Superintendent’s Memo #302-11

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education

November 4, 2011

TO:  Division Superintendents

FROM:  Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT:  School Psychology Awareness Week (November 14-18, 2011)

The Virginia Department of Education is pleased to join the Virginia Academy of School Psychologists in celebrating School Psychology Awareness Week, November 14-18, 2011. 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.  Possessing data collection, assessment, and evaluation skills, school psychologists are valuable members of most problem-solving teams.

School psychologists work across the spectrum of ages and grades – preschool to post high school – and across a host of program areas.  School psychologists are contributing to implementation of school division Response to Intervention (RtI) practices, refinement of effective schoolwide discipline (ESD) efforts, and the creation of positive school cultures. School psychologists continue to be essential front-line mental health providers who can effectively build bridges between schools, homes and community agencies.

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

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