National Association of School Psychologists. Communique

Articles from Vol. 40, No. 8, June

After-School Programs: A Potential Partner to Support Urban Youth
RESEARCH-BASED PRACTICEWalking down the hallway at William Green Elementary School in Lawndale, California, a thunderous drumming can be heard from a classroom a few doors down. Inside, about 15 smiling children are focused on their instructor as he...
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Antibullying Initiatives: An Update on Federal Legislation
Bullying in schools has taken center stage in public debate surrounding school legislation and policy over the past decade. Arguably, the catalyst for the increased attention to the issue of bullying was the tragedy at Columbine High School in 1999....
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Call for Book Reviewers
With summer upon us, it's again time for COMMUNIQUÉ to offer books for review. Please submit your requests to Merryl Bushansky at spmerryl@msn.com with a short vitae or summary of your qualifications so that I can match the books to the appropriate reviewer....
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Editor's Note
Welcome to the last issue of Communiqué for this year - Can summer vacation be far behind?Before I get too far ahead of myself, I want to recognize some of the people who help make Communiqué the great publication it is. First of all, I am deeply indebted...
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Highlights of NASP Accomplishments: July 2011 to June 2012
As you get ready to renew your membership in NASP, it is important to look back over the past year and highlight our accomplishments. NASP needs your support and continued membership to be able to continue the good work we do on behalf of children, youth,...
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Idea in Practice
Common Core State StandardsThe Common Core State Standards initiative that formally began in June 2009 grew out of an interest by members of the National Governors Association and the Council for Chief State School Officers to reduce the disparity in...
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Just a Click Away
Like most people, school psychologists live in the moment. We go to work and try to get as much work done as possible. Often we get caught up in the hustle of daily life and do not appreciate the level of change that is occurring all around us. I think...
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Learning from Families of Children with ASDs: A Summer Service Learning Course
In the summer of 2011, five students at the University of South Florida (USF) participated ina service learning course designed to teach students howto workwith families raising a child with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The course, designed by...
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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Parents and Their Children: Support Strategies for Educators
Editor's Note: This handout is fully formatted for distribution and available for downloading on the NASP website. Click on Communiqué Online.Awareness of the diversity of families has increased among professional educators over the last decade. Our...
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NASP Minority Scholars Present the Alumni Scholars' Tribute Award in Honor of Deborah P. Crockett
This year's NASP convention marked the 15th consecutive year that the NASPERT Minority Scholarship Program (MSP) has awarded scholarships to exemplary racially/ethnically diverse graduate students to support their goal of becoming school psychologists....
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Off-Label Prescribing, Polypharmacy, and Black-Box Warnings: A Primer for School Psychologists
PEDIATRIC SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGYPsychotropic medications are increasingly used to treat children and adolescents with mental health conditions (Zito et al., 2002). Between the years 1994 and 2001, there was a 191.7% increase in number of office visits resulting...
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Overcoming the Gap between Diversity Recruitment Research and Practice
MUTICULTURAL AFFAIRSThe profession of school psychology has repeatedly advocated for increasing the diversity of its membership. However, the production of diversity recruitment research has not coalesced with the urgency espoused by organizations governing...
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Paul H. Henkin Memorial Scholarship Awarded to Curt Johnson
NASP is fortunate to have been included in Dr. Paul H. Henkin's estate plan, thus establishing a scholarship program to recognize excellence in appliedresearch or program design for newly credentialed school psychologists. Because of his generosity,...
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Preparing a Successful NASP Convention Presentation Proposal
All proposals considered for NASP convention presentations undergo a masked review process. Each year, some proposals that appear to have merit are not accepted for presentation because these proposals either violated a submission rule or did not provide...
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Primary Prevention Advocacy: You Have to Be Up to Tomorrow
The pace of change is accelerating faster than ever before, so our profession must become increasingly more nimble, proactive, and farsighted to remain vital. John Chambers, the CEO of Cisco Systems, noted that of all the Fortune 500 companies on the...
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Psychopharmacology: Considerations for School-Based Practicum Students
With roles in assessment, intervention, counseling, and consultation, the responsibilities of school psychologists are wide-ranging. The requirement to become proficient in this broad range of skills can be overwhelming for school psychology graduate...
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Response to Intervention within Tier 3: A Model for Data Teams
there is increasing evidence that a significant number of children in america are not learning important basic reading skills (national center for education statistics, 2005). response to intervention (rti) for support in reading is appropriate, but...
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Scaling Up Response to Intervention: The Influence of Policy and Research and the Role of Program Evaluation
District implementation of the response to intervention (RTI) model has occurred at a surprising rate. Data from the Response to Intervention Adoption Survey (Spectrum K12/CASE, 2011) indicate that 94% of schools reportedimplementingsome level of RTI...
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School Psychologists' Professional Practices and Implications for the Field
School Psychology 2010-Part 2Every 5years, the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) conducts a national study of the field. Surveys are sent to randomly selected regular members of NASP to gather information on school psychologists' demographic...
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School Psychology Review 2011 Awards
E ach year the editor and associate editors of School Psychology Review select the recipients of two awards. First, we recognize editorial advisory board (EAB) members for distinguished service, which is defined by the quality and number of manuscript...
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Social Media and Crisis Response
Facebook, Twitter, texting, and instant messaging (IM) have become mainstream in crisis response. I serve as chair of NASP's National Emergency Assistance Team (NEAT). We have responded to most acts of school violence since 1997 and lately to natural...
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Strengthening Competence in Working with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students
It has been projected that by 2020 one out of three children will be from a culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) background (Rogers & Lopez, 2002). Rapid changes in school demographics and student needs are already presenting new challenges...
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Tips for Building Commitment to Create Safe, Supportive Schools for LGBTQ Students
At our core, school psychologists are leaders in the most essential efforts to create a world in which all children and youth thrive in school, at home, and throughout life. We may not always wear an official leader hat or title, but we lead every day...
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Writing Clearly and Effectively
According to the American Psychological Association style manual, ?the optimal length of a manuscript is the number of pages needed to effectively communicate the primary ideas of the study, review, or theoretical analysis. As a rule, 'less is more'"...
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