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November 15, 2011

CCSD Celebrates Its School Psychologists

During National School Psychology Awareness Week celebrated on November 14-18, Charleston County School CCSD Celebrates School PsychologistsDistrict (CCSD) is recognizing the contributions of its school psychologists.  These professionals work across the district to help students excel and create positive connections within the school community, their academic pursuits, and their lives. 

CCSD currently has 34 school psychologists who engage in activities related to consultation, Response to Intervention, assessments and evaluations, educational planning, collaboration, and crisis prevention and intervention services.  They work each day to support the district’s goals of elevating the achievement of all students, closing the achievement gap between groups of students, and increasing the graduation rate. 

School psychologists work with parents and educators to ensure that every child has the mental health and learning support they need to succeed academically, socially and emotionally. As a result, the national theme this year is “Every link matters. Make the connection.” 

A recent study has demonstrated that social-emotional learning boosts academic achievement by 10 to 11 percentage points on standardized tests and reduces conduct problems, aggressive behavior and emotional distress. By incorporating social-emotional curriculums into the classroom, students are provided an environment with which they can excel academically and enjoy a more positive school climate.

To learn more about school psychologists and the important roles they play in CCSD schools, please contact the Department of Intervention Services at (843) 852-6531.

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