137: The State of School Psychology in Fall 2020 w/ Rachael Donnelly, Eric Elias, And Rebecca Comizio from School Psyched!

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I’m lucky to have the School Psyched! folks back on the podcast to talk through the state of school psychology as school resumes in the fall of 2020. The short story: circumstances vary widely depending on where you’re at and your district’s policies. We cover a number of compelling topics during this wide-ranging conversation, including…

  • How to conceptualize gaps in achievement as kids return to school
  • Special ed guidelines for intervention and assessment
  • Teacher mental health
  • Supporting marginalized kids
  • A trauma-informed lens for achievement as kids return

Cool Things Mentioned

CE Opportunity – Webinar on Remote Assessment!

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About School Psyched – Rebecca Comizio, Rachael Donelly, and Eric Elias

School Psyched Podcast is a collaborative effort put forth by three school psychologists coming from different backgrounds and experiences. The podcast seeks to connect school psychologists and to foster professional grown via interactive professional development and the pooling of resources. Episodes air on YouTube Live which allows for audience participation and questions. After airing episodes are housed on both YouTube and iTunes. School Psyched Podcast first aired in 2015 and has tackled important topics such as learning disability identification and intervention, trauma, legally defensible psychoeducational reports, microaggressions, and psychological myths. Join the conversation!  

Rebecca Comizio, MA, MA Ed, NCSP, Is Connecticut’s 2019 school psychologist of the year. She is a practicing school psychologist at the New Canaan Country School in New Canaan, CT and is co-host of School Psyched Podcast. Rebecca also advocates for children’s mental and behavioral health supports in schools. As a leader and Committee Co-Chair for NASP, Rebecca supports the practice of school psychology at a national level. Rebecca has co-authored the book 70 Play Activities for Better, Thinking, Self-Regulation Learning and Behavior. She is working to utilize her education, training and life experience to positively, affect the lives of children and families by advocating for students.

Rachael Donelly, MA, AC, NCSP is a practicing school psychologist in Anne Arundel County, MD, having earned her undergraduate degree at Binghamton University and completed her graduate training through University at Buffalo. Rachael has worked in districts across four different states and loves to compare/contrast different practices/perspectives. She is founder and co-host of the successful School Psyched Podcast and manages its associated Resources Drive. Rachael is involved in supporting the field of school psychology through her work on the NASP Communications Committee as well as supervising university students. She is passionate about professional development, psychological measurement, reading instruction, and skill-based supports. Rachael works to insure that all students’ needs are addressed through accurate assessment and evidence-based interventions.

Eric Elias, MS Ed, ABSNP is a school psychologist in Meriden, CT. He is Connecticut’s 2018 School Psychologist of the Year. He is beginning his 30th year of practice. Eric is a co-host of the successful podcast School Psyched. He has contributed numerous articles for his state association newsletter and is published in the NASP Communique and as well as through the American Federation of Teachers. Eric supports the practice of school psychology on a national level through his involvement on the NASP Communications Committee and presentations at the National Association of School Psychologists annual conferences. He is an active board member for the Connecticut Association of School Psychologists (CASP) and is the Newsletter editor for CASP as well. Eric has taught psychology as an adjunct and is currently on the advisory board for the School Psychology program at Southern Connecticut State University. Eric is passionate about social and emotional learning, social justice as well as evidence-based assessment, practice and interventions.

About Dr. Jeremy Sharp

I’m a licensed psychologist and Clinical Director at the Colorado Center for Assessment & Counseling, a private practice that I founded in 2009 and have grown to a staff of 20 amazing individuals. I earned my undergraduate degree in Experimental Psychology from the University of South Carolina before getting my Master’s and PhD in Counseling Psychology from Colorado State University. These days, I specialize in psychological and neuropsychological evaluation with kids and adolescents.

As the host of the Testing Psychologist Podcast, I provide private practice consulting for psychologists and other mental health professionals who want to start or grow psychological testing services in their practices. I live in Fort Collins, Colorado with my wife (also a therapist) and two young kids.

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