School psychologists promote educationally and psychologically healthy school environments to optimize student learning.School psychologists utilize current trends in research, assessment, intervention, referral, counseling, consultation, and crisis management to assess and provide appropriate services.
Specific duties and responsibilities include the following:
- Work collaboratively with all stakeholders in providing aworld-class education.
- Consult and collaborate with administrators, teachers, counselors, parents and community professionals in support of the Division’s Strategic Plan to promote student learning and health.
- Work with parents and community organizations to promote parent-school collaboration and serve as a resource for education and psychological knowledge.
- Provide support to teachers in developing effective instructional strategies to meet the needs of all students in the classroom through individual or group consultation.
- Review data and assess educational outcomes and the instructional implications for individual students and groups; assist in the development of instructional interventions, monitor individual student progress, evaluate the effectiveness of the instruction and propose modifications as necessary.
- Evaluate individual students using a variety of methods including, but not limited to, standardized, norm-referenced and curriculum-based assessment, observation, interviews and review of pertinent data to determine students’ educational needs, and to design interventions to address those needs.
- Participate in the special education eligibility process, interpretations of psychological data, and review and synthesis of information to aid in determining appropriate educational services for students.
- Assist special education teachers in the development of appropriate goals, strategies and outcome measurement methods for students with special needs.
- Collaborate with school personnel to design, implement, and evaluate individual, classroom and school-wide programs in classroom management, social skills, social problem solving, conflict resolution, decision making and life skills.
- Provide strategic individual and group counseling, classroom instruction, and consultation with school personnel and parents to promote positive student performance in the areas of social, emotional, and academic development.
- Assume a leadership role in school and Division-wide programs and initiatives which support students, school staff and families in a variety of crisis situations.This would include collaborating with school and community professionals in the prevention, response to and management of crisis events.
- Participate in the assessment of the seriousness of student threatening behaviors in order to determine an appropriate course of action. For students with disabilities who engage in threatening misbehaviors, ensure that the students’ rights are protected.
- Educate student, staff, and the community in the recognition and utilization of diverse talents and strengths of all individuals and groups in the Division.
- Ensure that adequate safeguards for privacy and confidentiality of information are maintained according to Division regulations and professional ethics.