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Mission Statement: 

TASP is a professional organization that supports and advocates for school psychologists across Tennessee to provide comprehensive services that reflect best practices in the field of school psychology. The mission of TASP is two-fold: (1) to promote the educational and mental health (social-emotional) needs of children, youth, and young adults, and (2) to promote the interests of and to advance the professional excellence of school psychology.

Vision Statement:

TASP's Vision is to provide best practice school psychological services so children can thrive at school, at home, and in life.

Core Values:

  • Advocacy: TASP engages in actions and activities that seek to positively influence outcomes directly affecting the lives of the students, families, schools and the profession of school psychology. TASP is committed to proactive strategies to accomplish these goals.

  • Collaborative Relationships: TASP partners with related organizations, agencies, and others to develop and achieve shared goals that are within the mission of TASP. TASP collaborates with other school personnel and families who work toward positive outcomes for children. 

  • Professional Development: TASP is committed to high quality professional development that starts at the graduate training level and continues through career experiences leading to on-going professional growth and life-long learning.  This professional development is aligned with the NASP Practice Model for school psychologists.

  • Social Justice: TASP honors and respects ALL individual, cultural, and contextual differences that shape a student’s development and that impact our professional and personal interactions within the school setting.

  • Excellence in Practice: TASP sets and achieves the highest ethical standards for service delivery that are consistent with Tennessee state laws, NASP Practice and Training Standards, and the NASP ethical code for School Psychologists. Furthermore, TASP is committed to social justice, honesty, fairness and treating others with dignity and respect.

  • Student-Centered: TASP prioritizes the needs of children, youth, and families. 

  • Visionary Leadership: TASP approaches its work with optimism, energy, and professionalism, working pragmatically with “what is” while moving towards “what can be.”

  • Organizational Effectiveness: TASP will maintain an association that is efficient, accountable, and transparent. 

Strategic Goals and Objectives

Goal #1: Increase Membership Supports, Services, and Awareness

  • Expand participation in professional development (e.g. communities of practice, fall convention, and spring institute) by increasing overall attendance by 20% each year

  • Increase digital connectedness with members and potential members (e.g. newsletter, social media, and board meetings) by increase social media followers and website contacts by a total of 20% each year

  • Recruit new membership so total membership is at least 300  

  • Promote National School Psychology week through social media, e-mail, and events. 

Goal #2:Address Workforce Shortages 


  • Implement NASP Exposure Project (e.g. Public Relations committee and student representatives organize presentations for high schools and universities in each region to include students from diverse backgrounds). 

  • Increase collaboration with university programs to enhance retention of graduate students. 

  • Increase TASP visibility nationwide to university programs and potential relocation candidates 

  • Improve our ability to share state-wide job openings via the TASP website and collaboration of Regional Representatives with district Special Education Directors

  • Build capacity for members to promote the profession of school psychology through TASP social media platforms and other opportunities to share stories of the experiences of school psychologists

Goal #3: Increase/Support Advocacy Efforts of the Profession


  • Build capacity of TASP’s GPR Committee educational consultant 

  • Build relationships with related organizations 

  • Increase participation of TASP advocacy committee 

  • Develop relationships with state legislators in each region 

  • Officially comment on at least two bills per year pertaining to education and/or mental health services as it applies to students, youth, and families

  • Provide professional development opportunities for members to more effectively advocate for the profession of school psychology within their communities and schools.

  • Develop relationships with university students to increase advocacy efforts 

Goal #4: Supporting Social Justice Initiatives


  • Create social justice materials to share with school psychologists in the state to raise awareness about TASP’s perspective on social justice (e.g. social media, newsletter, email blasts, etc.)

  • Each conference will have at least two presentations addressing social justice 

  • Build relationships with community organizations 

  • Highlight social justice related organizations and/or groups through the Outstanding Advocate recognition program

Goal #5: Increase organizational capacity  


  • Develop a transparent and systematic record keeping process for all TASP-related documents, including organizing and updating records digitally and developing procedures for document transfer to new board members

  • Develop and implement an accountability plan for board members to successfully manage their responsibilities per the policy manual 

  • Ensure new board members are transitioned into their role appropriately 

  • Build capacity for collaboration between board members 

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