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  • Massachusetts School Psychologists Association
    and specialists within an inclusive elementary district The school psychologist will work primarily at the Delaney Elementary School which includes Pre K to 3 Contact Colleen Wagstaff Principal 120 Taunton Street Wrentham Massachusetts 02093 Elementary School Psychologist Job Description jobs Long Term Sub Needed Wilmington February 17th 2016 Wilmington Public Schools needs a long term substitute at West Intermediate School The start date would be February 22nd through the end of the school year Candidates must apply through SchoolSpring com Th position involved coordinating 504 Accommodation Plans chairing 504 meetings chairing Instructional Support Team meetings and some eligibility meetings See attached for more descriptive information Long Term Sub School Psychologist external posting jobs Full time Staff Psychologist at University Health Services at UMass Boston January 28th 2016 An opening for a full time Staff Psychologist within University Health Services at the University of Massachusetts is now available Duties and requirements for this position can be downloaded below Interested applicants are invited to apply online with their resume cover letter and three professional work references The closing date for applications is February 16 2016 Full time Staff Psychologist jobs Part time Staff Psychologist at University Health Services at UMass Boston January 20th 2016 An opening for a part time Staff Psychologist within University Health Services at the University of Massachusetts is now available Duties and requirements for this position can be downloaded below Interested applicants are invited to apply online with their resume cover letter and three professional work references The closing date for applications is February 16 2016 Part time School Psychologist THE INFORMATION CONTAINED ON THIS WEBSITE IS PROVIDED TO THE MASSACHUSETTS SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGISTS ASSOCIATION MSPA BY MEMBERS MSPA DOES NOT ENDORSE APPROVE OR CERTIFY SUCH INFORMATION NOR DOES IT GUARANTEE THE ACCURACY COMPLETENESS EFFICACY TIMELINESS OR CORRECT SEQUENCING

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  • Massachusetts School Psychologists Association
    column to the National Association of Secondary School Principals magazine Principal Leadership The column addresses issues relevant to adolescent mental health and academic achievement focusing on what middle and high school principals need to know Recent columns cover RTI and Reading School Refusal Gambling OCD the Choking Game and Crisis Prevention and Intervention Visit www nasponline org resources principals index aspx to read these articles and the corresponding NASP handouts for parents and teachers NASP Crisis Responses April 6th 2008 The latest issue of School Psychology Forum SPF devoted to crisis response is now available at www nasponline org publications spf index aspx SPF a semiannual e journal is devoted to translating scholarly advances into practice THE INFORMATION CONTAINED ON THIS WEBSITE IS PROVIDED TO THE MASSACHUSETTS SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGISTS ASSOCIATION MSPA BY MEMBERS MSPA DOES NOT ENDORSE APPROVE OR CERTIFY SUCH INFORMATION NOR DOES IT GUARANTEE THE ACCURACY COMPLETENESS EFFICACY TIMELINESS OR CORRECT SEQUENCING OF SUCH INFORMATION USE OF SUCH INFORMATION IS VOLUNTARY AND RELIANCE ON IT SHOULD ONLY BE UNDERTAKEN AFTER AN INDEPENDENT REVIEW OF ITS ACCURACY COMPLETENESS EFFICACY AND TIMELINESS REFERENCE HEREIN TO ANY SPECIFIC COMMERCIAL PRODUCT PROCESS OR SERVICE BY TRADE NAME TRADEMARK SERVICE MARK MANUFACTURER OR OTHERWISE DOES NOT CONSTITUTE OR IMPLY ENDORSEMENT RECOMMENDATION OR FAVORING BY MSPA MSPA Member member s only content log in Welcome to the online home of the Massachusetts School Psychologists Association Membership renewal season is underway Massachusetts NASP Representative Wendy Lee Price NCSP Benefits of NASP Membership Advocacy Action Center Interest Groups View recent article abstracts Resource Library Communiqué articles Career Center Presentation handouts Sample chapters of publications e journal PD modules NASP MEMBERSHIP Resources contribute learn School Psychology Articles Legislation District Determined Measures Evaluation Rubrics School Psychology Links The MSPA board is pleased to share professional development opportunities that

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  • Massachusetts School Psychologists Association
    that they need help All adults parents and teacher in particular can provide support for children Some of many ways to provide support are described in this article DOWNLOAD PDF Bullying and Teasing Among School Aged Children Bullying is a complex behavior that results when there is an imbalance of power between two or more individuals This article is a basic introduction to bullying behavior alerting us to when it most frequently occurs who are the participants and what are the results if nothing is done to stop it Finally some ways in which experts suggest that we address bullying are addressed DOWNLOAD PDF Full Day Kindergarten National and statewide movements are increasingly considering full day kindergarten As parents and schools struggle with the pros and cons of full day kindergarten this article reviews some of the data to help readers consider the question DOWNLOAD PDF Retention Retention in grade is an issue that a few families and schools have to consider as the school year comes to a close yearly It continues to be a controversial decision This article addresses the issue and reviews literature on the effects of retention Importantly it includes alternatives to retention for readers to consider DOWNLOAD PDF Self Concept We often hear statements indicating that a child has a strong or weak self concept as if self concept were a unitary or simple concept Self concept is actually quite complex The way in which self esteem develops is considered in this article along with the many aspects of self concept and the role of families in strengthening a child s self concept DOWNLOAD PDF Early Childhood Screening When children first prepare to begin their school careers they typically undergo a screening This brief article is designed to make the process a little easier for parents DOWNLOAD PDF When To Worry About Worrying Anxiety and worry is certainly normal although for a small group of children it can cause undue stress This article will help parents know when they need to be concerned and some strategies to try when children need assistance DOWNLOAD PDF Homework Parent Teacher Student Collaboration Homework completion can become a source of tension between parents and students Inadequate attention to homework can result in depressed grades and decreased skills This article may help parents work with schools to address homework issues that may occur DOWNLOAD PDF A Guide to Your Child s Psychological Evaluation This guide may be helpful to parents who ask for an evaluation of their child It describes the possible content of a psychological evaluation School psychologists may want to share it with parents before an evaluation so that they can plan together and parents questions can be answered DOWNLOAD PDF Technology Thoughts and Updates for School Psychologists Technology has become so much a part of our lives that we may not think about the ramifications of mistakes that could possibly be made when we are overworked or dealing with deadlines This article will remind professionals of the

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  • Massachusetts School Psychologists Association
    expanded services for 16 to 25 year olds A cultural competence action plan has been completed Finally psychiatric consultation is now available for 78 of the pediatric practices in the state Health And Human Services MCAS Reform Efforts There is an effort in the state to revise the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System MCAS Although MCAS has played an important role in improving schools and has been a useful evaluation tool the aspect of the legislation that required a minimum passing score for students to graduate from high school has been problematic Data indicates that that MCAS has inflated drop out rates and resulted in a lower graduation rate has narrowed the curricula and has increased pressures in schools A group of organizations and individuals in the state including MSPA are supporting the MCAS Reform Bill H 561 The MCAS Reform Bill would require the board of education to develop a multiple assessment system to determine student competence allow students to offset MCAS scores with other measures of performance and stop the denial of a diploma for failing to obtain a passing score on MCAS until new graduation requirements have been determined MCAS Reform Bill MCAS Graduation Bill Model Licensure Act MLA APA is proposing to eliminate the school psychology exemption in its revised Model Licensure Act MLA The MLA has been used in the past by many state legislatures to make decisions about laws governing licensing and credentialing psychologist at the state level A long standing provision in the MLA has provided an exemption for school psychologists who are appropriately credentialed by their state board of education to hold the title school psychologist and to practice independently in school settings Its removal could negatively impact practice for all school psychologists if states revise their laws in accordance with the MLA NASP is urging us to take action to protect the future of school psychological practice and services to children families and schools by contacting the APA Model Licensure Act Task Force regarding proposed revisions to their Model Licensure Act Tell APA to reinstate the 30 year exemption for school psychologists APA is seeking input on the MLA through a 90 day public comment period which runs through November 1st NASP has posted ready to send letters on its website To send a letter to NASP or for more information Governor s Strategies for Education Reform Governor Patrick has called for action to transform education in the state of Massachusetts After 15 years of effort there remains a discrepancy between African American and Latino students when compared to the achievement of white and Asian students Governor Deval would like to see data and reporting systems developed to facilitate collaboration between schools and community agencies His action agenda calls for reductions in class size K 2 drop out prevention universal pre kindergarten and general changes in educational funding to support his early education vision The Patrick Administration Education Action Agenda Fact Sheet for Early Education and Care Act On July 10 2008

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  • Massachusetts School Psychologists Association
    progress monitoring tools are specifically tied to student needs List of Progress Monitoring Tools Feedback Surveys or Checklists There are a wide variety of opportunities for school psychologists to collect feedback in regard to their work Feedback from parents and teachers is critical for improving services Surveys or checklists may be designed to address the clarity of evaluation reports and presentations These tools may be helpful in collecting various types of feedback to include feedback addressing whether or not recommendations to support student needs was helpful feedback regarding consultation services or feedback regarding counseling services from parents teachers and from students themselves Samples of Feedback Checklists Psychological Report Evaluation Checklists Clear communication with parents and teachers around psychological reports is critical Psychological reports need to be clearly written yet comprehensive They need to be timely understood by adults who are servicing students and utilized in order to determine whether or not recommendations are helpful Sample coming Goal Attainment Scaling Goal attainment scaling GAS is a means of measuring outcome data to demonstrate student progress in achieving goals of treatment It can be used to measure individual student progress in counseling for determining the impact of counseling interventions for social emotional behavior program evaluation and for a variety of other services that school psychologists provide Samples of Goal Attainment Scaling Holistic Measures of Student Growth Holistic approaches often combine a pre post test model with repeated measures A Sample of Use of Holistic Measures to Measure Progress and Impact Case Studies School psychologists may be called upon to prepare a case study A Rubric to Evaluate a Case Study THE INFORMATION CONTAINED ON THIS WEBSITE IS PROVIDED TO THE MASSACHUSETTS SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGISTS ASSOCIATION MSPA BY MEMBERS MSPA DOES NOT ENDORSE APPROVE OR CERTIFY SUCH INFORMATION NOR DOES IT GUARANTEE THE ACCURACY

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  • Massachusetts School Psychologists Association
    recommended set of 21 critical elements for higher priority consideration These elements indicated by bold face and larger font type were selected using the following criteria Relevance maximum coverage of the 10 domains of the NASP practice model Non redundancy minimal overlap with other elements of the rubric Feasibility can be operationalized and meaningfully evaluated by a school district evaluator and Importance significant contribution to positive outcomes for students and high value for the school community Priorities and service delivery models will understandably vary from district to district and may evolve over time Hence it is expected that school districts will adapt or excerpt material from this rubric as needed Most of this rubric can be evaluated by an administrator who is highly familiar with a school psychologist s work supplemented by input from other consumers of school psychological services e g teachers and parents However some items labeled QP require more technical or advanced knowledge of school psychological services and should only be evaluated by a qualified practitioner Download MSPA School Psychologist Evaluation Rubric National Association of School Psychologists NASP The National Association of School Psychologists has listed the domains of competency for school psychologists and additionally has described examples of each domain as they would be observed in practice These can be downloaded below Download NASP 10 Domains of Practice Download NASP 10 Domain Bulleted Examples Delaware Association of School Psychologists DASP The document below used with permission from the Delaware Association of School Psychologists DASP provides sample SMART goals for school psychologists Created with the NASP Domains in mind the goals are suitable for school psychologists in Massachusetts to use as part of the Educator Evaluation process MSPA is working with DESE to create a similar document for use in Massachusetts Questions about the School Psychology Rubric

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  • Massachusetts School Psychologists Association
    s easy to join MSPA Full membership requires a supervisor signature on an official document with letterhead The cost for student membership has been reduced to 15 00 Students who join will receive a personalized certificate of MSPA membership for their portfolios Become part of something important Join your professional association MSPA membership benefits are Impressive Only student members will be eligible to receive a discounted student rate when attending MSPA sponsored conferences Receive a certificate of membership to demonstrate your commitment to the field of school psychology and to place in your portfolio A Student Representative on the Board of Directors of MSPA advocates for students of School Psychology in Massachusetts Participate in student focused events such as student poster sessions or presentations Networking Opportunities dramatically increase for student members of MSPA Demonstrate the development of your professional identity by becoming part of your state s professional organization Receive Occasional Bulletins Receive three MSPA Newsletters with Important Information and Interesting Articles Only student members will be eligible to receive a discounted student rate when attending MSPA sponsored conferences Licensing and Vendorship Lobbying Efforts will take place on Your Behalf Public Relations and Advocacy will Support You in Your Chosen Profession MSPA Members Listserve Provides You with a Valuable Resource for Support THE INFORMATION CONTAINED ON THIS WEBSITE IS PROVIDED TO THE MASSACHUSETTS SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGISTS ASSOCIATION MSPA BY MEMBERS MSPA DOES NOT ENDORSE APPROVE OR CERTIFY SUCH INFORMATION NOR DOES IT GUARANTEE THE ACCURACY COMPLETENESS EFFICACY TIMELINESS OR CORRECT SEQUENCING OF SUCH INFORMATION USE OF SUCH INFORMATION IS VOLUNTARY AND RELIANCE ON IT SHOULD ONLY BE UNDERTAKEN AFTER AN INDEPENDENT REVIEW OF ITS ACCURACY COMPLETENESS EFFICACY AND TIMELINESS REFERENCE HEREIN TO ANY SPECIFIC COMMERCIAL PRODUCT PROCESS OR SERVICE BY TRADE NAME TRADEMARK SERVICE MARK MANUFACTURER OR OTHERWISE DOES NOT CONSTITUTE

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  • Massachusetts School Psychologists Association
    whom you work In accordance with the requirements for professional development for NCSP renewal the Massachusetts School Psychologists Association is presenting two courses for practicing school psychologists This professional development opportunity is being offered at a special discounted rate to MSPA members through the dedicated work of Board Members and School Psychology Trainers who are presenting their papers pro bono We are in their debt and sincerely appreciate the time and effort they have donated to further the professional development of school psychologists in our area and to enhance the professionalism of the field Currently offering The Ethical Practitioner 10 hours LEARN MORE THE INFORMATION CONTAINED ON THIS WEBSITE IS PROVIDED TO THE MASSACHUSETTS SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGISTS ASSOCIATION MSPA BY MEMBERS MSPA DOES NOT ENDORSE APPROVE OR CERTIFY SUCH INFORMATION NOR DOES IT GUARANTEE THE ACCURACY COMPLETENESS EFFICACY TIMELINESS OR CORRECT SEQUENCING OF SUCH INFORMATION USE OF SUCH INFORMATION IS VOLUNTARY AND RELIANCE ON IT SHOULD ONLY BE UNDERTAKEN AFTER AN INDEPENDENT REVIEW OF ITS ACCURACY COMPLETENESS EFFICACY AND TIMELINESS REFERENCE HEREIN TO ANY SPECIFIC COMMERCIAL PRODUCT PROCESS OR SERVICE BY TRADE NAME TRADEMARK SERVICE MARK MANUFACTURER OR OTHERWISE DOES NOT CONSTITUTE OR IMPLY ENDORSEMENT RECOMMENDATION OR FAVORING BY MSPA MSPA Member member s only content log in Welcome to the online home of the Massachusetts School Psychologists Association CONTACT MSPA Membership renewal season is underway MSPA President Andria Amador CAGS NCSP President Elect Jennifer Milia CAGS NCSP Vice President Kristine Camacho CAGS NCSP Treasurer Jill Snyder Ph D NCSP Co Assistant Treasurer Secretary Denise R Foley D Ed NCSP Immediate Past President Bob Babigian CAGS NCSP NASP Representative Wendy Price CAGS NCSP Resources contribute learn School Psychology Articles Legislation District Determined Measures Evaluation Rubrics School Psychology Links The MSPA board is pleased to share professional development opportunities that are provided

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