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

Nominate your colleges for NCSPA Practitioner of the Year and the NCSPA Innovative Practices Award
Posted on April 18, 2018 by Digital Media Committee Chair

Please consider taking a few minutes to nominate and recognize your fellow NCSPA members for their dedication and commitment to the field of School Psychology! To nominate a school psychologist please click on the name of the award below.

NCSPA PRACTITIONER OF THE YEAR AWARD

This award seeks to recognize excellence in school psychological services by honoring the school psychologist who exemplifies the highest level of professional standards in his or her daily practice. Please consider nominating a fellow school psychologist for this honor who practices in an exemplary manner, earns the respect of coworkers, students and parents, and is well informed about professional standards, ethics and current issues.

NCSPA INNOVATIVE PRACTICES AWARD

This award seeks to recognize school psychologists who have been engaged in innovative practices that have provided significant benefits to a group of teachers, school or school system as well as the children within the school system.

Eligibility for each award:

1.Regular Member of NCSPA (non-student or honorary member), and 2. Licensed as a School Psychologist and practicing in North Carolina, and 3. Provides direct services to students, families and schools.

Nominations for both of these awards will be accepted through May 30, 2018. Presentation will be at the 2018 Fall Conference. In order to maintain the prestige of both awards, the awards committee will only review applications if at least 3 people are nominated for either award. If less than three people are nominated, then all those nominated will be eligible for consideration in 2019.  If you have questions please contact Shana Hall at smhall@clevelandcountyschools.org or Alex Lattier at aflattier@clevelandcountyschools.org.

 
Casting the Net Recognizing and Planning for the Needs of Students with Brain Injuries
Posted on April 16, 2018 by Digital Media Committee Chair
Dear South Piedmont NCSPA Members,

Please join us on April 18, 2018, as we explore the definition of traumatic brain injury (TBI), signs/symptoms or clues that a TBI may have occurred, the sequelae of mild, moderate, and severe brain injuries, patterns of dysfunction as a result of the affected location in the brain, school-based interventions, the referral processes for special education and Section 504, and the school-based psychological evaluation process.  Participants will also learn about the Return-to-Learn After Concussion protocol adopted by the North Carolina State Board of Education in 2015.  

Presenters:

Harriett H. Ford, Ph.D., Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, District Section 504 Facilitator
Brent Croker, Ed. S., NCSP, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, School Psychologist

Complete Bios can be found on CVENT. Our presenters are listed on the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) Registry of Approved Providers for Traumatic Brain Injury Psychological Services.

Time: 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Location: Rowan –Cabarrus Community College

North Campus Room 317
399 Biotechnology Lane
Kannapolis, NC 28081 

Cost: 5.00 for NCSPA Members, 10.00 for Non-NCSPA Members

To Register: http://www.cvent.com/d/2gqjcw  (Press control and click on the link if it does not immediately open)

Capacity: 45

Contact Information:

Caron Parrish-Nowell, caron.nowell@cms.k12.nc.us   NCSPA South Piedmont Rep.
Amy Wichman, amy.wichman@cms.k12.nc.us   NCSPA South Piedmont Rep.
CALL FOR PROPOSALS!
Posted on April 03, 2018 by Digital Media Committee Chair
We cordially invite you to be a presenter at the

2018 NCSPA FALL CONFERENCE:
"School Psychologists: Systems Level Change Agents"

WHEN
Sunday, October 14, 2018 - Tuesday, October 16, 2018

WHERE
Hilton Charlotte University Place
8629 JM Keynes Drive, Charlotte, North Carolina 28262, USA

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT PRESENTATION PROPOSALS:
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School Safety Update
Posted on March 20, 2018 by Digital Media Committee Chair

Our board has been hard at work with state and local advocacy efforts in the wake of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida that has brought school safety and mental health to the forefront of many conversations in the media and legislature.

NCSPA has been invited to share at the first NC House Select Committee on School Safety meeting tomorrowMarch 21.  Dr. Jim Deni will be providing a 20 minute presentation to state stakeholders to provide the committee with an understanding of the accessibility and barriers within our current school mental health system, as well as the prevalence of mental health and substance abuse problems facing our students. Several NCSPA board members local to the Raleigh area will also be in attendance.  You can tune in to the presentation LIVE from wherever you are in NC!  At 9:00am tomorrow, visit the NC General Assembly website and click on the audio button next to “Select Committee on School Safety” under the Legislative Calendar section on the lower right-hand side.

If you follow us on Facebook or Twitter, you already know about much of our great advocacy work in recent weeks.  Here’s a recap:

  • NCSPA Past President Jim Deni discussed the need for more school psychologists in order to provide comprehensive school psychological services, including school-based mental health, on the weekly television program Education Matters on March 10.
  • NASP Past President Melissa Reeves discussed school safety on the Charlotte Talks radio show on March 12, and will return to do another interview focused on school mental health along with Charlotte-area school psychologists on March 28.  If you are in the Charlotte area, be sure to tune in to WFAE 90.7 at 9:00am, or access the audio later.
  • NCSPA President Heather Lynch Boling discussed the impacts of school psychologist shortages in NC on our abilities to provide comprehensive services within a Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) with Wilmington-area Star News.
  • In their March 2018 newsletter, President of the NC Parent Teacher Association (NCPTA) Virginia Jicha specifically mentioned school psychologist ratios in NC (as well as counselors, social workers, and nurses) and calls upon our state to “discuss fully funding and staffing these important jobs in our schools [because] our children deserve it.”

Be on the lookout for another advocacy video soon to hear from some of NCSPA’s regional representatives and their experiences meeting with local legislators.  Across North Carolina, school psychologists are talking with their local legislators, superintendents, and local boards of education—and we encourage you to do the same!  Please share your advocacy work with us and keep the momentum going—small steps lead to positive and lasting change!

Sara Ryan

NCSPA Communications Chair

NC Policy Watch: The Troubling Shortage of School Psychologists
Posted on March 16, 2018 by Digital Media Committee Chair
Please see the link below for a radio commentary on the shortage of school psychologists in North Carolina by Rob Schofield, director of NC Policy Watchhttp://www.ncpolicywatch.com/2018/03/14/the-troubling-shortage-of-school-psychologists/
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