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                                                                                             in this area so that standards for the             demic, behavioral, parent training, etc.),
                                                                                             training and practice of bilingual school          for an intervention to be successful it
First Official Meeting of the Bilingual                                                       psychologists and the assessment of
                                                                                             bilinguals can eventually be established.
                                                                                                                                                must be both linguistically and culturally
                                                                                                                                                appropriate. Effective problem solving
School Psychology Interest Group                                                                 Consultation. The consultation focus
                                                                                             group discussed the lack of knowledge
                                                                                                                                                by school personnel must include con-
                                                                                                                                                sideration of cultural and linguistic vari-
B Y M A R L E N E S OT E LO - DY N E G A
                                                                                             and training on behalf of school person-           ables for all cases that involve students


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      he NASP 2009 Convention marked         well as the groups’ working definition of        nel regarding how to properly instruct,            and families from diverse backgrounds.
      the first official meeting of the         bilingual school psychology.                    intervene, and monitor the academic                    Working with parents. The group
      newly formed Bilingual School              Assessment. The assessment focus            progress of bilingual students in a man-           that focused on working with parents
Psychology Interest Group, where ap-         group discussed several challenges fac-         ner that is consistent with the devel-             discussed the challenges of building con-
proximately 45 practitioners, trainers,      ing the assessment of bilingual students.       opmental trajectory of the processes               nections between parents and the school
and graduate students were in atten-         Two of the major challenges discussed           of second language acquisition and ac-             community. There are many obstacles
dance. The interest group was created        were the lack of instruments in lan-            culturation. The group emphasized the              that prevent a good connection from
in response to the lack of resources and     guages other than English and Spanish           role of bilingual school psychologists as          being established that include language
consistency regarding the practice and       and the lack of a truly representative          resources to teachers and other school             barriers, conflicting cultural beliefs, and
training of bilingual school psycholo-       standardization sample that accounts            staff. The group members suggested that             scheduling conflicts, among others. One
gists throughout the nation. A prelimi-      for different levels of English language         bilingual school psychologists must inte-          way to accomplish the goal of establish-
nary meeting was held during the NASP        proficiency and acculturation. Group             grate themselves into the school system            ing good working relationships between
2008 Convention in New Orleans to            members shared their concerns regard-           so that their unique knowledge base can            parents and school personnel is by
determine if there was an interest on        ing the validity of the interpretation          be disseminated throughout the school              considering the needs and increasing the
behalf of the NASP membership to de-         of test scores that are obtained from           through the process of consultation.               flexibility of both parties so that a bal-
velop the group. Approximately 90 bilin-     standardized tests. Furthermore, par-               Intervention. We are currently                 anced system can be implemented that
gual professionals representing all facets   ticipants added that there is no con-           amidst an era of evidence-based prac-              is beneficial to students, parents, and
of our profession spoke openly about         sensus regarding what constitutes best          tices in the schools. The intervention             school personnel.
the dire need for a centralized forum        practices in bilingual assessment, which        focus group discussed the need for more                Administration/Systems. It is a
geared toward issues related to practice     involves the assessment of a bilingual          research that assesses the effectiveness            challenge for any member of a school
with bilingual students and families.        individual using tools and procedures in        of interventions for use with bilingual            system to practice successfully without
Shortly thereafter, a steering committee     two languages. Group members agreed             populations. Regardless of the focus of            the support of the administration. The
was formed to develop and facilitate fu-     that there is a great need for research         the intervention (mental health, aca-              administration/systems focus group
ture endeavors of the interest group.                                                                                                           discussed the challenges of working with
    The purpose of the Bilingual School                                                                                                         administrators and school systems. Due
Psychology Interest Group meeting,                                                                                                              to the nationwide scarcity of bilingual
held during the NASP 2009 conven-
tion in Boston, was to accomplish
                                             Did You Know You Can Now                                                                           school psychologists, they often become
                                                                                                                                                the point person for all assessments
several goals: (a) introducing interested
participants to the coordinators and
                                             Listen to NASP Resources?                                                                          that involve bilingual students district-
                                         
				
DOCUMENT INFO
Description: The PREPaRE Model * The Psychology ofMulticulturalism in the Schools: A Primer for Practice, Training, * Homophobia and Bullying - an interview with the authors of articles in a recent topical issue of School Psychology Review * Early Careers Roundtable Our growing collection of audio materials also includes audio versions of selected articles from COMMUNIQU and School Psychology Review and handouts for parents and allied professionals, as well as a few sessions from past NASP conventions.
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