Communiqué

Volume 48, Issue 5 (January/February 2020)

Editor: John Desrochers


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  • Infection Control and Prevention for School Psychologists: A Self-Care Primer

    Self-care for school psychologists has received overdue attention in scholarly literature and training. Most work in self-care relates to mental health problems arising from the stressful and emotional nature of work in school psychology. However, there is an additional component of self-care that has yet to receive appropriate levels of attention. … more

  • Large-Scale Secondary Data Analysis—Part 1: For Researchers

    Large-scale secondary analyses are a popular research approach frequently subject to dissemination via the popular press. Findings are often controversial, including in school psychology literature and practice. We offer an overview of this approach and recommendations for conducting high-quality secondary data analyses. … more

  • Belief-Based Versus Evidence-Based Math Assessment and Instruction

    The authors will expand on the ideas in this article in their convention symposium titled “Math Myth Busters: Debunking Common Misunderstandings With MTSS Implementation.” … more

  • Baltimore Bound

    It's only January, but I am already making preparations for what sounds like a great convention. I've been to Baltimore on several occasions and can assure you that this convention will offer a great experience for everyone. … more

  • Confessions of an Accidental Leader

    Like many of you, my colleagues and I worked to improve student outcomes. Many practices and processes were in place because “we've always done it this way” or because they were the best we could do, based on what we knew then. … more

  • Positive Education Down Under: Melbourne Schools Create a Culture of Positive Education

    Australia is leading the way with implementing positive education into their school systems. By utilizing a positive education framework, schools are reporting noticeable improvements with academics, school climate, and overall well-being for their students. This article tours three different positive education schools in Melbourne, Australia and provides suggestions for school psychologists to use a positive education framework in their counseling and consultation roles. … more

  • The Driving Force of Problem Behavior

    Determining the function of a problem behavior entails identifying the antecedent “driving force” that evokes the behavior that has historically culminated in an abating or abolishing the existing motivating condition. This article discusses the identification of motivating conditions and subsequent assignment of interventions. … more

  • 2019 SPAW Wrap Up

    Congratulations and thank you for helping to produce another successful School Psychology Awareness Week (SPAW)! SPAW 2019 took place November 11–15, and school communities across the nation came out in full force to spread awareness. … more

  • Indirect Service and Systems-Level Work

    Our mission at the CES is to build “the capacity of schools and other child-serving institutions to better serve children and adolescents with, and at risk for developing, emotional and behavioral disorders (EBD).” The CES is a unique environment for a school psychologist. … more

  • NASP's Leadership Assembly Adopts New and Revised Position Statements

    Position statements include best practice recommendations as well as an overview of recent research on an identified topic area. They represent NASP's official policy and can be used as advocacy tools at the school, district, state, and national levels by school psychologists and other stakeholders to inform educational policy and practices. … more

  • Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Implementation Task Force Begins Work

    Social justice is a process which requires individuals to be self-aware, reflect on their personal biases, and educate themselves on social justice issues (Singh et al., 2010). In recent years, NASP has made concerted efforts to increase school psychologists’ awareness of race, privilege, prejudice, and power; knowledge about social justice issues; and skills to engage in professional advocacy. … more

  • The Substantive “Yes” and “No” Manifestation Determinations Under the IDEA: An Updated Case Law Analysis

    This article provides an analysis of the last 5 years of hearing officer and court decisions specific to manifestation determinations. It also discusses implications and recommendations resulting from the analysis. … more

  • Former NASP Leader Donald Blagg Passes After Cancer Battle

    Carol Kelly, former NASP president (1993–1994), recently informed me of the death of Donald Blagg, a member of NASP's past leadership. Don Blagg was born on January 18, 1952 in Gary, Indiana and died at age 67 on October 23, 2019 in Henderson, Nevada. … more

  • Focus on Value: Enhance Your Convention Experience

    You can accomplish an incredible amount at the convention in Baltimore (February 18–21, 2020), particularly if you do a little planning and take advantage of a number of opportunities that can further enhance the value of your convention experience. … more

  • Discovering Some of Charm City's Attractions and Events

    Baltimore is a cultural melting pot! As such, the city naturally offers a plethora of opportunities catering to a wide variety of personal preferences, interests, and personalities. … more

  • Traumatic Brain Injury

    The NASP Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Interest Group meets annually at the NASP convention for informal discussion and networking. At the 2019 convention in Atlanta, group members discussed TBI resources, research initiatives, and potential projects for the coming year. … more

  • Future Faculty

    The NASP Future Faculty Interest Group (FFIG) is focused on providing relevant information, resources, networking opportunities, and a sense of community for individuals interested in becoming faculty members. … more

  • Browsing the Internet With Privacy in Mind

    School psychologists use the Internet every day, generating an electronic trail that includes activity logs, Web cookies, and even screen pixels. This article describes various tools that can be used to improve the privacy of browsing. … more

  • Culturally Responsive Response to Intervention and Leading a Practitioner Conversation at the NASP Annual Convention

    The late Dr. Edward Shapiro, a Lehigh University faculty member for more than 35 years and a giant in our field (Manz & DuPaul, 2017, p. 187), demonstrated unwavering commitment to training school psychologists to provide comprehensive, systems-level services consistent with the NASP Practice Model (NASP, 2010). … more

  • Evidence-Based Selective Assessment for Academic Disorders

    For school psychologists, the clock is continually running, and targeted, specialized assessment is essential. While many school psychologists in the past were trained to give complete diagnostic batteries such as the WJ-IV Tests of Achievement as standard practice, this book presents a cross-battery assessment process that is based on actual clinical cases of individuals with learning disabilities in reading, writing, math, and general academic disorders. … more

  • Send Us Your Legal Questions

    We are inviting you to send in questions about legal issues related to your practice as school psychologists. Perry Zirkel, university professor emeritus of education and law at Lehigh University, will answer selected questions in his Communiqué column, “Ask Perry.” … more

  • Handbook of Pediatric Behavioral Healthcare: An Interdisciplinary Collaborative Approach

    The Handbook of Pediatric Behavioral Healthcare is an excellent resource for understanding the promise and foundations of integrative behavioral healthcare. The handbook holds that given the relationship between biological and psychosocial development, and between physical health and behavioral health, service delivery approaches that involve multitiered, evidence-based, and integrated practices are vital. … more