The Recipient for the Dr. John Opperman Outstanding Contribution Award for 2021-2022 is... 2022-05-18 04:00:00Z 0
Welcome Shannon Goss, Ph.D., NCSP 2022-05-18 04:00:00Z 0
Join Us in Recognizing Our OAPSA Retirees 2022-05-04 04:00:00Z 0
May 2022 Conference 2022-04-07 04:00:00Z 0

Congratulations to our Nominees for OAPSA'S Outstanding Contribution Award

Below are our nominees for OAPSA's 2022  Dr. John Opperman Outstanding Contribution Award. I'm sure you will join me in congratulating each of these noteworthy nominees.  
LeAnna Ford, Pupil Services Supervisor at Olentangy Local Schools  was nominated by  OAPSA Member, Marty Arganbright, Director of Pupil Services at Olentangy Local Schools.
Deidre S. Parsons, Director of Student Services at Barberton City Schools and OAPSA's Past President was nominated by Dr. Valerie Riedthaler  of the ESC of Northeast Ohio and Val is also  OAPSA's Communication Officer.   
The nominees will be recognized at our  May 6 OAPSA Business meeting  and the winner will be announced later during our May 6 OAPSA Conference at Quest Conference Center. 
Congratulations to our Nominees for OAPSA'S Outstanding Contribution Award 2022-04-05 04:00:00Z 0
Donna Stelzer's Narrated Version of OAPSA February 2022 Powerpoint Presentation 2022-02-16 05:00:00Z 0

Celebrate Our Profession with Our OAPSA Annual Award

It's time to give special recognition to a deserving OAPSA member!  Every year at our OAPSA May Conference we present an OAPSA member with The Dr. John Opperman Outstanding Contribution Award.   Student Services and Special Education Directors are not accustomed to receiving praise and recognition. In fact, too often, we operate in the shadows until something goes awry.    Each one of us now has an opportunity to nominate one of our OAPSA  colleagues for some well-deserved recognition.    All completed nomination packets must be returned via email  to me by March 1, 2022.  The packet is available online at:
In an article about Kristina Hulse being the recipient of our prestigious  award last May, the author, Ellie Roberto explained "Hulse was honored to receive the nomination, but she believes that every special education administrator should be awarded for their accomplishments during the pandemic.  “Our students and staff need us more than ever and this is our time to make a difference in others' lives. We are all deserving of this award, due to the impact we have made,”  (That's a quote from Kristina)   If you would like to see that entire article here is the link:
 The Award from 2021 and the Award Packet for 2022  is pictured in the image below.  You will find that award packet with all the details about how to nominate an OAPSA member  in the attachment to this email message!    And check out what our OAPSA members are saying about our Award Program in the images below my signature area!  Remember that the deadline to submit a nomination packet is March 1, 2022.  
Celebrate Our Profession with Our OAPSA Annual Award 2022-02-04 05:00:00Z 0
OAPSA Book Club 2022 2021-12-18 05:00:00Z 0
Ashland Credit 2021-2022 2021-12-10 05:00:00Z 0
February 2022 OAPSA Conference 2021-11-21 05:00:00Z 0
NEW OAPSA Member Resources Library 2021-10-14 04:00:00Z 0
NAPSA Conference 2022 2021-09-01 04:00:00Z 0

OAPSA Conference Cancellation Policy

Please note our cancellation policy:

You may cancel your registration up to 5 business days before the conference deadline by notifying Gwenn Spence via email at and we will refund your registration less a $25 cancellation fee. 

For cancellations, less than 5 days before the deadline, we will refund your registration by 50%
After the deadline or a no-show, no refunds will be given.

OAPSA Conference Cancellation Policy 2021-08-13 04:00:00Z 0

OAPSA Book Club 2021

Are you an OAPSA member?  Join the OAPSA Book Club today!  Contact Valerie at for more information. 
OAPSA Book Club 2021 2021-07-19 04:00:00Z 0

Coming Soon:  OAPSA's Hot Topics!

More information and a link to register for OAPSA's Hot Topics will be available soon.  All OAPSA's Hot Topics will be virtual at 7:30AM, and will be free for OAPSA members.  Mark your calendars now!
October 25, 2021
January 24, 2022
March 28, 2022
Coming Soon: OAPSA's Hot Topics! 2021-07-08 04:00:00Z 0
OAPSA's 2021-2022 Executive Board 2021-07-02 04:00:00Z 0
A Message from OAPSA's President 2021-07-02 04:00:00Z 0
Welcome Mindy! 2021-05-27 04:00:00Z 0
Congratulations to Kristina Hulse, the Dr. John Opperman Award Winner 2021-05-10 04:00:00Z 0
Congratulations to All OAPSA Members Retiring in 2021 2021-05-04 04:00:00Z 0
Congratulations to our 2021 Award Nominees! 2021-03-10 05:00:00Z 0
OAPSA Conferences 2021-2022 2021-02-16 05:00:00Z 0
OAPSA's Purpose 2020-09-09 04:00:00Z 0
Who Should Join OAPSA? 2020-09-09 04:00:00Z 0

NAPSA Statement in Support of Our Young People in the Wake of Violence and Trauma


NAPSA's Vision Statement avers that: "All students will be provided appropriate supports, services and programs to overcome their barriers to learning." In light of the recent events in Minneapolis, Georgia, throughout our country, and around the world, NAPSA expresses our support to fight injustice, violence, and systemic racism, which are barriers to learning and living. 

As educators, our most precious commodity is our children, who come to us in all shapes, sizes, colors, creeds, and religions.  We take them as they are, love them, feed them, care for them, and educate them. 

Sadly, racism has a longstanding history in the United States and a systemic and pervasive foothold in many societal institutions, including criminal justice, healthcare, and education. Episodes of violence and trauma in young people’s communities, especially those that arise from a place of systemic inequality, prejudice, and racism, negatively impact young people’s lives in a variety of ways. As educators, we are uniquely positioned to help young people process these experiences by providing a space to express their emotions, ask for help, and channel uncertain feelings into positive, constructive action.

As educators, our support as allies to young people trying to make sense of their feelings is critical. In the aftermath of tragic incidents of racial profiling and violence resulting from police actions, and the words and actions of those in positions of authority who may be perceived as uncaring, dismissive, and/or threatening, many young people may feel unsafe, angry, confused, frustrated, sad, and powerless.

NAPSA is committed to creating a world where everyone can live a life free of injustice and inequality, and we must demonstrate that commitment through our thoughts and actions. We know we will be successful in making our vision a reality only when we effectively confront and address these inequities and, as pupil services administrators, play a vital role in this indispensable endeavor.

To view NAPSA's Vision and Mission Statements, please  click here

NAPSA Statement in Support of Our Young People in the Wake of Violence and Trauma 2020-06-08 04:00:00Z 0

CASE Statement on Equity and Social Justice

June 3, 2020
Dear Colleagues,
The Council of Administrators of Special Education (CASE) is dedicated to the enhancement of the worth, dignity, potential, and uniqueness of each individual in society and we reaffirm these commitments and beliefs as leaders in the field of special education today.  We recognize, however, that beliefs and commitments are not enough and, as an organization, we believe the systemic conditions and underlying factors including institutional racism resulting in the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor and many other untold victims require immediate actions to redress the harms caused. Our country is in the midst of two national crises - the COVID-19 pandemic and the racial unrest.  Both of these crises are disproportionately impacting communities and individuals  of color across our country.
We can and must do more.  CASE commits to working with its members across the country to strengthen our systems, engage in difficult conversations, and develop resources to bring about meaningful, positive change so the civil rights of everyone, and in particular, those who have been marginalized in society, are honored. In the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”  CASE will engage in a planning process to ensure our policies and positions are inclusive. We will also focus on strategies to increase representation of people of color in leadership roles in special education across the country.  We will consider actions and mindsets that center equity, inclusion, respect, collaboration, deep listening, and unity in a way that brings us all together toward better outcomes. Members or others with specific ideas about how to undertake this important work should contact Phyllis Wolfram at or our President, Erin Maguire at
In partnership,
Erin Maguire, President
Dr. Mike Asip, Unit Development Chair
Dr. Pam Baker, Product Committee Chair
Dr. Mary Lynn Boscardin, Journal Editor
Dr. Julie Bost, Membership Committee Chair
Eric Hoppstock, Treasurer
Dr. Adam Leckie, Publications Chair
Myrna Mandlawitz, Legislative Consultant
Kindel Mason, President-Elect
Gary Myrah, Past-President
Heath Peine, Professional Development Chair
Dr. Kevin Rubenstein, Policy and Legislative Chair
Dr. Gina Scala, Research Chair
Greta Stanfield, Secretary
Carrie Turner, Technology & Communications Chair
Phyllis Wolfram, Executive Director
CASE Statement on Equity and Social Justice 2020-06-04 04:00:00Z 0
Follow OAPSA on Linkedin and Twitter! 2019-08-12 04:00:00Z 0

Dates for Upcoming OAPSA Conferences 

Posted by Valerie Riedthaler on Jul 01, 2019

OAPSA Conference Dates 

9/17/2021 at Quest

2/24 & 2/25/2022 at Nationwide Conference Center

5/6/2022 at Quest

9/23/22 at Quest 

2/23 & 2/24/2023 at Nationwide Conference Center

5/5/2023 at Quest 



Dates for Upcoming OAPSA Conferences Valerie Riedthaler 2019-07-01 04:00:00Z 0
Please see the resources under our link for Special Education and Related Services Staff Shortage! 2019-03-18 04:00:00Z 0