RISPA Newsletter

Spring/Summer 2015

Note from the Editor: Wrapping up the School Year and Planning for the Future

Coming to the close of another school year is a good time for reflection. Looking at this past year for RISPA, we have focused on increasing active membership involvement and taking steps to plan for the future. As your state organization, we want to support the needs of school psychologists in Rhode Island. Look for more information coming soon as we take steps that will guide us moving forward.

RISPA Spring Event 2015

This year's event was held on May 13th at Chelo's by the Waterfront in Warwick. School psychologists, school psychology graduate students, college and university faculty and practitioners came together to celebrate accomplishments and partake in an amazing buffet that had everybody coming back for more. Make a mental note to plan on attending future opportunities such as this one. Check out some of the photos of the event below.

Treasurer's Report

RIDE ED/OHI Modules

RIDE has completed two modules designed to assist teams when making eligibility decisions for students in the categories of ED and OHI. You can check out these modules using the following links:


Emotional Disturbance (ED) http://media.ride.ri.gov/OSCAS/ED_module/story.html


Other Health Impairment (OHI) http://media.ride.ri.gov/OSCAS/OHI_Module-FINAL_4-10-2015/story.html

Don't forget to renew your RISPA membership!

You can easily renew your RISPA membership either online or by mailing in your application using the following link to the RISPA website: http://rispa.wildapricot.org/join

Upcoming Board Member Strategic Planning Session

To better determine future goals of RISPA in supporting RI school psychologists, board members will be attending a strategic planning session on July 28th. Members from the New Hampshire Association of School Psychologists will be working with us as we embark on this process. We are very excited to have this opportunity and will share the outcomes of that session.

Conferences for 2015-2016

Plans are currently being made for conference opportunities for the 2015-1016 school. Check back for professional development opportunities as we finalize plans.

New Features

In future newsletters, we hope to feature RI school psychologists (or students) and practices that are making a difference in their schools and districts. If you know of school psychologists who are engaging in practices that are impacting the outcomes of students or staff, please let us know so we can share! Contact Michele Walden-Doppke at mwalden-doppke@nric-ri.org.

Contact Us

If you have items you would like to contribute to future newsletters, please contact Michele Walden-Doppke, mwalden-doppke@nric-ri.org, or Chelsea Tucker, chelsea_tucker@my.uri.edu.