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KASP Final

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Jim Persinger

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Transcript of KASP Final

1952-71: The Amazing Early Years of
Kansas Association
of School Psychologists

The KASP Website
August 10, 2000, 7:39 p.m.
The KASP Website
The KASP Website
The KASP Website
The KASP Website
The KASP Website
The KASP Website
Summer 2008... sigh
An electrical anomaly destroys the server which hosts the KASP website, simultaneously wiping out the backup server, AND the backup to the backup server. Three days earlier, the webmaster had a hard drive crash, destroying the local backup. All content from the KASP site is lost.
Webmaster, 2009
The KASP Website
The KASP Website
KASP joins Facebook
August 2010
KASP Constitution Article VIII Section 1: "The annual dues of this organization shall be two dollars for members."
In March, a single page letter titled "Kansas Association for School Psychologists Newsletter" is sent by G.L. Cooper to all school psychologists in the state. It announces plans for the first official KASP workshop, to be held at Parsons State Hospital...
President Bob Lowe notes concern over a balance of $90, leading a discussion on the need to raise dues in order to pay quality speakers. Marvin Fine, a young professor at K.U., is discussed as an example:

For a recent training, he was paid the highest speaker fee available from KASP:

$15 for a workshop.
A study group is formed with Kansas Psychological Association to formulate a certification proposal for School Psychologists, which goes beyond a teaching degree and experience. The state of KS accepts the proposal, which much resembles the Ed.S. of today.
Kansas creates a separate Kansas State Department of Special Education. They approach Kansas State Teachers College - Emporia (now ESU) requesting creation of a school psychology program. It is in place later that year.
Kansas requires that school psychologists have a teaching certificate and two years of experience as a teacher
There are 40 school psychologists now working in Kansas, 18 of whom have finished training in the past year.
At a KTSA meeting, "an unnamed individual made a lengthy plea" for forming a school psychological organization. He had been turned down for membership in the Kansas Psychological Association (KPA) because they didn't acknowledge him as a "real psychologist."
The first KASP meeting is held that is formally recognized by KSDE. This allows mileage reimbursement to be claimed.
In Columbus, Ohio, OSPA hosts a National Invitational Conference of School Psychologists, with representatives of 11 state organizations, including KASP, attending.
The first KASP directory is published.

Its purpose is to provide superintendents a list of school psychologists available for work in summers, given there are many areas where there are no school psychologists.
KASP approves costs for upcoming 1969 conference: Registration $5, plus $1.50 for those who want the roast beef dinner.

KASP decides to send out an annual newsletter informing members of its activities.
Dr. Barbara Bateman (leader in special education law) is selected for the conference. She talks about a concept she's devised which later brings her fame....
KASP creates a Professional Standards Committee, which later advises KSDE on licensure issues.

Their first act: a practicum currently consists of whatever a district decides. Therefore, they survey district practices of training parameters.
KASP approves a Code of Ethics for school psychologists. The first ethics workshop is then held at the convention in Manhattan.

One of the novel aspects proposed is that "information regarding pupils tested for special education placement should be confidential."
APA action creates Kansas HB 46, which becomes statute.

It specifies that outside of school contexts, school psychologists may not use the title "psychologist."

This law still stands in Kansas. Bear with us for a brief digression...
KASP is asked by KSDE to create a committee to advise them regarding purpose, role, and training of Kansas paraprofessionals.
Noting that no school psychology student had ever attended a conference, KASP gets contact information from all training programs and issues direct invitations to all.
The board creates three "director" positions who serve as liaisons to west, east, and central Kansas.
The Keynote speaker at that conference is Dr. William Farling, secretary of NASP, to talk about the new organization.
It's agreed that student paper presentations be allowed at KASP conference
KASP issues first position statement: A letter sent to all districts requesting they establish policies for psychological services.
Of 46 registered School Psychologists in the state, 36 belong to KASP
At a meeting at the Kansas School for the Blind on May 22, a gathering of 31 individuals arrive for a spring meeting of Kansas school psychologists,
Milestones in Kansas School Psychology
Kansas initiates reimbursable programs for school psychologists, so long as they meet basic credentialing requirements...
There are 8 school psychologists employed in Kansas
KASP and
formation of
There are now 15 identified school psychologists in Kansas. It is reported that most belonged to the Kansas State Teachers Association (KTSA)...

but dissatisfied with their representation there.
Practitioners form the

"Kansas School Psychological Association"

...but it has no constitution, no dues, and no committees.
They assume it's a bluff...
In a letter he states that if KPA did not make him a member, he would form his own organization of school psychologists.
Pack Ackerman is state Director of School Psychological Services.

He calls a mandatory meeting of all school psychologists, at the Memorial Union of the University of Kansas.

The meeting occurs November 16, 1963.

Though "Education of the Gifted" was the intended topic, the key focus became KPA and some "division of thinking" on their lack of recognition for school psychology credentials. All present want resolution... NOW.
Participants reach agreement that henceforth, they shall be represented by a new organization, which they name.....

The group assembles for a demonstration on "Psychometric Aspects of Evaluation of the Blind."

At noon, each psychologist is assigned a client with a visual-impairment, and instructed to have their evaluation completed by 3 p.m.
At a dinner afterward, members approve KASP's mission, structure and constitution, as prepared and proposed by Patricia White and George L. Cooper.

George, from Hutchinson schools, is elected as KASP's first President and the 31 school psychologists present are recognized as KASP's charter members.
In absence of formal procedures or a constitution, an informal voting process elects a temporary chairperson: The first leader of KASP. She is....
Districts start adding positions rapidly. Examples:

Marion announces they will need their first school psychologist, and offer a salary of $6500 (the average teacher salary at the time).

ElDorado announces the decision to begin hiring school psychologists as well for the 67-68 academic year. Three positions, salary $9500.
KASP helps form the

National Association of School Psychologists

Thus, another short digression...
Early this year, KASP requests David Brecheisen initiate a letter-writing campaign.

He's been attempting to reach all state school psychology organizations, but there is no central list of which states have organizations or how to contact them. He continues compiling that list.
6 months have passed. Besides having a more complete list, David returns with another result.

He's heard back from the Ohio School Psychologists' Association, the first (1943) state association.
Shortly thereafter, KASP receives a letter from OSPA, inviting us to join a national convention for purpose of formation of a national organization.

March, 1968
KASP's first conference topic:

"Classification and Evaluation of Retardates
with Special Emphasis on Projective Techniques."
It was agreed that because of its rise in popularity, the key topic would be "glue sniffing."
Dr Marvin Fine informs KASP of his intention to start a certification program at KU, starting this year with a one credit hour seminar in "current trends and issues in school psychology." Other courses follow in subsequent years.

K.U.'s official "School Psychology Program" launches in 1972.
A change in the Constitution is made which allows "college trainers of school psychologists," previously ineligible, to join KASP.
Those in attendance vote to form a national organization and to work regionally to decide upon its proposed structure.

To defray costs with starting the endeavor, contributions were solicited from those in attendance.
March 15, 1969
KASP sends 31 members to Saint Louis as official representatives to attend a meeting on the proposed organization of the National Association of School Psychologists.

KASP represents 13% of the total present.
NASP is founded.
For conference, Dr. Leo Buscaglia ("Dr. Love") is asked to give the keynote, and his talk is titled "Can you hear me? - - - Words get in your eyes."
KASP has 66 members
KASP board agrees that those attending board meetings should receive mileage reimbursement, at 7 cents a mile.
That's not bad: Gas costs 36 cents a gallon.
Polly Alexander, who had been President of OSPA in 67-68, chairs the first organizational meeting and is elected to serve as NASP's first President.
A study of case loads suggests for any given school psychologist, the average number "of cases completed was 236."
Most in attendance agree that continuing with KPA would be "non-productive."
The Kansas Association
School Psychologists
Actually, it is
originally named...
It is voted that dues be raised to $5.

Student dues set at $3.
The archived board notes state the purpose of the letter he's attempting to send to these organizations...
KASP is proposing arrangement of a national convention, whose purpose is to form a national organization for school psychologists.
For the past two years, OSPA had worked on just such a mailing list, for the same purpose. But their list is complete.
There are 54 original contributors, mostly individuals. Of state organizations who help fund startup costs for this proposed new organization, only Connecticut, Kansas, Michigan, Maryland, and Upstate New York are among them.
A national convention is held in Saint Louis for purpose of proposing the official formation and organization of a national association of school psychologists.

A new ethics concept is proposed in that position statement: Though technically not required, personnel should obtain parental consent before taking special education action.
If found, return to:
Only forty more years to go...
More to come... See you next year!
Um, technically, no!
Patricia White, School Psychologist
Topeka Public Schools
That students should have something she's labeled an "Individualized Education Plan" and that it should have goals and objectives.
Exactly 50 years later, APA creates model language intended to change legislation nationwide...

It proposes removing the title of psychologist from any who don't have a Ph.D.
In recent years, APA has approximately the same numbers of school psychologists as members... as they had in 1968. A recent membership drive, offering free membership for a year to school psychologists, fails to generate new members.

APA remains confused about why they are still not feeling the love.

Editorializing solely the responsibility of Jim Persinger.

APA supporters please send complaints to him.

Back to 1967!
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