Upcoming events

    • 26 Sep 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Tempe Elementary School District’s Bustov Professional Learning Center 2020 E. Carson Drive Tempe AZ 85283

    Please join the Arizona Association of School Psychologists in a Central Region training with Dr. Michael Redivo.  Dr. Redivo is the Executive Director of the Desert Heights Academy.

    Cultivating a Values Grounded Learning Environment:  Promoting Student and Staff Growth and Development

    In our day to day walk as professionals and leaders, conflict occurs regularly – whether it be within our departments, between staff, with parents / students, and / or within ourselves.  The Productive Conflict model offers educators, especially leaders, a method for using conflict in a manner that promotes growth among students AND between staff, ultimately strengthening departmental, school, and classroom culture.  This workshop will address conflict within the context of learning theory, highlighting the notion that conflict, in many instances, is a catalyst for new learning and growth to occur.  Emphasis will also be placed on the development of a shared vision amongst leaders, as this vision helps unify diverse groups / teams towards a common, positive, and purposeful goal.  This workshop will identify a framework for thinking about and managing conflict in productive and useful ways.  Aspects of the biology of learning will also be integrated, identifying how productive conflict strengthens a growth mindset for administrators and the staff whom they lead.  The Productive Conflict model is applicable in all aspects of our day to day work. This workshop will use videos, role plays, and small group discussion to make the learning experience lively and engaging.


     1.        Participants will learn key tenets of a Values Grounded Learning Environment.

    2.        Participants will identify the role that a Shared Vision has in directing a positive school / departmental culture.

    3.        Participants will learn key practices of positive behavior management (5 C’s), Growth Mindset, and the Productive Conflict model that can be applied at work the next day.

    4.        Participants will learn about how conflict can be used to promote learning, growth, strengthening school and classroom culture.

    5.        Participants will learn about how the biology of learning influences conflict management and ways to promote a growth mindset.

    Happy Hour immediately following the workshop at Spokes on Southern from 4:00 - 6:00 (or as long as people want to hang out!).  AASP will provide food and non-alcoholic drinks.  See you there!  

    Location: Spokes on Southern: 1470 E Southern Ave, Tempe, AZ 85282

    • 29 Sep 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Tolleson Union High School (Board Room) 9801 West Van Buren Street, Tolleson AZ 85353
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    School-based Threat Management has been the expected protocol since the U.S. Secret Service and the U.S. Department of Education put forth their guide in 2002 entitled: Threat Assessment in Schools: A Guide to Managing Threatening Situation and to Creating Safe School Climates.  This presentation will address the following questions:

    · What difference has it made for schools to engage in this process?

    · What are the critical components of a school- based threat management protocol?

    · What are schools held accountable for when the worst thing (school shooting) happens?

    · What are sticking points in your school team threat management process?

    · What should be included in a supervision plan for a student of concern?

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     Workshop Objectives:

    1) Describe the major actions in each phase of school-based threat management.

    2) Identify the benefits of having a well-trained school-based threat management team.

    3) Compare the protocol and conditions of their school-based threat management team to that of a school who has experiences an official review after a school shooting.

    4) Assess if a supervision plan for a student of concern includes appropriate supports and interventions.  

    Presenter information:  

    Debi Neat has a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from NAU and retired in 2014 from her 14-year position as the Safe and Drug Free Schools Trainer for the Phoenix Union High School District. In this position, Debi provided staff development workshops to over 2500 employees. Debi has also trained students in Peer Mediation for the campuses, as well as facilitated and provided oversight of prevention/intervention programs and the staff who ran those programs on the campuses. Debi has over 35 years of experience in working with adolescents, as a teacher and part of the therapeutic treatment program at the Nevada State correctional facility for youth and as the Prevention Programs Coordinator for the Tolleson Union High School District.  Debi is a Learning Systems Facilitator, Coach for KOI Education; Certified Adolescent Health Trainer; Trauma Informed Schools Trainer, and a Lead Trainer for the School Safety and Prevention Unit at the Arizona Department of Education in School Climate and Safety, School Safety Program (SRO grant), Threat Management and Emergency Response Training.

    Gina Durbin has a BS in Education from Illinois State University; MA in Counseling from Northern Arizona University and a MA in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizonan University.  She currently is the Director of Community & Education Services in the Cave Creek Unified School District where she has held this position for 25 years.  In this position, Gina provides leadership and training in counseling, school resource officers, health, prevention, intervention, crisis and safety programs for the school district and into the community. Gina is very involved in the Cave Creek community and is the liaison with the school and community in providing prevention, intervention and educational resources to parents and students.

     Prior to her current position Ms. Durbin was a middle school counselor in the Cave Creek Unified School District and Osborn School District.   She started her career as a middle school/elementary special education teacher.  Overall, Ms. Durbin has over 35 years’ experience (since 1978) in working within the public-school system.

    • 02 Nov 2017
    • 7:30 AM
    • 03 Nov 2017
    • 4:15 PM
    • Black Canyon Conference Center

    Please join us November 2nd and 3rd at the Black Canyon Conference Center in Phoenix for the 49th Annual AASP Conference. Please click on the link below for this year's conference brochure which contains a schedule of this year's workshops and activities. This year's Keynote Address will be delivered by Joel Goodman of The HUMOR Project.

    Click on the following links for hotel reservations:



    Reserve a Room at Springhill Suites Phoenix North



    Reserve a room at Townplace Suites Phoenix North

    2017 AASP Conference Brochure.pdf

    *Please note that some sessions in the mailed brochure were identified as not being for CPD credit. However, repeating sessions are available for CPD credit each time they are offered. The online registration system is correct.

    Registration Policies 

    Please note that you must be a current member of AASP at the time you register for the conference in order to obtain the member rate. It is recommended that you renew membership a week to ten days prior to registering for the conference.  Cancellations must be made by October 31st. No refunds will be given following that date.

    Directions for Purchase Order Processing

    1. Complete the conference registration form online.

    2. Print the completed registration form and give it to the appropriate contact at the school district for processing of the PO.

    3. The Purchase Order, with the registration form(s) attached, must either be e -mailed to admin@aasp -az.org or faxed to 480 -893 -7775. The Purchase Order must provide an e -mail address so that the AASP office can e -mail the invoice. 

    4. An invoice will be e -mailed for payment.

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