Long Term Substitute: School Psychologist-
Stamford Public Schools - Stamford, CT

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General Statement

Certified school psychologists demonstrate knowledge of human growth and development as it relates to the teaching/learning process and emotional health of students. School psychologists promote learning, effectively assess students’ needs and progress, and plan interventions to achieve selected objectives for all students. School psychologists accomplish these objectives through communication with students, parents, and colleagues in a positive climate where time, space, and equipment are organized for intervention. To continue to deliver comprehensive service, school psychologists participate in activities for continuing professional growth.

Major Responsibilities

Give healthy and effective alternatives to teacher, parents, and administrators about problems in learning and behavior

Help others understand child development and how it affects learning and behavior

Strengthen working relationships between educators, parents, and community services

Data Collection:
Use a wide variety of techniques at an individual, group, and system level to evaluate:

Cognitive abilities and learning styles

Personality and emotional development

Application of social skills across different learning environments

Learning environment (i.e., home/community,school)

Adaptive behavior

Work face-to-face with children and families

Help solve conflicts and problems in learning and adjustment

Provide counseling for children, families, and teachers

Provide social skills training, behavior management, and other strategies

Help families and school deal with crises such as death, illness or community/economic trauma

Identify potential learning challenges

Design program for children to experience school success

Provide parents and teacher with the skills to Cope with challenging behavior

Help foster understanding and appreciation of diversity in the school community

Develop school-wide initiatives to make schools safer and more effective (i.e., positive behavior supports)

Professional Development:Develop program on topics such as:
Teaching and learning strategies

Classroom management techniques

Working with students who have unique talents

Crisis management

Positive Behavioral Supports

Research and Planning:
Evaluate the effectiveness of educational programs, behavior management systems and other
Generate new knowledge about learning and behavior

Contribute to planning and evaluating school-wide reform and district-wide policies

Health Care Provisions:
Collaborate with school and community-based personnel to provide a comprehensive model of school-linked health services

Work with children and families to provide integrated community services focusing on psychosocial wellness and health-related issues

Develop partnerships with parents and teachers to create healthy school environments

Minimum Qualifications

Current Connecticut teaching certificate

Ability to try methodologies outside of the box

Experience working in urban/diverse settings

3 – 5 years of experience

Ability to authentically assess student progress
in a variety of areas

Working understanding of early language development

Team player

Effective communicator

Strong writing skills

Computer literate

Ability to collect and interpret qualitative/quantitative data

Desire to grow personally and professionally

Desire to support Stamford Public School’s growing capacity to become a 21 st Century school system

Substitute Psychologists are paid at the rate of $200 per day. This assignment will be for approximately three months, however may be subject to extension based upon need.

Approved, Board of Education
January 2007

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