Missouri Association of School Psychologists
2019 Fall Conference
September 19th and 20th, 2019
Adams Pointe Conference Center
1400 NE Coronado Dr.
Blue Springs, MO 64104
Thursday, September 19th
Keynote Topic: Social Justice
Charles Barrett, MEd, PhD, NCSP
Friday, September 20th
Keynote Topic: Social Emotional Learning (SEL)
Valerie Shapiro, PhD
Online registration: 2019 MASP Fall Conference
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About the Keynote Speakers:
Charles Barrett, MEd, PhD, NCSP
Charles’ passion for serving children began while he was a summer camp counselor in the Catskill Mountains following his freshman year in college. Working with children from New York’s urban areas, his life was forever changed after spending seven weeks with a group of intelligent and energetic boys. Although he considered a career in speech pathology—having stuttered for several years throughout elementary and middle school—Charles' desire to serve children and families became even more evident after this pivotal experience.
After completing his undergraduate studies in Psychology and English at St. John’s University, Charles' graduate degrees in Human Development (MEd) and School Psychology (PhD) were earned at Lehigh University. Particularly interested in critically examining the factors that contribute to the misidentification and overrepresentation of culturally diverse students with various disorders and disabilities, his scholarship and professional practice are anchored by justice and equity, and represents his unwavering commitment to advocating for populations who have been marginalized by systemic oppression. Charles frequently presents at state and national conferences and has published in peer-reviewed and other periodicals. In September 2016, he received the Virginia Academy of School Psychologists’ Best Practices Award (School Psychologist of the Year) in recognition of his service to the Commonwealth’s families and students.
A nationally certified school psychologist (NCSP) with Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS), Charles is actively involved in the training and development of future psychologists through his roles as assistant director, internship supervisor, and chair of the Committee on Diversity for LCPS’ APA-Accredited Doctoral Internship in Health Services Psychology. He also holds leadership positions within the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), including co-coordinator of the Bilingual Interest Group, co-chair of the African American Subcommittee, chair of the Social Justice Committee, and Virginia Delegate to the NASP Leadership Assembly. Charles currently serves as adjunct faculty in the Department of Psychology at Northern Virginia Community College and the Graduate School of Education at Howard University.
Valerie B. Shapiro, PhD, is faculty chair of the Doctoral Program in Social Welfare and the Co-Director of the Center for Prevention Research in Social Welfare at Berkeley. She was the recipient of the 2014 Prytanean Faculty Prize, recognized for scholarly achievement and distinguished teaching at UC Berkeley. Dr. Shapiro researches the prevention of mental, emotional, and behavioral problems in children and youth through the adoption, implementation, and sustainability of effective prevention practices, such as Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) initiatives in schools. She serves on the steering committee of the Coalition for the Promotion of Behavioral Health that produced the National Academy of Medicine Paper entitled "Unleashing the Power of Prevention", the board of the National Prevention Science Coalition, and on two statewide advisory groups in California (e.g., the CASEL Collaborating States Initiative; Statewide Pilot on School Climate and Discipline) to improve infrastructure for prevention service delivery in schools.