2021 ISPA & WSPA Virtual Winter Convention

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Please join us for the first virtual winter convention. Learn about how to be Physically Distanced - Socially Connected: Leading by Convening, our theme for this year.  The convention will have a virtual exhibit hall, moderated forums, virtual job fair, poster presentations, Grubhub, and a merchandise store.  The Practitioner of the Year Award winner will be announced. The first 500 paid registrations will recieve a commemorative ScreenSaver!


For check payment: MAIL completed form to ISPA Convention, Department 4651, Carol Stream, IL 60122-4651
For credit card payment: FAX completed form to (847)864-7580
Purchase Orders are not accepted.

Please contact Shirely Pitts at [email protected] with any registration changes or cancellations.


Registration Cost

  ISPA/WSPA Member Student/Intern/Retiree NonMember
Single Day $90.00 $45.00 $120.00
Both Days $150.00 $75.00 $180.00


Job Placement Bureau

Job Placement Bureau will take place on Friday, February 5, 2021 from 8:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. Position openings in internships and employment from Illinois and Wisconsin will be represented this year, and members will have an opportunity to meet virtually with representatives from the many districts that attend. Districts will have the opportunity to highlight their openings for all who are interested.

For Interviewees:

If you are seeking a school psychologist employment or internship position, you need to indicate so on your registration form. You will then receive a link to the virtual job fair after January 11, 2021. Please go to link prior to the job fair to set up your profile and upload a one page resume. Resumes will be shared with all of the districts after the job fair is completed.

For Interviewers:

If you would like to post a position opening and/or attend the Job Placement Bureau to interview potential employees/interns, please do so by indicating this on your registration form. Once your registration has been processed you will receive a link to the virtual job fair, after January 11,  2021  to set up your booth. Information of how to complete this will be included with the link and a virtual training session offered will be offered on January 22, 2021. If you have any questions, please contact [email protected].

Workshop Information

Presenter Bios
Presenter's Handouts
Poster Presentation


Friday, January 29, 2021
8:00am - 9:30am

Workshop 1: Lessons learned during COVID-19: Opportunity out of crisis (1.5 PD Credit)
Presented by Ben Fernandez, M.S. Ed

The COVID 19 pandemic has not only changed how schools educate their students but also how they provide mental health services such as crisis intervention and suicide prevention.  Like any crisis, the pandemic has created the potential for positive and negative outcomes, which lead to lessons learned that can enhance the work of crisis intervention teams in future.  One of the biggest challenges faced is the continuity of operations given the ongoing uncertainty and changing learning environments, which has required many teams to quickly adapt and retool how they serve student needs.   This presentation will discuss challenges that school crisis intervention teams are experiencing as well as how teams have adapted to successfully meet these needs in their school communities.

10:00am -11:30am

Workshop 2: Stress and Anxiety (1.5 PD Credit)
Presented by David Jacobi, Ph.D.

11:30am- 12:30pm

Lunch /Awards Ceremony

-ISPA Room

-WSPA Room


12:30pm - 2:00pm

Workshop 3: Creating Culturally Affirming Environments for Minoritized Youth (1.5 PD Credit)
Presented by Celeste Malone, Ph.D., MS

Ample evidence suggests that PK-12 students experience racism and other forms of discrimination in school and that these experiences have a deleterious impact on their mental health. Several studies have shown a consistent and strong relationship between racial discrimination and negative mental health outcomes including increased depression and anxiety, decreased self-worth and self-esteem, as well as psychological maladjustment. The focus of this presentation is to provide an overview of the literature and identify strategies for school psychologists to work towards creating school climates that are safe for all students, but especially for those who are members of racial and ethnic minoritized groups. Specifically, attendees will learn strategies to advocate for culturally affirming school environments, engage in culturally responsive practices, and develop cultural humility.


2:30pm - 4:00pm

Workshop 4: Let’s Get Ethical, Ethical: Using ethical problem solving to address challenges in school psychology (1.5 PD Credit)
Presented by Laurie Klose, Ph.D

This session will focus on the 2020 Principles for Professional Ethics as the framework for examining ethical responsibilities of school psychologists. Available resources will be presented and utilized in a problem-solving approach to resolving ethical dilemmas. Scenarios will be discussed that are relevant to practice in the current climate of public health crisis and social unrest. Be prepared to participate, learn something new and take away tools to make your professional functioning more ethical and just.

4:30pm - 6:30pm

Virtual Happy Hour with Dueling Pianos (minus 1)

Student Spirit Competition

Friday, February 5, 2021

8:00am - 9:30am









8:00am - 12:00pm

Workshop 1: Back to the Classroom: Serving the Needs of Students with Disabilities Returning From Virtual Learning (1.5 PD Credit)
Presented by Matt Bell, EdS, JD

Brief Description:  Classrooms are opening up and students are returning from their extended quarantines and once again able to receive in-person instruction.  It is fantastic to hear the slam of locker doors, the recess bell ringing, and laughter in the hallways!   However, not all students have benefited from the virtual instruction provided during quarantine, and students with disabilities may have been particularly negatively affected.  What are districts’ responsibilities to address those negative effects and the legal consequences if they do not.  If districts do have a responsibility to address educational losses resulting from extended quarantines, how can that be accomplished?  Participants will be able to address these questions and further serve the needs of returning students with disabilities.


Job Placement Bureau 

10:00am -11:30am

 Workshop 2: Supporting Students (and Parents) with Virtual and Hybrid Learning: Tips for Working with Neurodiverse Students (1.5 PD Credit)

Presented by Jessica Hasson, PhD

During this unprecedented time, teachers, students, and caregivers have been tasked with adapting to a new method of education: virtual and hybrid schooling. In addition to the obvious differences in delivery method (online versus in person), there are a number of other significant differences between in-person and virtual/hybrid schooling that can impact the educational attainment of students. For example, virtual schooling requires strong executive functioning abilities of students, often requiring more than what they are capable of doing on their own. As a result, caregivers are being asked to serve as educational facilitators, a role few have been prepared for. This placed more stress on the family system and this ultimately impacts education, as the student is less available emotionally, mentally, and sometimes physically, for learning. This presentation will discuss some of the differences between virtual schooling/hybrid schooling and in-person schooling. However, the focus will be on identifying methods to support virtual learning for both caregivers and students. A special focus will be on how to serve neurodiverse students and to assist caregivers in creating a home-learning environment conducive to their students’ unique learning style. I will also discuss strategies teachers and school staff can implement to assist with the learning needs of neurodiverse students.

11:30am -12:30pm


12:30pm - 2:00pm

Workshop 3: Striving to Be Your Best Self: The Application of Adult SEL Skills to Successful and Equitable SEL Virtual Practices (1.5 PD Credit)
Presented by Sybil Baker, L.C.S.W. & Caryn Curry, L.C.S.W.

2:30pm - 4:00 pm

Workshop 4: Self-Care in the Roaring 20s (1.5 PD Credit)
Presented by Lisa Kelly Vance, Ph.D.

Given such an unprecedented year, and unprecedented times, self-care is more important than ever.  School Psychologists have had their bandwidth taxed, and self-care is vital to build resiliency, while also preventing compassion fatigue and burnout.  Participants in this session will learn about self-care and will leave with tools for their toolbox, while providing opportunities for collaborative support.