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WSPA President’s Message by Linda Servais

January, 2018

I can just see you all travelling through the halls of your schools districts on your roller skates. Well, maybe not roller skates, but I'll bet you wish you had some!  I've talked to several school psychologists lately and they have only a very few minutes to discuss anything.  Whew!!! 

Your WSPA leadership has also been busy getting ready for our board meeting on Feb. 2 at 5:00 at Chula Vista in the Wisconsin Dells.  WSPA members are always welcome to join us, so let me know if you're interested!  Usually we have our board meetings in conjunction with conventions, however, with no spring convention this year we still have to meet and complete our WSPA work. We will be starting the preliminary work for budget preparation and planning for the next fiscal year.

Also, watch your email for an exciting new professional development opportunity that is coming soon in conjunction with UW-LaCrosse.  Since there is no chance to keep up with your mental health certificate, normally offered through our WSPA Spring Convention, or just keep up with professional development, we needed to find a new way to help you stay current.  Dr. Rob Dixon, WSPA Professional Development Chair, will be offering an online course on Mental Health for credit or as a non-credit course at a reduced rate.  This is a wonderful chance to receive your professional development without having to leave home, except to attend the NASP convention of course.  Remember, it's your responsibility to stay professionally current!  Please keep checking your email for the online class details!!

Be sure you are putting those roller skates away sometimes to take care of yourselves!  Do some fun things on the weekends with your family and friends, maybe even roller skating if you enjoy that.  We all get lost in our work at times, especially at our busiest times.  But please don't lose sight of your needs,  while still being great caregivers!  

Warmest regards and stay warm!



WSPA Spring 2018 Sentinel Newsletter is now available on-line for members.  Click on Resources, then choose WSPA Sentinel.

For Members, Click This Link:   https://wspa18.wildapricot.org/WSPA-Sentinel-Newsletter/ 

To see School Psychology Jobs posted on our Website, click this link:  School Psychology Jobs

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Click this link to see our policy:
School Psychology Jobs

To Donate to the Children's Fund, Minority Scholarship, or the Suzanne Allard Scholarship, use this link:  https://wspa18.wildapricot.org/Donate

Data Informed Practices for Inclusive Teaching of Math 
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater 
Wednesday, April 11th, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
$20 (includes coffee, lunch and parking)  

The workshop will include presentations and hands-on activities related to using data, models of concrete activities that should precede abstract concepts, and consultation time for school teams.
Participants will:
●   Use class level, grade level, and school level data to identify achievement gaps.
●   Use effective mathematics teaching practices to address gaps in order to teach for all students.
●   Design your own action plan for using your data to make changes in classroom instruction.
The workshop is available to general and special education teachers grades K-6, elementary principals and school psychologists.


Who Are School Psychologists?

School psychologists have specialized training in both psychology and education. They use their training and skills to team with educators, parents, and other mental health professionals to ensure that every child learns in a safe, healthy and supportive environment. School psychologists understand school systems, effective teaching and successful learning. Today's children face more challenges than ever before. School psychologists can provide solutions for tomorrow's problems through thoughtful and positive actions today.

The training requirements to become a school psychologist are a minimum of 60 graduate semester hours including a year-long internship. This training emphasizes preparation in mental health, child development, school organization, learning, behavior and motivation. To work as a school psychologist, one must be certified and/or licensed by the state in which services are provided. School psychologists also may be nationally certified by the National School Psychology Certification Board (NSPCB).  

Read more about School Psychology


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