California Association of School Psychologists



 

 
 

The following surveys have been submitted to CASP and is available to take now:

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Regarding African American Student Achievement and Success

Questions have long been raised as to whether the California ban on IQ testing of African American students for special education placement has – or has not – contributed to the significant disproportionality in special education found in the state. CASP has a new paper online that, while not completely answering that question, poses that as just one of the reasons CASP would like to see an end to the ban.

Approved by the CASP Board of Directors in December 2017, the paper and its many resources and attachments are located on the Publications Page. The paper lists reasons CDE and the State Board of Education should end the ban and allow school psychologists to use their training to determine the best means for assessing all students. The paper also calls for school psychologists to maintain training on these best practices through continuing education. CASP also pledges to work with the education agencies and the larger community to bring about the end of the test ban.

Authored by former CASP President Brandon Gamble and CASP Board member James Hiramoto, the paper was sent to the state’s education leaders, including Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, State Board of Education President Michael Kirst, the entire state board and the Advisory Commission on Special Education, as well as several others. It is hoped that this paper will be a first step toward discussions on how to end the ban.

 


Student Volunteers are needed for CASP Spring Institute 2018

Student members who volunteer to monitor a workshop at CASP Spring Institute 2018 can attend their volunteer day for free! And lunch will be included with your day. Positive Psychology, Spring Institute 2018 will take place on Thursday, March 22 – Saturday, March 24 at the Portola Hotel & Spa in Monterey. We count on you to help make sure the workshops run smoothly. Learn more and register to be student volunteer today!

 


Four new Webinars Available

Just in time for the holidays are three new webinars for your viewing! Get CEUs by viewing Dr. Leon D. Caldwell’s A School Based Approach to Promoting the Optimal Development of Black Boys, designing interventions that create metrics for the strengths and assets of black boys and their families, and California State University, Sacramento professor emeritus Dr. Catherine Christo’s webinar CDE Dyslexia Guidelines and School Psychologists, reviewing AB1369 guidelines. You can also attend CASP Convention 2017’s general session keynote address online regarding ways to promote equity for all students with keynote speaker Dr. Shaun Harper (CEUs are not available for this webinar).

Lead consultant for the CalMHSA Student Mental Health Initiative for the Los Angeles County Office of Education Richard Lieberman and CASP Chair on Mental Health and Crisis Consultation Susan Coats, Ed.D., LEP review primary suicide prevention, immediate suicide intervention, and suicide postvention activities judged to be consistent with the intent of AB2246 in their webinar Comprehensive Suicide Prevention: Meeting the Mandates of AB2246.

 


Helping Children After a Wildfire: Tips for Parents and Teachers

Natural disasters can be traumatic for children and youth. Experiencing a dangerous wildfire can be frightening even for adults, and the devastation to the familiar environment (i.e., home and community) can be long-lasting and distressing. Often an entire community is impacted, further undermining a child’s sense of security and normalcy. Wildfires present a variety of unique issues and coping challenges, including the need to relocate when home and/or community have been destroyed, the role of the family in lessening or exacerbating the trauma, emotional reactions, and coping techniques. See the NASP Resource paper on Coping with Wildfires.

 


Online LEP Directory Available

School districts, SELPAs, county offices of education and parents are invited to check out CASP’s LEP Directory. This directory features listings by name, city and languages spoken of licensed educational psychologists located throughout California.

Too access this directory visit the LEP Page.