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

Get Involved with NCSPA - Run for a Position on the Board!
Posted on September 28, 2015 by Tech Committee Chair
If you are interested in running for (or want more information about) the following NCSPA Board positions: North Piedmont Regional Rep, South Piedmont Regional Rep, Mountain Regional Rep, Coastal Regional Rep, Secretary, President-Elect, please contact Alex Tabori at!
Tier Six of School Psychologist Salary Schedule: Update
Posted on September 15, 2015 by Tech Committee Chair
Dear NCSPA Members,

I'm happy to report the Tier Six of our salary scale was funded in the Compromise Budget Proposal which will be voted on this week (with no amendments allowed). The budget contains more policy than the Governor said he would allow (specifically tax policy) so there is a chance that he could veto the budget. If that happens, a new Continuing Resolution would be needed to fund the state after September 18th or a very quick override of the veto by the Legislature. The Tier Six should be safe in all scenarios.

Our Tier Six appears on page 103 of the budget:

SECTION 9.1.(d) The twenty-sixth step of the salary schedule for (i) school psychologists, (ii) school speech pathologists who are licensed as speech pathologists at the master's degree level or higher, and (iii) school audiologists who are licensed as audiologists at the master's degree level or higher shall be seven and one-half percent (7.5%) higher than the salary received by these same employees on the twenty-fifth step of the salary schedule.

More information regarding the budget will be published in the Lobbyist Loft article in the October NCSPA Newsletter.

Cheryl Posner-Cahill, Ed.D
NC School Psychology Association
Member Lobbyist
Announcement: NCSPA Early Career Award
Posted on September 14, 2015 by Tech Committee Chair
The NCSPA Board has again approved the implementation of a drawing to provide an award for one NCSPA member who is in his/her first 4 years as a school psychologist.   This award will consist of $500 to be awarded to assist the winner in attending the NASP Convention which will be held in New Orleans, LA . February 10-13, 2016.  The process for selecting the award winner will be overseen by the North Carolina NASP Delegate Representative, Amy Ivey. The criteria for eligibility for this award consists of:
  1. Current member of NCSPA
  2. Working in North Carolina
  3. In the first four years of work as a school psychologist
  4. Agreement to contribute an article to the NCSPA newsletter following attendance at the convention
Anyone interested in entering a drawing for this award would need to complete the following entry form. Paper entry forms are available online and can be sent to Amy Ivey via email ( They will also be accepted at the Fall Conference as long as the NCSPA membership of the individual can be confirmed at that time. At the NCSPA Fall Conference, a special drawing will be held at the Members Meeting to select the winner of this award.  You do not need to be in attendance at the conference or the meeting to receive the award.  Once the winner has their NASP Convention Registration completed, they will be awarded the $500.
NCSPA 2015 Fall Conference Registration!
Posted on September 03, 2015 by Tech Committee Chair
NCSPA 2015 Fall Conference registration is currently open to NCSPA members. If your membership is current, you should have received an email with instructions for how to register. If you are not currently an NCSPA member, registration opens to the general public on Tuesday, September 8th. Registration will be available here. In the meantime, feel free to view the registration page in order to view information about the conference, including hotel, parking, registration cost, sessions, schedule, and presenters! If you are interested in becoming a member and receiving benefits like early conference registration (make sure you get the sessions you want!) and a reduced registration fee, click here.
Lightning Talks – Call for Proposals
Posted on September 01, 2015 by Tech Committee Chair
North Carolina School Psychology Association 2015 Fall Conference Winston-Salem Twin City Quarter ( Sunday, October 18, through Tuesday, October 20 If you have a research project or an innovative practice that you would like to share with your School Psychology colleagues, we invite you to participate in this year’s Lightning Talks session at NCSPA’s Fall Conference. Lightning Talks are brief presentations on new research or innovative practices.  Each presenter and will be allotted five minutes and may use up to three slides. (Presenters should allow time for a few questions.) Proposals must be submitted by email to Pam Kidder-Ashley at Deadline for submission of proposals is Friday, September 25, 2015, but early submissions are welcome. Decisions about acceptance will made within 2 weeks of receipt.  The date and time of the session will be Monday, October 19, 4:30 – 6:00. Please note that presenters must PRE-register for the conference. Registration information is available at Submission requirements: Submit the following, as an attachment, using a clear, 12-point font, double-spaced, in MS Word format:
  • A two- to three-page Summary that briefly describes the study conducted or the practice implemented
  • The first page of the proposal should be a Cover Page that contains the following information:
o   The title of the Lightning Talk o   A list of the names of the authors, their highest degrees attained, and their university or employment affiliations, in this format: David Jones, BA, Your University Jane Smith, MA/SSP, Your School District Sarah Adams, Ph.D., Your University o   The name, phone number, and email address of the contact person for the proposal Note:  When assigning a document name to the Summary, please include the last name of the primary presenter in the file name (e.g., Smith_Summary.doc). A computer with projector and screen will be provided for the Lightning Talks. If your proposal is accepted, you should prepare to present it in no more 5 minutes, using no more than 3 slides, via MS PowerPoint or Prezi or a similar format. Please contact Dr. Pam Kidder-Ashley by email at, if you have questions about the submission process or the Lightning Talks session.
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