Magazine article National Association of School Psychologists. Communique

Brandon Gamble: Training Future Difference Makers

Magazine article National Association of School Psychologists. Communique

Brandon Gamble: Training Future Difference Makers

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A DIFFERENCE MAKER ON BEHALF OF CHILDREN

When Brandon Gamble was nominated for School Psychologist of the Year by the California Association of School Psychologists, it was quickly apparent that he was someone who was making a difference for students, staff, and families. In addition to meeting the needs of high school students as a school psychologist in the Long Beach Unified School District, Brandon has taken on diverse duties that range from coach of numerous sports teams to serving as a member of the Long Beach Police Department Chief's Mental Health Advisory Board.

As a school psychology practitioner, Brandon's goal was for students to understand their rights to equity, justice, and quality in education, and he has kept that goal his focus. In addition, building on a mento ring program he developed as a high school practitioner, Brandon designed and implemented a multifaceted program around working with middle school students. One component of the program involved professional development for teachers, administrators, and counselors on working effectively with young males. Another part of the program design included sessions for community members. …

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