Communiqué

Volume 48, Issue 1 (September 2019)

Editor: John Desrochers


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  • Multi-Tiered Systems of Support for Young Children: Driving Change in Early Education

    Multitiered systems of support (MTSS) is typically a practice we discuss for school-age students. The interventions and professional learning communities that are key components of that process are seldom seen at the preschool level. This book aims to provide a blueprint for organizing MTSS processes at this level for young children. … more

  • School-Based Observation: A Practical Guide to Assessing Student Behavior

    School-Based Observation: A Practical Guide to Assessing Student Behavior is a comprehensive yet easily accessible text about best practices in conducting direct observations in schools, and it will surely be highlighted and dog-eared and creased from photocopying by many school psychologists for years to come. … more

  • Contemporary Intellectual Assessment: Theories, Tests, and Issues (4th Ed.)

    As editors of this comprehensive review of psychoeducational assessment, theory, and practice in the area of cognitive abilities, Drs. Flanagan and McDonough, along with other colleagues, have created a fourth edition of Guilford Press's popular Contemporary Intellectual Assessment . Prospective readers of this text can expect a 1,000+ page collection of chapters on theory, explanation, and practical use of intellectual assessment designed to help people like us improve student outcomes. … more

  • Handbook of Child and Adolescent Aggression

    The Handbook of Child and Adolescent Aggression examines one of the most persistent and consequential behavior problems of childhood. The Handbook is a scholarly work that would easily fit in a graduate-level course in developmental psychopathology, but is unlikely to be a go-to resource for busy practitioners, given its dense, technical approach. Still, the research overview it provides is perhaps the best and most comprehensive available in one source. … more

  • Time to Run a Tech Audit for Student Data Privacy

    This article describes some of the ways in which student data might be compromised in cloud-based record keeping and how to conduct a technology audit to identify potential areas of risk in a proactive way in order to improve data security. … more

  • Reflections of a First-Time Graduate Teaching Assistant

    Just as school psychologists wear many hats, so do school psychologists in training. As school psychologists in training, we are fortunate to have different avenues we can explore that will help us develop the skills necessary to become successful professionals. Many students develop these skills during coursework, research, and field placements. Another possible avenue for skill development is teaching. … more

  • Convention Program Highlights

    It isn't only fun in Charm City at the convention. There are ample opportunities for engaging and exciting professional development. In addition to more than 1,000 peer reviewed educational sessions, the Baltimore convention will include a number of invited presentations over the course of the week. … more

  • Be Charmed by Charm City

    In what way are Old Bay, Hairspray, Pink Flamingos, Blue Crabs, Painted Ladies, Orioles, Ravens, and Natty Boh alike? For a one-point response, you would say that they are all icons of Baltimore, the state of Maryland's first and largest city. … more

  • Activities of the Pediatric School Psychology Interest Group

    This article describes the activities of the NASP Pediatric School Psychology Interest Group. It discusses current projects, future plans, and how to get involved. … more

  • “Find Your Focus” for School Psychology Awareness Week: November 11–15

    School Psychology Awareness Week (SPAW) is a fun, easy way to highlight the important work school psychologists and other educators do to help all students thrive. This year's theme, “Find Your Focus,” is action oriented, flexible, and relevant to all age groups. Finding your focus can have a variety of meanings from paying attention, to being able to see an idea more clearly, to identifying an area of interest, to being persistent or determined in one's effort. … more

  • Positive Psychology Interest Group Highlights

    This article describes several highlights of the Positive Psychology Interest Group, including the purposes of the group, the activities during the group networking sessions at the NASP annual convention, the use of the IG Discussion Board on the NASP website, and a brief history of the group as well as future directions. … more

  • Self-Nominations Due for 2020 Leadership Elections

    The 2020 election process has begun. This year, our association will elect a president-elect, a secretary, and 17 state delegates. Below you will find a listing of NASP positions that are open for nominations. … more

  • Is Your State PREPAREd?

    The PREPaRE School Crisis Prevention and Intervention Training Curriculum (Brock et al., 2016) was developed by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) as part of the association's leadership efforts in providing evidence-informed resources and consultation related to school crisis preparedness. PREPaRE training is ideal for schools committed to improving and strengthening their school safety, crisis response, and emergency management plans. … more

  • Building a Comprehensive Career

    Brittany Greiert, PhD, NCSP, serves as a school psychologist in Aurora Public Schools (APS) in Aurora, Colorado. APS is a large, diverse urban district of approximately 40,000. She works full-time as school psychologist at Boston P–8, a linguistically and culturally diverse Title 1 school of 400 students. Her building also has two full-time counselors, a part-time community based therapist, and a school social worker who provides Tier 2 interventions 1 day per week. … more

  • Increasing AWAREness of MTSS Though University Partnerships

    Multitiered systems of support are recognized as a promising approach to addressing low performance in schools. This article describes how a school district and university partnered in developing and sustaining an MTSS in a rural school district. … more

  • Bridging the Gap: When Trainers Go to School

    In a practice-based field such as school psychology it is imperative that there be a strong connection between university trainers and the current practice of school psychology. Practice-based sabbaticals and other collaborative training endeavors provide promise for supporting local school districts while enhancing the training of future school psychologists. The current article reviews one university trainer’s experience in a practice-based sabbatical and proposes a collaborative community training model. … more

  • School Psychologists Must Be Involved in Planning and Conducting Active Shooter Drills

    How should active shooter drills be conducted and how often? How can drills avoid traumatizing staff and students? What is the critical role of school psychologists in planning and conducting these drills? These and other questions are answered in a straightforward manner in this article. … more

  • Leadership Development and Assistance to States Committees

    Many people may be interested in NASP as an organization and think about getting more involved in its work but do not know very much about its various committees and boards and how to support their efforts. This article marks the first of series describing the various committees and how to get involved. The Leadership Development and Assistance to States Committees are featured in this installment. … more

  • Ask Not: Why Do You Think She Does It?

    A behavioral interview can be an important first step in determining the function of behavior. However, asking respondents about their hypotheses about the function can be misleading. This article describes steps to take in behavioral interviewing to improve their usefulness to practitioners. The causal role of antecedent motivating conditions is also discussed. … more

  • Chicago Public Schools: Exploring Inequity and Moving Forward With Social Justice

    This article describes the efforts of the Chicago Public Schools to confront challenges related to inequity in large urban school districts. Inequity concerns are outlined and responses to those challenges (specifically in the area of professional development) are described. … more

  • 2020 Vision: Leadership in Focus

    Welcome back to another school year! Going back to school has always symbolized new beginnings to me. As a practitioner, I would see excited children in elementary classrooms showing off new backpacks to their friends, while the high school students gossiped and pretended to be bored with the beginning-of-the-year hoopla. Teachers, administrators, and school staff return to their classrooms and buildings with fresh perspectives. … more

  • Looking Ahead

    Welcome to another year of Communiqué! If you are a veteran reader, you know that you will find important and authoritative information about practice, professional issues, and association news in this and every issue throughout the year. You have come to trust that Communiqué provides a common ground for understanding and discussing the key issues in our field. If you are new to this publication, you are in for a treat. Reading Communiqué is the most convenient and reliable way to stay up to date with everything that is going on in your profession. … more

  • Liability for Student Suicide: An Updated Empirical Analysis of the Case Law

    Although the professional literature for public school personnel regarding student suicide has been extensive, discussion of liability case law in this area has been far from systematic and comprehensive. This article provides an analysis of the frequency and outcome trends of student suicide cases of the last 14 years. … more

  • Demystifying Social Justice for School Psychology Practice

    This article provides an overview of social justice concepts in school psychology along with strategies for how school psychologists can engage in social justice advocacy. Special attention is drawn to the mental, physical, academic, and social–emotional functioning of children living in poverty. … more

  • Responding to a Natural Disaster: The Camp Fire

    One year after the Camp Fire, this article recounts the unique challenges and lessons learned from the response to that natural disaster, focusing on the school crisis response efforts and the role of the NASP national crisis support team. … more