Monday, November 28, 2011

Celebrate School Psychology Week November 14 - 18

This year’s School Psychology Week theme is "Every link matters. Make the connection." School Psychologists are there to help our students, families, and teachers make positive connections so that our students can be successful academically, behaviorally, and socially. Connect with your building school psychologist this week and take advantage of their services. They do more than test!


TPS School Psychology Staff


DID YOU KNOW THAT SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGISTS:
  • Increase achievement by assessing barriers to learning and determining the best instructional strategies to improve learning
  • Promote wellness and resilience by reinforcing communication and social skills, problem-solving, anger management, self-regulation, self-determination, and optimism
  • Enhance understanding and acceptance of diverse cultures and backgrounds
  • Provide counseling, instruction, and mentoring for those struggling with social, emotional, and behavioral problems
DID YOU KNOW THAT SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGISTS WORK WITH STUDENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES TO:
  • Identify and address learning and behavior problems that interfere with school success
  • Evaluate eligibility for special education services (within a multidisciplinary team)
  • Support students' social, emotional, and behavioral health
  • Teach parenting skills and enhance home–school collaboration
  • Make referrals and help coordinate community support services
SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGIST WORK WITH TEACHERS TO:
  • Identify and resolve academic barriers to learning
  • Design and implement student progress monitoring systems
  • Design and implement academic and behavioral interventions
  • Support effective individualized instruction
  • Create positive classroom environments
  • Motivate all students to engage in learning
SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGISTS WORK WITH ADMINISTRATORS TO:
  • Collect and analyze data related to school improvement, student outcomes, and accountability requirements
  • Implement school-wide prevention programs that help maintain positive school climates conducive to learning
  • Promote school policies and practices that ensure the safety of all students by reducing school violence, bullying, and harassment
  • Respond to crises by providing leadership, direct services, and coordination with needed community services
  • Design, implement, and garner support for comprehensive school mental health programming
SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGISTS WORK WITH COMMUNITY PROVIDERS TO:
  • Coordinate the delivery of services to students and their families in and outside of school
  • Help students transition to and from school and community learning environments, such as residential treatment or juvenile justice programs
Submitted by Meg Braun, TPS Coordinator of School Psychology