Who is a School Psychologist?
A School Psychologist is a person specifically trained in the psychology of
learning and child development as well as social and emotional
adjustment. The School Psychologist is knowledgeable in data-based decision
making, consultation and collaboration, effective instruction, child
development, student diversity and development, school organization,
prevention, intervention, mental health, learning styles, behavior, research,
and program evaluation. School Psychologists use these skills as they work with
all school personnel, parents, and students to help make education as rewarding
as possible. School Psychologists are certified and/or licensed by the state.
What School Psychologists Do?
School Psychologists use problem solving techniques to improve the
educational outcomes for individual students, as well as for whole classes,
schools, and districts. They also develop programs to train teachers and
parents about effective teaching and learning strategies, techniques to manage
behavior at home and in the classroom.
Your School Psychologists work with teams in the following ways:
with teachers, parents, and administrators to find effective solutions to
learning and behavior problems. Assist
other educators, as well as parents, in understanding child development
and how it affects learning and behavior. Establish
and strengthen working relationships between teachers, parents, and
service providers in the community.
eligibility for special services. Assess
academic skills and aptitude for learning. Determine
social-emotional development and mental health status. Evaluate
tolerance, understanding, and appreciation of diversity within schools. Develop
programs to make schools safer and more effective learning environments. Collaborate
with school staff and community agencies to enable services aimed at
improving the mental health of students and families.
Research and Planning
Evaluate the effectiveness of academic and behavior
management programs. Identify and implement programs and strategies to improve
schools. Use evidence-based research to develop and/or recommend