Communiqué Volume 48, Number 6 (March/April 2020)

Featured Article

Laurie Klose and Karen Apgar Elected to NASP Leadership

By Stephen E. Brock

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.

Professional Practice

You Be the Judge #19: Providing a FAPE

By Perry A. Zirkel

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.


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.

Student Connections

From Teacher to Full Time Graduate Student

By Erica A. Hobbs

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 As the year began, I noticed specific challenges in my classroom and school as the result of outdated exclusionary policies and lack of resources available to meet the needs of students in constant crisis.

Graduate Education

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

By Amy K. McDiarmid & Kirsten L. Brown

This article examines the development of a specialization in school psychology graduate education related to adolescent substance use and addictions.

Leadership Development

School Psychologists as Leaders in a Unique Role

By Karen Pearse Apgar, Chase McCullum & Hiral Vekaria

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.

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