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2022 NCSPA Fall Conference

October 23-25, 2022                Cary, NC

Sunday, October 23rd

Session Block One
9:30 - 11:30 am

Unless otherwise noted, each session meets criteria for NASP and APA approved credit hours.

Consumer-Friendly Report Writing: A PLC's Experiences in Being Heard and Valued
Hannah Hyer, SSP - Buncombe County Schools
Lori Unruh, PhD - Western Carolina University
Ethan Schilling, PhD - Western Carolina University

There is a long history of school psychology practitioners questioning the benefit of spending so much of their time writing traditional psychoeducational reports which often do not meet the needs for the consumers of those reports and do not contribute to meaningful student outcomes. How can these reports be more concise and succinct while at the same time providing information that will contribute significantly to decision-making regarding how best to meet the student's need? To address this question, a group of 7 school psychologists in the western end of state joined together with support from Western Carolina University faculty to form a Professional Learning Community (PLC). This PLC began meeting January 2022 and continue to provide support to one another as they make efforts to improve their report writing skills. One of the outcomes has been the development of an Assessment and Report Writing Planning Tool. For this presentation, the group will share their experiences, what they learned, the tool that they developed, and how this has impacted their current practices.

Pre-K Assessment: The Uses of Qualitative Assessment Practices
Kathryn Marshall, SSP - Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools

The presentation will discuss the uses of qualitative assessment in the Pre-K population and implementation strategies. Qualitative assessment can be useful when a child is unwilling or unable to participate in a traditional standardized assessments or when supplemental information is needed in educational decision making.

The Ethics of Critical Race Theory: Addressing Equity in Schools and the Impact on Families
Andrea Murray-Lichtman, MSW, LCSW
Tauchiana Williams, MSW, LCSW

The current crises of racism and a pandemic, among other issues, faced by families with school aged children demand that school social workers, counselors, school personnel, and community providers serve as essential workers ready to pivot from virtual to in-person learning. The weight of addressing barriers to support students in being academically successful while navigating two pandemics can be overwhelming and discouraging. School psychologists, social workers, counselors, and other school staff provide numerous services that include direct engagement with children and families, advocacy, consultation, school wide planning and crisis intervention. This “new normal” requires that everyone be equipped with renewed strategies to lead antiracism and social justice efforts within school and community settings. This workshop will describe Critical Race Theory and explore its application in ethical approaches to equity in school settings. The presenters will facilitate an interactive and engaging workshop designed to provide a space to discuss the ethical problems confronting school psychologists, social workers, counselors, and other school staff and to formulate strategies for 21st century solutions.

This session meets criteria for continuing education hours in the areas of ethical practice and/or the legal regulation of school psychology and equity, diversity, inclusion, and social justice.

This session is for in-person participants only.


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