Hope you’re having a fantastic summer!  I want to highlight a few things going on at NASP to make your summer as productive as it can be.

The updated NASP handout, “Managing Strong Emotional Reactions to Traumatic Events: Tips for Families and Teachers,” discusses common reactions to trauma, identifies signs of anger, offers tips for controlling anger, and identifies behaviors indicative of serious emotional trauma. You can view or download the handout at www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources/school-safety-and-crisis/trauma/managing-strong-emotional-reactions-to-traumatic-events-tips-for-families-and-teachers.

NASP has released a handout providing an overview of ESSA’s provisions relevant to multitiered systems of support (MTSS), as well as a companion handout that provides an overview of MTSS designed to be shared with decision-makers and administrators. As states, districts, and schools begin considering how to structure MTSS under the provisions in ESSA, school psychologists can effectively support the processes. You can access both handouts at
www.nasponline.org/research-and-policy/current-law-and-policy-priorities/policy-priorities/the-every-student-succeeds-act/essa-implementation-resources/essa-and-mtss-for-school-psychologists.

Summer break is here! Take time to stay current on the latest assessment methods, interventions, and more. NASP’s Online Learning Center houses more than 100 on-demand sessions on topics such as mental and behavioral health, law and ethics, multicultural issues, and response to intervention. Browse and buy at www.nasponline.org/OLC.

It’s a great time to take an in-depth look at some of the most pervasive issues in schools. Browse the NASP online store for books on academic and behavioral interventions, school crisis prevention and response, mental health services, and much more. Start next year ready for the challenges that lie ahead, and your students will reap the benefits. View the catalog at www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/books-and-products.

Keep cool, have fun, and recharge!

-Karen Apgar, NASP Delegate