Administration

Sherry J. Scott, M.S., Ed.S.
Senior Manager
Office: (863) 534-0928
Email: sherry.scott@polk-fl.net

Kristal Snell
Office Systems Specialist
Office: (863) 534-0021
Email: kristal.snell@polk-fl.net

Mailing Address:
Polk County Public Schools
P. O. Box 391
Bartow, FL 33831

MTSS

Florida has established a multi-tiered system of supports (MTSS) for providing high quality instruction and intervention matched to student needs using learning rate over time and level of performance to inform instructional decisions. A problem-solving model is embedded within MTSS and used at the district, school, and student levels.

http://www.florida-rti.org/floridaMTSS/mtf.htm

Services

Polk County Schools employs 45 school psychologists.  Many of our school psychologists are an integral part of their schools and are helping to implement Multi-tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) in both elementary and secondary settings.  Some school psychologists have developed additional skills in assessment and management of low incidence problems, spectrum disorders, behavior change, counseling, crisis assessment and intervention, neuropsychological assessments, and pre-school evaluations.

Our services include:

  • Supporting schools in the implementation of MTSS; we:
    • Participate in various school teams
    • Participate in the Positive Behavior Supports process
    • Provide a variety of coaching/consultation activities
    • Organize and analyze data
    • Collaborate with parents, school staff and administrators
    • Assist schools with annual planning and program development
  • Providing direct services in:
    • Individual and group counseling
    • Assessment of students to guide educational decision-making
    • Crisis intervention
    • Training and professional development related to mental health issues and educational concerns
  • Meeting the Child Find obligations to determine ESE eligibility
  • Promoting and implementing programs that enhance the development of the whole child to more successfully meet the requirements of Florida Standards and 21st Century goals.

The school psychologist to student ratio is approximately 1:2250. School psychologists work a 7.75 hour day on one of three contracts: ten, eleven, or twelve months. Our district is committed to cultural diversity; we believe we benefit from our varied backgrounds and beliefs.

As an integral part of the Student Services Department, Psychological Services is managed and supervised by a district level administrator with training and experience in school psychology.

School Psychologists Domains of Practice

School psychologists actively seek professional development and practice using the National Association of School Psychologists’ (NASP) Practice Model. These 10 areas of focus have been joined with the Florida State Department of Education’s standards of practice and are used as part of the evaluative process of school psychologists. The NASP Domains include:

  • Data-Based Decision Making & Accountability
  • Consultation & Collaboration
  • Interventions & Instructional Support to Develop Academic Skills
  • Interventions & Mental Health Services to Develop Social & Life Skills
  • School-Wide Practices to Promote Learning
  • Preventive & Responsive Services
  • Family-School Collaboration Services
  • Diversity in Development & Learning
  • Research & Program Evaluation
  • Legal, Ethical & Professional Practice

http://www.nasponline.org/standards/practice-model/

Resources

MTSS & Response to Intervention (RtI)

Bullying Related

Florida Standards

Test Related

Spanish

Parent Focus

Spanish

For Applicants

There are over 50 school psychologists in positions that provide services for students in pre-kindergarten through adult education. As of the 2014-2015 school year, the school psychologist to student ratio is 1:2250.

School psychologists work a 7.75 hour day on one of three contracts: ten, eleven, or twelve months. Contracts are determined by seniority and preference.

As an integral part of the Student Services Department, Psychological Services is managed and supervised by a district level administrator with training and experience in school psychology.

The department provides school psychologists with necessary technological equipment such as lap top computers, printers, scoring software, Internet access, and network services.

Professional development is available many areas including social skills training, crisis intervention, counseling, program evaluation, assessment tools and techniques, the problem solving process, bullying prevention, Positive Behavior Supports, Exceptional Student Education topics, and multi-disciplinary procedures.

Job vacancies are posted on the PCSB website at www.polk-fl.net. Applicants should send their resumes to the Psychological Services Senior Manager. They should also complete the instructional application on the website. Interviews will be scheduled after applications and resumes have been received.

Educational background must be in the area of school psychology from an accredited college or university, preferably one that is NASP approved. Additionally, applicants must be eligible for school psychology certification or licensure in the state of Florida.

School Psychology Internship Program

The philosophy of Psychological Services in Polk County is that the internship experience should be broad and the intern should be given varied opportunities to explore the profession of school psychology.

Interns are assigned to experienced school psychologists with whom they work closely. Initially, they shadow their supervisors until they become more familiar with the setting. Interns will then have an opportunity to provide services under supervision. As skills develop, greater autonomy within the schools is expected.

Interns participate in the development and implementation of academic and behavioral interventions, assess students to guide educational decisions, provide counseling, and consulting with parents, teachers, and other professionals.

Applied training is available in areas such as crisis intervention, counseling, assessment, program evaluation, data analysis and interpretation, Positive Behavior Supports, the problem solving process, Exceptional Student Education topics, and multi-disciplinary procedures.

Unique to the internship experience in Polk County is the visitation program. Community and school programs are visited so that interns can become familiar with the resources available to students and families. Participating programs may include the Department of Juvenile Justice, Youth and Family Alternatives, Peace River Crisis and Community Center, Bethany Center for Grieving Children, and alternative education sites.

Prospective interns should contact the Senior Manager for information about the application process. A resume or curriculum vitae and a letter of interest should be mailed to the Senior Manager along with a report writing sample and a letter of recommendation. Educational background must be in the area of school or clinical psychology from an accredited college or university. The opportunity for doctoral level supervision may vary from year to year. Appointments are scheduled and interns are interviewed by panel of prospective supervisors.

Psychological Services follows the FASP Internship Selection Guidelines." For further information, go to www.fasp.org.