Happy Spring, OSPA! Hopefully this finds you all on a sunny day, free from work. Since the last bulletin, Nancy and I were able to attend the Regioinal Leadership Meeting at NASP and learned a lot about ESSA and how it is moving through Oregon as well as how it is progressing in other states.
As Specialized Instructional Support Personnel (SISPs) defined in ESSA, it is in our best interest to continue to provide feedback to ODE as districts begin to implement the Framework. Please read the Framework and continue to provide feedback and advocate for utilizing the extensive skills that school psychologists have. You can read the Framework here: http://www.oregon.gov/edu/rules-and-policies/ESSA/pages/default.aspx.
Send suggestions on behalf of Oregon school psychologists here: ESSA.Oregon@state.or.us
Contact kate Brown’s office directly here: http://www.oregon.gov/gov/Pages/share-your-opinion.aspx
Or provide feedback to the Executive Assistant to the Education Policy Advisor here: firstname.lastname@example.org
As OSPA continues to work towards its strategic prioroties, we will be taking a closer look at advocacy and public policy in the coming years. Additionally, for the first time, OSPA will be sending two members to NASP’s Public Policy Institute to learn best practices in being a change-maker in our state. If you are an OSPA member, and are passionate about legislation and advocacy, consider working with us by joining the OSPA board! If you are interested in joining OSPA as part of our board, with a large or small job on a subcommittee please contact myself, or our President-Elect Nancy Nelson. We look forward to working with you! Thank you!
Kristin Rush, President