Magazine article National Association of School Psychologists. Communique

The Winds of Change and Staying Rooted

Magazine article National Association of School Psychologists. Communique

The Winds of Change and Staying Rooted

Article excerpt

There are a number of exciting changes afoot at NASP. The past 3 years have involved significant planning and outreach to members regarding how best to serve and support you, and to lead the school psychology profession into the future. Boiled down to the core priorities, you told us that you value and need:

*Access to usable, reliable resources online

*Access to flexible, affordable professional development

*Advocacy on behalf of the profession and the resources related to this

*Technology that makes all of the above easier

In response, NASP leaders and staff have been moving forward with enhancements to our current capacities in a few areas. Some are in place and growing, such as the introduction of our live webinars last year and the improvements to our Online Learning Center (OLC). Both offer NASPand APA-approved CPD that you can access when and where it's convenient for you. You can expect online learning opportunities to expand in the coming year. Most changes stemming from our strategic planning, though, will become realities over the next year or so.

WHAT CAN YOU LOOK FORWARD TO IN THE COMING YEAR?

Rollout of the new logo. You may have seen our new logo. The new logo is designed, among otherthings,tofunctionmore effectively in online contexts and be more aligned functionally with our many education partners for our collaborative work. The logo remains rooted in psychology with the psi and in schools and learning with the tree ofknowledge (more information on the development of the logo is available online http://www.nasponline .org/communications/new-logo.aspx).

What a new logo means in practical terms is the revision of the look of our publications and resources. This will be done over time to minimize any costs, so you will see a combination of our current logo and new logo in use for a while. In general, we will be making design changes as materials are developed or revised. You can expect to see a new look for Communiqué starting in the fall. We will also be replacing NASP Announce, our member e-newsletter, with a new format that will provide easier, regular access to Communiqué Online as well as links to key reports and resources. You will notice new looks for other e-communications throughout the summer and fall.

New NASP publications app. Mobile access to our periodicals and publications is a priority. This summer, we will launch an app that supports School Psychology Review (SPR), School Psychology Forum (SPF), the upcoming Best Practices series, and future publications. NASP members will have access to the app, which will function on Apple and Android tablets. Content will download onto the tablet so Internet access will not be needed to read the articles. You will be able to search, bookmark, and annotate articles and chapters. Eventually, we will be adding multimedia content to augment articles. SPF and SPR (including all issues going back to the first volume in 1972) will continue to be available online. Articles on the Web are printable, and issues going forward will have access to multimedia and related Web-based content.

Based on user feedback, SPR will go entirely electronic. The September 2014 issue will be the last printed issue of SPR, which will also be available via the app and online. Knowing that not everyone uses tablets, we are adding e-mail notifications when a new SPR issue comes out, just as we have always done with SPF. …

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