ERIC Number: ED366879
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
School Psychologists: Leaders for Change Building a Secure Future for Children. CASS Digest.
This digest examines the role of school psychologists in improving educational opportunities for children and adolescents. A variety of issues that affect children and their ability to learn are discussed: widening social class differences and increases in the number of children living in poverty; changing value systems; family disintegration; lack of financial support for education; and children's exposure to violence in their neighborhoods, schools and in the media. The need for leadership in addressing these issues is emphasized and the role of school psychologists as leaders is advocated. A number of change strategies are discussed, including forming positive relationships between adults and children; using research to determine what works and what does not; developing policies and encouraging legislation that support children and education; getting involved in the system; adopting a process for change in the schools; offering needed special services to students; increasing the school psychologist's visibility; and developing plans to make a difference in the schools. The digest concludes by urging school psychologists to use their skills to help the country and school communities shift their priorities and build a secure future for children. (NB)
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Counseling and Student Services, Greensboro, NC.