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Upcoming events

    • 12 Apr 2019
    • 8:15 AM - 4:00 PM
    • The Hotel at Arundel Preserves, 7795 Arundel Mills Blvd, Hanover, MD 21076
    • 290
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    Spring Conference 2019

         
              

    How to Build, Scale and Sustain your RTI Effort to Prevent Academic Failure, Deliver Improved Learning and Make Accurate Eligibility Decisions in your School

     

    Amanda VanDerHeyden, Ph.D.

    Founder, Spring Math (www.springmath.com), President of Education Research & Consulting, Inc. Author and Speaker

       

     

    Friday, April 12, 2019 

     

    The Hotel at Arundel Preserves

    7795 Arundel Mills Blvd.

    Hanover, MD 21076

     

    Mail in- REGISTRATION DEADLINE postmarked March 25

     

    Online- REGISTRATION DEADLINE April 1

     

    NO WALK-IN REGISTRATIONS     

     

    Program Overview:

    8:15 - 9:00      Registration and Continental Breakfast

    9:00 - 12:00    How to get people to do what works, from more efficient screening, to attaining core instructional excellence, and sustaining remedial intervention   

    12:00 - 1:30    Buffet Lunch, MSPA General Meeting and MSPA Awards

    1:30 - 4:00      Screening for at-risk learners, identification of dyslexia, dysgraphia and dyscalculia, as well as how to intervene to close the achievement gap   

     

    Description:

    It is well known that some children are prone to struggle when learning to read, write and solve mathematical problems. The school psychologist is the assessment expert who is uniquely trained to advise parents and teachers about best practices to prevent and repair academic skill gaps. In nearly all systems, a tremendous amount of data are available that can be used to understand learning needs and promote stronger learning gains for the system and the individual student. To be of the greatest benefit to the children we serve, school psychologists must know how to harness the power of academic screening to give students the academic proficiency with all its resulting economic and social benefits for the child. The school psychologist has to build trust with stakeholders, cultivate an understanding and buy-in for the “how” of academic assessment and intervention, and effectively engage with system contingencies to promote the correct use of the tactics that can work when correctly implemented. Drawing on applied behavior analysis and implementation science, Dr. VanDerHeyden will detail how to get people to do what works- from more efficient screening, to attaining core instructional excellence and sustaining remedial intervention in ways that close achievement gaps for vulnerable students.

    The second half of the day will dig into the how-to of assessment- from screening to intervention and then to the eligibility decision. The correct diagnosis of dyslexia, dysgraphia and dyscalculia begins in the classroom. Dr. VanDerHeyden will provide a framework for installing and evaluating screening data to identify initial risk then detail step-by-step actions to evaluate the four federal criteria for SLD (performing below grade-level state standards in one of the 8 areas, demonstrating a pattern of strengths and weaknesses consistent with SLD, or lack of progress in response to scientifically validated instruction, rule out sensory deficits and rule out lack of instructional opportunity as possible causes of inadequate achievement).

    Beginning with the foundation and working toward the ultimate eligibility decision, RTI requires hundreds of little actions and decisions, in tandem, along the journey. When implemented well, system improvements like reduced risk overall, improved achievement, more efficient and accurate decisions related to resource allocations, equity and even school climate improvements are expected outcomes. Using real-life examples, Dr. VanDerHeyden will walk you through step-by-step from the installation of a universal screening program, to planning and delivering core instruction upgrades, to delivery of intensive interventions with all the many decision points along the way to ensure your RTI implementation success. She will highlight common pitfalls to avoid and emphasize contemporary research findings so that attendees can take away powerful practices to better their implementation efforts. She will share tips and metrics for tracking the quality of your RTI effort and show you how to make the adjustments needed to keep RTI on track. Finally, Dr. VanDerHeyden will walk through the eligibility decision process showing you the connection between a high-quality RTI effort, the final eligibility decision and subsequent instructional planning for the newly eligible student.

     

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Detail current findings in implementation science to guide the school psychologist in leading academic assessment and intervention at the system level and effectively communicating with stakeholders
    2. Discuss MSDE guidance on assessment and eligibility determination related to Dyslexia, Dysgraphia and Dyscalculia, as well as current implementation across various MD counties
    3. Review methods for determination of Specific Learning Disability eligibility under IDEA (Response to Intervention, Pattern of Strengths and Weaknesses, IQ-Achievement Discrepancy)
    4. Learn the active ingredients of an RTI effort and how to implement them effectively in your setting
    5. Learn how to harness the resulting data along the way, to make decisions about initial risk and continued risk
    6. Learn how to confidently use RTI data as part of the determination process for SLD eligibility

       
    ABOUT THE SPEAKER: 
       

    Amanda VanDerHeyden, Ph.D., is a private consultant and researcher who has directed and evaluated numerous school-wide intervention and reform efforts. Dr. VanDerHeyden has held faculty positions at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center and University of California at Santa Barbara. She is President of Education Research & Consulting, Inc., and serves as scientific adviser to TIES and the Center on Innovations in Learning. She has served as a guest panel member for NIH and standing panel member for the Institute for Education Sciences at the U.S. Department of Education. Amanda has served on numerous boards including the RTI Advisory Board for the National Center for Learning Disabilities and SEDL. Dr. VanDerHeyden has published more than 80 scholarly articles and chapters and 7 books. She is also co-author of the Evidence-Based Mathematics Innovation Configuration for the National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality at Vanderbilt University and now the Collaboration for Effective Education Development, Accountability, and Reform at University of Florida.

    For the last 20 years, Dr. VanDerHeyden has helped schools use their data to become more effective. She has built, refined, and studied now widely-used tactics including: the Can’t Do/Won’t Do assessment, Academic screening measures, RTI decision models to guide allocation of instructional resources, and Classwide math intervention.

    Dr. VanDerHeyden started her own consulting business in 2007. Since 2007, she has given keynote addresses across the country to state departments of education and school psychology organizations in 28 states. She has directed and evaluated school-wide improvement efforts with strong results on student learning; while gaining an appreciation for how hard it is to get effective tactics used consistently in classrooms.

    During Dr. VanDerHeyden’s career, technology has become the new frontier of education. She built Intervention Adviser and now Spring Math, bringing together all that she has learned about effective system improvement in schools: accurate and efficient assessment as a gateway to instructional enhancement, high-yield intervention delivery, and managing system change in schools, to help teachers help more children experience mathematics success. She is fully engaged in the ongoing development and enhancement of Spring Math and considers it the most meaningful and fun work of her life so far.

     

     Download Conference Brochure here MSPA Spring Conference 2019.pdf

     

    Important Information: 

    The conference will be held at The Hotel at Arundel Preserves, 7795 Arundel Mills Boulevard, Hanover, Maryland 21076. Attendees can book a room at the hotel the night before the conference at a special MSPA rate of $152.00. Call 1-888-624-4011 and identify yourself as an MSPA conference attendee. The room block will be released to general registrations on March 15, 2019.

    Documentation of attendance for 5.5 hours of Continuing Professional Development/Continuing Education (CPD/CE) credit will be provided to certified school psychologists and licensed psychologists who complete the entire workshop. Partial credit cannot be awarded. In order to receive CPD/CE credit, attendees must arrive no later than 15 minutes after the start, and may not leave prior to 15 minutes before the end of the program. The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and hence the Maryland Board of Examiners of Psychologists recognize MSPA as an approved provider of CPD/CE for psychologists (NASP APS #1002). MSPA maintains responsibility for the program.

    Go to www.mspaonline.org to register and pay online or download the full brochure to mail in your registration form and check to: MSPA Spring Conference, P.O. Box 1859, Westminster, MD 21158.

    Mail-in registrations must be postmarked by March 25, 2019.  There is a $25.00 additional fee for late registrants. The late fee goes into effect beginning March 11, 2019. There is an ONLINE REGISTRATION DEADLINE of April 1, 2019 and there will be NO WALK-IN REGISTRATIONS. If you want confirmation of your registration, please include a stamped, self-addressed postcard. Your attendance certificate acts as your receipt (monetary receipts are available at the conference upon request). Registration is limited and accepted on a first come, first served basis. Reimbursement requests for registration cancellations will be honored until March 31, 2019. Reimbursement requests after that date cannot be guaranteed.

    MSPA does not offer a group registration rate however, employers who register a group of 10 or more will receive 1 complimentary registration. Email the list of names as well as registration forms for each registrant to Amy Jagoda at aljagod@carrollk12.org. She will give you the total cost for the registrations.

    The required annual MSPA general membership meeting will be held during the luncheon. Meeting rooms are wheelchair accessible and any participant that requires any special services (such as an interpreter), should note this requirement on the registration form at least one month in advance of the conference. Persons with questions or special needs should contact: Amy Jagoda at (410) 386-1818 or aljagod@carrollk12.org .

    The MSPA Program Committee recognizes the commitment of time and resources to attend professional conferences. Due to the sensitive nature of the topics discussed, as well as the professional setting of our activities, we cannot accommodate children at our conferences. We will however, make efforts at each conference to accommodate the privacy needs of nursing mothers. Thank you for understanding.

       

     

     

    • 18 Jun 2019
    • 7:15 AM
    • 20 Jun 2019
    • 12:30 PM
    • Atlantic Sands Hotel & Conference Center, Oceanfront at 101 N. Boardwalk, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
    • 102
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    2019 Summer Institute

       

    Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday

    June 18, 19, & 20, 2019 

     

    Personality Problems in Youth and Adolescence; Theory, Research, & Intervention

     

     

    Dr. Carla Sharp, Ph.D.

    Professor and Director of Training for the Clinical Psychology doctoral program at the University of Houston; Adjunct Professor Positions at University of Texas, Baylor College of Medicine, University College London and the University of the Free State in South Africa; Researcher and Published Author

     

    Atlantic Sands Hotel & Conference Center

    Oceanfront at 101 N. Boardwalk, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

    www.atlanticsandshotel.com

    Email: atsands@dmv.com

     

    Registration Deadline: June 7, 2019

    No Walk-In Registrations

    Registration opens to MSPA Members first, however, registration will become available for MPA members on April 1st and non-members beginning May 1st if space allows.

     

     WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS

    Despite the fact that the diagnosis of personality disorder in youth is legitimized in psychiatric nomenclature (DSM 5 and the ICD-11) as well as national treatment guidelines in the United Kingdom and Australia, personality disorder is not routinely assessed for or treated in most child and mental health services; and remains undetected in school settings. This workshop will review the existing evidence base for BPD in adolescents, followed by a discussion and demonstration of evidence-based approaches to the assessment and treatment of BPD in adolescents, with a specific focus on the development of identity and adolescence and a mentalization-based approach to understanding and treating personality pathology.

     

    Day 1: Personality Disorder in Youth: What it is and Why it Matters?

    NASP Domains: Domain 4: Interventions and Mental Health Services to Develop Social and Life Skills; Domain 8: Diversity in Development and Learning

    Description:  Participants will be provided with state-of-the-science information on the conceptualization of personality disorder as well as its correlates, causes and outcomes.

    Learning Outcomes:

    1. Understand the barriers (myths) regarding early detection and intervention of BPD in adolescents.
    2. Appreciate the evidence in support of the borderline diagnosis in youth.
    3. Understand why adolescence is a sensitive period for the development of BPD.
    4. Gain an understanding of personality disorder in youth, its correlates, causes and its outcomes.
    5. Gain a perspective on the need for early identification and prevention and the role teachers and schools can play in prevention.

     

    Day 2: Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment of Personality Problems in Youth

    NASP Domains: Domain 1: Data-Based Decision Making and Accountability; Domain 4: Interventions and Mental Health Services to Develop Social and Life Skills; Domain 6: Preventive and Responsive Services.

    Description:  Participants will be provided with hands-on training in the assessment of personality problems in youth. The main treatment approaches will be introduced and discussed, with a particular focus on approaches that strengthen relationships and attachments.

    Learning Outcomes:

    1. Know the key developmental theories on the development of BPD.
    2. Gain knowledge for the identification of personality problems in school settings.
    3. Gain an understanding of treatment approaches available.

    Day 3: Building Resilience in the School Context

    NASP Domains:  Domain 4: Interventions and Mental Health Services to Develop Social and Life Skills; Domain 6: Preventive and Responsive Services

    Description: Participants will be engaged in a hands-on training in interaction skills to facilitate stronger attachment and relationships with the youth in their settings to prevent and address personality problems. By the end of the session, participants will have acquired basic interaction skills to facilitate resilience in youngsters in the school setting.

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Gain skills in how to respond to the interpersonal difficulties characteristic of adolescents with personality pathology.

    Gain skills in influencing youth with personality difficulties to reduce interpersonal conflict and increase emotion regulation.  

    ABOUT THE SPEAKER

    Carla Sharp, Ph.D. is Professor and Director of Training for the Clinical Psychology doctoral program at UH. She is also Director of the Adolescent Diagnosis Assessment Prevention and Treatment Center and the Developmental Psychopathology Lab at UH. She holds adjunct positions at University of Texas, Baylor College of Medicine, University College London and the University of the Free State in South Africa. She has a longstanding interest in social cognition as a cause and correlate of psychiatric disorder across the lifespan with a special focus on youth. She has published over 200 peer reviewed publications, numerous chapters and books, including Social Cognition and Developmental Psychopathology (OUP), and Handbook of Borderline Personality Disorder in Children and Adolescents (Springer). A large proportion of her research has used Borderline Personality Disorder (and other personality pathology) to study where social-cognitive function goes awry. As such, she has significantly advanced scientific understanding of the phenomenology, causes and correlates of personality pathology in youth. Recent developments in her work reflect a translational focus to carry through the earlier focus on social cognition to evaluate its function as mechanism of change in personality pathology as well as other attachment-related conditions (orphans). As such, her work is influenced by mentalization-based approaches to scaffold interpersonal relationships and interactions between caregivers and youth. Her work has been funded by the NICHD, NIAAA, NIMH, the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation and other foundations.

     

    Download Brochure here! MSPA Summer Institute 2019 final.pdf

     

    Atlantic Sands Hotel & Conference Center

    Oceanfront at 101 N. Boardwalk

    Rehoboth Beach, Delaware 

     

    New Pool, New Deck

    www.atlanticsandshotel.com 

     

     

    Daily Program Agenda

    7:15 -   8:00   Continental Breakfast

    8:00 -  10:00  Workshop Session

    10:00 - 10:30  Break and Refreshments

    10:30 - 12:30  Workshop Session 

      

    OVERVIEW AND INFORMATION

    The Maryland School Psychologists’ Association will provide three days of training for school psychologists interested in continuing professional development. Sessions are planned each morning from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Registration fee includes three days of skill development, buffet breakfasts, and refreshments during breaks. MSPA has arranged special conference rates for overnight accommodations at the Atlantic Sands Hotel (800-422-0600 or 302-227-2511). Refer to the MSPA-Maryland School Psychologists Association block # 9244 to secure rooms at the discounted group rate. The special rate is only available until May 17, 2019 so be sure to book before that date.  In order to minimize confusion, please be aware that room reservations are made through the hotel; specific room types are requests only and cannot be guaranteed. This includes specific room numbers. The special rate ($185.00 single/ double occupancy, $200 triple, $215 quad occupancy) is good for the Sunday night before the conference through Thursday night of the conference (6/16/19- 6/23/19).  You must stay at the Atlantic Sands in order to get free parking (1 space per room). If you do not stay at the conference hotel, be sure to arrive early each day in order to find parking in time for the start of the presentation.  Parking is not available at the hotel for conference attendees not staying at the hotel.

    A total of 12 hours of Continuing Professional Development/Continuing Education (CPD/CE) are available. Documentation of attendance for 4 hours of CPD/CE credit will be provided each day to certified school psychologists and licensed psychologists who complete the entire workshop that day. Partial credit cannot be awarded. In order to receive CPD/CE credit, attendees must arrive no later than 15 minutes after the start, and may not leave prior to 15 minutes before the end of the program. The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), and hence the Maryland Board of Examiners of Psychologists, recognize MSPA as an approved provider of CPD/CE for psychologists (NASP APS #1002). MSPA maintains responsibility for the program.

    Mail in registration must be postmarked by May 31, 2019.  Only online registrations will be accepted from June 1-June 7.  There is a $25 late fee applied beginning June 1; Deadline June 7). Registration is limited and will be accepted on a first come, first served basis based on the postmark of the envelope or online registration date. If you want confirmation of your registration, please include a stamped, self-addressed postcard or email Amy Jagoda at ALJAGOD@carrollk12.org. Your attendance certificate acts as your receipt (monetary receipts are available upon request).   

    The MSPA Program Committee recognizes the commitment of time and resources to attend professional conferences.  Due to the sensitive nature of the topics discussed, as well as the professional setting of our activities, we cannot accommodate children at our conferences. We will make efforts at each conference to accommodate the privacy needs of nursing mothers. Thank you for understanding. Persons with questions or special needs should contact: Amy Jagoda at (410) 386-1818 or ALJAGOD@carrollk12.org

       

     

    SORRY ABSOLUTELY NO REFUNDS

     

     

     

     







     

Past events

19 Oct 2018 Fall 2018 Conference MSEA Conference Day (Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) for Accommodating Students’ Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Health: An Advanced Session for School Professionals)
07 Aug 2018 Panel Discussion: School Psychologists as Behavioral and Mental Health Providers
19 Jun 2018 2018 Summer Institute
20 Apr 2018 MSPA Spring Conference 2018
20 Oct 2017 Fall 2017 Conference MSEA Conference Day (Autism Conversations: A Framework for Assessment and Intervention Across Age and Ability Levels)
20 Jun 2017 2017 Summer Institute
21 Apr 2017 MSPA Spring Conference 2017
04 Jan 2017 Spring 2017- NASP School Psychology Awareness Week (SPAW) T-Shirt
21 Oct 2016 Fall 2016 Conference MSEA Conference Day (Administrators, Counselors, Social Workers, & Teachers Welcome)
20 Sep 2016 NASP School Psychology Awareness Week (SPAW) T-Shirt
21 Jun 2016 2016 Summer Institute
15 Apr 2016 The Maryland School Psychologists’ Association 5th Annual Happy Hour fundraiser to benefit SPAM Scholarship
15 Apr 2016 MSPA Spring Conference 2016
16 Oct 2015 Fall 2015 Conference MSEA Conference Day (Teachers Welcome)
24 Apr 2015 MSPA Spring Conference 2015
16 Jan 2015 WISC-V Training -This is an ONLINE REGISTRATION ONLY event.
17 Jun 2014 2014 Summer Institute: Jack A. Naglieri, Ph.D.
25 Apr 2014 MSPA Spring Conference 2014
07 Feb 2014 Winter Symposium -This is an ONLINE REGISTRATION ONLY event.
18 Oct 2013 Fall 2013 Conference MSEA Conference Day (Teachers Welcome)
25 Jun 2013 2013 Summer Institute: John J. Murphy, Ph.D.
26 Apr 2013 Spring 2013 Conference
19 Oct 2012 Fall 2012 Conference MSEA Conference Day (Teachers Welcome) Walk-Ins Welcomed between 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m.
19 Jun 2012 2012 Summer Institute - SOLD OUT
04 May 2012 Spring 2012 Conference
21 Oct 2011 Fall 2011 Conference MSEA Conference Day (Teachers Welcome)
21 Jun 2011 Current Topics in Assessment and Intervention for Autism and Asperger's Syndrome
29 Apr 2011 Spring 2011 Conference ($25 additional for on site registration)
15 Oct 2010 Fall 2010 Conference

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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