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    WHAT DO SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGISTS DO?

    School psychologists provide direct support and interventions to students; consult with teachers, families, and other school-employed mental health professionals (i.e., school counselors, school social workers) to improve support strategies; work with school administrators to improve school-wide practices and policies; and collaborate with community providers to coordinate needed services.

     

     School psychologists help schools successfully:

    Improve Academic Achievement

    • Promote student motivation and engagement
    • Conduct psychological and academic assessments
    • Individualize instruction and interventions
    • Manage student and classroom behavior
    • Monitor student progress
    • Collect and interpret student and classroom data
    • Reduce inappropriate referrals to special education.

    Promote Positive Behavior and Mental Health

    • Improve students communication and social skills
    • Assess student emotional and behavioral needs
    • Provide individual and group counseling
    • Promote problem solving, anger management, and conflict resolution
    • Reinforce positive coping skills and resilience
    • Promote positive peer relationships and social problem solving
    • Make referrals to and coordinate services with community-based providers

    Support Diverse Learners

    • Assess diverse learning needs
    • Provide culturally responsive services to students and families from diverse backgrounds
    • Plan appropriate Individualized Education Programs for students with disabilities
    • Modify and adapt curricula and instruction
    • Adjust classroom facilities and routines to improve student engagement and learning
    • Monitor and effectively communicate with parents about student progress

    Create Safe, Positive School Climates

    • Prevent bullying and other forms of violence
    • Support social–emotional learning
    • Assess school climate and improve school connectedness
    • Implement and promote positive discipline and restorative justice
    • Implement school-wide positive behavioral supports
    • Identify at-risk students and school vulnerabilities
    • Provide crisis prevention and intervention services

    Strengthen Family–School Partnerships

    • Help families understand their children’s learning and mental health needs
    • Assist in navigating special education processes
    • Connect families with community service providers when necessary
    • Help effectively engage families with teachers and other school staff
    • Enhance staff understanding of and responsiveness to diverse cultures and backgrounds
    • Help students transition between school and community learning environments, such as residential treatment or juvenile justice programs

    Improve School-Wide Assessment and Accountability

    • Monitor individual student progress in academics and behavior
    • Generate and interpret useful student and school outcome data
    • Collect and analyze data on risk and protective factors related to student outcomes
    • Plan services at the district, building, classroom, and individual levels