Consider Your Nominations for CASP’s 2020 Awards


Now is the time to start thinking about your nominees for CASP’s 2020 awards and grant opportunities. Due to Covid-19, the application deadlines for all awards (except the Michael Goodman) have been extended to August 31, 2020.

The Sandra Goff Memorial Award recognizes one California school psychologist’s contributions to school psychology, and the Nadine Lambert Outstanding School Psychologist Award honors one school psychologist from each region.

Winning the California School Psychology Foundation’s Cultural and Linguistic Diversity (CLD) Scholarship does much more than help students pay for graduate school. The $1,000 scholarship has also assisted many students in funding their education; helping them purchase computers, books, and other necessities to help them along their way, and it has helped them a great deal in landing their first job.

The Michael Goodman Memorial Research Award recognizes the most outstanding research paper or poster presented at the annual CASP Convention. Application for this award is included in each convention’s call for presentations. See online convention information each year for how to apply.

The Paul Henkin Award, offered by the California School Psychology Foundation, offers students and first-year school psychologists financial assistance to attend CASP’s annual fall convention. This prestigious scholarship is given to one graduate student and one newly credentialed school psychologist each year.

School psychologists can win campus popularity contests by winning the Mini-Grant, also offered by the California School Psychology Foundation. This grant is for programs and projects that directly benefit students for which school district funding may not be available.

Sandra Goff Memorial Award


Established in 1980, the Sandra Goff Memorial Award is awarded for recognition of distinguished service to the profession of school psychology in California, and to CASP (one per year.)

Award Criteria

  1. Exemplary service to the Association, including long-term contributions to school psychology in a variety of settings, and influence extending throughout California and beyond.
  2. All CASP members are eligible for this recognition including practicing psychologists, coordinators, directors, administrators of psychological services, and others. It is in recognition of distinguished service to the profession of school psychology and recognizes exemplary service to the Association, long-term contributions to school psychology in a variety of settings, and efforts that had effects beyond district boundaries, throughout California and the nation.

Nominations

  • Nominations must be submitted electronically to CASP via the form linked below. Please include at least three (but no more than five) letters of support no more than one page in length. At least one letter must be from an individual knowledgeable of the candidate’s capabilities and one from an individual who works with the candidate in a professional setting.

Deadline:

Nomination deadline is August 31. Incomplete packets will not be considered. Nominators are encouraged to submit materials electronically.

The results of the selection are kept confidential until the award is announced at the CASP Convention.

Nomination Forms

Nadine Lambert Outstanding School Psychologist Award


CASP officially recognizes the outstanding work of school psychologists through the Nadine M. Lambert Outstanding School Psychologist award. Only practicing school psychologists providing direct services to students, teachers, parents, or community agencies are eligible for Nadine M. Lambert OSP awards. Recipients must also be CASP members.

Award Criteria

(Exemplary service in all areas.) Examples include but are not limited to:

  1. Service to the Students
    • Assesses educational and psychological strengths and needs of individuals and groups of children.
    • Assists in the solution of problems through counseling.
    • Works with other specialists in planning and implementing individualized educational programs.
  2. Service to Teachers
    • Helps plan educational programs based upon identified strengths, and needs of individuals or groups of children.
    • Works toward the solution of management problems of students whose learning or adjustment disabilities interfere with classroom activity.
    • Provides information and ideas on the application of psychological research and theory to the classroom activity.
  3. Service to Administrators
    • Facilitates educational planning through research and consultation.
    • Assists with the design, preparation, and evaluation of proposals for educational programs funded by local, state and federal sources.
    • Provides inservice education for teachers and staff.
    • Participates in the development and evaluation of programs and services.
  4. Service to Parents
    • Provides parents with information about the educational and psychological strengths and needs of their children.
    • Explores means by which parents and the school can work together more effectively to assist the child.
    • Expedites referrals to other specialists and agencies when appropriate.
    • Offers parent education programs concerned with child rearing and school-related topics.
  5. Service to Community Agencies
    • Identifies children with special needs beyond the scope of school resources.
    • Provides information and interpretations, which facilitate service to children.
    • Serves as school representative to help others understanding school goals, needs, and operations.
    • Offers specialized educational programs and materials.
  6. Service to the Profession
    • Is a member of CASP.
    • Sees his or her work as a constant search for knowledge about human behavior, and uses such knowledge for the promotion of human welfare.
    • Advances school psychology through the application of psychological knowledge to the problems of the schools with special attention to the interactions of the school system and the child.
    • Governs his or her professional behavior by the Code of Ethics of CASP and NASP.
    • Participates actively in appropriate local, regional, state, and national professional organizations.
    • Is a leader and considered a mentor to other school psychologists.

Nomination Criteria

Nominations for the Nadine M. Lambert Outstanding School Psychologist must be submitted electronically and must include the following:

  • Name, address and telephone number of nominee
  • Region number and school district in which the nominee works
  • Confirmation that nominee is a CASP member
  • Reasons you or your affiliate believe this person merits this recognition
  • Give specific details for each criterion, emphasizing those factors that make your nominee truly outstanding. Anecdotes are welcomed.
  • A minimum of three recommendation letters written on behalf of 
your nominee, including letters from other individuals (parents, teachers, or administrators) familiar with the candidate’s work in various settings. At least one letter must be from a school psychologist.
  • A signature of the person nominating.
  • Name, address and telephone number of person nominating.
  • Nominators are encouraged to submit materials, including letters of recommendation, electronically.
  • Printed or emailed nomination materials should be submitted to: kathyl@casponline.org or CASP Awards Committee
 3841 North Freeway Boulevard Suite #100, Sacramento CA 95834

Deadline:

Nomination deadline is August 30 Incomplete packets will not be considered. Nominators are encouraged to submit materials electronically.

Nomination Forms


CLD Scholarship CSP Foundation


The Cultural and Linguistic Diversity (CLD) Scholarship was established to assist in meeting the need for increasing the number of culturally and linguistically diverse school psychologists. It is the intent of the Foundation to promote opportunities for the recruitment of school psychologists responsive to the ethnic, cultural and linguistic backgrounds of the individual children who are part of the increasingly diverse population of California. The $1,000 scholarship is renewable for two (2 years), or until the student graduates.

Applications and all reference letters must be postmarked by August 31.

Applicants must have progressed to the second year of an accredited school psychology program in the state of California and must be a member of a culturally and linguistically diverse minority group. Scholarship application information will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Evidence of academic competencies from an accredited graduate program
  • Evidence of highly developed oral and written communication skills
  • Evidence of past and current community involvement, responsiveness to, and advocacy for children and families of diverse backgrounds
  • Evidence of motivation, commitment, or passion for working in the public schools as a change agent
  • Evidence of good interpersonal skills, as well as emotional maturity
  • Evidence of knowledge of the demands of the vocation of school psychology, as well as an understanding of the comprehensive nature of psychological services delivery

Please note:

Applicants may not apply for both the Cultural and Linguistic Diversity Scholarship and the Paul Henkin Convention Scholarship in the same year.

Application Forms

Paul Henkin Scholarship CSP Foundation


Deadline:

Application deadline is August 31, 2020

Getting to the annual CASP Convention can be difficult for graduate students and first-year school psychologists.

Former CASP member Paul Henkin had a passion for working with children and helping them achieve their full potential. He believed that new psychologists would be best served by the workshops and other information available at the conferences; thus, the creation of the Paul Henkin Scholarship.

“He had an immense amount of knowledge and he really loved working with kids,” said Vicky Schwartz, who was a colleague of the late Henkin while working for Los Angeles Unified School District in the 1980s. “Even people who didn’t know him personally would see him working with children and could tell that it was his passion.”

The award, up to the amount of $750, is made annually to CASP members; one to a graduate student in school psychology, and one to a newly credentialed school psychologist. It is to be used to attend the annual convention and funds are to be applied toward registration and workshop costs, lodging and transportation.

Scholarship applications are evaluated based on evidence of knowledge of the demands of the vocation of school psychology as well as an understanding of the importance of continuing professional development.

Applications and letters of reference must be postmarked by August 31. Please email your application (below) to kathyL@casponline.org, or to Paul Henkin Scholarship, C/O CASP, 3841 N. Freeway Blvd., Suite 100, Sacramento, 95834.

Please Note:

Applicants may not apply for both the Cultural and Linguistic Diversity Scholarship and the Paul Henkin Convention Scholarship in the same year.

Application Forms

CSPF Mini-Grant


The mini-grant program has been developed to provide financial support for projects designed to provide direct benefit to students. Projects must include children as participants and should promote the development of positive assets in children and youth. Funds are not awarded for such things as consultants, salaries, travel expenses or equipment.

The purpose of the mini-grant project is to promote effective interventions that address both learning and social/emotional issues that impede a child’s success and happiness while embracing individual and group differences in children.

The Foundation is most interested in projects directly affecting the lives of children and/or their families. All projects consistent with this purpose will be considered. Projects will be selected by a review committee, according to the merit and compliance with the program’s purpose.

Access the Mini-Grant application from the link below. The rubric used by the CSP Foundation Board to determine successful applications is also linked below. Annual deadline is August 31.

Award Winners 2018


Sandra Goff Award

  • Brandon Gamble, Dean of Student Success & Associate Professor Psychology, Oakwood University, Huntsville, AL
  • Suzanne Fisher Award

    • Barbara Thomas

    Nadine Lambert Outstanding School Psychologist Award winners

    • Region I: Zenia Horning, Healdsburg Unified School District
    • Region II: Laura Whitmore, Santa Clara Unified School District
    • Region III: Nelarie Romo, Riverbank Unified School District
    • Region IV: Susan Mora and Victoria Ruffin, Los Angeles Unified School District
    • Region V: Jana Baker, Long Beach Unified School District
    • Region VI: Terri Foster, Hemet Unified School District
    • Region VII: Sergio Appel, San Diego Unified School District
    • Region VIII: Michelle Iraheta Canales, Simi Valley Unified School District
    • Region IX: Gabriela Eisenberg, Saddleback Valley Unified School District
    • Region X: Antonia “Toni” Minoletti, Elk Grove Unified School District

    Cultural and Linguistic Diversity Scholarship winners

    • Shameeka Lewis, San Diego State University

    Paul Henkin Scholarship winners

    • Professional award: Wendy Gutierrez, Buttonwillow Union School District
    • Student award: Amanda Whiteley, San Diego State University

    Michael Goodman Award winner

    • Jennifer Dowlan Steen, San Diego State University

    A complete list of past award winners can be found here.