Communiqué Volume 51, Number 2 (October 2022)
Cultural Responsivity in Working With Indigenous Youth
By Valerie N. von Bargen
Indigenous peoples are incredibly resilient, embracing their cultural identities while carrying the burden of devastating history. This article provides an overview of culturally responsive considerations for practitioners when working with Indigenous youth. In schools, Indigenous youth are more likely to receive exculsionary discipline and special education services related to emotional disturbance, while the Indigenous concepts of disability and historical trauma often go unnoticed. A conceptual framework and tangible action steps are provided to guide practitioners in navigating these concerns that negatively affect Indigenous students.
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- Student Connections Introducing National School Psychology Week 2022 and Recognizing 2021 Champions Each year we celebrate National School Psychology Week (NSPW), a time dedicated to spreading awareness about the field of school psychology while highlighting educators’ commitment to helping students thrive (NASP, 2022b). This year's NSPW theme shines a light on the hope that persists in the face of recent and ongoing adversities. Read More
- Leadership in Action Spotlight on Howard County Public Schools This article describes the activities of the Howard County Public School System (MD), a recipient of NASP Excellence in School Psychological Services in 2021, as they worked to improve their services in consultation, collaboration, mental and behavioral health services, continuing professional development, and school psychologist evaluation. It discusses how NASP recognition has enhanced their ability to strengthen the service delivery model with a focus on school psychologists’ growth and development and a commitment to every students’ success. Read More
- Professional Practice Peer-Reviewed Research Under the IDEA: Is the Special Education Literature Correct About the Case Law? The peer-reviewed special education literature has included notable attention to the peer-reviewed research provision that the 2004 amendments added to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). However, the legal accuracy of this translating treatment for special education professionals is subject to serious question and significant improvement. This article identifies and discusses the significant discrepancy between the objective contours of the case law and its characterization in the literature, with recommendations for more accurate legal literacy for special education professors and practitioners. Read More
- NASP News NASP's Leadership Assembly Adopts Revised Position Statements Position statements represent NASP's official policy and include best practice recommendations as well as an overview of recent research on the topic area. They 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. Read More
- Advocacy NASP Summer Policy Wrap-Up Although many people spend the summer months relaxing and recharging, the NASP advocacy team and Government and Professional Relations (GPR) Committee have been working tirelessly to advocate for the profession, solutions to the shortages, school safety, and access to comprehensive school mental health services Read More
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