School Psychologist

School Psychologist

Jennifer Karnyski
607-639-8235
jkarnyski@aftoncsd.org

 

The school psychologist aims to help children and youth succeed academically, socially, behaviorally, and emotionally.  

More specifically the school psychologist focuses on…
      Improving academic achievement through conducting and analyzing psychological/academic assessments.
      Assisting in navigating special education processes.
      Promoting differentiated instruction and interventions.
      Promoting positive behavior and mental health through assessing students’ emotional and behavioral needs.
      Assisting in implementing schoolwide supports and systems.
            o Schoolwide Crisis Management
            o LINKS
            o Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS)
            o Response to Intervention (RTI)/Academic Intervention Services (AIS)
            o Social-Emotional Support

Schoolwide Crisis Management
Students rely on and find comfort in the adults who protect them. Faculty and staff must know how to help their students through a crisis. Knowing what to do when faced with a crisis can be the difference between calm and chaos.  The Schoolwide Crisis Management Team meets regularly to discuss emergency protocols/procedures and how to keep students safe.   

LINKS
It is important for schools to create goals and objectives to help all students succeed.  The LINKS Team is currently focusing on helping students become more college and/or career ready through objectives focusing on reading, math, and social-emotional health.  

Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS)
Teaching behavioral expectations and rewarding students for following them is a much more effective approach, compared to waiting for students to misbehavior and then responding. The purpose of PBIS is to establish a climate and community where appropriate behaviors are rewarded.  The PBIS Team will be teaching and reinforcing students and staff for positive and appropriate behaviors (being respectful, being safe, and being responsible) through a variety of incentives.

Response to Intervention (RTI)/Academic Intervention Services (AIS)
Many students experience difficulties with learning.  RTI and AIS are systems used to help all students succeed, with an ultimate goal of preventing failure.  They are intended to help all students become successful learners.  

Essential Elements of RTI/AIS:
• All students receiving a high quality curriculum in the classroom.
• Universal benchmarks/assessments that help to identify students who may need additional support.
• Implementation of interventions and supports.
• Progress monitoring of how students respond to the interventions and supports.
• Communication with teachers and parents about the progress of each student.

Social-Emotional Support (Student Support Team)
The Student Support Team (SST) is a collaborative team that is organized to address behavioral, emotional, medical, and/or other problems which may interfere with a student’s ability to obtain an appropriate education.  The primary role of the SST is to empower teachers, parents, and students with the ability to address concerns relating to one’s social-emotional wellbeing.  Similarly to Response to Intervention (RTI), the SST will break the student population into a multi-tiered system, where additional supports are offered.  
 

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