborative Summer Institute

June 21st  and 22nd, 2018

UNCG Department of Education Building, Greensboro, NC

This Institute  provide school psychologists the opportunity to learn additional skills needed to become change agents in their everyday work. Primary presenters Hiral Vekaria and Chase McCullum work as part of the NASP Leadership Committee and have extensive knowledge in the area of leadership. The focus of the institute will help psychologists identify their individual strengths as leaders, understanding what “leadership” is and how we can build on our strengths. Systems level change agents can be anything from school building, departmental, LEA, region, state or national level. What we would like participants to reflect on is where they see themselves. What type of change would be dependent on your goal. We will work with participants to identify some potential goals and what tools they may need to support their work. In addition, we will have sessions around running effective meetings, coaching/collaboration/mentoring and sustainable leadership. All of this will relate back to topic areas including (NOT a definitive list): MTSS/SLP policy, General Leadership, Social justice/equity, advocacy, provision of comprehensive services, etc.  In addition to the 2 day training with national presenters and NCSPA Leadership, we will have planned ongoing support moving forward through activities, meetings and discussions.

Cost:  (Two days and follow-up): / NCSPA members, /nonmembers.

If you are interested in attending, please email Sarah Kelly, kellys2@gcsnc.com. There are a few remaining spots!  Formal registration will be sent directly.

We look forward to seeing you! Sarah Kelly & NCSPA Leadership Development Committee

Legislative Alert: HB 933 Reciprocity/School Psychologist Licensure
Posted on May 17, 2018 by Digital Media Committee Chair
Name of Legislative Issue/Topic: HB 933 Reciprocity/School Psychologist Licensure The House will go in session at 11:00 this morning. One bill that is proposed and will be presented on the floor is HB 933, which allows for school psychologists moving in from out of state AND who have NCSP designation to be licensed within NC based on that. Adding this option for school psychologists will help us to recruit highly qualified individuals from out of state to help us fill our vacancies in NC. Action steps: CONTACT your representative as soon as possible (preferably this morning) and ask that they vote in support of this bill.

Text of the bill can be found here.

Find out who represents you here.

You may wish to say something like the following:

Phone:   We are asking that you support HB 933 which grants licensure for out of state school psychologists with national certification to be licensed by DPI. We are asking for your support of this bill as it will help school districts in our state to recruit highly qualified school psychologists from out of state to help fill the numerous vacancies in NC. Email: Dear (Insert Legislator here), Thank you for your time and service for the people of North Carolina. At this time, there are over 70 vacancies for school psychologists in North Carolina. This drastically impacts our ability to provide comprehensive services to the students in our school buildings. We are asking that you support HB 933 which grants licensure for out of state school psychologists with national certification to be licensed by DPI quickly and efficiently. It does not cost the taxpayers of North Carolina any money. We are asking for your support of this bill as it will help school districts in our state to recruit highly qualified school psychologists from out of state to help fill the numerous vacancies in NC. Sincerely, (Your Name here)
2018 Leadership Collaborative Summer Institute
Posted on May 02, 2018 by Digital Media Committee Chair
***UPDATE: Registration for the summer institute is now closed***

The North Carolina School Psychology Association would like to invite school psychologists to join us for the 2018 Leadership Collaborative Summer Institute June 21st and 22nd, 2018.

The purpose of the institute is to provide school psychologists with skills needed to become change agents in their everyday work. Primary presenters Hiral Vekaria and Chase McCullum work as part of the NASP Leadership Committee and have extensive knowledge in the area of leadership.

Cost:  (Two days and follow-up): / NCSPA members, /nonmembers.

If you are interested in attending, please email Sarah Kelly, kellys2@gcsnc.com by May 8th. Space is limited to a maximum of 3 participants from an LEA. Formal registration will be sent directly.

We look forward to seeing you!

Sarah Kelly & NCSPA Leadership Development Committee

NCSPA Advocacy Challenge!
Posted on April 26, 2018 by Digital Media Committee Chair

Here are specific advocacy actions that School Psychologists across NC have bravely done and now NCSPA needs you to be involved to push our advocacy even more as the NC General Assembly short session begins May 16. Choose 1-2 of these ideas and if you need help, reach out to fellow School Psychologists:

  • Meet with your House or Senate representatives in your community. They want to hear from you. You are their constituents and represent a vote for them.

  • Talk to superintendents in your district.

  • When you meet with these individuals, take a buddy (teacher, school psychologist, parent, administrator, neighbor, etc.).

  • Make a video or podcast to tell your story of how you serve your schools. This can be delivered via Twitter or Facebook or provided to your representative if you cannot get to their office in your community.

  • Talk to your PTA at your child’s school or the school you work at and get them to present our Infographic in their newsletter or bulletin.

  • Call your local newspaper and work with a reporter to tell your/our story.

  • Call your local radio station to provide information about the shortages. If they want to interview you and you’re nervous, take a friend and just do it.

  • Talk about how School Psychologists ‘team with and collaborate with’ others in school to support mental health for all students.

  • Remember, you don’t have to spend time thinking of what to say. Use the talking points along with the NCSPA Infographic, NCSPA 2018 Fact Sheet, and NCSPA Legislative Agenda, and the talking points which are all found on the NCSPA website.

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