National Association of School Psychologists. Communique

Articles from Vol. 37, No. 6, March/April

2009 NASP Graduate Student Research Awards
The NASP Research Committee supports student-initiated research through its Graduate Student Research Awards (GSRA). Up to four $1,000 awards are made each year to students who demonstrate exceptional ability to conduct high-quality research that furthers...
Best Practices in Evaluating the Efficacy of Interventions Using Case Study Data
FEATURED CHAPTER THIS MONTH: CHAPTER 138"Best Practices in Evaluating the Efficacy of Interventions Using Case Study Data" is our March/April featured chapter from the Best Practices V Online Resource Center. The BPV Online Resource Center, http:/^www.nasponline.org/profdevel/cpdmodules/bpfive.aspx,...
Coming Soon: The 2009 NASP Public Policy Institute
The NASP Public Policy Institute (PPI) will be held July 13-15 in Bethesda, MD and is an essential training experience for any state interested in pursuing public policy initiatives that impact school psychology. Many states are currently working to...
Drafts of NASP (2010) Standards Revisions Released for Review and Comment
Drafts of the revisions of the four NASP (2010) Standards were released for review and comment on February i, 2009. The four revisions drafts are: (a) Standards for Graduate Preparation of School Psychologists (formerly Standards for Training and Field...
Editor's Note
The NASP Convention in Boston was terrific! Our coverage will start in the May issue.The big news, of course, continues to be the economy and how it is affecting children, families, schools, and - in many cases - ourselves. Administrators are being forced...
From the Nasp Ebsco Online Library
The NASP EBSGO Online Library provides access to more than one million full-text articles, including those below related to the recent Communiqué article on zero tolerance (Evenson, Justinger, Pelischek, & Schulz, 2009). To read these articles, log...
Idea in Practice
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009: Funding for EducationThe economic stimulus bill, which provides $105.9 billion in education appropriations, was signed into law on February 16, 2009. The bill includes expansion of unemployment benefits...
Imagine: Education for the New Millennium
"We do not need magic to change the world; we carry all the power we need inside ourselves: we have the power to imagine better."- J. K. ROWLINGPublic education has not served all students equally, nor has it even approximated its stated goal of equality...
Interview with Authors of School Crisis Prevention and Intervention: The PREPaRE Model
The following is an interview with Stephen Brock, Amanda Nickerson, Melissa Reeves, Shane Jimerson, Richard Lieberman, and Ted Feinberg - the authors of the new NASP publication, School Crisis Prevention and Intervention: The PREPaRE Model. Except where...
Just Say "No" - or "Maybe"
Just Say "No" - or "Maybe"ESSENTIALS OF CROSSBATTERY ASSESSMENT, Second EditionBy D. P. Flanagan, S. O. Ortiz, & V. C. Alfonso 2007, John Wiley & Sons, Inc.REVIEW BY RUBEN LOPEZIf comprehensive assessments that include cognitive abilities continue...
Kathleen Minke Chosen to Lead NASP
Kathleen Minke has been chosen as NASP President- Elect for the 2009-2010 school year and will lead NASP as President during the 2010-2011 year. Kathy has been a practitioner in K-12 schools in Virginia and practiced in nontradi- tional settings, including...
Legal Eligibility of Students with Learning Disabilities: Consider Not Only RTI but Also §504
The modern history of the legal protections for students with learning disabilities in K-12 education focuses on the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), which is funding legislation with detailed accompanying regulations that, respectively,...
Letters to the Editor
Think Outside the TriangleI want to thank NASP President Gene Cash ["Think Outside the Triangle," January/February Communiqué] for the cogent call to action, or perhaps, more appropriately, the call to a return to recognizing and remembering our professional...
Off Task
Another P.S.Okay, you're going to say, "Enough about your Aunt Gale already!" but I did get a chance to meet four dynamite school psychology interns at Sacramento State last week who are the first four recipients of the Gale Beeman School Psychology...
Part of the Solution, No Matter the Problem
The Chinese symbol for crisis combines the symbols for "danger" and "opportunity." There is perhaps no other more apt description of the reality facing the profession of school psychology right now. So much progress is being made within the field, yet...
Problem Solving Teams: Observations of a First-Year School Psychologist
Trained and skilled in intervention, school psychologists have the opportunity to showcase their skills as a member of the problem- solving teams at their schools. As a firstyear school psychologist practicing in a large and diverse school district,...
Remembering Columbine: School Safety Lessons for the Future
April 20, 2009 marks the 10th anniversary of the Columbine High School tragedy that took the lives of 12 students, a teacher, and two teen killers in 1999. This school shooting affected people worldwide who watched on television as police circled the...
Saving School Psychology Jobs in a Time of Fiscal Chaos
On May 9, 2008, Kathleen Norona received notice that she would no longer be working as a school psychologist for Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DGPS) where she had been employed for the past 5 years. In total 41 out of 240 school psychologists were...
Supporting Children in Tough Economic Times: Information for Parents
As more and more families are coping with the harsh realities of the current economic crisis, many parents question how best to support their children's resilience in the face of stress.* Maintain as much of a normal family routine as possible.* Be available...
Supporting Students in Tough Economic Times: Information for Educators
The current economic crisis is taking its toll on school communities across the country. Students see parents coping with the stress of potential loss of incomes, homes, or medical insurance. Teachers and school-based support staff are seeing an increase...
Tech Corner
Memory CardsAs it says above my office computer, "In my next life, I want more RAM memory." It seems there is never enough RAM memory to go around. We have USB memory fobs (Flash Drives), flash memory cards (Secure Digital-SD), and memory modules to...
Ten Years Later: Remembering Columbine and Reinforcing School Safety: Tips for School Staff
The 10th anniversary of the school shootings at Columbine High School on April 20th is likely to result in considerable media attention throughout the country. This may be an ideal time to highlight the positive steps your school is taking to support...
Type 1 Diabetes in Children
Type 1 diabetes is a relatively common childhood chronic health condition in which the pancreas makes insufficient insulin (Watson & Logan, 1998). Insulin is necessary in order to metabolize glucose (or sugar) in the blood, which the body then uses...
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