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  • September 30, 2017 10:16 AM | Scott Crooks

    On January 24th, 2018 the Missouri Association of School Psychologists will join together with the School Social Workers Association of Missouri to advocate for increased student access to mental health services in schools in the 2nd Annual School Mental Health Advocacy Day.

    This annual event will be your chance to meet our lobbyist Trent Watson, speak with legislators about the needs of students, increase awareness of our respective professions, and advocate for the need to recognize school-employed Specialized Instructional Support Personnel teams as a crucial part of the school community. 

    Current MASP members will receive free lunch. 

    Deadline to register is 1/17/2018.

    Can't wait to see you there!

  • September 30, 2017 10:12 AM | Scott Crooks

    Three student scholarships will be awarded to worthy candidates in Missouri’s NASP or APA approved School Psychology programs! 

    The purpose of these scholarships is to encourage students to complete school psychology programs and support employment of School Psychologists in Missouri public schools. Additionally, MASP hopes to increase student involvement and membership. 

    The award money may be used for living expenses, research, conference attendance costs, or any other needs related to academic preparation as a School Psychologist.

    Check out the Awards and Grants page for more info!

  • November 07, 2016 8:56 AM | Scott Crooks

    New legislation affecting trauma, suicide, dyslexia, and bullying practices in schools...

    2016 Legislative Update!


    There was a lot of legislation passed regarding schools and school psychologists late last Spring. Below you'll find a summary from our awesome Advocacy Chairs Kim Moore and Katya Sussman of the important changes affecting schools. We are proud to announce that MASP leadership has been asked to serve on the DESE committee tasked with developing guidelines for anti-bullying policies, trauma awareness and prevention policies, and trauma information and training for school districts! 

     The following bills passed in the 2016   legislative session:

    Bullying: HB 1583

    • This bill amends the definition of bullying to require behavior to be “repetitive” or “substantially likely to be repeated” and includes behavior that interferes with the performance, opportunities or benefits of any student, or that disrupts the operation of the school.
    • Requires the district’s anti-bullying policy to be included in the student handbook.
    • Districts have jurisdiction to prohibit cyber-bullying that originates on a school’s campus or at a district activity if the electronic communication was made using the school’s technological resources or if the communication was made on the district’s campus or at a district activity using the student’s own device. The district may discipline to the greatest extent allowed by law.
    • Requires the following additions to the anti-bullying policy:
      • Designate an employee to whom bullying reports are made.
      • Timelines for employees to report bullying and for the investigation of any bullying incident.
      • Prohibit reprisal or retaliation against persons who report bullying and include remediation for retaliation if it occurs.
      • State how the policy will be publicized.
      • Establish a process for discussing the policy with students and for training school employees and volunteers who have significant contact with students.
      • Instructs district counselors, social workers, and school psychologists to educate students who are victims of bullying on techniques to overcome negative effects of bullying. It also requires districts to implement programs to address bullying and make resources available to victims.

    Youth Suicide Prevention: HB 1583; HB 2379

    • Beginning in the 2017-18 school year, educators may annually complete up to 2 hours of professional development in youth suicide awareness and prevention as part of hours required for state certification. DESE will develop guidelines and materials for training.
    • By July 1, 2017, DESE will develop a model policy in cooperation with organizations that have expertise in the area.
    • By July 1, 2018, each district will adopt a policy for youth suicide awareness and prevention including plans for training district employees. The policy will include: a) Strategies to identify students at risk; b) Strategies for helping students at risk; and c) Protocols for responding to a suicide death.

    Dyslexia HB 2379; SB 635; SB 638

    • Creates a Legislative Task Force on Dyslexia to make recommendations for a statewide system for identification, intervention, and delivery of supports for students with dyslexia. (MASP has submitted nominations of school psychologists to serve on this task force)
    • By December 31, 2017, DESE will develop guidelines for screening students for dyslexia and providing classroom support, consistent with the findings and recommendations of the Legislative Task Force on Dyslexia.
    • Beginning in the 2018-19 school year, public schools and charter schools will conduct dyslexia screenings in the appropriate year in accordance with DESE guidelines. The school board will provide reasonable classroom support in accordance with the DESE guidelines.
    • Beginning in the 2018-19 school year, Missouri practicing teacher assistance programs (student teacher programs) will offer two hours of in-service training provided by school districts and charter schools for all teachers. Such training will count as two contact hours of professional development for state licensing purposes.

    Trauma- Informed Schools: SB 638

    Creates the Trauma-Informed Schools Initiative in which DESE will:

    • Provide information regarding the trauma-informed approach to all school districts;
    • Offer training to all school districts; and
    • Develop a website about the trauma-informed schools initiative for parents and schools. Each school district will provide the address of the website to all parents before October 1 each school year.

    It also requires DESE to establish the Trauma-Informed Schools Pilot Program. Five schools from around the state will receive intensive staff training and funds to implement the approach.

     Thank you all for your continued support  as members

    We wouldn't be able to be as involved in state-wide work for children and families without your support. If you have suggestions or resources that you think are great please contact us so can share the wealth with our peers around the state. Thank you so much!


  • August 11, 2016 11:27 AM | Scott Crooks

    Our new performance evaluation tools (formative and summative) are now available and have been approved by DESE!

    These tools are specifically for evaluating the duties of school psychologists and school psychological examiners. We believe that these tools will be very helpful to school districts in our state, as the job competencies required to perform as a School Psychologist or School Psychological Examiner are not captured using a teacher or counselor performance evaluation tool. Please contact the MASP President with any questions or feedback. 

  • August 10, 2016 10:18 AM | Scott Crooks

    Please take a look at this great document detailing the unique contributions of school psychologists, school counselors, and social workers. Could it help your team work more efficiently this year? There is always enough need for all of us!

    Thank you to MASP, MSCA, SSWAM, and the DESE Dept of School Counseling!

  • July 24, 2016 4:42 PM | Pamela August (Administrator)

    Scott Crooks is currently the president of the Missouri Association of School Psychologists - so he couldn't really say no when asked if we could feature him in our new series. We hope to get to know a bit more about the many wonderful and hard-working school psychs in Missouri. 

    Scott is a busy guy! In addition to his MASP duties, Scott works at Special School District as a Measurement and Assessment Coach. He also teaches at Webster University and works part-time at UMSL. 

    What is the best part about being a school psychologist? I love problem solving and advocating for kids.

    Do you have a special project or goal for next year that you're excited about? Developing and running virtual cohorts, researching and piloting a problem solving team focused on student basic needs, and putting MASP's cool new plan and virtual meeting structure into action. 

    What's the funniest thing a kid has said to you? "Is your office a storage room?"

    What do you do for fun - besides writing reports? Play video games and read. Up to 30 books so far on my Goodreads challenge!

    What do you wish you could do more of at work? Less of? More data analysis, less email :)

  • June 28, 2016 3:06 PM | Pamela August (Administrator)

    Starting this fall, school psychologists applying for certification in Missouri will only have to take one exam, the Praxis, that can be used to apply for both a Missouri certificate and the NCSP. Thanks to MASP members for their advocacy! 


    A few years ago, the Missouri DESE developed new Content Assessments for almost all areas of educator certification. This included the development of a new School Psychologist Assessment. However, the new Missouri exam for School Psychologist certification was not the approved Praxis School Psychologist exam (ETS) which is a requirement to pass in order to obtain certification as a Nationally Certified School Psychologist. Missouri's change to the new assessments effectively required all students enrolled in Missouri school psychologist training programs to take both exams in order to obtain certification. 

    We are pleased to announce that the State Board of Education determined that this will no longer be necessary. The School Psychologist (057) assessment administered by Evaluation Systems (Pearson) is scheduled to be removed from the List of Approved Assessments as of August 28, 2016. The School Psychologist exam (5402) administered by Educational Testing Service (ETS) will be added to the List of Approved Assessments effective on August 29, 2016. The Missouri Qualifying Score has been set at 147 (the same score required to obtain the NCSP).

  • June 01, 2016 9:24 AM | Scott Crooks

    Take a look at this great National and Missouri-based suicide prevention and intervention resource guide prepared by Jessica Lindhorst a school psychology graduate student at Webster University. Thanks Jessica!

  • April 11, 2016 4:05 PM | Scott Crooks

    Southern Illinois University is pleased to host a workshop conducted by Dr. Jerome Sattler on the WISC-V on Monday, June 13th, 2016.

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