Communiqué Volume 46, Number 5 (January/February 2018)

Featured Article

After the Storm: Helping Children Cope With Trauma After Natural Disasters
By Krystal T. Simmons & Denika Y. Douglas

Though adults undoubtedly suffer tremendous stress in the aftermath of natural disasters such as these, it is often the most vulnerable, the children, who are most traumatized and possess the fewest coping skills. This article addresses schools as primary service agents for those who experienced a crisis.

Presenters in Focus

Best Practices in Collaborating With Interpreters: Lessons Learned
By Elsa Arroyos, Diana Diaz, & Ivelisse Torres

Approximately 4.6 million U.S. public school students participate in English language learner programs. In this Q&A, three convention presenters talk about the challenges and misconceptions about collaborating with interpreters.

Communication Matters

Using Technology to Lead a Large-Scale Data Project
Julie Shields

This shares a school psychologist’s experience using data to demonstrate the value of a social and emotional support services program for students with mental, behavioral, and emotional challenges.

Advocacy

Implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act: Update and Next Steps
By Kelly Vaillancourt Strobach

This article provides updates around equity, accountability systems, school quality and improvement, and the mention of school psychologists in state-submitted ESSA plans.

NASP News

NASP Findings From the ASAE Foundation Survey: Implications for Member Engagement and Leadership Development
By Dan Hyson, Celeste Malone, & Hiral Vekaria

This summarizes survey data regarding NASP volunteer experiences and presents an overview of the findings and implications.

Professional Practice

You Be the Judge 15: Advocacy or Insubordination?
By Perry A. Zirkel

This article examines a case study regarding employment security, specifically grounds for termination of a school psychologist in the wake of what they alleged to be minor disagreements and protected expression.

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