In November 2002 a multi-site interactive conference about the future of school psychology was held. The University of Indiana hosted on-site participants, and others participated via online and video conference hook-ups. The conference was co-sponsored by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), Division 16 of the American Psychological Association, the International School Psychology Association (ISPA), the Council of Directors of School Psychology Programs (CDSPP), the Trainers of School Psychologists (TSP), the Society for the Study of School Psychology (SSSP), the American Board of School Psychology (ABSP), and the American Academy of School Psychology (AASP).
The 2002 conference was the first U.S. national forum for the discussion of school psychology since the Olympia conference in 1979. In planning the conference, the Future Co-Chairs recognized that many things had changed in U.S. education since then. As a result of the conference activities, five major areas of focus were developed:
- Improved Academic Competence and School Success for All Children
- Improved Social-Emotional Functioning for All Children
- Enhanced family-school partnerships and parental involvement in schools
- More effective education and instruction for all learners
- Increased child and family services in schools that promote health and mental health and are integrated with community services
Over time the five focus areas were collapsed into three main areas:
- Improved academic outcomes for all students
- Family-school partnerships
- Mental health services in school
This website includes information and resources to support improved academic outcomes for all students.