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School Psychologist

Position Summary

DC Scholars Stanton Elementary, a DCPS school, is seeking a school-based Psychologist to join our mental health team. This team is responsible for providing services to students with special needs and the general education student population

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

 

  • Selects, administers, scores, and interprets approved individual psychological, intelligence, and behavioral measures, using instruments and procedures approved by DCPS to referred students.
  • Prepares evaluation reports utilizing the format approved by DCPS; and writes reports that are meaningful to parents, teachers, and students.
  • Analyzes evaluation data, student records, and information pertinent to student learning, and formulates hypotheses and conclusions relating to learning and behavioral issues.
  • Acts as Lead on Special Education meetings.
  • Acts as point of contact for Case Managers regarding eligibility.
  • Ensures interventions are being implemented in the general education setting.
  • Monitors fidelity of interventions implemented at Tier I and Tier II level.
  • Screens individual student cases for proactive academic and behavioral interventions.
  • Participates in MDT/IEP committee meetings to interpret evaluation results to parents and school personnel.
  • Serves in a consultative role with designated personnel to offer prevention and intervention strategies related to learning and behavioral problems of students; and provides consultation on an on-going basis to teachers, parents, and other school personnel to resolve students' learning and behavioral problems.
  • Develops appropriate interventions and strategies to assist individual students in academic growth and school adjustment.
  • Screens individual student cases for proactive academic and behavioral interventions.
  • Identifies, evaluates, and re-evaluates referred students with special programming needs; individual student evaluation services will require the school Psychologist to include the following activities:
  • Gathers background information via record review, staff, and/or parent.
  • Interviews and observes.
  • Selects test instruments valid for student and purpose of evaluation.
  • Administers assessments.
  • Analyzes and integrates evaluation results and provides instructional and programming recommendations.
  • Presents interpretation of evaluation to parent and team.
  • Submits typed reports.
  • Completes written psychological reports and parent conferences for each evaluation; and interprets psychological reports with parent/guardian.
  • Consults and collaborates with parents, school personnel, and others regarding mental health, behavioral, and educational concerns:
  • Reviews needs.
  • Observes children.
  • Interviews children.
  • Assists with developing interventions.
  • Reviews progress.
  • Provides support system to parent.
  • Helps others understand child development and how it affects learning and behavior.
  • Strengthens working relationships between teachers, parents, and service providers in the community.
  • Designs and develops student and classroom interventions for preventing disorders, promoting mental health and learning, and improving education programs:
  • Consults with teachers, parents, students, and/or family, depending upon problem.
  • Identifies problems.
  • Develops strategies that involve all parties.
  • Provides pre-referral interventions and strategies to SST.
  • Monitors progress, adjusting interventions as needed.
  • Maintains flexibility to respond to emergency referrals.
  • Provides meaningful, helpful suggestions to school personnel regarding behavior management, social skill development, conflict resolution, functional behavioral assessments/behavioral intervention planning, and instructional strategies.
  • Consults with parents regarding their individual student(s).
  • Assists school staff in the development of appropriate academic and vocational education plans for the student.
  • Acts as a psychological consultant for other staff members and community agencies.
  • Attends due process hearings as requested.
  • Checks and responds to DCPS email on a daily basis.
  • Submits productivity forms on a weekly basis.
  • Serves in a consultative role with designated personnel to offer prevention and intervention strategies related to learning and behavioral problems of students; and provides consultation on an on-going basis to teachers, parents, and other school personnel to resolve students’ learning and behavioral problems.
  • Uploads assessment reports to SEDS upon completion and documents all due diligence efforts made.
  • Completes all Random Moment in Time moments as assigned.
  • Reviews assigned assessment caseload and reports barriers to Program Manager.
  • Required to attend all mandatory monthly staff meetings, case conferences, trainings, and professional developments.

Qualifications

  • Master's Degree in School Psychology, Educational or Clinical psychology from an accredited institution, to include forty-two (42) semester hours of graduate level coursework and five hundred (500) clock hours of satisfactory field experience in a pre-K through 12 school setting under the supervision of a certified school psychologist. See DCMR 1659.1 for additional details regarding required graduate level coursework.
  • Certification as a School Psychologist by the District of Columbia Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE).
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