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Behavior Plan Implementation

Why won’t teachers implement my behavior plans? You completed a lengthy and thorough Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA) and you made a behavior plan with perfect reinforcers. The student is even excited about the plan. Yes! Initial buy-in! You convince parents that this will…

A Unique and Inspirational Graduation Address

Donovan Livingston, a Ed.M. 2016 graduate from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, gave one of the more powerful 5 minute speeches on race, inequity, and education I have seen. Beautiful and inspirational. Lift off. “An injustice is telling them…

3 MORE Ways to Build Relationships with Teachers

As a school psychologist or school counselor, your relationships with teacher are one of the most important factors in effectively supporting struggling students. I need their patience with getting behavior plans implemented. I need their confidence that the plans will work. I need their mindfulness to carryover strategies into the classroom.…

Scheduling Small Group Counseling in 8 steps

One of your primary responsibilities as a school counselor or psychologist is small group counseling. I use these groups to respond to specific student needs that pop up, to reinforce character education or guidance lessons, or to provide Tier 2 interventions. Developing activities for…

6 Ways to Build Relationships with Teachers

6 Ways to Build Relationships with Teachers

  A major part of being effective as a school counselor or psychologist is building and maintaining relationships with teachers. As a beginning school psychologist, I had no idea how to do this other than being friendly. I quickly found myself out…

Change is Good (and Horrifying)!

Just over three months ago, I decided that I needed a change from my position as a Special Education Director and School Psychologist. I wasn’t sure if that meant a different school or a different role within the education realm. While…