Communiqué

Volume 44, Issue 5 (January/February 2016)

Editor: John Desrochers


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  • Gender Identity Matters

  • The Final Report of the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission: Summary of Parts I and II

    Shortly after the vicious attack on Sandy Hook Elementary School that killed 20 children and six school staff members on December 14, 2012, Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy established the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission to review laws, policies, and practices in place at the time to make recommendations to reduce the probability of another attack. … more

  • Carving Pathways to Leadership: An Introduction to the NASP Leadership Development Committee

    School psychologists serve as leaders in school communities by advocating for the needs of students and their families. Although there are opportunities for professional advocacy through NASP and state and local associations, members may be unaware of how to access these leadership opportunities or may feel like they lack the skills and experience to make a meaningful contribution. … more

  • Effect of Cognitive Processing Assessments and Interventions on Academic Outcomes: Can 200 Studies Be Wrong?

    The goal of school psychology is to improve outcomes for students and to enhance the capacity of schools to meet the needs of students, but how to best accomplish these is a matter of considerable debate. … more

  • Editor's Note: Experts in Research?

    The NASP Practice Model emphasizes our expertise in research, both as a practice that permeates all aspects of service delivery (Domain 1: Data-Based Decision Making) and as a specific area of knowledge (Domain 9: Research and Program Evaluation). … more

  • "Appropriate" School Psychology Practice? You Be the Judge VI

    For this sixth article in the series reviewing recent court decisions concerning appropriate school psychology practice from both professional and legal perspectives, consider the summary of the Oregon case below and the questions and answers after it. The focus here is on the heart of a school psychologist’s livelihood, the license to practice this profession, at least in public schools, and the role of ethical standards in this licensure. T … more

  • School Psychologists as Consumers of Research: Introduction to the Series

    The brief descriptions provided in the series will likely not be sufficient for school psychologists to become experts in consuming research, but will hopefully help those who want to become more involved in helping schools implement research-based practices. … more

  • School Psychologists as Consumers of Research: What School Psychologists Need to Know About Analysis of Variance

    For several decades, the most common approach to evaluating causal questions has been through analysis of variance (ANOVA). ANOVA represents a family of analyses that might be used to determine if mean scores on some dependent variable differ across multiple time points and/or multiple groups. … more

  • Revisiting the Common Core Education Reform Agenda

    The controversy surrounding Common Core standards and the associated testing expectations continues to rage on with opposing positions firmly entrenched. Unfortunately, the long-trusted print and television media have been co-opted by special interests such that they no longer serve as honest purveyors of education news. … more

  • Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders

    Substance use disorder (SUD) describes a pattern of repeated drug use to the extent that significant clinical or functional impairment is caused, including physical health problems and failure to meet the major responsibilities of work, school, or home. … more

  • Connecting the Dots During School Psychology Awareness Week

    NASP members from all walks of the profession have shared great examples of the fun, creative ways in which they incorporated the theme into their activities and outreach, as well as stories of the impact these activities have had. … more

  • U.S. Department of Education Celebrates 40th Anniversary of IDEA

    To commemorate the 40th anniversary of IDEA, the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education and Related Services (OSERS) released a “Dear Colleague” letter with guidance that clarifies that students with disabilities must have IEPs that are aligned with state academic content standards for the grade in which they are enrolled. … more

  • NASP News: ESSA & Call for Portfolio Reviewers

  • Fun for All in the Big Easy: Attractions and Outings

    When you think of New Orleans, you might envision great food, amazing music, endless festivals and parties, and deep Southern culture and hospitality. But New Orleans also has a variety of recreational activities that can be added to your repertoire of things to do while you are there. Remember that the convention begins the day after Mardi Gras concludes. … more

  • Building Leadership Capacity at the Convention

    Over the last two years, NASP leaders have been working to enhance our association's governance structure and operations through an effort called the NASP Governance Enhancement Initiative (GEI). The GEI helped NASP leaders refocus their work in a strategic way to better address the critical issues impacting school psychology and school psychologists. … more

  • Presenters in Focus: Building a Community of LGBTQ+ Allies to Improve School Climate: An Interview With Jennifer M. Cooper

    A national school climate study of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth revealed that a significant portion of LGBT youth described feeling unsafe at school because of their sexual orientation, and having been verbally harassed, physically harassed, and/or physically assaulted while at school. … more

  • Study Groups for Learning a Second Language

    In order to be an effective school psychologist, I have recognized that it is important for me to understand students who have cultural and linguistic backgrounds very different from mine. … more

  • A Social Network for Researchers

    Researchers spend a great deal of time reviewing journal databases, collecting and analyzing data, writing articles, and presenting at conferences. All of the time and energy spent on the research leads the researcher to believe that others will be as interested in her area of research as she is. However, this may not be the case. … more

  • Book Review: Tools and Resources for CBT

    If you currently implement CBT, the knowledge you will undoubtedly gain from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy In K-12 School Settings: A Practitioner’s Toolkit will help you in refining your practice. … more

  • Book Review: Comprehensive Treatment of Trauma

    Supporting and Educating Traumatized Students: A Guide for School Based Professionals identifies the prevalence and impact of these traumatic events on students, as well as the impact these students’ behaviors have on the educational environment. … more

  • Book Review: A Fast Read for ADHD

    This reviewer recommends The ADHD Explosion: Myths, Medication, Money, and Today’s Push for Performance as a community read at your school or organization or a “last word” read on Facebook among colleagues in your state organization. … more