RISPA Newsletter March 2016

Rhode Island School Psychologists Association

Thoughts from the Editor

With the recent adjustment to Daylight Saving Time, many of us are eagerly anticipating the transition from winter to spring and the promise of warmer weather. As a process of rejuvenation begins, we look forward to breaking out of our winter doldrums. Like the ongoing changing of the seasons, RISPA continually works to support school psychologists in our state and considers how to best meet changing needs. If you are looking to start something new, consider becoming more active in RISPA through attendance at our monthly board meetings, volunteering for committees or contacting current board members to find out more information. Also, look for our newsletters for regular updates, opportunities and information.

Spring Conference

Join RISPA at the Spring Conference "Teaching Mindfulness to Children and Adolescents" on March 25, 2016 at Rhode Island College. Click on the link below for more information and registration.

Call for Participants

Doctoral students at the University of Denver are seeking approximately 250 school psychologists to provide input for better understanding the role of school psychologists in transition services for secondary students with an intellectual disability. Through their study, they hope to explore potential role expansion opportunities for school psychologists and identify areas for improvement in transition services and post-school opportunities for students with ID.

Participation in the study is entirely voluntary and should take no more than 15-20 minutes. Additionally, study participants have the option to enter a drawing for 1 of 10 $30 gift certificates to Amazon.com. Please use the below link to access the study (password - transition):


If you would like to view the full Call for Participants letter,you can access it by clicking the title "Voices from the Field" above. Thanks for your consideration!

NASP Position Statement on ESSA

Have you heard about what's new with the authorization of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)? Check out this position statement from NASP and visit their website for information about what this means for the future and the role(s) of school psychologists.

Share your thoughts

RI Education Commissioner Wagner is inviting community representatives and school members to participate in a community conversation about Rhode Island's Diploma System and State Graduation Requirements. Please click below to find out more information.

Until next time...

Thanks for reading this issue of the RISPA Newsletter. Look for future editions and more information about RISPA and how we are supporting school psychologists in Rhode Island.