School Psychologists

What is a School Psychologist?

School psychologists help children and youth succeed academically, socially, and emotionally. They collaborate with educators, parents, and other professionals to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments for all students that strengthen connections between home and school.
School psychologists are highly trained in both psychology and education. They must complete a minimum of a Specialist-level degree program (60 graduate semester credits).  School psychologists must be certified and/or licensed by the state in which they work.

What do School Psychologists Do?

School psychologists work to find the best solution for each student and situation; they use different strategies to address student needs and to improve school and district-wide support systems.  School psychologists also work with school teams to conduct individual student evaluations, in part, to determine eligibility for special education services.
School psychologists work with students individually and in groups. They also develop programs to train teachers and parents about effective teaching and learning strategies, techniques to manage behavior at home and in the classroom, working with students with disabilities or with special talents, addressing abuse of drugs and other substances, and preventing and managing crises.

Information taken from:
The National Association of School Psychologists:
Suite 402, 4340 East West Highway,
Bethesda, MD 20814;
(301) 657-0270;


Assesment / Test Library

List of all the assessment instruments to which our school psychologists have access:

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School Psychology

The Hiawatha Valley Education District employs 17 School Psychologists, who are shared among the 18 member districts.  Their individual assignments are dependent upon the district's student population.

The School Psychologists' roles in their districts are multifaceted. Their training and expertise lies in many areas and includes, but is not limited to, the following: counseling individuals as well as groups; administering psycho-educational evaluations; consulting with parents and teachers regarding academic and/or behavior concerns; teaching effective education topics in classrooms; and conducting in-services on topics such as child development, special education services, learning disabilities, communication, and behavior management.

School Psychologists work directly with children, teachers, administrators, and parents providing vital services to enhance the lives and education of children, their families and our communities.

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