TASP Partners with the NASP Crisis Response Team

TASP is working with the NASP Crisis Response Team to provide resources and assistance for school psychologists, educators, and families working with children and schools in Texas that have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey. In the coming weeks, TASP will make available two webinars regarding mental health support for students and families, considerations for districts serving displaced students, and other natural disaster related topics that may assist school psychologists and other educators that are helping to deal with the recent crises that have impacted so many Texans.

The following resources can be very helpful for you in the interim and we strongly encourage you to take advantage of the materials linked below which have been provided by the NASP Crisis Response Team.

Also, TASP is collecting information from its members and other educators to assist with specific needs of schools that we can address, and also resources that are available to those needing assistance. Please complete this form to provide information that would be useful to address needs that you are aware of or resources that you have available to use to assist others.

Click here to provide helpful information about those in need of assistance

 

 

CALC Service Project

Each year, TASP designates a fundraising recipient for its community support project at the annual convention. The 2017 Children’s Assistance for Living Committee (CALC) chose Love for Kids (http://loveforkidsinc.org/) to be the recipient. Read more about LFK here.

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

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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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TASP and the 85th Legislative Session

What LSSPs need to know about this year’s bills and how to get involved. 
For updates during the session and to be notified about calls to action, make sure you are a member of TASP – your professional advocacy organization.

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