It was another successful year for the IUP School Psychology Program at the annual Association of School Psychologists of Pennsylvania (ASPP) conference, held in October 2010 in State College, Pa.
The program was well represented by students and faculty members at this year’s conference.
The highlight of the conference for IUP was the fact that a graduate of our doctoral program, Dr. Jennifer Lillenstein, received the prestigious award of School Psychologist of the Year for 2010. This honor is awarded by ASPP to individuals who are well respected by colleagues, students, and parents. Read more about Dr. Jennifer Lillenstein.
Dr. Lillenstein’s current position is the Statewide Lead for Response to Instruction and Intervention (RtII) at Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network. In this leadership role, she provides consultation services with school systems, and provides training and technical assistance focused in the areas of RtII and school improvement. Prior to her current role, Dr. Lillenstein held positions as a school psychologist with Lincoln Intermediate Unit 12 and the Cornwall-Lebanon School District and was a technical assistance consultant with the Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit.
Dr. Lillenstein was also on hand at ASPP to present two workshops. The first workshop, “Sustainable Leadership and School Improvement: We Know What Works; Are We Doing it, and How Do We Know,” provided an opportunity for the participants to discuss the importance of sustainable leadership, the role it plays in school improvement, and the evaluation process of how sustainability and leadership should look in schools. The second workshop, “The SAS-RtII Connection: Implications for the Role and Function of School Psychologists,” provided an opportunity for participants to learn the components and importance of the Pennsylvania’s Standards Aligned System (SAS).
Other workshops included “Rate of Improvement (RoI) Version 2.0: Research-based Calculations and Decision-making,” presented by IUP doctoral students Caitlin Flinn and Matthew Ferchalk. Participants received a brief tutorial on the importance of RoI and how to program Excel to calculate benchmarks and utilize data from DIBELS, AIMSweb, and PSSA.
“Use of a Tier 3 Evidence-Based Intervention with Formative Assessment, Progress Monitoring, and Student Goal-Setting: An Evaluation of the Immediate and Long-Term Effects on Student Reading Achievement” was presented by IUP doctoral student Angela McMasters and Dr. Lynanne Black, assistant professor and department chairperson at IUP. They presented on their findings on the long-term effects of the use of Tier 3 evidence-based interventions, and how many students were identified as having a specific learning disability (SLD) through the use of the RtI procedures.
A workshop on “Impact of School-Wide Positive Behavior Support (SWPBS) after Two Years” was presented by IUP professors Tim Runge and Mark Staszkiewicz, along with Melissa Gilroy, an IUP graduate student. They provided a background on SWPBS and how to implement the infrastructure in schools. Information on SWPBS’s impact among teachers’ attitudes and its influence on academic and behavioral outcome were discussed.
Additionally, students and professors presented their work one-on-one during poster presentations. Presenters included current and past students: Felicia Kaas, Maryssa E. McGuire, Stacey A. Leed, Sarah E. Rosswog, Akemi Parker, JoAnna R. Cogan-Ferchalk, Matthew R. Ferchalk, Fiona Richardson, and Professors Mark McGowan and Timothy Runge.
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