An article written in 2000 cited the need for more school psychologists to not only assess student needs, but to help teachers and administrators deal with issues that range from identifying disabilities to coping with violence. It is now 14 years later and the need has grown rather than diminished.
According to 2010 U.S. Census data, there are about 35,000 psychologists providing services in over 14,000 public school districts. That does not include the number of private schools that also employ psychologists.
So it is understandable that school systems are having difficulty finding qualified school psychologists. If you find your district in this situation, may I offer you a solution?
School psychologists are available for temporary assignments. By temporary I mean for a few weeks, a semester, or an entire school year. They perform the same function just as a regular staff member, but can fill in for those times that you just can’t find someone who wants to commit to a permanent position.
You can choose someone who has the qualifications and skills you need in your district. You can interview them to see if they will fit with your system’s culture. By filling your vacant school psychology positions with a contract professional, you will ensure that your students get the services they need and deserve.
At PPR Education Services, we have school psychologists who can and have worked in school districts and can provide excellent references regarding their skills.
We would love to be your go-to option for school psychologists. Give us a call at 866-581-5038 or contact us now!