Students and faculty from the Department of Educational and
School Psychology are contributing six presentations
at the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) conference in
February 2014, underscoring IUP’s leadership in the field.
Faculty and students are presenting on topics that include
assessment, mental health services, and school-wide positive behavior and
The NASP conference will be held in Washington, D.C. on February
NASP’s mission is to empower school psychologists by advancing
effective practices to improve students’ mental health, behavior, and learning.
Boneshefski, M. & Kovaleski, J. F. (2014,
February). Paper presented at the National Association of
School Psychologists convention, Washington, DC.
Determining rate of improvement (ROI)
is a key feature of using RTI to determine SLD eligibility. Using progress-monitoring data, a student’s current ROI can be extrapolated into the future and
compared to a needed ROI to achieve at a minimal level of proficiency. Practitioners will learn how ROI projections
may be used to make more informed eligibility decisions.
Edman, E., & Runge, T. (2014). Presentation at
the annual meeting of the National Association of School Psychologists,
This session will help
participants develop practical skills in administering and scoring CBM-WE
probes, as well as developing local norms. Recent research will be shared on predictive validity of CBM-WE scores
with high-stakes writing assessments and student performance patterns. Specific recommendations will be given for
administration of CBM-WE at the upper elementary level. Participants should be able to independently
perform skills learned, with practice.
Hall, R. E., Kovaleski, J. F., Schonour, B., &
Brady, K. (2014, February). Mini-skills session presented at
the National Association of School Psychologists convention, Washington, DC.
This mini skills session will describe
the status of RtI in Pennsylvania. We will review the four criteria for SLD
determination and provide rationales for using the RtI framework for
eligibility decisions. A brief review of the RtI framework used in one Pennsylvania
school district will be offered. We will specifically describe how data are
harvested from a student’s history of response to instruction and interventions
through the three tiers of increased instruction and intervention intensity. The discussion will describe how these data
are used within a comprehensive multidisciplinary evaluation (MDE) to make the
eligibility decision. We will outline how the RtI data are used to address the
four criteria used for determining SLD eligibility in Pennsylvania. The process
will be illustrated using two case studies.
Hall, T., & Runge, T. ( 2014). Poster presentation at
the annual meeting of the National Association of School Psychology,
Lattanzio, L. S., McLaughlin, C.
L, & Braithwaite, R. L. (2014) Poster Presentation at the annual meeting of
the National Association Of School Psychologists, Washington, DC.
The purpose of this poster is to provide
information about ongoing research regarding the preparedness of school
psychologists to provide counseling and intervention services in the schools to
children in need. Online surveys have been disseminated to state school
psychologist associations, and data is currently being collected. Participation in the survey will assist in determining correlational
relationships between the following: participants’ report of counseling
experiences in their internship and their engagement in counseling services
within their current jobs; and, between university training for delivery of
counseling services and delivery of those services within participants’ current
jobs. Information gathered from the surveys may potentially influence the
future structure of training programs for school psychologists.
McLaughlin, C. L. (2014). Poster
presentation at the annual meeting of the National Association of School
Psychology, Washington, DC.
school professionals see the vast amount of need for increased mental health
supports and services within the school systems. Due to a variety of barriers, too often the
mental health needs of children and adolescents go unmet. During this presentation, attendees will be
able to identify an initiative they can take towards the development of a more
comprehensive model of mental health service delivery.
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