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The Connecticut Association of School Psychologists is proud to announce the

May 2022 Presidents' Symposium featuring Dr. Samuel Ortiz.

Please see our additional information below:


Date: Friday, May 13th

Time: 8:15 a.m. - 3:15 p.m. 

Topic: Non Discriminatory Assessment Practices and Contemporary Evaluation of Learning Disability

Location: To Be Determined (in-person)

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Information on Dr. Ortiz:

Dr. Ortiz is Professor of Psychology and former Director of the School Psychology Program at St. John's University, Queens, New York. He earned his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Southern California and completed postdoctoral training in Bilingual School Psychology at San Diego State University where he also obtained certification as a school psychologist. In addition, he has served as Visiting Professor and Research Fellow at Nagoya University in Japan and was recently elected Vice President for Professional Affairs of Division 16 of APA beginning Jan. 2003. Dr. Ortiz trains and consults nationally and internationally on topics ranging from nondiscriminatory assessment to contemporary evaluation of learning disabilities. He combines practical and research based experience with specialized education and training in working with culturally and linguistically diverse children and parents. Dr. Ortiz is bilingual (Spanish) and bicultural (Puerto Rican).

Research Interests
Dr. Ortiz has studied and published on topics that include assessment of culturally and linguistically diverse individuals, application of modern intelligence theory in testing through CHC Cross-Battery assessment methods, differentiating cultural and linguistic differences from disorders, and development of the CHC Culture-Language Matrix as a method for determining the primary influence of culture and language on test performance. He recently authored three chapters in NASP's Best Practices IV on nondiscriminatory assessment, contemporary intellectual assessment, and working with culturally and linguistically diverse children and families. Dr. Ortiz is also the author and developer of the WWW School Psychology Homepage, which was the very first site on the internet devoted exclusively to school psychology (published Oct. 1994).

CT School Safety & Crisis Response Committee Meeting Schedule 2022:

CASP members are welcome to attend any of the 2022 meetings. All meetings are held on Wednesdays from 9-11

MEETING DATES- Zoom link: https://Fairfield.zoom.us/j/96581453735
Meeting ID: 965 8145 3735

1.19.22 - Marc LaFrance/Rob Mahoney - DHS/FBI

2.23.22 - Andrea Duarte - 988 new national crisis #

3.30.22 - QPR Training

4.27.22 - Amery & Gabe - CTR Update

5.18.22 - Heather Spada - Gizmo Initiative - mental health initiative: 

Our meetings are dual purposed. CASP members are welcome to attend the first half of the meeting for the guest speaker’s presentation. If interested in participating on the committee, people can stay for the second half of the meeting, during which the CT SS&CRC members process recent crises and/or discuss regional concerns.

Attention to school safety and effective crisis response has never been so important. 
All meetings are held on Wednesdays from 9-11. 
Questions: please contact Paula Gill Lopez at pgilllopez@fairfield.edu

The CT Center for School Safety is offering low-cost multidisciplinary school threat assessment team training: 

This is a one-day workshop conducted over Zoom (8:00 am - 3:00 pm). The training will be on the Comprehensive School Threat Assessment Guidelines (CSTAG) model developed by Dr. Dewey Cornell. The goal is to have schools register their full threat assessment team consisting of administration, law enforcement, mental health, and other faculty members. Priority will be given to teams, but individual registration will be permitted if seating is available. There will be breakout rooms during the workshop with exercises for each team. This one-day workshop will be repeated four times over the next several months. Space is limited, so please only attend one session. The dates and links for registration are listed below:

2/2/2022 8:00 am - 3:00 pm   LINK to registration     

3/ 4/2022 8:00 am - 3:00 pm  LINK to registration

4/25/2022 8:00 am - 3:00 pm LINK to registration

5/ 3/2022 8:00 am - 3:00 pm  LINK to registration

Communities of Practice:

The Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) and the Regional Educational Service Centers (RESC) invite school psychologists to participate in statewide Communities of Practice (CoP).The CoPs will be facilitated by a RESC representative to provide attendees with an excellent, free opportunity:

1) to develop a collaborative community of practitioners
2) to build connections and share resources
3) to identify professional needs in order to inform the CSDE’s Bureau of Special Education and RESCs of future learning activities.
CoPs are designed to engage practitioners in meaningful discussions and activities that will broaden our capacity to improve outcomes for students with disabilities.


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