COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO.235

November 9, 2007

INFORMATIONAL

TO: Division Superintendents

 

FROM: Billy K. Cannaday Jr.

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT: Celebration of School Psychologists Week (November 12-16, 2007)

 

The Virginia Department of Education is pleased to join the National Association of School Psychologists in celebrating the contributions that school psychologists make to our collaborative work as professional educators. Their work with general and special educators, parents, administrators and other professionals helps to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments. They work across the spectrum of ages and grades: preschool to post-high school.

 

In addition to possessing a working knowledge of childhood learning and developmental processes, school psychologists possess individual and group assessment skills that make them invaluable members of problem solving teams. A school psychologists counseling, consultation and crisis intervention skills are components of most schools services.

 

School psychologists possess a thorough knowledge of community agencies and resources that enable them to be a bridge-builder between schools and homes; their knowledge and skills in research areas are helpful in matters involving program planning and program evaluation.

 

Questions regarding psychological services at the state level can be directed to Wayne Barry, via e-mail wayne.barry@doe.virginia.gov or telephone (804) 692-0396.

 

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