The 2019 Fall Convention Registration is Now Open!


The 2019 Texas Association of School Psychologists' Fall Convention will be held Wednesday through Friday, October 23-25th, at the Westin Galleria Houston in Houston, Texas. Internet and parking are provided free of charge during the convention. The theme of this year's convention is a reminder of how dynamic our profession competencies are beyond the assessment role. We are trained to provide and embrace a comprehensive model of services and each of us has the potential to shift systems at the local, state, and national levels. We have invited several NASP leaders from across the country to help us celebrate the profession and share their experiences as school psychologists and leaders of our profession. Pre-convention topics include social-emotional learning and best practices in bilingual assessment. Convention sessions feature a wide variety of topics including: Social-emotional learning, crisis response and intervention, mental health service delivery models in school districts, multi-tiered systems of support, and assessment.

Nominate an LSSP for Member of the Month

TASP would like to recognize one member per month engaging in exemplary service.  Please click on the link above to complete the form to recognize an LSSP doing extraordinary things for students across Texas. Members will be chosen at random each month and recognized on TASP's social media platform and website, after approval by the recipient.

 

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.

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

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.
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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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