Our team works with a wide range of students from kindergarten through fifth grade at this small NE Portland neighborhood school. Most of the students are typically developing but there are some who have additional needs because of the impact of educational disabilities. Our team, including parents and classroom teachers, determines the amount of impact the disabilities have on a student and then, when necessary, develops a plan to provide equity for any student with lagging academic and/or social/emotional skills.
Many school psychologists work in locations where we are the only school psychologist in the building or sometimes the only one in the entire school district. Many of us do not have regular access to others who do our job in order to collaborate, problem-solve, and be thought partners.
Attendance at a national gathering of school psychologists allows for shared experiences, fostering of new ideas, and the creation of different approaches to meet students’ needs.
I am eager to learn about how others are employing social/emotional screeners so that all students, even those who appear to be doing fine, can be offered counseling and support. The NASP Annual Convention allows over 5,000 school psychologists from around the world the opportunity to come together, share experiences and learn from each other.
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