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Zirkel, Perry A. – Communique, 2018
For this 15th article in the series reviewing recent court decisions concerning appropriate school psychology practice from both professional and legal perspectives, the topic is employment security. More specifically, the focus here is the sufficiency of the grounds for termination of a school psychologist in the wake of what the school…
Descriptors: School Psychologists, Advocacy, Case Studies, Dismissal (Personnel)
Fiorello, Catherine A.; Jenkins, Tiffany K. – Communique, 2018
This article is an overview of identification of intellectual disabilities (ID), with a focus on meeting legal and ethical requirements when assessing children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and those living in poverty. Specific procedures and recommended instruments will be reviewed.
Descriptors: Intellectual Disability, Disability Identification, Best Practices, Legal Responsibility
Strobach, Kelly Vaillancourt – Communique, 2018
Efforts to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) are well underway, as states submitted their state plans to the Department of Education in September 2017. The entire education policy and advocacy community has been combing through the state plans to get an idea of how states will tackle efforts to improve student outcomes under the new…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Educational Policy, Federal Programs, Program Implementation
Simmons, Krystal T.; Douglas, Denika Y. – Communique, 2018
Though adults undoubtedly suffer tremendous stress in the aftermath of natural disasters such as Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, it is often the most vulnerable, the children, who are most traumatized and possess the fewest coping skills. Signs of child psychological trauma such as symptoms commonly associated with posttraumatic stress…
Descriptors: Children, Coping, Trauma, Natural Disasters
Poland, Scott; Lieberman, Richard – Communique, 2018
The research is clear on youth suicide: Mental illness plays a significant role. Suicide is most often the result of untreated or undertreated mental illness, and when certain disorders coexist in youth, particularly depression and impulse disorders (such as alcohol and substance abuse, nonsuicidal self-injury, or conduct disorder), the risk for…
Descriptors: Bullying, Suicide, Prevention, School Role
Moy, Gregory; Robbins, Stacey; Fischer, Aaron – Communique, 2018
The aim of this article is to provide a primer on the key concepts and terminology of online instruction to faculty considering the adoption of online instructional practices to increase accessibility to graduate students. These concepts and terms are neither specific to school psychology training nor to graduate education. This article is second…
Descriptors: School Psychology, Online Courses, Vocabulary, Fundamental Concepts
Shields, Julie – Communique, 2018
While working in the Social and Emotional Support Services (SESS) for Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland (MCPS), the author initiated a project to collect data on services to students with emotional needs. During the 2016-2017 school year, MCPS was the 17th largest school district in the country with nearly 160,000 students speaking 150…
Descriptors: Technology Uses in Education, Program Administration, Database Management Systems, Psychological Needs
Zenere, Frank J. – Communique, 2018
On September 6, 2017, Hurricane Irma, a Category 5 storm packing winds of 185 miles per hour skirted the northern coast of Puerto Rico, leaving 1 million residents without electrical power. Schools were closed for 5 days, but a major calamity was narrowly avoided. Overall, residents were grateful for their good fortune, but the same could not be…
Descriptors: Natural Disasters, Emergency Programs, Mental Health, Psychologists
O'Brien, Shawn K. – Communique, 2018
This past March, the Supreme Court issued a decision, "Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District RE-1," that has the potential to change the definition of "appropriate" in what constitutes a free and appropriate education (FAPE), at least within some U.S. jurisdictions. This article briefly summarizes the ruling, with a focus…
Descriptors: School Psychologists, School Psychology, Court Litigation, Educational Legislation
Guiney, Meaghan C. – Communique, 2018
As a university-based supervisor (UBS) for school psychology interns, one of the highlights of the author's job is seeing students complete their capstone training experiences and move on to become credentialed, practicing school psychologists. This requires that students demonstrate competence, or the academic, assessment, clinical, ethical, and…
Descriptors: School Psychology, Competency Based Education, Supervisory Methods, Internship Programs
Petry, Bradley; Serbonich, Nadine – Communique, 2018
School psychologists in Baltimore (MD) City Public Schools are engaged in efforts to expand their professional roles from a traditional to a more comprehensive model. In Baltimore, school psychologists had been in the traditional role as a special education-specific gatekeeper and service provider. Starting in 2013, a group of school…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, School Psychologists, Role, Teamwork
Diamanduros, Terry D.; Tysinger, P. Dawn; Tysinger, Jeffrey – Communique, 2018
Exposure to traumatic experiences in childhood is more frequent than uncommon and can have a significant impact on the development and social-emotional health of children and adolescents. A recent national study revealed that approximately 34 million children in the United States had experienced at least one of nine adverse childhood experiences…
Descriptors: Trauma, Children, Stress Variables, Influences
Suldo, Shannon M.; O'Brennan, Lindsey; Storey, Elizabeth D.; Shaunessy-Dedrick, Elizabeth – Communique, 2018
Although Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate (AP/IB) students may not be the most obvious group of adolescents in need of extra supports, this population has salient and unique risk factors in need of specialized services, such as elevated perceived stress levels. The heightened academic demands placed on these students is an…
Descriptors: High School Students, Acceleration (Education), Advanced Placement Programs, Student Records
Enz, Ashley; McCullum, Charcelor – Communique, 2018
In a time of greater demands on school systems and increased strain on human and material resources, the need for expanded leadership models is becoming increasingly apparent. As a result, educational stakeholders are investing in leadership roles beyond the traditional school administrators, engaging various educators' leadership capacities at…
Descriptors: School Psychologists, Participative Decision Making, Educational Administration, Leadership Styles
Dixon, Robert J. – Communique, 2018
The author is convinced that the school psychology profession needs to develop innovative programs to address the shortages of school psychologists across the nation, specifically, online programs that can reach the rural and underserved districts of each state. Current educators seeking to expand their skill set can be the untapped answer to…
Descriptors: School Psychology, Online Courses, Higher Education, Distance Education
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