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Domain 8: Diversity in Development and Learning

NASP Policy

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Youth
This position statement affirms that all youth should have equal opportunities to participate in and benefit from educational and mental health services within schools regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

Racism, Prejudice and Discrimination
This position statement reinforces NASP's commitment to promoting the rights, welfare, and educational and mental health needs of all students.

Recruitment of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse School Psychologists
This position statement supports NASP's commitment to increasing the number of culturally and linguistically diverse school psychology students, practitioners, and trainers in school psychology programs.

Ready to Learn, Empowered to Teach: Excellence in Education for the 21st Century
This policy document outlines NASP's educational reform priorities and acknowledges throughout the importance of cultural awareness and diversity, and delivery of culturally and linguistically competent school psychological services.


What Do You Know About Cultural Styles?
This article presents three unique cultures and provides an opportunity for readers to think about the cultures and how the variables interact with the process of serving children and families in schools.

Communicating Effectively With Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) Families
As America's schools become increasingly diverse, it is important for school psychologists to communicate effectively and responsively with students and families from various backgrounds and cultures.

Communicating With Asian Families
When interacting with any parent, school psychologists must never assume “one size fits all.” Particularly in the broad group considered as “Asians,” there are many within-group differences to consider, and further difference even within the same national group of Asians.

Culturally Competent Assessment and Consultation
Because the outcome of a consultation or an assessment can have significant implications for students, principals should ensure that those services are culturally competent.

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 learners (ELLs) are therefore at risk for referral for special services including special education.

Culturally Competent Crisis Response
Cultural issues can complicate crisis intervention and response unless staff members are knowledgeable and prepared.

Preventing Disproportionally: A Framework for Culturally Responsive Assessment
This Communiqué article provides guidance to school psychologists on how they can help prevent disproportionate representation of minority students in special education.

Culturally Competent Schools: Guidelines for Secondary School Principals
The first article in a three-part series on culturally competent schools examines how principals can put in place policies and practices that honor the diverse cultures alive in a school.

Culture, Diversity, and Language: What Is Culturally Competent Translation?
As the cultural and ethnic diversity of the student population rises within school districts across the nation, the matter of translating materials in a language that is understandable and meaningful to the target population becomes more pressing.

Effective Communication With Black Families and Students
Whether working with groups on a national or local scale, it is important to understand groups holistically (e.g., national and neighborhood beliefs and communication styles). This is especially true for the Black community, as Black people in a given community may originate from many different parts of the world such as Africa, the Caribbean, or the United States.

Home-School-Community Communication With Indigenous American Families
Indigenous Americans come from cultures rich in traditional knowledge, survival, resilience, and healing. Most Indigenous Americans experience “living in two worlds,” that of their traditional or tribal culture and that of the dominant culture.

Latino Parents and Families
The following overview provides generalizations about Latino culture and Latino family characteristics.

Culturally Competent Assessment and Consultation
This Principal Leadership article discusses the importance of culturally competent practice when assessing students and providing consultation and placement. These services are critical for improving outcomes, reducing achievement gaps, and preventing disproportionate representation of minority students in special education.

School Psychology Review, Volume 23, #3: Mini-Series: Educational Tools for Diverse Learners
This mini-series contains a variety of articles that look into different types of academic tools and strategies to be used with diverse learners.

School Psychology Review, Volume 29, #3: Mini-Series: Multicultural and Cross-Cultural Consultation in Schools
This mini-series contains a variety of articles that look into different issues and strategies related to multicultural consultation.

Webinars, Workshops & Trainings

NASP Dialogues: Effective Communication With Black Families and Students
This NASP Podcast discusses the history, culture and traditions of Black families and how understanding these things can help guide effective communication.

NASP Dialogues: Indigenous Americans
This NASP Podcast discusses the culture and traditions of the Native American, or Indigenous, Americans.

Best Practices in School Based Career Assessment and School-to-Work Transitions for Students with Disabilities
This Best Practices V chapter helps school psychologists understand their important role in assisting students with disabilities as they transition from school to college or career.

Screening, Intervening, and Progress Monitoring with English Language Learners (Video)
Through reviewing current research and the implementation experiences of several school districts, this NASP Online Learning Center video will enable participants to acquire an advanced understanding of current research and practice related to screening, progress monitoring, and intervention with English language learners. The primary focus will be in the areas of literacy and math.

NASP Books and Publications

The Psychology of Multiculturalism in the Schools: A Primer for Practice, Training, and Research
By Janine Jones

Children's Needs III
By George Bear and Kathleen Minke

Best Practices in School Psychology V
By Alex Thomas and Jeff Grimes

Helping Children at Home and School III: Handouts for Families and Educators
By Andrea S. Canter, Leslie Z. Paige, and Steven Shaw