Wednesday, November 24, 2010

School Psychologists Recognized by BOE

Local Educators Honored as Part of National
Possibilities in Action Partner Program

The School Psychologists from Topeka Public Schools announced that Kevin Falk, Vicki Peoples, Patti Rodeheffer, Julie Ward, and Fred Willer were honored with the Possibilities in Action Partner Award at the Topeka Public Schools November 4th board meeting at Burnett Center. Kevin Falk is a Jardine Middle School counselor, Patti Rodeheffer is a State Street Elementary special education teacher and Vicki Peoples, Julie Ward, and Fred Willer are school social workers at Highland Park High School.

The Possibilities in Action Partners Program is part of National Association of School Psychologists ongoing effort to help school psychologists promote children’s success in school and life, to improve collaboration within the school community, and to help highlight the education community’s exceptional efforts to educate and support the development of all children. It is grounded in the belief that seeing and supporting the possibilities within each student, even in the face of adversity, is critical to helping them achieve their best in school, at home, and in life. School psychology partners are people who, either through their own efforts or by encouraging the efforts of others makes an exceptional difference in the lives of students and families.

In general, the Possibilities in Action Partner award winners possess the following attributes:

• Extraordinary personal or professional dedication to improving outcomes for students
• Outstanding professional functioning and effectiveness
• Effective advocacy for public policy that supports needed services for children and families
• Commitment to effective collaboration with school psychologists and other student services staff
• Long-term dedication to advocacy on behalf of individual students

Nomination letters for Kevin Falk, Vicki Peoples, Patti Rodeheffer, Julie Ward, and Fred Willer were read noting their unique contributions to the students and staff in Topeka Public Schools.