Professional Development Opportunities 

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  • 27 May 2022 2:43 PM | Kendal Ursin (Administrator)

    Gustavus Adolphus College hosts a Nobel Conference every year that brings in leading scientist and practitioners from around the world to present on and discuss topics. Previously, the conference has been about everything from cancer to climate change to addiction to economics to the brain. This year, the topic is “Mental Health (In)Equity and Young People” which seems perfect for school psychs!

    Here is the conference website:

    Here is the schedule:

    It’s a two-day conference that only costs $75 total for general seating and $120 total for reserved seating, excluding food. Honestly, a really great deal and it’d be really great to get a bunch of school psychs to go! 

  • 25 May 2022 1:18 PM | Kendal Ursin (Administrator)

    Explore the benefits of joining APA courtesy of APA Division 16!

    APA Divsion 16 Flyer.pdf

  • 19 Apr 2022 9:45 AM | Kendal Ursin (Administrator)

    SAVE the DATE (and RSVP so we get a count for the Presentations in particular) for May 6th Retirement Party for Dr. Peg Potter! and networking Lunch and Continuing Ed opportunity for School Psychologists. See links below for more information and to RSVP for any or all of the events.

     I also attached a document with the details you could use to request time to attend!

    Meet at the Boulder Tap House (Mhd) for lunch if you can and then starting at 1:00 in the MSUM student union Dawn Miller and Jamie Berg-Gramer will be presenting on "Integrating Systems of Behavioral and Mental Health: Tiers 1-3" followed by Sarah How presenting on "Practical Strategies for Educators' Well Being". NCSP CEUs will be available. At 3:30 Dr. Potter's Retirement Party kicks off! for community and campus guests.

    To RSVP for any or all of these events (or to leave a message for Dr. Potter if you can't be there) here is a Link:

    For more details about the schedule and presentations see attached or click here:

    Peg Day.docx

    Let’s Learn Together and Celebrate the Impact Dr. Potter 

     has had on School Psychology and on each of us! 

  • 19 Apr 2022 9:06 AM | Jessie Kember (Administrator)

    Description: This award, sponsored by Division 16, will support two (2) school-based school psychologists to attend the APA Annual Convention in Minneapolis, MN August 4th – 6th. Specifically, this award provides convention registration waivers to defer the costs of registration for two school-based school psychologists who are members of APA Division 16.


    • Member of APA Division 16
    • Primary practice setting is within the K-12 schools
    • Those receiving any APA travel reimbursement for convention attendance are ineligible 

    How to Apply:

    Email Kristin Rispoli, D16 Convention Chair: 1) confirming your APA Division 16 membership, 2) school-based employment setting, and 3) a 300-word response to the following question: Why are you interested in attending the APA Annual Convention?

    Applications are due by April 29.

  • 16 Jun 2021 11:04 PM | Anne Zaslofsky (Administrator)

    The  2021 Virtual Minnesota PBIS Summer Institute and Film Festival is June 16 and 17, 2021.  

    This year’s keynote will be Dr. Tamika La Salle, University of Connecticut (UConn), the school climate and culture coordinator for the Center on PBIS.

    Breakout sessions will focus on connecting PBIS with practices that promote equitable outcomes in education, and aligning initiatives in the PBIS framework.

    There is no cost for the Institute but registration is required.  Below is the link for registration.

    Feel free to contact Mary Hunt ( if you have any additional questions.

  • 27 May 2021 2:08 PM | Anne Zaslofsky (Administrator)

    This presentation addresses how to develop our advocacy skills to make us more effective in influencing public policy. You will learn about the necessary components of effective personal advocacy, such as combining a story with data. (Data makes you credible, story makes you memorable.) Characteristics of effective organizations are presented, such as putting people in community together for mutual purpose and creating a sense of urgency around a specific action. Instruction in how to speak effectively with officials using the EPIC format  is also offered. In sum, if you want to improve how to be an effective advocate, this webinar offers sound advice. This webinar was created by Jos Linn, Manager of Grassroots Impact for RESULTS, a nonpartisan advocacy organization that works to end poverty nationally and globally. Linn graciously created this webinar upon our request to educate school psychologists about advocacy.

    Click Here for the Recording

    Slides are available here: RESULTS MSPA Training (Spring 2021).pptx

  • 18 Feb 2021 10:40 PM | Anne Zaslofsky (Administrator)



    Calling all educational leaders: parents, mentors, community leaders, youth development and after-school care providers!

    Do you believe that all youth should have an equitable education experience...where students, across their many differences, engage deeply and achieve at higher levels while staying true to who they are?

    We invite you to join K-12, higher education, and other educators such as community advocates, leaders, parents and youth development mentors for a year-long conversation about racial equity in our schools.-

    The Driving Racial Equity in Education Learning Series features eight online, two-hour relearning sessions on race guided by the acclaimed Talking About Race materials developed by the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. You will read, watch or listen to materials before each session, and then participate in facilitated small group discussions to digest the material, its implications, and generate ideas to translate into action.

    Costs: $50 one-time fee includes all eight sessions
    (scholarships available upon request)

    Early registration is encouraged!

    Space is limited.

    Register Here!


    Be sure to click below for further information and summaries of each learning session.

    Learning Session Descriptions


    ©2021 Facilitating Racial Equity Collaborative (FREC) | PO Box 7281 St. Paul, MN 55107

  • 20 Nov 2020 3:08 PM | Anne Zaslofsky (Administrator)

    Rutgers Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology has approved a new graduate certificate program for Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS). 

    See this flier for more information: Rutgers MTSS Certificate Program.PNG

    Or go to for more information.

  • 20 Nov 2020 2:52 PM | Anne Zaslofsky (Administrator)

    Free webinar!      December 2, 2020     11:00am-12:00pm EST (**)

    "Hear from a panel of experts as they discuss a range of questions that now surround implementation of MTSS for reading and mathematics. Email to register and receive a link to the session."

  • 5 Nov 2020 7:54 PM | Anne Zaslofsky (Administrator)

    Do not miss this no-cost opportunity to gain essential skills in solving behavior problems.  Every teacher and school psychologist NEEDS this to be implementing this systemic framework for students with behavior challenges.   

    Join us for a training series on Prevent-Teach-Reinforce led by Rose Iovannone, Ph.D., BCBA-D.  Dr. Iovannone is one of the developers of this research-based framework for implementing functional behavior assessments (FBAs) and developing function-based support plans (BIPs). PTR is a team-driven process that is facilitated by a coach who guides the team through identification of target behaviors, developing a hypothesis, building intervention plans, and providing active ongoing support to the teacher to implement the plan and evaluate its outcomes.  You'll get explicit guidance and strategies for implementing all five steps of PTR: 

    1. teaming and goal-setting
    2. collecting data
    3. conducting a PTR Functional Behavioral Assessment
    4. developing a PTR behavior intervention plan 
    5. Monitoring progress and making data-based decisions. 

    PTR Training Dates

    All times are 12 PM - 3 PM CST (please click on the links below to register)


    • ASD Teachers
    • DCD Teachers
    • EBD Teachers
    • Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA)
    • School Psychologists
    • Special Education coordinators


    This training will be conducted via the Zoom platform. We will integrate the Zoom Tools for active participant learning including; imitation features, chat features, breakout rooms, and polls.  CEUs will be provided.

    We will be implementing the Prevent Teach Reinforce (PTR) professional learning experience over the course of the first semester of the 2020-2021 school year. We will be doing this in four, 3-hour sessions. Plan to attend all sessions to learn/practice all 5 steps of PTR. If you are not able to attend it live, we will record the sessions for participants to watch after each session.  Participants will be charged $50 only if they do NOT attend or watch the recordings after registering. 

    Benefits of PTR

    • Proven effective by research and field testing in real classrooms—PTR was shown to reduce behavior problems and increase evidence of social skills and academic engagement.
    • Structured and explicit, with five systematic steps that take you beyond tips and strategies.
    • Consistent with positive behavior support and derived from the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).
    • Easily adaptable to the needs and goals of each individual student.
    • Effective for both typically developing students and learners with disabilities and other challenges.

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