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  • 9 Apr 2019 3:44 PM | Quinn Meyer (Administrator)

    Link to the study:

    The purpose of this study is to develop a new evaluative tool that can be used by psychologists to assess the quality of the adapted tests and scales that they may be using in practice. Participation in this study will involve completing an online survey in which this tool is applied to evaluate a fictionalized measure. Participants will also be asked to complete a demographic and professional background questionnaire. It is anticipated that participation will take approximately 45 minutes.

    The study is intended for psychologists and psychology graduate students from all specializations, including school, counseling, and clinical backgrounds, who would be interested in taking part in this study.

    D Duke 1217 123 ext approved.pdf

    IRB Application_Deborah Duke Dissertation.pdf

  • 2 Apr 2019 9:54 AM | Quinn Meyer (Administrator)

    In celebration of Diversity, we share the following with you….

    New Poets of Native Nations

    New Poets of Native Nations gathers poets of diverse ages, styles, languages, and tribal affiliations to present the extraordinary range and power of new Native poetry. Editor Heid E. Erdrich has selected twenty-one poets whose first books were published after the year 2000 to highlight the exciting works of poets coming up after Joy Harjo and Sherman Alexie. Collected here are poems of great breadth—long narratives, political outcries, experimental works, and traditional lyrics—and the result is an essential anthology of some of the best poets writing now.

    Poets include Tacey M. Atsitty, Trevino L. Brings Plenty, Julian Talamantez Brolaski, Laura Da’, Natalie Diaz, Jennifer Elise Foerster, Eric Gansworth, Gordon Henry, Jr., Sy Hoahwah, LeAnne Howe, Layli Long Soldier, Janet McAdams, Brandy Nalani McDougall, Margaret Noodin, dg nanouk okpik, Craig Santos Perez, Tommy Pico, Cedar Sigo, M. L. Smoker, Gwen Westerman, Karenne Wood

  • 28 Mar 2019 10:05 AM | Quinn Meyer (Administrator)

    Through collective efforts across many agencies we are able to have a screening of Intelligent Lives here in Minnesota.  Intelligent Lives stars three pioneering young American adults with intellectual disabilities who challenge perceptions of intelligence as they try to navigate high school, college and the workforce.  Academy Award winning actor and narrator Chris Cooper contextualizes the lives of these central characters through the emotional story of his son Jesse.

    On April 30th,  2019  there will be a  film screening of Intelligent Lives with Dan Habib followed by a panel discussion from 6pm – 9 pm at South High School.

    On May 1st,  2019, there will be panel discussion with representatives of organization who can help Minnesota move forward with collaborative efforts to help advance education, employment and housing for people living with disabilities. This event is from 9:00AM – 11:30AM at the John B. Davis Education Center in Minneapolis.

    There is no charge for either event and they are open to the public. However, registration is required. Additional information  can be found at this registration link . In addition, I have attached a flyer for additional information.

  • 12 Mar 2019 9:11 AM | Quinn Meyer (Administrator)


    How the Lack of School Mental Health Staff is Harming Students

    The U.S. Department of Education recently required every public school to report the number of social workers, nurses, and psychologists employed for the first time in history. Data about school counselors had been required previously, but this report provides the first state-level student-to-staff ratio comparison for these other school-based mental health personnel, along with school counselors. It reviews state-level student-to-school-based mental health personnel ratios as well as data concerning law enforcement in schools. The report also reviews school arrests and referrals to law enforcement data, with particular attention to disparities by race and disability status. A key finding of the report is that schools are under-resourced and students are overcriminalized.


    MSPA  and NASP’s  Strategic and Legislative Agenda support School Psychologist’s as Mental Health Providers.   This ACLU report provides crucial data and finding. Thanks to Melissa Reeves for sharing this important information. 

    Submitted by Marilyn Leifgren and Dr. Sally Baas, Legislative Co-Chairs

  • 7 Mar 2019 11:44 AM | Quinn Meyer (Administrator)

    Let’s Rally!    Enthusiasm, Energy, and Excellence!

    Have you been looking for professional development that is practical, relevant, and meaningful to you? In a collaborative effort, the Region 10 IHE has joined with colleges, universities, and regional special education leaders to provide a high quality, professional development opportunity that will increase your knowledge, skills, and application of effective practices that work in everyday situations.

    The Region 10 Institutions of Higher Education (IHE) Collaborative’s purpose is to “build collaboration around teacher recruitment, professional development, and retention of qualified special education teachers to develop a common voice for Southeast Minnesota around education topics and take action for lasting impact.”

    Never before has something like this been done in Southeast Minnesota!

    Participants will leave with the ability to successfully execute the strategies provided throughout the day.

    Request for Proposals

    ( (PDF Version)

    50-minute sessions

    We are pleased to open the request for proposal (RFP) application process for the 2019 Region 10 Institutions of Higher Education (IHE) Conference, Let’s Rally!  Enthusiasm, Energy, and Excellence!  

    Proposal Submission Directions

    To submit a proposal, please complete the RFP form in its entirety.

    Presenters (up to 2) will receive a FREE conference registration.

    Proposals will be accepted until midnight CDT on March 10, 2019.

    Who should submit proposals?

    Special Educators, General Educators, Preservice Teachers, Higher Education Staff/Professors, Itinerant Teachers, Mental Health Staff, County Staff, State Staff, DEED Staff, MDE Staff, anyone making a difference in the lives of people with disabilities!

    Accepted presenters WILL need to register and will be provided a discount code.

    If you have questions concerning the completion of a proposal or the submission process, contact the Region 10 IHE planning team at: or

    Proposals should include experience-based practices (B-21) in one of the pillars;

    • Mental Health
    • Educators’ Self Care
    • Behavior
    • Legal Issues
    • Transition
    • Paraprofessionals
    • Instructional Practices
    • Instructional Coaching

    Proposals are to be based on your experiences in improving outcomes for students.


    • Sunday, March 10, 2019 (midnight): Proposal deadline
    • Thursday, March 14, 2019: Applicants notified they are accepted
    • Friday, March 15, 2019: Registration opens
    • Monday, July 22, 2019: Presentation materials due to conference planner
      (Presentation resources:  
      PPT accessibility and Making accessible electronic documents MNIT).  


    Presentations need to be formatted to offer accessibility for audience members with hearing or vision impairments. We will have ASL interpreters on the presenter platforms. Video type media needs to be captioned. Projection images (ex: PowerPoints) need to be prepared so they pass the accessibility checker provided by the PPT app. Please see our presentation resources section to learn more about other things to keep in mind as you prepare your presentation. DON’T let this stop you from applying—we are here to guide you through this process.

    Presentation resources:  

    For questions, please direct them to:

    Thank you in advance for your interest, and we hope to see you on August 7, 2019.

    Attachments for further information:

    Let's Rally Conference RFP (1).pdf


  • 28 Feb 2019 1:33 PM | Quinn Meyer (Administrator)

    Dear Participant,

    My name is Brittany McCreary, and I am a school psychology doctoral candidate at Stephen F. Austin State University, in the Department of Human Services.  I am under the supervision of Jillian Dawes, Ph.D., LSSP, NCSP, BCBA and Luis Aguerrevere, Ph. D.  I am collecting data for my doctoral dissertation, which explores how professional ethics, ethical decision-making, and interdisciplinary collaboration are addressed in teacher education programs.  Using an online survey, information about these factors will be collected and examined. Thank you in advance for your participation in this survey.  
    Should you agree to participate in this research, you will be asked to complete an online survey.  You will be asked 22 questions about your engagement in the teaching of professional ethics, ethical decision-making, and interdisciplinary collaboration, and demographics.  The survey should take no more than 10-15 minutes to complete.
    Your decision to participate or decline participation in this study is completely voluntary and you have the right to terminate your participation at any time without penalty.  If you do not wish to complete the survey, just close your browser.  Any responses you have provided prior to closing your browser will be removed from data storage and analyses.
    There are no risks to individuals participating in this research beyond those that exist in daily life. Although there are no direct benefits to you by your participation in this study, the data obtained will inform teacher preparation programs of best practices, guide training and professional development, contribute to the literature regarding ethics and education, and may aid in drafting policy about professional ethics in education.  There will be no financial or other compensation for your participation in this research.
    Your privacy and confidentiality will always be maintained. The researcher will not know your Internet Protocol (IP) or computer address when you respond to this Internet survey.  The researcher will not share your identifiable or individual information with anyone.  The researcher will be the only person authorized to view and access the survey data.  If you have any questions or concerns about this study or if any problems arise, please contact:
    Brittany McCreary
    Doctoral Candidate
    Department of Human Services – School Psychology
    Stephen F. Austin State University
    Jillian Dawes, Ph.D., LSSP, NCSP, BCBA
    Assistant Professor
    Department of Human Services – School Psychology
    Stephen F. Austin State University
    If you have any questions or concerns about your rights in this research study, please contact the SFASU IRB, with IRB Case #AY-2019-2012:

    IRB Chair:
    Luis Aguerrevere, Ph.D.
    Chair, Institutional Review Board (IRB)
    Stephen F. Austin State University
    Nacogdoches, Tx 75962
    Following the link below indicates that you have read the description of the study and you agree to participate in the study.

    Follow this link to the Survey: 
    Take the Survey

    Or copy and paste the URL below into your internet browser:

  • 21 Feb 2019 2:06 PM | Quinn Meyer (Administrator)

    ChangeMakers: Black Minnesotans making history

    Evan Frost , Christine T. Nguyen · Feb 1, 2019

    Black History Month celebrates and honors the accomplishments of black Americans through time.

    Every weekday this February, MPR News is featuring black Minnesotans who are making history right now across the state. Each profile will discuss what being black in Minnesota means to them, a bit about their background and their hopes for the future.

  • 20 Feb 2019 11:49 AM | Quinn Meyer (Administrator)

    We would appreciate your participation in a study we are conducting to get a deeper understanding of workforce shortages in school psychology around the country. Our primary goal is to determine a number of variables that impact recruitment and sustainability of our workforce. A secondary purpose is to use the results to make a set of recommendations that might influence the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), state policies/legislation, university training programs, and state associations. And finally, we hope the results will assist school districts as they engage in recruiting and maintaining a sustainable school psychology workforce. This survey has been approved by the Appalachian State University's Institutional Review Board. The survey can be found at the link below. It should take about 30 minutes to complete and is completely voluntary. 



    We appreciate your participation in this school psychology workforce study. If you have any questions about the survey, please contact Dr. Jim Deni at

    Dr. Jim Deni, Primary Investigator 

    Appalachian State University, School Psychology Trainer 

    Haley Black, Graduate Student, School Psychology 

    Hannah Walls, Graduate Student, School Psychology

    Megan Gillespie, Graduate Student, School Psychology

  • 14 Feb 2019 9:51 AM | Quinn Meyer (Administrator)

    In the voices of a group of Parkland female students, the following link shares their thoughts, feelings, reflections, and future.

    Thank you for your ongoing advocacy for Safe Schools in Minnesota.  As legislation for Safe Schools comes forward, we urge you to make your voice heard for our essential roles in School Crisis Prevention and Intervention.

    Join us for our Day at the Hill   March 5, 2019   MSPA members Free

    For more information: or email

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