Montgomery County School Psychologists' Association
Congratulations to Blair G. Ewing Center!
Blair G. Ewing Center has been recognized as the 2018 School Champion of the Year for the Children's Mental Health Matters campaign thanks to their planning and coordination of events that advocate for mental health during the campaign's awareness week. Here are some of the activities that took place:
Morning Coping Skills Announcements
Display of Art Projects (theme of a past/daily hardship and positive coping strategies to overcome it)
Coping Skills Rap Battle & Poetry Slam
Students working on lyrics/poems with English teachers
Students working on beats in music class
Students presenting their work at a school-wide assembly
Posting of info on school website
Spring 2018 Member Spotlight
The MCSPA Newsletter committee is proud to feature Mr. Matthew (Matt) Kamins in the Spring 2018 Spotlight for his longevity and invaluable contributions to psychologists, psychological services, students, and school teams across Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS). To view Matt’s Spotlight in its entirety, click here.
On January 10, 2018, MCSPA co-presidents, Allison Jacobus and Jeanne McCormack, presented testimony at the Montgomery County Board of Education Budget Hearing to advocate for more school psychologists to better meet the mental health needs of MCPS students through direct services. Members of the Board of Education seemed to agree and it was recommended that more school psychologist positions be added to the budget, which is pending approval from the County Council. The testimony, in its entirety, can be viewed here.
2017-18 MCSPA School Psychologist of the Year: Jodi Ward
It is an honor to recognize one of our outstanding colleagues, Jodi Ward, for MCSPA School Psychologist of the Year. Mrs. Ward has been practicing school psychology for 14 years with MCPS, after serving as a special educator in Baltimore City Schools for 6 years. The glowing recommendations provided by her colleagues demonstrate that she exemplifies the professional qualities of our occupation. She provides a comprehensive range of services to her school including group counseling, consultation, and collaborating with staff on a variety of academic and behavioral challenges. Mrs. Ward also serves as her school’s PBIS coach and has taken on a leadership role in MCPS by spearheading the rollout of Q-Interactive, an online platform for cognitive assessments. A colleague notes that she has worked “tirelessly to help support all of her colleagues through this process.” Her colleague also writes that her “positivity and supportive nature are clear to anyone who had the honor of working with her.” Mrs. Ward’s principal describes her as an “invaluable member of the school team” and states, “The active role she plays in our school contributes to its success in addressing the varied needs of all students and her support of teachers and fellow psychologists ensures that her influence reaches beyond the walls” of her school. Mrs. Ward is truly an exemplary colleague and a valuable asset to Montgomery County Public Schools.
To promote and maintain the highest standards of professional practice for the provision of psychological services as set forth by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).
To encourage and facilitate discussion by psychologists on matters of professional interest and help secure conditions which promote the greatest effectiveness in the practice of school psychology.
To advocate for the interests of children through school psychology as a science and profession.
To provide input to Montgomery County Public Schools Board of Education, Leadership and Administration to assist children in meeting or exceeding performance and achievement standards.
To establish a liaison and encourage effective collaboration with other professions and professional agencies concerned with education and well-being of children.