School Psychologist (SPED) 2019-2020 School Year

Reports To: Coordinator of School Psychology  

 

Summary:

The school psychologist promotes the student’s sense of self- treats or assists in treating any psychological or mental health problems- and evaluates students’ needs- abilities- and skills.

 

Position Purpose:

School Psychologists employed by Topeka Public Schools are mental health professionals licensed by the Kansas Department of Education. School Psychology services involve direct and indirect work with all students- with a focus on those students who have exceptionalities and/or are at-risk.

 

School Psychologists work with parents- teachers- and other school professionals to ensure students have access to a free and appropriate education- and to meet students’ academic- emotional- and behavioral needs by:

 

  1. Applying knowledge and skills when working with students with exceptionalities and their families- individually or in groups- for the purpose of promoting positive educational experiences.
  2. Participating in comprehensive evaluations to identify and assess factors that may affect a student’s ability to learn.
  3. Identifying home- school- and community factors in the life of an exceptional student that may impact his/her education.
  4. Collaborating with family- school- and community agencies to enable a student to receive maximum benefit from his/her educational program.

 

Qualifications:

  • Certification by the Kansas State Department of Education in School Psychology required.
  • Experience in direct services to children- adolescents- and families in school settings preferred.
  • ESOL preferred

 

Physical/Emotional Requirements:  The incumbent may be required to use the following skills and abilities during any part of the working day.

 

While performing the duties of this job- the employee is frequently required to sit- talk- and hear.  The employee is frequently required to stand and reach with hands and arms.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision- distance vision- depth perception- and the ability to adjust focus.  The employee is required to interact with staff and to meet demands from several people. 

 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

 

Family Contacts

  • Interviews student’s family members to discuss their student’s developmental and educational adjustment
  • Identifies resources to support the student and family
  • Works with parents to facilitate support of their student’s school adjustment
  • Serves as a liaison between home and school
  • Assists parents and other adult caregivers with the development and implementation of behavior change programs

 

Collaboration

  • Facilitates decision-making and collaboration- and fosters a commitment to quality- effective services for all children and families
  • Possesses positive interpersonal skills
  • Presents and disseminates information to diverse audiences
  • Facilitates team meetings
  • Uses effective conflict-resolution strategies
  • Collaborates with school personnel- parents- and the community in the aftermath of crises
  • Routinely accesses community and district resources to address behavioral- learning- mental- and physical difficulties
  • Must complete all Special Education paperwork including IEPs and Medicaid billing.

 

Collection and Analysis of Information/Data

  • Systematically collects information to identify strengths and needs of students and uses the information to make decisions regarding educational programming
  • Collects data on individual students- families- educational and health programs- classroom environments- and other areas
  • Uses data to design- implement- and evaluate effective direct and indirect intervention services
  • Supports Student Improvement Team with interventions- progress monitoring- and data analysis

 

Evaluation- Assessment and Research

  • Evaluates the components of environments that facilitate or impede learning or behavioral changes and identifies how environmental factors and students’ characteristics interact to affect academics and social/behavioral outcomes
  • Administers- scores- and interprets individual tests of cognition- achievement- and social or emotional development
  • Helps staff develop appropriate cognitive and academic goals for children
  • Incorporates knowledge of diversity when assessing- designing- and implementing academic and social/behavioral needs in order to determine appropriate interventions
  • Assists staff in identifying what is needed for students to succeed and which instructional or other modifications are required to address student difficulties
  • Knowledgeable of various psychological and educational assessment methods
  • Knowledgeable of methods that link assessment results with intervention
  • Identifies and recognizes behaviors that are precursors to academic- behavioral- and serious personal difficulties
  • Knowledgeable of current research and effective data-driven decision-making and problem-solving processes

 Developing and Assisting with Student and Classroom Interventions

  • Incorporates appropriate strategies when developing intervention programs that facilitate successful transitions of children from one environment to another environment
  • Provides consultation- behavior assessments- behavior interventions- and counseling services
  • Develops methodologies- such as conflict resolution and social problem-solving/decision-making approaches- that assist teachers and families in teaching pro-social behavior
  • Assists children in developing behaviors that support effective learning

 

Crisis Intervention

  • Assists schools with crisis intervention
  • Provides psychological first aid to students and staff

 

Policies- Practices and Procedures

  • Assists staff in designing- implementing- and evaluating policies and practices in areas such as discipline- problem-solving- instructional support- staff training- program evaluation- transition plans- grading- retention- and home-school partnerships
  • Assists in the development of policies and procedures to promote safe and violence-free schools
  • Maintains up-to-date records
  • Follows due process guidelines in all decisions affecting students
  • Maintains confidential records of evaluations and assessments
  • Performs other tasks and assumes other responsibilities as the superintendent or designee may assign

 

Language Skills

  • Reads- analyzes- and interprets general educational reports- professional journals- technical procedures- and regulations
  • Communicates clearly and concisely both in oral and written form

 

Terms of Employment:

9 months; salary and work year to be determined by the Board of Education.

 

Evaluation:

Performance of this position will be evaluated in accordance with provisions of the Board policy on evaluation of certified employees.


https://topeka.tedk12.com/hire/ViewJob.aspx?JobID=3216
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Job Start Date: NA
Applications Due By: 12/31/2019

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Employer Information

Topeka USD 501 www.topekapublicschools.net

To apply for a position at Topeka Public Schools, please visit www.topekapublicschools.net, select Employment, and then Job Opportunities. Topeka Public Schools` students perform at the highest levels.  Students, staff members, and district leaders are recognized regularly for outstanding accomplishments. We offer a variety of comprehensive programs designed to fit to the needs and interests of all students. Excellence and equity are the standard. We educate all children. TPS schools have received national recognition for excellence in education, with several attaining the Kansas Standards of Excellence in reading and mathematics and many achieving remarkable double-digit gains. As the sixth largest school district in Kansas with an enrollment of about 12,000 students in elementary through high school, Topeka Public Schools is also the largest school district in Shawnee County.  Elementary schools range in size from 200 to 600 students. We have two elementary magnet schools.  One is a science and fine arts magnet school and the other is a computer magnet school. Middle school enrollments range between 400 to 600 students and our three high schools have enrollments of 800 to 1,800 students. Hope Street Academy, a charter high school, draws alternative students from across the district. A proud feature of our district is Hummer Sports Park, a six-sport complex featuring state-of-the-art facilities for football, track, soccer, baseball, softball, and swimming. We are committed to hiring and retaining superior employees to educate and meet the needs of each student. As the third largest employer in Topeka with over 2,400 certified and classified staff members, we provide a competitive salary schedule, district-paid insurance benefits, a generous leave package, and many other great benefits. If you are interested in joining our progressive school district, please check the job listings below and visit our website at www.topekapublicschools.net to learn more about Topeka Public Schools and complete your application. 


Employer Address: 624 SW 24th Street Topeka, Kansas


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