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

NCSPA Jack Bardon Live Time Achievement renamed the Dr. Jim R. Deni Life Time Achievement Award
Posted on November 04, 2018 by Digital Media Committee Chair
Preparing for Hurricane Florence
Posted on September 11, 2018 by Digital Media Committee Chair
In preparation for Hurricane Florence, NCSPA is sharing the following resources to help support students, families, and educators to prepare for and recover from the storm:

For up-to-date information, please monitor local news and use the ReadyNC website, which offers news on forecasts, government announcements, traffic, shelters, flooding, and more. Download the app to your phone for easy access.

From NASP: From the Autism Society of North Carolina: From the South Carolina Association of School Psychologists:
2018 Fall Conference, October 14-16, 2018 at Hilton Charlotte University Place in Charlotte, NC
Posted on August 22, 2018 by Digital Media Committee Chair
Dear Colleagues,

The NCSPA Board and Fall Conference Committee invite you to participate in our 2018 Fall Conference, October 14-16, 2018 at Hilton Charlotte University Place in Charlotte, NC. The Conference theme is School Psychologists: Systems Level Change Agents.

On Sunday, you will have a chance to hear from Dr. Perry Zirkel on the law and identification of Specific Learning Disability and Dr. Mark Shinn on implementation of MTSS in secondary schools.

On Monday and Tuesday, our learning opportunities will include sessions with Rhonda Armistead,who will do a session on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Charles Barrett, who will discuss disproportionality and English Language Learners. Other session topics include homelessness, Section 504, MTSS and Autism Spectrum Disorder, as well as using the Community Resiliency Model.

Between sessions, we will be using facilitators from around the state to Gather and Gab about a variety of topics that you want to discuss! These small groups will meet at a local restaurant, have a great meal, and talk shop! When you register for conference, let us know of some topics you might be interested in discussing!

Some other conference highlights to look forward to include our Advocacy Reception, sponsored by PAR as well as an evening banquet and reception. We will have good food, awards, the raffle and other prizes, and dancing! You won’t want to miss it!

Speaking of raffle, the charity the conference committee has chosen to support this year is Mental Health America. MHA supports professionals and families and is education-focused in social emotional learning. Come join us and learn ways to develop as a systems level change agent!

See you soon,
Alma Harness
NCSPA Fall Conference Chair

For more information and to register click here.
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

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