Communiqué Volume 47, Number 5 (January/February 2019)

Featured Article

You Be the Judge #17: FAPE and Tuition Reimbursement

By Perry A. Zirkel

This article focuses on the IDEA's central obligation, free appropriate public education (FAPE), and more specifically, procedural and substantive standards for FAPE in the context of tuition reimbursement.


The NASP Exposure Project: Addressing Workforce Shortages and Social Justice

By Charles A. Barrett, Kamontá Heidelburg & Celeste Malone

Addressing the critical shortage of school psychologists is inextricably connected to the success of a vital profession. This article provides an overview of the NASP Exposure Project, an initiative that addresses two strategic goals: workforce shortages and social justice. Based on data from the pilot intervention project, the authors offer implications for practice.

Professional Practice

Online Education in School Psychology: A Voice From Behind the Computer

By Kaitlyn Hopkins Puflea

This article describes the first-hand experience of one student who is enrolled in an online graduate program in school psychology. The author addresses some potential concerns of students considering online education: cost, implications for fieldwork, taking the program while working full time, and job opportunities upon graduation.

Student Connections

Reflecting on the Public Policy Institute: Graduate Students as Advocates

By Elly Q. Maras & Jo Saint

This past July, NASP partnered with George Washington University to host the 2018 Public Policy Institute. Participants at the 3-day basic training learned about educational policy, developed advocacy skills, participated in group discussions and activities conducted by NASP staff and Government and Professional Practice Committee, and connected with aspiring and seasoned advocates.

Research-Based Practice

Measuring the Triad of Positive Emotional Strengths: Gratitude, Life Satisfaction, and Hope

By Scott Huebner

Positive mental health is more than the absence of psychological symptoms. This article focuses on positive indicators of strength, including measuring gratitude, life satisfaction, and hope.

Presenters in Focus

Stop and Think: Why Cling to What Does NOT Work?

By Amanda VanDerHeyden

School psychology has an established tradition of providing evidence-based services and practices. However, such practices sometimes conflict with our preparation or traditional methods of service delivery, creating the need to continually evolve and grow as professionals.

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