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School Psychologists – Partners in Healthcare
School Psychologists: Partners in Healthcare National Association of School Psychologists School psychologists are professionals specializing in both mental health and education, who provide services that help students succeed academically, emotionally and socially. They are trained to identify and address a wide range of barriers to school and community success, including learning disabilities, cognitive deficits, behavioral…
Large Scale Assessments and High Stakes Decisions
Large Scale Assessments and High Stakes Decisions: Facts, Cautions and Guidelines National Association of School Psychologists A basic premise of standards-based reform is that all children can learn. Although some students may require more time or varied instruction, standards-based reform articulates the expectation that all students will be provided the opportunity to meet a common…
Zero Tolerance and Alternative Strategies: A Fact Sheet for Educators and Policymakers
The National Association of School Psychologists What is Zero Tolerance? "Zero Tolerance" initially was defined as consistently enforced suspension and expulsion policies in response to weapons, drugs and violent acts in the school setting. Over time, however, zero tolerance has come to refer to school or district-wide policies that mandate predetermined, typically harsh consequences or…
Threat Assessment: Predicting and Preventing School Violence
Preventing school violence is a top priority for school and public safety officials today.� Efforts include creating more positive school environments, establishing crisis response teams, increasing security measures, and improving school/community collaboration.� Considerable energy also has been devoted to developing a process to identify students at-risk of becoming violent before they cause harm.� Unfortunately there…
Diagnosis and Treatment of Attention Disorders: Roles for School Personnel
The National Association of School Psychologists Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)/Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is one of the most commonly diagnosed disorders affecting students in the United States today. While the history of the diagnosis and treatment of this disorder has been bogged down in controversy in the past, large scale outcome studies in recent years…
Bullying: Facts for Schools and Parents
By Andrea Cohn & Andrea Canter, Ph.D., NCSP National Association of School Psychologists Bullying is a widespread problem in our schools and communities. The behavior encompasses physical aggression, threats, teasing, and harassment. Although it can lead to violence, bullying typically is not categorized with more serious forms of school violence involving weapons, vandalism, or physical…
Fair and Effective Discipline for All Students: Best Practice Strategies for Educators
National Association of School Psychologists Disciplining students, particularly those with chronic or serious behavior problems, is a long-standing challenge for educators. They must balance the needs of the school community and those of the individual student. At the heart of this challenge is the use of punitive versus supportive disciplinary practices.� Though increasingly common in…

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