2010 Convention Highlights
y general consensus, the keynote addresses by Alexa Posny and Salome
Thomas-EL at the NASP 2010 Annual Convention were simply terrific.
Posny addressed convention attendees on “Including Your School Psy-
chologists: A Better, Bolder Approach to Education” and Thomas-EL followed
with “The Immortality of Influence: Believing Every Child Can Achieve Their
Dreams.” The audience came away from both presentations with a new ap-
preciation of their profession and renewed inspiration for the work that they
do. One person wrote to Thomas-EL, saying, “Your speech reminded me of
why I picked this field in the first place…. It was so great to hear an empower-
ing speech from somebody in the field that has gone out there and done what
I am hearing about, reading about, and writing about…. I hope to change even
just one school for even just one child in the same way that you have.” The
two keynote addresses are available for viewing at http://www.nasponline.org/
Handouts from a large number of mini-skills, posters, special sessions, and
paper presentations have been posted on the NASP website at http://www.nasp
online.org/conventions/2010conventionhandouts.aspx. They are available there
salome thomas-eL delivering his enthusiastically received keynote address in Chicago. for viewing and downloading.
forms to the 800-word limit (exclusive easier to sort out any technical dif-
of references, tables, figures, etc.). Any ficulties. Note that none of us actually
proposal that goes over this word limit
will automatically be disqualified and will
will be at the office at midnight on the
night the presentation proposal system
A second Helping of “Pie”
not go through the review process. Also, closes! After you submit your proposal, By leigh aRmiStead
be sure that the summary does not you will receive an e-mail confirmation. IE is the acronym for Participant Information Exchange, a new type of
include information that identifies the Save this e-mail; it will be very helpful convention session offered for the second year in a row in Chicago. In
author. Sometimes this can be challeng- later, especially if there are any prob- PIE sessions, presenters sit at round tables with up to 10 participants.
ing, especially if the proposal relates lems. The confirmation e-mail should The format permits more extended small group discussion than some other
to a larger body of your own work. It say that your proposal and the sum- convention sessions.
can help to refer to other work without mary attachment were received. If it For the Chicago convention, poster presenters whose topics seemed to have
first person references (e.g., say “Prior indicates that the summary attachment an applied focus were invited to present a PIE session. Forty-seven accepted the
research indicated …” rather than, “My was not received, please e-mail Marcia invitation and presented during the poster sessions. It was suggested that they
prior research indicated….