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School Psychologist  

My goal is to provide parents/guardians with useful information and assistance to support the social, emotional, and educational needs of their children.

What is a school psychologist?  School psychologists work with students in early childhood and elementary and secondary schools. They collaborate with teachers, parents, and school personnel to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments for all students. School psychologists address students' learning and behavioral problems, suggest improvements to classroom management strategies or parenting techniques, and evaluate students with disabilities and gifted and talented students to help determine the best way to educate them.

They improve teaching, learning, and socialization strategies based on their understanding of the psychology of learning environments. They also may evaluate the effectiveness of academic programs, prevention programs, behavior management procedures, and other services provided in the school setting.

What is RtI (Response to Intervention)?
NYS Regulations define RtI as a school district's process to determine if a student responds to scientific, research-based instruction, which minimally must include:


  • Appropriate instruction delivered to all students in the general education class by qualified personnel.
  • Screenings administered to all students for the purpose of identifying those students who are not making academic progress at expected rates.
  • Instruction matched to student need with increasingly intensive levels of targeted intervention and instruction for students who do not make satisfactory progress in their levels of performance and/or in their rate of learning.
  • Repeated assessments of student achievement which should include curriculum based measures.
  • Written notification to the parents regarding the nature and scope of interventions.

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