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Diversity Scholarship

This year WSASP will be awarding one scholarship of $1,000.

Applications are due by October 12th

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2023 Virtual Fall Conference

October 19-21

Registration is now open! This years conference includes a total of 75 clock hours & features presenters from around the world!

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Social Justice Task Force Resources

WSASP has identified and compiled these resources through the work of school psychologists across the state of Washington.  These come from a variety of sources and are intended to help schools and families engage in constructive dialogue about social justice issues in the hopes that we can work together to shift the conversation from hate and violence toward understanding and respect. We will be adding to these resources over time.


Black History Month Resources Guide for Educators and Families

Author(s): Various

Tags: General Equity and Justice Information, Inclusion, District Level, School Level, Student Level, Article, List of Resources

Description: Resources from the Center for Racial Justice in Education focused on Black History Month in schools, with resources specific to the intersection of race and gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and gender-identity.

Blue Blackness, Blue Blackness: Making Sense of Blackness and Disability

Author(s): Theri A Pickens

Tags: School Level, District Level, Culture and Climate, Article

Description: The article shares an interpretation of the intersectionality of disability and being of African descent. 

Do Early Educators’ Implicit Biases Regarding Sex and Race Relate to Behavior Expectations and Recommendations of Preschool Expulsions and Suspensions?

Author(s): Walter S. Gilliam, PhD Angela N. Maupin, PhD Chin R. Reyes, PhD Maria Accavitti, BS Frederick Shic, PhD

Tags: Disciplinary Practices, District Level, School Level, Student Level, Article, Preschool, Suspension and Expulsion, Implicit Bias

Description: Research that investigates the impact of implicit bias in preschool behavior expectations and disciplinary practices.

Framework for Effective School Discipline

Author(s): NASP

Tags: Disciplinary Practices, District Level, School Level, Article, School Resource Officers 

Description: This resource provides key practices and recommendations to promote equitable and effective discipline and to reduce the use of suspension, expulsion, and other exclusionary discipline practices, particularly those that disproportionately impact students of color.

In the Shadow of Brown: Special Education and Overrepresentation of Students of Color

Author(s): Beth A. Ferri and David Connor

Tags: Disproportionality, District Level, School Level, Article

Description: Examines the disproportionate placement of students of color in special education programs (referred to in the education literature as overrepresentation) and traces some of the origins of the current problem of overrepresentation by examining tangled relationship of special education and resegregation in the first years following the Brown decision.

Performative Allyship Is Deadly (Here’s What to Do Instead)

Author(s): Holiday Phillips

Tags: Article, Culturally Responsive Practices 

Description: Redefines the definition of allyship for the BIPOC community 

The Relationship Between Non-Traditional Instructional Strategies and the Multicultural Competence of School Psychologists

Author(s): Jacqueline Kluger

Tags: General Psychological Practices, Foundational, Article, Multicultural Training, Cultural Competency

Description: This is a dissertation regarding multicultural training and the utility of non-traditional field instructional strategies vs traditional lecture-based instruction.

What the Words Say: Many kids struggle with reading - and children of color are far less likely to get the help they need

Author(s): AMP Reports

Tags: Reading Instruction, Student Level, Article

Description: This article outlines the negative impact of balanced literacy instructional practices, and how students of color are particularly disadvantaged when students aren't explicitly taught how to read. This leads to issues of properly identifying students with learning disabilities.

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