National Association of School Psychologists. Communique

Articles from Vol. 37, No. 2, October

2,000 High Schools Neglect Minorities
Poverty, minority status, and gender are all correlates of school failure. It appears that some high schools contribute to these correlates of failure, especially in urban school districts within communities with high poverty rates. In a 2007 presentation,...
Academic Functioning and Quality of Life of Children and Adolescents with Allergic Rhinitis - Part II
PEDIATRIC SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY[Editor's Note: This is the second of a two-part series on allergic rhinitis. Part I the September issue.]EFFECTS OF MEDICATIONS USED TO TREAT ALLERGIC RHINITIS (AR)Treatments for AR are now widely available in both prescription...
Advocacy Via Elected Office
"School Psychologist Wins City Council Seat by Landslide." This could well be the headline in your hometown newspaper. Running for elected office is the highest form of advocacy and one that every school psychologist should consider. There is no better...
Are We Prepared to Be Instructional Experts? the Three-Bear Perspective of Classroom Teachers
ViewpointThe following is a tongue-in-cheek story of a dinner conversation among Bears: George Bear is a professor of school psychology at the University of Delaware; Patti Bear, his wife, is a 5th grade teacher; Adam Bear, their son, is a high school...
Associations between Student-Teacher Relations and Students' Academic and Psychological Well-Being
The current era of educational accountability and high-stakes testing has led to an appreciable focus on student academic performance, but likely at the price of increased stress among teachers, reduced flexibility in classroom teaching practices, and...
Be a Convention Assistant
Anyone who has attended a NASP Annual Convention knows that it is a wonderful way to upgrade your skills and forge new relationships with others in the field. Did you also know though, that by spending a small amount of time, you can enhance the experience,...
Becoming PREPaREd in Canada: NASP Crisis Prevention and Intervention Curriculum International Debut
INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGYNew Brunswick is a small Maritime province in Canada bordering on Maine. With just 700,000 people, the population is clustered in small cities and towns. Nevertheless, tragedies happen here as they do elsewhere and there...
Best Practices in Evaluating Student-Teacher Relations and Students' Functioning
School psychologists who promote and monitor healthy classroom environments are acting in accordance with calls for school-based prevention and universal intervention services intended to improve the mental health of all students. This column proposes...
Best Practices in Service-Learning: Enhancing the Social/Emotional and Academic Competence of All Students
CHAPTER ABSTRACT"School is so boring! Why do I have to learn this stuff? PIl never use it!" How often do you hear this? Chances are, many of the students referred to you do not have any cognitive impairment or emotional disability. They are bored and...
Candidates Vie for NASP's Top Office
This year Don Blagg (NV) and Kathy Minke (DE) are seeking nominations for President- Elect. Their photos and brief biographies are included here and will also appear on the NASP Elections website. Eighteen states will also elect Delegate candidates:...
Combatting Online Social Aggression
Combatting Online Social Aggression CYBERBULLYING AND CYBERTHREATS: Responding to the Challenge of Online Social Aggression, Threats and Distress By N. E. Willard Research Press, 2007REVIEW BY CARRIE EMRIKSONThere have been innumerable books published...
Consider Attending an ISPA Colloquium: It May Be Cheaper Than You Think
I think of ISPA (International School Psychology Association) colloquia as a summer camp experience for adults. Every year we convene in a different country, but the conference has an invariant set of rituals. Morning reveille, evening taps, the daily...
Developing the Profession of School Psychology in Vietnam
INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGYBuilding upon a successful prior initial trip to Vietnam (Terjesen Sc Kassay, 2007) inJanuary 2008, students and faculty from St. John's University (STJ) School Psychology program returned to work with the faculty from...
Diary of a Public Policy Newbie
Recently, New Jersey Association of School Psychologists (NJASP) Government and Professional Relations (GPR) Chair, Barry Barbarasch, and I returned from an exhilarating trip to Washington, DC that included a visit to Capitol Hill. Barry has been to...
Eat, Drink, and Be Merry
Located near the ocean, restaurants abound in the area near the Convention and throughout the city. Boston offers a variety of food options, including seafood and ethnic dishes, and everything from "cheap eats" to world-class restaurants.WITHIN THE CONVENTION...
Editor's Note
The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are always very much on everyone's minds, especially as we approach the national elections next month. We daily hear about the politics, the battles, and the casualties, but we seldom hear about the battles being fought...
Featured Articles: FROM THE NASP EBSCO ONLINE LIBRARY
The NASP EBSGO Online Library is a great source of information for practicing school psychologists, students, and others. The articles below-each available in full text in the Library-supplement those on military deployment in this issue of COMMUNIQUE....
Idea in Practice
IDEA 2004State Eligibility Requirements for Specific Learning Disabilities. Project Forum, of the National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE), has published findings regarding state eligibility requirements for the identification...
Improving Relationships with Community Providers: The Community Psychologists Workshop
COMMUNICATION MATTERSSchool system personnel at times find themselves in adversarial positions with outside providers regarding special education and Section 504 eligibility and services. It is our experience that this is often due to a lack of understanding...
Individual Accountability: The Unspoken Problem in Education Reform
"Teaching is arguably the only profession in the country with ironclad job security and a well-honed hostility to measunng results." - Jonathan AlterThe above quote by Newsweek columnist and reporter Jonathan Alter (2008) is one that would undoubtedly...
Military Deployment: How School Psychologists Can Help
Nearly 70,000 children have at least one parent in the U. S. National Guard or Reserve (Our Military Kids, 2007). These children are in civilian schools, very possibly in buildings where you work! Some could be experiencing their parent's first deployment...
Multiculturalism in Practice
Multiculturalism in Practice MULTICULTURAL ISSUES IN SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY by B. K. Nastasi The Haworth Press Inc. 2006REVIEW BY TONY WUDiversity, race, ethnicity, and cultural competency are popular phrases that you hear time and again in educational and...
November Is National Runaway Prevention Month
"I want to be anonymous, but I want to run away from home because I feel like no one cares for me at all. My mom says she does and so does my dad but they don't act like it when I fight with my brother or sister ... all I want to know is should I run...
Obtaining Financial Parity in West Virginia
On March 28, 2008 West Virginia's governor signed into law House Bill 4117 that provides salary stipends to school psychologists and school nurses who are nationally certified. This accomplishment was largely due to 2 years of work undertaken by three...
Off Task
Rock BandAh, summer. Time to slow down and try new things that I would never have time for during the school year. Had some major fun with college son's new Wii-Fit and Rock Band. Anybody out there try the drumming part of Rock Band? I haven't felt like...
Outline for the Community Psychologists Workshop
Parents often retain private consultants or evaluators in order to help them make decisions regarding the education of their children. When these consultants fully understand the capabilities of district personnel, the services available within the district,...
Public Policy from the Inside
I have been involved most of my professional life in advocating for state or national public policy issues important to school psychologists. I have done this as a past president of NASP, NASP delegate, state leader, university professor, and school...
School Psychologist Crisis Response Experiences and Perceptions
Crisis Management in the SchoolsSummarized by Stephen E. Brock, PhD, NGSP, California State University, SacramentoIn 2007, Adamson and Peacock published the results of a national survey of 228 members of NASP (which represented a 45.6% usable survey...
School Psychology Program Partners with Illinois National Guard on Reintegration Program
In the course of one of the authors (MES) working as a Red Gross volunteer providing mental health services to children and families of local National Guard Soldiers deployed to Iraq, he was contacted by the Illinois National Guard to explore the Illinois...
Small Steps to Student Engagement
Small Steps to Student Engagement MOTIVATING STUDENTS LEFT BEHIND: Practical Strategies for Reading and Teaching Your Most Difficult Students by Richard L. Curwin Discipline Associates, 2006REVIEW BY KRISTIN PHILLIPS"One goodyear is better than none;...
Spotlight on NASP Minority Scholars
MULTICULTURAL AFFAIRSThe spotlight this month is on four of the five students named NASP Minority Scholars: Medina Mojaddedi, Darlene G. Caballero, Tiffany G. Y. Muse, and Sarah Straith Zañartu.MEDINA MOJADDEDIMedina's home is in Houston, TX. She did...
Take Strides to Boston: Learn How to Make a Difference for Children
Although I have traveled across the U.S. extensively, Boston is the one big city that I somehow missed until our first convention planning meeting in May. It's not like I did not know it was there! Fm a history buff, love sports, go to the symphony and...
Tech Corner
LaptopsMost school psychologists appear to be using laptops in their work because they tend to travel a great deal. PG and iMac/iBook are both excellent platforms. Laptops are now in the $500 price range but you can spend $2,000 or more for the new loaded...
The Effect of Parental Trauma Exposure on Offspring
Summarized by Larry S. Solanch, PhD, Georgia Southern UniversityYehuda, Halligan, and Bierer (2001) report and interpret the results of another in an extensive series of clinical investigations of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and related psychopathology...
The Extra Mile Is Never Crowded
"I shall be telling this with a sigh, somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood and I-I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference. " - R OBERT FROSTWhat can I do to make a difference in the world? How can I...
Tragedy at Virginia Tech: Trauma and Its Aftermath
Summarized by Cynthia Dickinson, NGSP, Coordinator, Crisis and Attendance Services, Fairfax County Public Schools, VAOn April 16, 2007, Seung-Hui Cho> a Virginia Tech senior, shot and killed 32 Virginia Tech students and faculty members, wounding...
Traumatic Brain Injury Follow along Project: Experience outside of the Textbook
Training programs in school psychology and related areas of health care provide graduate students with "snap shots" of children's and families' lives. Training is fast paced and time consuming, making it difficult for students to see the more in-depth...
Tying the Yellow Ribbon: How School Psychologists and Educators Can Support Military Families
SPECIAL: SUPPORT FOR MILITARY FAMILIESDriving through Illinois, I marvel at the thousands of yellow ribbons I see. Some are magnets on cars, others are tied around trees, and some are posters with names of deployed veterans on them. Someone even carved...