NASP President's Greeting
Welcome to the NASP website!
The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) represents more
than 26,000 school psychologists from across the United States and abroad. NASP
supports school psychologists and their capacity to enhance the mental health
and school success of all children, particularly those with barriers to
learning. Partnering with all who share our commitment to children and youth is
critical to our work. This website supports that effort. We hope you find it a useful resource in
your efforts to help children and youth achieve their best in school, at home,
and in life.
School Psychologists Are Essential Members of the School Teamm
School psychologists are
uniquely qualified members of school teams that support teachers’ ability to teach and
children’s ability to learn. We provide direct educational, behavioral, and mental health services for
children and youth, as well as work with families, school administrators,
teachers, and other professionals to create supportive learning and social
environments for all students. We have particular expertise in data collection,
analysis and interpretation for student achievement and school improvement.
Examples of specific issues that school psychologists address include:
- Assessing struggling learners and designing and evaluating interventions to help
- Consulting with teachers on instruction and classroom management
- Promoting positive behavior on an individual student and school-wide basis
- Assessing eligibility for special education and providing supports for students
with disabilities and their families
- Monitoring student’s academic and behavioral progress and adjusting strategies
- Working with administrators to create positive and safe school climates,
including bullying prevention and effective discipline
- Helping families to support their children’s school success, and connecting them
community resources when needed
- Helping to identify and provide counseling for students struggling with mental
health problems such as depression and anxiety
- Preventing and responding to crises
- Participating on the school improvement teams
- Promoting the resilience, wellness, and positive life skills of all students.
Positive Relationships – School Success
Our work is accomplished through building strong, productive relationships with
students, families, teachers, administrators, and community members. Positive
relationships are critical to school success, which is why I have made this my
presidential theme. NASP and school psychologists seek to help all stakeholders
in children’s lives work more effectively together. We strive to build mutual
trust, respect, reliability, and collaboration. We advocate for policies and
practices that enable schools to create positive climates, where students feel safe and fairly treated, are
connected to their peers and adults, and are engaged academically and socially.
There are many resources on our website to support this effort.
School Psychologists Are a Ready Resource
School psychologists offer a
broad range of services that are delineated in the NASP Model for
Comprehensive and Integrated School Psychological Service. The NASP Practice
Model can help educators, families, and policymakers better
understand the extent of school psychologists’ training, and our ability to help
improve outcomes across a spectrum of issues. It also offers a flexible
framework within which schools can make the best, most
cost-effective use of school psychologists’ skills and expertise, which are an
As NASP president and as a NASP member for many years, I am proud of the
information and resources we provide to our members, educators, families, and
the general public. I hope that you find it valuable. Working together, we can
develop the kinds of positive, productive relationships that build a web of
supports around students so that they can reach their fullest potential.
Thank you for visiting NASP.
Kathleen Minke, Ph.D., NCSP
NASP President, 2010-11