National Association of School Psychologists. Communique

Articles from Vol. 38, No. 7, May

Being PREPaREd for Crisis in Northern Colorado
The Thompson School District recognized after the Columbine incident in the spring of 1999 that it was lacking an adequate plan for crisis response. Colorado legislation led to a mandate for having a crisis response plan so the district purchased a "canned"...
Bill Pfohl Receives NASP Lifetime Achievement Award
In the past he has been lovingly referred to as Mr. NASP, Mr. Tech, and Mr. NEAT. Now, NASP members and the world beyond NASP can call him Mr. Life! Who is he? None other than William "Bill" F. Pfohl.The NASP Awards Committee is pleasedto announce that...
Blown Away in the Windy City ... California, Here NASP Comes!
"You have something special that kids need. We - teachers, administrators, and parents - need you to help them succeed." This was the common message from both Salome Thomas-EL and Alexa Posny, our two keynote speakers at the opening general session of...
Bullybusters
Bullybusters A PARENT'S GUIDE TO UNDERSTANDING AND RESPONDING TO BULLYING: The Bully Busters Approach By a. M. Home, J. L Stoddoard, & c. D. Beli 2008, Research PressREVIEWED BY CHRISTINE MERMAN WOOLFThe "Bully Busters Approach" parent guide is a...
Culturally Competent Assessment of English Language Learners for Special Education Services
Students who are learning English as a second or third language often lag behind native English speakers in academic skills and may display differences in behavior or social skills compared to their native English speaking peers. These English language...
Culturally Competent Screening and Special Education Referral: A Systematic Approach
Many students who are English language learners (ELLs) lag behind their native English speaking peers in academic skills. Therefore, they are at greater risk for referral to special education or other services. Studies have indicated that academic, demographic,...
Editor's Note
The NASP election results are in: Congratulations to Phil Lazarus and Ron Benner, who will assume their new positions as presidentelect and treasurer, respectively, beginning this July. Congratulations also to the 17 newly elected state delegates. NASP...
Education Reforms Begin to Take Shape: The U.S. Department of Education's Blueprint for the Reform of NCLB/ESEA
On March 13th, the U.S. Department of Education released A Blueprint for Reform: The Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (http://www2.ed.gov/p0licy/elsec/leg/blueprint/blueprint.pdf) . The Blueprint advances the Obama Administration's...
Ethical Dilemmas during Training: Students' Perspectives
Graduate students are uniquely challenged to learn how to apply ethical codes and principles during practica and internships. The profession of school psychology is driven by a series of ethical codes and principles, including NASP's (2000) Principles...
Evaluating Multicultural Competence in School Psychology
A major goal of specialist and doctoral programs in school psychology is to prepare trainees to understand and appreciate diversity and demonstrate sensitivity when working with diverse students and their families in a school setting. This goal is aligned...
Frustration with Dell
I just purchased anew Dell Desktop 8100. 1 ordered it through my WKU discount program in mid-November 2009. Delivery was delayed until December 29 despite many e-mails and phone calls. After arriving, out of the box it would not connect to the Internet....
Helping Grieving Children
Helping Grieving Children THE COLORS OF GRIEF: Under standing a child's Journey through Loss From Birth to Adulthood By J. A. DiCiacco 2008, Kingsley PublishersREVIEWED BY MELISSA ALLEN HEATHAlicensed clinical and school psychologist with 37 years of...
Idea in Practice
President Obama's Blue-print for Education ReformOn March 15, the Obama administration released its Blueprint for Reform for the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The plan calls for state and local efforts to help...
Improving Field Supervision through Collaborative Supervision Institutes
Adequate and appropriate supervision of interns is frequently identified as a significant problem by training programs while, on their part, field placement sites often indicate that training programs generate expectations for interns that are not always...
Just a Click Away
I always love going to the NASP convention. There is something so encouraging about seeing a whole hotel full of school psychologists - not to mention the opportunity to meet friends and create new ones. I also like to keep my ear to the ground about...
Lazarus and Benner to Lead NASP
ELECTIONSThe elections are complete and Philip Lazarus from Florida and Ronald Benner from Connecticut will join the NASP Executive Council in July 2010 as president-elect and treasurer, respectively. NASP members voted at the highest levels in 6 years...
Misty Lay Is NASP School Psychologist of the Year
The Awards Committee is pleased to announce that Misty Lay, NCSP, is the NASP 2010 School Psychologist of the Year. The School Psychologist of the Year award recognizes excellence in the provision of school psychological services by a field-based practitioner.Misty...
Multicultural Competence of School Psychologists
During the Town Hall Meeting of the NASP 2010 Annual Convention in Chicago, a panel of school psychologists describedkey topics that haveshaped school psychology and their predictions about future directions and challenges in our field. Deborah Crockett,...
Off Task
Alice Is Almost 25There is, of course, a sisterhood of those of us who have kids with Down Syndrome. Who else could understand some things? Singing loud with the headphones on, potty talk humor, misreading the numbers on the microwave ... A friend and...
Optimism: A Key Ingredient to Happiness
If I keep a green bough in my heart, the singing bird will come.- Chinese proverbWHAT IS OPTIMISM?Optimism is the belief that things will turn out well. It is the expectation that good things will come your way and that you have the ability to control...
Optimism and Well-Being
Dictionary definitions of optimism encompass two related concepts. The first of these is a hopeful disposition or a conviction that good will ultimately prevail. The second, broader conception of optimism refers to the belief, or the inclination to believe,...
School-Based Activities to Develop Optimism in Children
Children initially think that situations are optimistic or pessimistic instead of realizing thattheway they thinkis optimistic orpessimistic. As students have more practice, they learn that the way they tiiink about events affects what they do more than...
School Psychologists Working with Children Affected by Abuse and Neglect
RESEARCH-BASED PRACTICESchool psychologists encounter children regularly who have been affected by abuse and neglect. Maltreatment adverselyaffects themental health status andacademic achievement of youth, thereby making the topic an area of concern...
Single-Case Data Analysis in RTI
Single-Case Data Analysis in RTI EVALUATIONG EDUCATIONAL INTERVENTIONS: Single-Case Design for Measuring Response to Intervention ?u £" TV'mman & M. K. 2009, Guilford PressREVIEWED BY WILLIAM S. BENTLEYThe book Evaluating Educational Interventions...
The State of NASP Early Career Members
The NASP Early Career Workgroup recently surveyed members who are in their first 5 years of practicing school psychology. Completed surveys were submitted by 668 individuals (14% response rate). Almost half of the sample (48%) had been working in the...
What Do You Know about Cultural Styles?
MULTICULTURAL AFFAIRSWhen we think about building cultural competence, one of the key steps is building awareness of others. In the absence of a relationship or unique experiences, many of us never develop a true understanding of other cultures without...
Write a Blog for NASP
NASP's second year of Hogging has been a success with the continuation of the NASP Advocacy, Early Career, School Psychologists-On the Job, and Response to Intervention blogs and the creation of the Convention and Graduate Students blogs, all available...
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