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2022 NCSPA Fall Conference

October 23-25, 2022                Cary, NC 

Monday, October 24th

Session Block Five
3:30 - 5:30 pm

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

Current Practices in the Assessment of English Language Learners
Jim Deni, EdD - Appalachian State University
Ashley Tovilla - Appalachian State University
Brielle Winner - Appalachian State University
Milton Cepeda, MS, PsyS - Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools

As a result of the increasing number of English language learners (ELL) in the United States, it has become increasingly important for monolingual and bilingual school psychologists to demonstrate competency when assessing students with whom they do not share a language. This presentation will focus on current practices and best practice in assessment of ELL students and address the issues of disproportionality.

This session meets criteria for continuing education hours in the areas of equity, diversity, inclusion, and social justice. 

Epilepsy and Its Psycho-social Impact
Pat Gibson, MSSW, DHL, ACSW - Director, Epilepsy Information Service

This session will cover basic information about the diagnosis of epilepsy, different types of seizures and their symptoms, common precipitating factors for seizures, first aid, including information on all the rescue treatments and a brief overview of the medicines and their side-effects that can impact school performance. The session will also cover the psycho-social impact of epilepsy on the student and discuss primary resources for assistance.

This session is for in-person participants only.

What School Psychologists need to know about ECATS MTSS
Susan Laney, MEd - NC Department of Public Instruction
Philip Young, MEd - Public Consulting Group

School psychologists are essential in supporting school staff and students within a multi-tiered system of supports. This session will help school psychologists understand the useful features of ECATS that go beyond special education, that can support their schools in implementing MTSS. Participants will learn how to utilize the Early Warning System, Core Planning, and Intervention Planning features of ECATS MTSS to address components of Read to Achieve (District Literacy Intervention Plan, Individual Reading Plan).

The Ethical Role of School Psychologists in Disrupting the School-to-Prison Pipeline
Cari Carson, Esq., MSW – Staff Attorney, Legal Aid of NC’s Right to Education Project
Crystal Ingram, Esq. – Staff Attorney, Legal Aid of NC’s Right to Education Project
Jen Story, Esq. - Managing Attorney, Legal Aid of NC’s Right to Education Project

Topic: At this pivotal moment in history, school districts are increasingly being called to examine the role that they play in perpetuating injustice and inequity through the criminalization of students, and in turn how those educational institutions can be fundamentally reimagined to better promote healing, restoration, and equity. These harmful patterns of school-based criminalization, also known as the “School-to-Prison Pipeline,” disproportionately harm students with disabilities – in particular BIPOC students with disabilities. This session will therefore center on engaging participants in an interactive discussion of the unique role that school psychologists can, and arguably ethically must, play in disrupting the school-to-prison pipeline and in fostering equitable, supportive environments in their school districts and across the state.

Format: In this interactive simulation, each participant will have the opportunity to walk in the shoes of a student with a disability who is experiencing the school-to-prison pipeline firsthand. Throughout the course of the session, participants will experience several facets of the educational system, as well as the juvenile justice and child welfare systems, through the eyes of two different students. The format of the session focuses heavily on both small and large group discussion, as well as on solution-focused thinking.

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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