Rosalinda BarraganPresidential Perspective 2017-2018

Dear ISPA Members,

I am grateful and honored to be ISPA’s President.  The past year has definitely been one of opportunity for me both professionally and personally.  Here are some highlights:

I accepted a position at a new district, I served as President-Elect of ISPA, I taught my first graduate course, I moved into a new home, I got engaged and I married my best friend in Italy in July. I feel very blessed. It is hard to believe I am in my 10th year as a bilingual school psychologist and I am excited to mark my first decade as President of such an amazing organization!

My involvement with ISPA began in 2008, being recruited as co-chair for the Bilingual/Bicultural workgroup. I felt intimidated when I attended my first Governing Board meeting, surrounded by former professors and esteemed colleagues. I served in this role for eight years. I am proud to know we were and continue to be the most active workgroup of ISPA! We met monthly and established a community of practitioners. As a community, we translated the ISPA informational brochure into eight different languages, published quarterly in the ISPA newsletter, performed service projects annually, and most recently created a professional practice guideline as a resource for all school psychologists in Illinois to assist with assessment of English Learners. While co-chair, ISPA Leadership noticed my leadership skills and passion. I was nominated as President-Elect for 2016-2017 and now I speak to you as President. I am in this position because people believe in me and I am humbled to lead such an incredible organization with colleagues that I admire.

I would like to thank Carrie Emrikson for her support, guidance, and leadership. She mentioned she would have a poster of Wonder Woman hanging up in her office this fall as that is her role model. I gave her a Wonder Woman doll this summer, as Carrie was my role model and my Wonder Woman. She is invincible, thinks outside the box, brave, and advocates for truth and justice all with style and kick-ass accessories. Carrie was influential in cultivating numerous relationships with legislators and administrators through her advocacy efforts. I will continue to uphold and expand those relationships. As Carrie once remarked, “Short conversations can have lasting impacts.”

My theme this year is Leading Lasting Change. The three primary objectives are to provide: Opportunities to Lead, Opportunities to Learn, and Opportunities to Make a Difference. I am inspired by the book, The End of Membership As We Know It, which states that the aforementioned objectives deliver value to members. As President, I will be approachable and visible. I will focus on building relationships by giving you a sense of belonging and giving you ownership in our Next Century Association. I will listen to your point of view and welcome feedback. Our new ISPA website will allow us to build online communities with a variety of networking options. Further, we invite members to sit on our board, attend professional development conferences/convention, and to volunteer in upcoming service projects. These are exciting times! Samuel Ortiz will present at our Fall Conference in October! The first offering of the ISPA Supervisor Credential Training of Trainers Program will launch this fall!

I challenge you to get involved and join a committee. If already on a committee, consider leadership. Do not be intimidated. I am where I am today because I was fortunate to have supportive relationships and mentors. Others believed in me and challenged me when I did not believe in myself. I believe in you and I want you to lead, learn, and make a difference!


Rosalinda Barragan, Ed.D NCSP
ISPA President 2017-2018