National School Psychology Week
November 8-12, 2021 is National School Psychology Week (NSPW)
During the week of November 8-12, 2021 schools throughout the United States will celebrate National School Psychology Week (NSPW) to highlight the important work school psychologists and other educators do to help all students thrive. This year's theme is "Let's Get in Gear." The theme's acronym provides a challenge to grow both personally and professionally. It encourages us to engage in best practices and advocate for children's access to mental health and learning supports. To rise implies resilience and renewal despite the challenges of the past.
Here are some facts about School Psychologists in the BPS:
How many School Psychologists do we have in the BPS? We have 76 psychologists in the district. 58 are in the schools on Student Support Teams, 2 are at Manifestation Determination Review (MDR), 12 are at Central on Special Education, 1 at Adult Education, 1 on the Crisis Team and 2 at the Office of Student Support.
What are their regular duties?
The Student Support Team Psychologists - plan, organize, maintain, and implement the District’s Multi -Tiered Systems of Support initiative for the building they serve. The psychologist works with general and special education students in classrooms and individually to provide both academic and behavioral RtI. They serve as a mandated member of the Committee on Special Education and conduct mandated psychological testing, educational testing, and Functional Behavioral Assessments as per District Policy and Procedures in alignment with State and Federal regulations.
MDR Psychologists - Hold manifestation determination meetings to determine if the behavior that resulted suspension is a result of the student’s disability
Central CSE Psychologists -They serve as a mandated member of the Committee on Special Education and conduct mandated psychological testing, educational testing and Functional Behavioral Assessments as per District Policy and Procedures in alignment with State and Federal regulations.
All others - address social emotional needs and make sure students are receiving all the needed supports.
What does a day-in-the-life entail? It entails facilitating MTSS and implementing Tier 2 and Tier 3 interventions, completing evaluations for CSE actions and working with all students to address all social emotional needs
How do they function in a crisis? The psychologist jumps right in to support the student, staff and families in a crisis situation. They provide direct interventions as well as work with other members of SST to link families to outside resources.
Is there a leader or spokesperson among them? The Chair of the Department is Anita Pasquale.
Note: We have a very skilled department of Psychologists. We are a combination of Master's level and Doctorate level professionals. This past week, Allison Keller from School 12 helped lead the NYASP (New York Association of School Psychologists) conference that was hosted virtually in Buffalo. She received the Presidential Service Award. Stacy Johnson, one of our bilingual School Psychologists received the Friend of Children Award. And recently, our At Large Board Member Larry Scott, a Ken-Ton School Psychologist, received the Frank Plumeau School Psychologist of the Year Award.
School Psychologist Richelle Tordoff working with a student at School #19.