School Psychologists as Advocates for Social Justice
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School Psychologists as Advocates for Social Justice explores how school psychologists promote and protect the educational rights of children, using the authorâ€™s extensive experience as illustration.
The roles of school psychologists have expanded from strictly assessment to advising school districts on how to improve school climate, helping schools face tragedy, and counseling students dealing with trauma. Combined with pertinent research, personal narratives describe challenges the author faced while a teacher and later as a school psychology practitioner and illustrate how necessary advocacy is in addressing the academic, behavioral, and emotional needs of students. Careful consideration is given to equity issues of disability, racism, Islamophobia, and bilingualism in schools.
Combining informative personal experience with research, emphasizing the importance of childrenâ€™s rights within the school community, and encouraging effective advocacy with legislative leaders, this book is a necessity for both new and seasoned school psychologists.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction 2. Why It Took Me so Long to Become a School Psychologist 3. Claiming Disability Rights 4. Hard Lessons: Teaching in the South 5. Segregation, Desegregation, Resegregation 6. Hard Lessons: Teaching in Pakistan 7. Beyond 9/11 8. Theyâ€™re Just Talking Gibberish: English Language Learners 9. Issues in Diversity: 'Thereâ€™s No Way Heâ€™d Tell a White Woman That' 10. Better Ally Than Savior 11. Rites of Passage: Becoming a School Psychologist 12. Health in School 13. The Health of Schools 14. Speaking Up: Civic Action Through Lobbying Elected Officials 15. Adversary or Ally: Working with Administrators 16. The Changing Role of School Principalship 17. Remember to Breathe: Crisis Intervention 18. Hand in Glove: Our Relationship with Teachers 19. A Delicate Journey: Our Relationship with Parents 20. Entering Their World: Our Relationship with Children 21. Rolling with Our Roles 22. Looking Back, Facing Forward
Kathleen Ness, NCSP, retired, also holds a Master of Arts in the Teaching of English. She advocates for children, schools, and families through NASP and with RESULTS.
"Kathleen Ness has written a must-read for anyone considering education, school psychology, and social advocacy. From her upbringing in rural America to her work in public schools, Kathleenâ€™s experiences provide readers with an in-depth understanding of the current educational system and calls to action for the future."
Dr. Natasha Olson, nationally certified school psychologist
"Never before have students and school personnel so deeply needed skills to build their sense of belonging and safety at school. This book gives practical guidance and strong helpful research for school psychologists and those who work alongside them to advocate at every level to meet these needs."ă€€
Sally A. Baas, Ed.D, Professor of Education at Concordia University, St. Paul,ă€€Director of Southeast Asian Teacher Program, and Faculty Senate Chair of Hmong Culture and Language Programă€€ă€€ă€€
"Read this book. Kathleen Ness has eloquently laid out how important and easy it is to advocate for the things we care about. Ms. Ness reminds us that our voices matter. In her words and her actions, she inspires us all to stand up and speak out for change."
Jos G. Linn, Manager of Grass Roots Impact, RESULTS