Communiqué

Volume 48, Issue 6 (2020)

Editor: John Desrochers


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  • Laurie Klose and Karen Apgar Elected to NASP Leadership

    Laurie Klose, PhD, has been elected as NASP president-elect. Her term will begin in July 2020 and she will assume the office of NASP president on July 1, 2021. After serving 1 year as president, she will continue on the Board of Directors through June 2023 as immediate past president. … more

  • Infusing Social Justice Into Tiered Service Delivery for Low-Income and Economically Marginalized Students in Foster Care

    Students who live in foster care and experience low-income and economic marginalization (LIEM) can face unique challenges in school, including concerns related to their academic development and social–emotional well-being. This article presents information regarding foster care in the United States and research about children in foster care. It recommends direct social justice actions school psychologists can take to impact educational service delivery for LIEM students who live in foster care. … more

  • Supervision of School Psychology Practicum Experiences: Recommendations for Supervisors and Supervisees

    School psychology practica are a series of applied training activities intended to link to the burgeoning development of trainees’ knowledge, skills, and values across multiple domains (National Association of School Psychologists [NASP], 2010a). … more

  • COVID-19: Are You Prepared?

    I apologize for the teaser headline, but this issue of Communiqué does not contain an article about coronavirus disease. Actually, I am writing this only to remind everyone that, at this point, schools should be reinforcing prevention procedures and preparing for the possibility of widespread contagion. … more

  • We Are Leaders

    When I first started working in K–12, I was assigned buildings spread out over three rural counties, requiring me to drive hundreds of miles every week, with every form, protocol, test kit, and everything I thought I might need in the trunk of my car. Although I was able to work with some students on a one-to-one basis or in small groups on behavioral issues, most of my time was spent conducting assessments and in eligibility and IEP meetings. … more

  • Large-Scale Secondary Data Analysis—Part 2: For Practitioners

    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 consuming high-quality secondary data analyses. … more

  • Student Support Staff Reports of Approaches to Identifying and Supporting Student Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Needs

    This article shares findings from the student support survey of the NEEDs2 project, which gathered nationwide data regarding current use and perspective on school-based social, emotional, and behavioral (SEB) screening. Findings are organized around three themes with the intent to help school psychologists consider their role as advocates for implementing SEB approaches. … more

  • A Collaborative Training Model to Address Substance Use and Addictions in Schools

    This article examines the development of a specialization in school psychology graduate education related to adolescent substance use and addictions. The specialization is built on a collaboration between a graduate school psychology program and a graduate addictions counseling program to increase the knowledge of graduate students in the areas of addiction and understanding school systems. … more

  • Districts Earn Recognition for Excellence in School Psychological Services

    Congratulations to the first school districts to receive recognition as part of NASP's new Excellence in School Psychological Services (ESPS) Recognition Program. We have six districts that successfully completed the application process and received a designation. … more

  • School Psychologists as Leaders in a Unique Role

    School psychologists serve in various capacities at the local, state, and national levels. This article highlights common themes across leadership positions at all three levels and reflections about each unique role. … more

  • NASP Resources for Supporting Students Who Are Displaced Persons, Refugees, or Asylum Seekers

    In 2019, the Students Who Are Displaced Persons, Refugees, or Asylum Seekers (NASP, 2019) position statement was adopted and published (see page 17). This statement outlines the important role school psychologists have in meeting the academic, social–emotional, and mental health needs of students who have been displaced. … more

  • Students Who Are Displaced Persons, Refugees, or Asylum Seekers

    NASP affirms that schools are essential to the provision of supportive services to children who are displaced persons, refugees, or asylum-seekers. The term refugee refers to anyone who has been displaced due to war, natural disaster, or persecution. To be legally considered a refugee in a foreign country, an individual must apply for a special designation as a refugee with the United Nations High Commission on Refugees (UNHCR). … more

  • You Be the Judge #19: Providing a FAPE

    This article provides legal and professional perspectives on the IDEA’s core obligation to provide a free appropriate education, focusing specifically on the determination of whether a proposed integrated placement was appropriate in response to a request for tuition reimbursement. … more

  • The School Safety and Crisis Response Committee

    The School Safety and Crisis Response Committee (SSCRC) oversees projects related to school safety and the five missions of emergency management (i.e., prevention, mitigation, protection, response, and recovery). … more

  • Research Committee

    The NASP Research Committee promotes research that adds to the knowledge base supporting the work of school psychologists. … more

  • Preparing a Successful Presentation Proposal

    It's not too early to start thinking about offering a presentation at the NASP 2021 Annual Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah. Presenting is an outstanding way to share your knowledge, connect with colleagues, and be an integral part of the convention experience. … more

  • Tips for Writing Attention-Grabbing Session Descriptions

    The primary goal in giving a presentation at the NASP convention is to share a particular aspect of your knowledge with fellow school psychologists. This requires that people show up at the presentation. There are typically more than 1,000 presentations and workshops at a NASP convention. … more

  • Tips for Writing Effective Learning Objectives

    A learning objective should include a measurable verb (e.g., describe, design, assess, apply, explain, analyze) and focus on the learner. … more

  • Crisis Management and Grief Support

    School-based crises have raised public awareness of school psychologists and their role in prevention, preparation, and postvention. In addition, there are a variety of other social and emotional needs that school psychologists will come into contact with by nature of being involved in schools, including grief and loss. … more

  • The Decade in Technology for School Psychologists

    The end of a decade makes one pause and reflect on the changes that have happened over the past 10 years. This column started as a companion column to Bill Pfohl's long running column on computer hardware and software. … more

  • From Teacher to Full Time Graduate Student

    Two years ago, I excitedly walked into my new classroom ready to transform the typical learning experience for all 24 students in my class. As the year began, I noticed specific challenges in my classroom and school as the result of outdated exclusionary policies and lack of resources available to meet the needs of students in constant crisis. … more

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder Assessments in Schools

    Autism Spectrum Disorder Assessments in Schools serves as a guide for school psychologists who are conducting school based evaluations in the area of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The authors provide a general overview of ASD, specific ASD assessment practices, and the implications and applications for the school setting, including the sharing of assessment results at IEP meetings. … more

  • Send Us Your Legal Questions

    We are inviting you to send in questions about legal issues related to your practice as school psychologists. … more

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