TASP's Official 86th Texas Legislative Session Platform

On August 18, 2018, the TASP Executive Board approved the legislative platform for the 86th Texas Legislative Session, aligned to the association's vision, mission, and core values.

Call for Self-Nominations: Join an Action Group Today 

TASP is seeking self-nominations for additional members to join three new action groups including: 1) 2019 Sunset Task Force, 2) TASP Shortage Task Force, and 3) Texas School Psychology Safety and Crisis Committee.  Learn more at the link above.

Children's Assistance for Living Committee (CALC) Support Project 2018

Each year, TASP designates a fundraising recipient for its community support project at the annual convention. The 2018 Children’s Assistance for Living Committee (CALC) has selected the recipient this year, an organization that has raised more than $5M for children and families dealing with cancer in Texas since 2014. Learn more at the link above. 2018-07-25

Special Issue Call for Papers

Dear Colleagues,

We are excited to solicit contributions for a special issue of Research and Practice in the Schools, the official journal of the Texas Association of School Psychologists (TASP). Under the guest editorship of Julia Englund Strait, PhD, Kirby Wycoff, PsyD, and Aaron Gubi, PhD, we invite submissions for a special issue focusing on Trauma-Informed School Psychology Practices. 2018-07-17

26th Annual Fall Professional Development Convention

Call for Awards & Honors Nominations

Do you know of a TASP member or school district who provides exemplary school psychological services and deserved recognition? Please honor the person and/or teams who work tirelessly to ensure our students receive comprehensive mental health services in our schools by nominating them for one of our award categories. 2018-07-12

Graduate Student Scholarship Information

Attention all TASP graduate student members! Anyone in need of a scholarship? TASP has officially opened the application window for this year and will award up to four general $500 scholarships. 2018-07-12

Annual Fall Professional Development Convention Vendor Information

Vendor registration for the Annual Fall Professional Development Convention is now open. The convention will be held in Dallas October 25-27. Make plans now to have a booth in the Exhibit Hall starting at $400. Over 600 school psychologists in Texas will attend the annual convention. 2018-07-12

TASP 2019 Executive Board Nominations

The TASP Nominations Committee is currently accepting nominations for our 2018 elections cycle. Details for the TASP Executive Board positions can be found here. Please consider developing your applications/nominations as soon as possible as the deadline to submit nominations and complete materials is Sunday, September 9, 2018. You may nominate yourself or anyone you think is qualified. If you are interested in any position, please contact Brook Roberts, Past President and chair of the Nominations Committee at [email protected] If you have any questions about the responsibilities of any of the positions you may also contact any of the current TASP Board members for further information.

LSSP Evaluation Tools

TASP has come to recognize that school leaders often desire to have a single evaluation tool for all school professionals that require student outcome data to be linked to the evaluation and personnel decisions. This model presents unique challenges when evaluating LSSPs in the school setting. Evaluation tools are often designed around a narrowly defined role, thereby discouraging LSSPs from providing more comprehensive services to positively help students and families. Using the NASP Practice Model as a guideline, TASP has developed a model evaluation tool to use when evaluating LSSPs in the school setting.

TASP is promoting this tool as it establishes the full range of services that can be reasonably expected of LSSPs. It also promotes consistency of practice and clarity of expectations. It allows for the practical role of the LSSP to be gradually aligned with the NASP Practice Model. TASP is mindful that critical to this is the workload and capacity (e.g., time, resources, and ratios) for an individual to provide those services. On the program level, districts should commit to making available a range of services that can meet student needs. Districts need to consider how these standards are reflected in the professional expectations of LSSPs, including how job descriptions and personnel evaluation articulate these standards.

TASP hopes this model evaluation tool will provide the school administrators who are responsible for evaluating LSSPs a mechanism for determining the true value of LSSPs in the public school setting.

LSSP Evaluation Tool          Sample LSSP Job Description

Learn more about TASP!

Would you like to know TASP's stance on an issue related to school psychology in Texas?
The Executive Board of TASP adopted the following position statements in August 2014. Position statements and resolutions represent the official policy of TASP and are approved by the elected members of the TASP Executive Board.
Click here to read the statements

The Benefits of Membership

TASP is a professional organization for school psychologists and Licensed Specialists in School Psychology for the state of Texas. Membership benefits include, but are not limited to, discounted rates to the annual convention and summer institute. You will receive access to our newsletter that provides you with the latest information and news in the profession. Networking opportunities with professionals around the state and representation at stakeholder meetings including TSBEP and access to Research and Practice in the Schools: The Official Journal of Texas Association of School Psychologists.  

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