Magazine article National Association of School Psychologists. Communique

Editor's Note

Magazine article National Association of School Psychologists. Communique

Editor's Note

Article excerpt

It's November, so everyone in America is thinking about elections. NASP will hold its elections for president-elect, secretary, and state delegates in January, but you can preview the candidates (page 29) and begin thinking about whom you will choose to lead our association. As Eric Rossen, NASP's new Director of Professional Development, accurately points out in his interview on page 11:

While a small number of us work on staff, NASP's heart and soul lies with its leaders who generously volunteer their time for various projects and initiatives that keep our members and our field moving forward. The leadership consists of an array of professionals working in universities, schools, state departments of education, etc., who devote countless hours of time to NASP on top of their full-time job duties.

The sense of volunteerism that pervades NASP is one of the things that attracts me to this association. Please pay attention to the NASP elections and vote for the candidate of your choice - they deserve your support. And when you do that, think about possibly taking on leadership responsibility yourself. As a former state association president and NASP delegate, I can honestly say that those experiences were some of the most rewarding of my career.

Leadership can take many forms. Misty Lay, the NASP 2010 School Psychologist of the Year, talks this month about her experience in becoming an educational leader in her school district and tries to answer the question, "How can you be seen as a leader at three different places when you are not in that particular building every day? …

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