Date: 05 Jul, 2023
Time: 13:30 – 16:00 (CET)
Workshop title: Developing a Safe, Supportive, and Effective School Climate: Promoting Student Engagement, Preventing Bullying, and Recognizing the Role of School Cultural Congruity
Presenter: Dr. Shane Jimerson, Alessandra Mittelstet, Lakhvir Kaur, and Shemiyah Holland
University of California, Santa Barbara
Throughout the world, school climate has emerged as an important topic in our efforts to support the social, emotional, and academic development of children. This workshop will feature contemporary scholarship focused on the role of school psychologists in collaborating with school-based colleagues to develop a safe, supportive, and effective school climate. The emphasis of this session will be on 3 interdependent dimensions, including student engagement, bullying, and school cultural congruity. Participants will learn about research highlighting the importance of each of these topics, and explore strategies that may be considered in efforts to further support students, teachers, staff, and families.
– Understanding the importance of school climate in promoting the social, emotional, and academic development of children
– Understanding the role of student engagement in facilitating a safe, supportive, and effective school climate
– Understanding the role of bullying prevention in facilitating a safe, supportive, and effective school climate
– Understanding the role of school cultural congruity in facilitating a safe, supportive, and effective school climate
– Developing a plan for engaging in professional activities to further develop a safe, supportive, and effective school climate.
The workshop presenters include a senior scholar and three doctoral students in a research- intensive university, as well as holding or having held a myriad of leadership positions in school psychology. Our scholarship and other professional activities span a range of topics in school psychology and have been nurtured through partnerships in a range of local, national, and international contexts. Our varied personal experiences and tenures in the field of school psychology lend differing relations to the sociocultural and chronosystemic factors that will be discussed in the workshop. As such, our perspectives are necessarily informed by both our diverse personal and professional experiences, statuses, values, and aspirations.
Equitable Practices for Diverse Student Populations
Services to Promote Safe and Supportive Schools
Presenter Bio: Shane R. Jimerson, PhD is a Professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Dr. Jimerson is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist and recognized by The American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress as a Board Certified Expert and Diplomat, and is included in their international registry of Experts in Traumatic Stress with specialization in working with children, families, and schools. His international professional and scholarly activities, including over 400 publications, aim to advance and promote science, practice, and policy relevant social, emotional, behavioral, mental health, and school psychology, in an effort to benefit children, families, and communities across the country and throughout the world. Dr. Jimerson is currently the Editor-in-Chief of School Psychology Review, and he was recently the Editor-in-Chief and then Senior Editor for International Science for the School Psychology journal. He was recently President of the International School Psychology Association (2013-2019), was recently President of Division 16 (School Psychology) of the American Psychological Association (2011-2013) and was recently President of the Society for the Study of School Psychology (2019-2021). During the past few years, Dr. Jimerson has received numerous honors, including; the Outstanding International Psychologist Award from the APA Div52, the Tom Oakland Distinguished Mid-Career Scholar Award from the APA Div16, the Outstanding Trainer Award, from the TSP, the Sandra Goff Lifetime Achievement Award from the CASP, as well as Outstanding International Scholar Award from the ISPA, an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Liege, Belgium, and the Senior Scientist Award from the APA Div16, and the 2023 Lifetime Achievement Award from NASP.
Presenter Bio: Alessandra Mittelstet, is a Doctoral student in the school psychology program at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her interests and areas of emphasis include early intervention, school climate, and grade retention. Throughout her graduate studies, she has been actively engaged as a teaching assistant and teaching associate. She has been serving elementary schools in local districts for a number of years.
Presenter Bio: Lakhvir Kaur, is a Doctoral student in the school psychology program at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She received her Masters degree and credential in school psychology in 2021 from California State University, San Bernardino. Currently, she is serving as a Diversity Affairs Chair in the Division 16 of American Psychological Association’s Student Affiliates of School Psychology (SASP) Board. Her interests and areas of emphasis include examining school climate perception and mental health outcomes among Asian Indian (i.e., Sikh) children and developing appropriate school-based interventions and practices. Furthermore, she is interested in exploring English Language Learner’s representation in Special Education, specifically regarding identification and placement. She is also a UCSB Project TEAMS fellow, which focuses on promoting mental health and equity among students.
Presenter Bio: Shemiyah Holland, is a Doctoral student in the school psychology program at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She received her Masters degree and credential in school psychology in 2019 from Bowie State University. Following graduation, she was a practicing school psychologist in Maryland. Her interests and areas of emphasis include student engagement, positive peer and teacher relationships, prevention and early intervention services, and culturally responsive practices. She is also a UCSB Project TEAMS fellow, which focuses on promoting mental health and equity among students.