Maryland School 
 Psychologists' Association

MSPA: Promoting the learning of all Maryland school children


COVID-19 Updates

Governor Larry Hogan announced that a public health emergency has been activated in Maryland. The State Superintendent of Maryland Schools has ordered that all schools in Maryland be closed through the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.

This may cause distress and anxiety for the students, families, and staff with whom school psychologists work in Maryland. As a result, the MSPA Executive Board is providing resources to support MSPA members in responding to student, staff and family concerns.

MSPA highly recommends that members make themselves familiar with the latest NASP resources, including 

MSPA also recommends members review the information on the Center for Disease Control website to ensure we as professionals are not spreading misinformation about how it is transmitted, current rates of exposure and sharing best practice tips for preventive health and safety measures.


The School Psychology Experience 
   during the COVID-19 Pandemic

MSPA members! Did you miss this free panel discussion?

Active members can access the recorded discussion and supporting documents HERE!

Spring Conference 2020 Update

MSPA has been closely monitoring the impact of COVID-19 on all of our upcoming events.  The Program Committee has determined that it is in the best interest and safety of all parties involved to cancel our upcoming in-person spring conference.

In an effort to adjust our professional development to the current social distancing requirements, on May 15th, we will offer the Motivational Interviewing (MI) portion of the spring conference as a 3-hour live webinar.  You can register for the spring conference webinar event HERE.

Already registered for the in-person Spring Conference?

There are three options available.  You can choose to:

OPTION 1: Apply your conference registration to another in-person MSPA conference in lieu of a refund.  You may choose to apply your registration to either:

 Fall Conference 2020

October 16, 2020

Martin's West

"Moving from Classroom Management to Classroom Communities"

- Angela Mann

"But I'm a School Psychologist... Why Should I Care about Restorative Practices?"

- Byron McClure



 Spring Conference 2021

May 14, 2021

Hotel at Arundel Preserves

"Personality Problems in Youth and Adolescence: Theory, Research, and Intervention"

- Carla Sharp

OPTION 2: Register for the Spring 3-hour live webinar, "School-Based Motivational Interviewing: Using OARS to Evoke Change Talk" and receive the difference in registration fees as a refund or a credit to your MSPA account for future use.

OPTION 3: Receive a full refund

***Please email Amy Jagoda, Program Committee Chair, with your preference of the three options above***


2020 Officer Elections

The results are in!

In this year's election, membership voted to elect officer positions for the 2020 - 2021 school year.  

Click Here to see the results of the election.

Congratulations to the 2020-2021 Officers!

Summer Institute 2020


MSPA has been closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and associated safety precautions and restrictions placed on large gatherings.  As much as we were all looking forward to learning and networking at the beach this summer, we need to cancel this in-person event.

Already Registered for the Summer Institute?

Please email Amy Jagoda, Program Chair, with your preference of the following options:

OPTION 1: Full refund of your conference registration

OPTION 2: Apply this registration to Summer Institute 2021 in lieu of refund

Already reserved a room at the Atlantic Sands Hotel & Conference Center ?

You need to call to cancel your reservation (302) 227-2511 

The Program Committee is in the process of securing the dates for Summer Institute 2021 and assessing availability of the speakers scheduled for this summer to speak in Summer 2021. These dates will be advertised once they are available.


School Psychology Shortages

Each month, at the MSPA Executive Board meetings, time is dedicated to discussion of a 'Big Topic' that impacts our work as school psychologists in Maryland.

See a summary of the September Big Topic discussion below!



Protocol image

The second issue of the 2019-2020 Protocol is now available to members online.

Access it here!


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Resources from NASP

  Focus on Safety & Security in our Schools

We were all saddened by the recent violence and tragic loss of life in Charlottesville, Virginia. With instances of hate speech and violent actions displayed in our society, it is important that we are all part of the effort to support students during difficult and uncertain times.

As school psychologists, we are in a position to help students navigate difficult conversations, create safe and secure learning environments for all students, and be advocates for the systems and services that lower barriers and create genuine, sustained equity and opportunity.

NASP has created resources to support and facilitate our work in these areas.  

Social Justice Resources

School Safety & Crisis Resources

A Framework for Safe & Successful Schools



Membership News!

It's time to renew your membership for the 2019-2020 school year!

Members can renew now

by logging in Here!

If you were a member in the past but did not yet renew, your account has been suspended. Log in to your account and REJOIN.

Contact Membership if you have questions. 

New Resource!

Were you unable to attend the Fall Conference this year?

MSPA Members can view or download handouts from all presentations


Upcoming Conferences

MSPA Events for more events

Vision: All students will thrive in school, at home, and throughout their lives.

Mission: MSPA promotes and advocates for best practices in school psychology to improve learning, behavior, and mental health for all students, families, and schools.

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