School Psychology Review

Editor's Comments

Edward S. Shapiro

pp. 523-524

Mini-Series: Understanding and Meeting the Psychological and Educational Needs of African-American and Spanish-Speaking Students

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One of the most important issues that has faced all of American education is the increasing presence in classrooms of individuals from diverse cultural groups. In some areas of the United States, members of minority groups comprise the majority populations of the school district. With little question, the changing cultural diversity of schools has had important and substantial impact on the delivery of school psychological services. Indeed, the 1991 conference of the National Association of School Psychologists was devoted to the theme of multicultural issues. The present volume of the journal represents one of the first systematic attempts of the Review to add to the knowledge base of school psychologists in the area of multicultural issues. The mini-series grew out of a symposium presented by many of the authors at the 1990 American Psychological Association meeting in Boston. The focus of the mini-series is on the issues faced in achieving educational success by primarily African-Americans as well as some individuals from Spanish-speaking countries.