What is NEAT?

NEATDid you know there was such a thing as NEAT or the National Emergency Assistance Team?  I was not aware but now I am and I want you to be also!

NEAT is comprised of specialists and School Psychologists in helping schools, families and communities in crisis situations.  NEAT is also apart of NASP!

The team members that makeup NEAT are all trained in PREPaRE: School Crisis Prevention and Intervention Training. It is good to know if we would ever need a team of trained professionals in a crisis situation, that they are out there for us and ready to help.

Thanks for listening,

The Student Voice

P.S. –  There is a recent article where Cathy Paine (the chair of NEAT) talks about How Mental Health Services make Schools Safer on CNN.


National Center for Learning Disabilities

This is a just quick little post.  I found this website called:  The National Center for Learning Disabilities.  I am sure many of you are aware of this website but if you are not you should know because it appears to be a great resource.

On their About Us page they describe the organization as…“The National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) is committed to ensuring that all students with learning disabilities graduate from high school with a standard diploma—prepared for college and the workplace. Learn more about our credo, programs, events, and more below.”

They are also on the following websites:

Thanks for listening,

The Student Voice

Differences in the Types of Bullying…

Hi everyone,

It has been a little while since I last posted.  I hope you all had a fantastic holiday season.  I saw a post from NASP yesterday and I wanted to share it on here to see your thoughts.


The graph came from the website: StopBullying.Gov.  Do you see these same patterns of bullying in your schools?  Do you agree with what the graph illustrates?  Feel free to comment below.

Thank you for listening,

The Student Voice

26 Acts of Kindness to Honor those lost in Newtown

We all have heard about and shared out thoughts on the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy that took place on Friday.  We posted a few resources on our homepage about:  Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers.

On another note, I found an interesting article titled: Inspired to help: #26Acts of kindness to honor those lost in Newtown, Conn.  

People are going out and performing 26 random acts of kindness in memory of those lost in Newtown.  I think this is such an important idea, I had to share it with all of you (hoping to motivate you to perform 26 acts of kindness).  Some are taking to twitter to share their  #26ActsOfKindness.

Please share with us if are participating.

Thank you,

The Student Voice

Adding Education Hours to our Schools…

300When you woke up this morning, I bet you did not expect to see that New York state would be one of five states to be adding education hours to certain schools, did you?

In a three-year pilot program, starting next year, 300 hours of learning will be added to certain schools around the state.  “The three-year pilot program is intended to boost student achievement and make U.S. schools more competitive on a global level. The other states participating are Colorado, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Tennessee.”

Schools will be working with parents and teachers to decide if the school day should be longer or additional days should be added onto the year.

Nationally, there are 6.5 million youth 16 to 24 years old who are neither in the workforce nor in school – about 17 percent of that age group, according to the report. New York accounts for 406,000 of those young people, according to the foundation.

Thanks for Listening,

The Student Voice

Do you think this is a good idea?  

Happy School Psychology Awareness Week!

From November 12th – 16th is School Psychology awareness week!  This year’s focus is Know Your Own Strengths which helps students discover, share, and celebrate their strengths.  Help your students and school focus on finding and knowing the strengths within themselves and sharing and celebrating those strengths within the school community, their academics, and their lives.

The program involves a series of resources and activities school psychologists can use to reach out to school staff, students, and parents to help students realize their strengths and how those strengths can help them develop relationships, deal with stress, and promote optimal development.

I obtained most of this information from the NASP website.  You must be a member of NASP to obtain the resources you could use to promote this week.  If you are a member, you can obtain resources on the Know Your Own Strengths, Gratitude Works, Possibilities in Action Partner programs and the Student Power award.

The Student Voice

What you doing at your school this week for School Psychology Awareness week?

(Share with us in the comments section below)

The Screening of Dislecksia: The Movie

The documentary screening of Dislecksia: The Movie (here is the official trailer) will be on Tuesday, November 13 @ 7pm in Oswego, NY!  (If you are from Oswego try to come out to see the screening because it will be a great and interesting opportunity!)  Dyslexic director Harvey Hubbell V, with a crew containing several dyslexic members, presents the latest scientific knowledge about dyslexia and the experiences of dyslexics.

This will be followed by a panel discussion with our own Dr. Kris Munger and Dr. Maria Murray. Viewers will come to know dyslexics as people, not just statistics, and the causes and effects of dyslexia as well as what can be done about it. The panel will lead a casual discussion before an audience Q&A.

The Director, Harvey Hubbell will be in attendance and would love to hear how dyslexia and learning disabilities are addressed in our community.

When & Where:

  • Tuesday, November 13 • 7 PM
  • Oswego Cinema, 138 West 2nd Street, Oswego, NY


Is Banning Homework a Good Idea?

I recently heard about a high school in Germany that is banning all homework for the next two years.  This policy change sparked my interest a bit and I am curious what you all think about this idea.

Apparently, from what I have read, the high school already has extended hours and some websites even reported the students were in school until 6pm.  Instead of having students do the extra individual work at home these schools are having them do the work at school.

Since a lot of students participate in extracurricular activities do you think this is a good idea?  Would it be beneficial for students to be able to know once they leave the school doors they won’t have to do anymore work until tomorrow?

These students are in school for a longer day, however they do leave knowing that they have no extra work to do at home.

In France there is also a proposal to ban homework.  A part of the article that struck me was when it mentioned, “This will give students a level playing field to be able to do homework in school.”  It seems quite logical when I thought about that for a minute.  Some students receive minimal to no support at home with their homework while others may have private tutors paid by their parents to help them.

What do you think?

Thank you for listening,

Student Voice

Students Cyberbullying their Teachers?

Opinion Time!

Recently in the news (a couple of weeks ago) I read about North Carolina passing a law that tried to prevent students cyberbullying teachers.  It had not been on my radar that students were and actually are involved bullying their teachers online.  Students have been doctoring photos of their teachers or posting false information about them.  I knew that students, sadly, still do participate in bullying each other via the Internet but I never thought about them bullying their own teachers.

The Wall Street Journal discussed this issue around the middle of September.  As I keep reading the issue seems to be quite controversial.  Many are mentioning that this could be impairing on The First Amendment Right.  However, in some cases students are actually creating profiles of their teachers and writing things as if they were the actual person.  These spoof profiles are creating quite a stir.

What would you do if someone created a spoof profile of you?

Have you ever encountered this type of harassment at your school?

What did you do?

NYASP 2012 Conference

If you are a NYASP member, I am sure you are aware that the NYASP 2012 state conference is right around the corner.

The theme this year is, “Families and Schools: Together We Can Do Great Things.”  A tentative speaker schedule can be found here (which was updated on 09/15/2012).

If you want to get a little head of schedule and plan out your days at the conference, check out the entire three day schedule of the conference.  Most importantly, if you have not register for the event please feel free to here.

See views like this at the 2012 NYASP Conference!

Recap of NYASP 2011:

Last year I attended my first NYASP conference at the Turning Stone and let me tell you it was a great first experience.  I was only able to make the conference for one day but it was an amazing peek into the world of a NYASP.  I had the pleasure of listening to Temple Grandin speak.  She had a captivated audience of hundreds at her finger tips who were all actively engaged and taking notes

Since it was my first NYASP conference I had no real expectations of what I would see or learn.  Going in with open eyes and ears allowed me to fully take in the experience NYASP has to offer.

There were so many different speakers I had the opportunity to see it was hard to just pick one during each session.  I also had the ability to go and see other graduate students presenting with their posters and discussing the research they are doing or will be doing in the near future.

The NYASP conference gives an opportunity for students and professionals to connect and learn from one another.  Make sure you are registered for this year!

Thanks for Listening,

Student Voice

Share your experiences of NYASP 2011 and what you hope to get from NYASP 2012 below in the comments section!