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Upcoming Event: VASP Board Meeting September 24th 2022 12-3pm

Vermont Schools Call for Mental Health Supports 

Source: WCAX (Reporter: Olivia Lyons)

Shout out to our NASP Delegate, Shannon Newell, who was recently interviewed by WCAX reporter Olivia Lyons on the call for increased mental health supports within our schools. Shannon shared about the importance of student and staff mental health and highlighted a growing need for school psychologists by identifying where Vermont stands (1:1040) in comparison to the NASP recommended ratio of one school psychologist per 500 students. She was also able to shine a light on some of the current advocacy work VASP is doing in collaboration with the AOE. Click here for a link to the full story and video. Way to go Shannon!!! 

VT NASP Delegate Election Update

The Vermont delegate election ended in a tie, and a run-off will be conducted for eligible Vermont members to vote. To learn more about both candidates check out their candidate statements linked below. 

Phyllis Paro 

Statement 1

Statement 2

Lacy Skinner 

Statement 1

Statement 2

Register to access the PSW in Action Conference with Dr. Andrew Shanock ($40)

School Psychology Unified Anti-Racism Statement and Call to Action

In an endeavor to continue our commitment to social justice the VASP Board recently signed the School Psychology Unified Anti-Racism Statement and has adopted the Call to Action (June 13th 2020).

VASP Special Education Rule Change Panel 

On November 1st 2021 the Vermont Association of School Psychologists hosted a panel of special education professionals offering information and insight regarding the Vermont special education rule changes set to take effect July 2022 under the implementation of Act 173. Above is the recording of the panel discussion. There were some questions that were unable to be answered in the time allotted for the panel. That information can be found here. Additionally, we are actively working on providing additional opportunities for discussion as well as professional development and training.


It's National School Psychology Week! 

Below is a 20 minute video on the NASP practice model.  Feel free to share with administrator's, school boards, and key stakeholders on the comprehensive model of school psychological services!

Public Student Loan Forgiveness Update

Today (10/6/21) the Department of Education shared some significant and positive changes coming to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. This is the result of several years of coordinated advocacy by a very large community with leadership from the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Coalition, of which NASP is a member.  Please see the information available here:  Please share this widely with your networks.  As we learn more information, NASP will be sure to share it with you and our members and we will be updating our PSLF webpage accordingly.  Individual borrowers are encouraged to work with their loan servicer or contact the Office of Federal Student Aid with questions about their specific situation.

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