We know that as a school psychologist, you dedicate yourself to your students year-round. So, now is the perfect time to strengthen your knowledge base and skill set so you can present your best self to your students during the school year. School psychologists are always learning and adapting to the ever-changing landscape of education best practices and laws. Therefore, to help you stay updated and educated, we have compiled a list of our favorite resources with your professional development in mind. Enjoy, and don’t forget to bookmark your favorites!
School Psychologist Professional Development
The National Association of School Psychologists Online Learning Center – The NASP Online Learning Center is the leading resource for professional development designed specifically for school psychologists. Here you can find courses and presentations on everything from assessment to ADHD to legal updates. Courses are separated by category, and there are even archived presentations from the last three NASP conventions! The courses cost between $35 and $130 and count anywhere from 1.25 to 3 hours towards your continued professional development (CPD) credits. Here are a few suggestions:
School Psychologist Podcasts
Love listening to podcasts in your spare time? If you’re interested in entertaining and informative school psychology podcasts, here are a couple we recommend:
Massive Open Online Courses for School Psychologists
Lastly, Coursera and edX are just two of many different Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). MOOCs were designed to make learning accessible via the internet. New courses are added regularly, and the topics are endless. Most MOOC courses are created by well-known universities, such as Cal Berkley and Harvard, and often even feature the same content these universities provide to their students. Many courses are free or affordable. Start by exploring the MOOC websites for different topics and find enrollment information for those that interest you, or navigate directly to some of our favorites:
- The Psychology of Close Relationships
- Leadership and Management in Education
- Saving Schools: Reforming the US Education System
We appreciate your continued dedication to learning and development – both for yourself and for your students! Please let us know if you come across an engaging course you feel would benefit your peers. We’d love to hear from you!