Magazine article National Association of School Psychologists. Communique

Five Steps to a Great Convention Experience

Magazine article National Association of School Psychologists. Communique

Five Steps to a Great Convention Experience

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The Atlanta convention promises to be an outstanding professional development opportunity. But how do you ensure that you make the most of your time there? People who have attended NASP conventions before know that following these five steps will help you get the most from your trip.

Be prompt and save. Registration for the NASP 2019 Annual Convention in Atlanta opens October 1, 2018. Register by November 7, 2018, to take advantage of early registration savings and be entered to win a $500 Visa gift card (www.nasponline.org/professional-development/nasp-2019-annual-convention/registration/deadlines-and-fees).

Be proactive and persuasive. Accessing high quality professional development brings value to you and to your school(s). Download a customizable letter and talking points to use with your supervisor to share how attending the convention will enhance your ability to serve students and support school priorities. Available at http://www.nasponline.org/professional-development/nasp-2019-annual-convention/registration.

Identify needed skills. Sometimes people stick to their comfort zone when it comes to professional development, focusing on skills areas with which they are familiar. But the convention is a great place to expand your skills on new strategies or interventions in work areas in which you could do more. Take the NASP Self-Assessment to get a clearer picture of what those skills needs might be (http://apps.nasponline. …

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