Superintendent's Memo #261-10

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education

October 29, 2010

TO: Division Superintendents

FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: School Psychology Awareness Week (November 8-12, 2010)

The Virginia Department of Education is pleased to join the Virginia Academy of School Psychologists in celebrating School Psychology Awareness Week, November 8-12, 2010. As schools and school divisions continue to refine their efforts to improve teaching and learning for all students, the contributions of school psychologists are noteworthy. School psychologists work with general and special educators, parents, administrators, and allied professionals to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments focused on collaboration, cooperation, and achievement. They work across the spectrum of ages and grades – preschool to post high school – and across a host of program areas: from RtI and Effective Schoolwide Discipline to school improvement, to bullying prevention and reduction, to suicide prevention and intervention. School psychologists are interested in helping all students attain at least a high school diploma.

Possessing data collection, assessment, and evaluation skills at both individual and systems levels, school psychologists are valuable members of most problem-solving teams. They are front-line mental health providers who can be effective in building bridges between schools and homes.

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

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