|Fall 2006 (return to top)|
|Hello everyone. Welcome back to the start of a new school year. This year brings special challenges for all of us in the field of school psychology, and OSPA looks forward to assisting you with our goal of helping all students maximize their potential. Let me first start by thanking you for being a member of OSPA. One of the central purposes of our organization is to advocate for quality educational programming for students across the state of Ohio, and to promote the variety of services that school psychologists can offer to enhance those programs. Your membership and participation in OSPA are vital to this mission. Your input is highly valued and, as such, I want to strongly encourage you to become involved in attending our conferences, serving on one of our many committees, networking with colleagues, and engaging in the exchange of ideas on how to improve our service to Ohio’s students.
There are a number of initiatives that OSPA will undertake this year, but I will focus on three here. First is our role as school psychologists in the comprehensive school-wide prevention and intervention model known as the Ohio Integrated Systems Model for Academic and Behavior Supports (OISM). This model establishes support systems for addressing both academic and behavioral needs of all students; consequently, OSPA sees school psychologists as vital to the implementation of this model as we have unique expertise in these areas. OISM will require us to reconceptualize the role and function of the school psychologist. This will require us to move beyond the narrow scope of assessment for purpose of eligibility determination of students with disabilities toward comprehensive mental health service delivery for all students. OSPA is working with the Office for Exceptional Children to promote this model of service delivery across the state. Please see George Csanyi’s article in the latest issue of The Ohio School Psychologist for more information. (And join me in thanking George for all he is doing to help lead OSPA’s efforts in this important endeavor)
The second initiative on which I am focusing is the ongoing effort for OSPA to continually use available technologies to improve our networking with each other. As a primary purpose of OSPA is to facilitate communication and dialogue among its members across the state, the use of technological applications will become increasingly important. With this in mind, OSPA launched its website (www.ospaonline.org) and listserv several years ago. We are currently examining a number of options for the website and listserv, some of which include online conference registration, expanded webpages for local affiliates, voting for OSPA officers, and purchasing OSPA merchandise. If you have expertise in listserv management, website development, etc., and would be willing to assist the OSPA Technology Committee, please drop me a line.
The third initiative is to continue to promote participation on any of OSPA’s several committees. These committees, in many ways, are the lifeblood of our organization. OSPA committee members are the ones who take large-scale ideas, break them down into concrete steps, and take action. There are any number of committees on which you could serve that might match your talents and interests. I heartily encourage you to explore some of them on the OSPA website and ask around at the fall conference. Your level of participation is entirely self-directed, but if you’ve ever thought about “giving back” to the profession and/or getting involved in your state organization – now is the time!
Finally, I want to thank you again for your membership in OSPA. We live in challenging times. Meeting these challenges requires, among other things, developing an educated citizenry, helping the next generation compete in the global economy, and engaging all members of society in working to together to solve common problems. Thank you for all you do every day to help Ohio students meet these challenges.
Robert J. Kubick Jr.
|Winter 2007 (return to top)|
OSPA COMMITTEES – GET INVOLVED!
The most frequent question I get from OSPA members is, "How can I become more involved in OSPA?" The easiest way to get more involved in OSPA and to assist our organization in its mission is to join one of our many committees. The accumulated committee members of OSPA are truly the “lifeblood" of the organization. The committees are not only charged with the day-to-day tasks that come with running a professional organization of our size, but are often called upon to assist with the leadership in charting the future direction of school psychology in Ohio.
I have asked the chairs of the various OSPA committees to provide you with a brief synopsis of the role/function of their committee. They have also included contact information for members who would like further information. Membership in OSPA committees is open to any interested OSPA member and completely voluntary on your part. You may participate at your own level of comfort with respect to time commitments and duties/responsibilities. Our committee chairs are very flexible in terms of matching your experiences, talents, and desires to specific committee work. Committees are run as team enterprises, and contributions are encouraged from across the spectrum of professionals in our state.
The professional practice of school psychology involves seemingly innumerable commitments, but if you've ever considered deepening your involvement with OSPA, then I urge you to give strong consideration to this overture and make contact with one of our committee chairs. We look forward to hearing from you!
The purpose of the Awards Committee is to review and recommend recipients for the awards presented to OSPA members in recognition of their outstanding achievement in the field of school psychology. The Awards Committee also submits nominations to NASP for those who hold dual membership.
Chair: Kristen Prough
The role/function of Child Advocacy Committee is evolving at the present time, and ideas for the future direction of the committee’s work are open for discussion.
The Crisis Committee is one of the newest committees for OSPA. Over the last few years, committee members have worked hard to organize volunteers from around the state who would like to learn crisis intervention skills, network with other professionals in regards to crisis interventions, and sharing this information with other OSPA members.
The mission of the OSPA Crisis Committee is to facilitate student and staff psychological well being, in order to enable schools to resume normal activities after a crisis, which would maximize educational performance.
The OSPA Crisis Committee would like to assist school psychologists in their response to students and families in crisis situations by:
(1) Gathering information about crisis prevention, intervention, and postvention and making this information available to OSPA members.
(2) Providing a supportive network of professionals to increase knowledge and skills in crisis situations.
(3) Increasing collaborative involvement in regional / state teams in preparation for possible response to a region / state crisis.
(4) Providing on-sight crisis assistance.
The Crisis Committee is always looking for volunteers who would like to be a part of this exciting committee. You do not have to be an expert in the field of crisis intervention, you just need a desire to help others in times of crisis. The Crisis Committee offers training opportunities and materials to OSPA members.
Ethics and Professional Standards Committee
Fall Conference Committee
The mission of this committee is to coordinate the planning of the annual Oscar fall conference. This includes selecting speakers/presenters for the conference, determining the location of the conference, and providing on-site logistical support.
Co- Chairs: Susan Johnston Jay Bahnsen
The purpose of this committee is to formulate OSPA's legislative platform, and to also serve as part of OSPA's Legislative Action Network. Members meet twice a year at both the Fall and Spring OSPA conference, and sometimes meet once in the winter, in
Co-Chairs: Barb Scholl Ann Brennan
Nominations and Elections Committee
The purpose of the committee is to solicit nominations for various OSPA offices
President-Elect - 1 year before assuming the Presidency
The committee typically meets during the OSPA Fall and Spring Conferences to develop a timeline of activities, prepare goals for the upcoming year, and assign responsibilities. During the spring general election, committee members meet (outside of the fall and spring conference time periods) to count ballots and subsequently notify of Executive Board and candidates of the outcome prior to announcing the results to the general membership during the Business Meeting of the OSPA Spring Conference.
Since School Year 2005-2006, the Nominations and Elections Committee has solicited nominations for President-Elect, Secretary, and other officers as appropriate during the conference in the fall. Regional representatives were not included because it is the responsibility of OSPA’s regional affiliates to provide nominations. During School Year 2006-2007, the Nominations and Elections Committee agreed to allow the membership to suggest OSPA members from their regions for the position of OSPA regional representative. The names submitted would in turn be given to the regional president. It remains the responsibility of the regional affiliate to submit names to be placed on the ballot.
The Nominations and Elections Committee members desire to have members from as many regions throughout Ohio as possible, so that the membership of the Committee is representative of the Association. Apart from the two meetings at conferences, there is very little time required to serve on our committee. Most of our work is done via phone or email, so come join us and learn more about OSPA!!!
Co-Chairs: M. Reuben Mosidi, Ph.D. George M. Csanyi, Ed.D.
The mission of this committee is to coordinate the planning of the annual Oscar spring conference. This includes selecting speakers/presenters for the conference, determining the location of the conference, and providing on-site logistical support.
Co-Chairs: Sal Karanough-Schuler Elaine Semper
OSPA Technology Committee
The role and function of the OSPA Technology Committee is to facilitate electronic communication and disseminate information to members, potential members and/or the general public. This is currently achieved through the OSPA website and listserv. This committee is also available to assist the organization in maintaining or choosing appropriate equipment, software, or support services. The Technology Committee is an ideal opportunity for those in the organization who wish to use their technological skills and knowledge in facilitating the mission of OSPA.