Colorado Initiative for INCLUSIVE Higher Education – “Creating fully inclusive college opportunities in Colorado for students with intellectual disabilities to foster academic growth, social development, and career advancement.”

For students with intellectual disabilities who are on the path to post-secondary education, there are several inclusive college opportunities right here in Colorado!

Visit THIS LINK for more information!


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Sarah Belleau, Director

CSU was recently recognized by Special Olympics as a Class of 2019 National Unified Champion School!

Thanks, CSU, for doing your part to support inclusion in our community!

Click HERE for more information about this program.

Click HERE to watch a video of the presentation.



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Sarah Belleau, Director

December 2-6 is Inclusive Schools Week!

What a great time to celebrate the continued efforts of PSD schools (both Integrated Services and general education staff in cooperation with administrative professionals) to ensure an inclusive learning experience for ALL students!

Click HERE for more information from the Inclusive Schools Network.

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Sarah Belleau, Director

Learning about Dyslexia

On November 13, Integrated Services Literacy Coaches Janet Klein, Shaunda Stahl and Julie Woolner presented a well-attended professional development opportunity: “Understanding Basic Reading Disability and Dyslexia.”  This class was made available to “anyone interested in learning more about dyslexia and how it relates to a basic reading skill deficiency/disability, how it is identified, and appropriate instructional strategies, accommodations and assistive technology to support students.”

Thanks to Janet, Shaunda and Julie for making this invaluable training accessible and applicable.



Final Post of School Psychology Awareness Week

We are so appreciative of ALL of our PSD School Psychologists – every week! If you have a chance, please take a moment to thank one of them for the difference they make in the lives of so many PSD students.

Brittany Hutson, School Psychologist Lead

In alphabetical order:
Lys Adler
Shannon Altenhofen
Maryann Babbs
Denise Bennett
Lydie Birai
Liz Blocksma
Tony Bonanno
Heidi Curtin
Brian Diaczun
Danielle Duncan
Meg Griffin
Patty Heyse
Courtney Hill
Jessica Loveall
Karen Marshburn
Kristine Middaugh
Emily Moulton
Dana Pierce
Melanie Potyondy
Brad Reimers
Sara Sadd
Kelly Sharp
Jacqueline Shoemaker
MaKenzie Skaggs
Xali Sommers
Stacey Souders
Jenni Thomason
Jamie Vannice
Lisa Vencill
Amy Villard
Sarah Waldron Moffitt
Kelly Webb
Carrie Wiens
Robyn Williams
Dave Wood

Photo for 2019-20 coming soon!

PSD School Psychologists Meg Griffin and Melanie Potyondy gave a presentation, “Social Media: Connection vs. Isolation”, at the Colorado Society of School Psychologists (CSSP) conference last weekend in Vail, Colorado.

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PSD School Psychologists Meg Griffin (left) and Melanie Potyondy were chosen to present at the CSSP conference in Vail, Colorado.  The conference theme was “Mental Health and Wellness in Schools”, with an emphasis on the utilization of a comprehensive service model that implements programming and interventions to support the needs of the whole student.

The presentation was titled “Social Media: Connection vs. Isolation”.  Participants were provided with current data representing youth social media usage; including information about positive and negative impacts of social media upon interpersonal effectiveness, behavioral regulation, and mental health. Practical tips were provided around social-media usage to better support students and their families.

Meg Griffin stated, “We feel honored to share our presentation with the intent that the information we provide about accessing the internet and social media in a healthy manner will be taken back to schools and classrooms across the state.”


School Psychology Awareness Week (SPAW) – November 11 – 15, 2019

This week we celebrate and recognize our school psychologists as it is School Psychology Awareness Week!

School psychologists work with individual students and groups of students to support academic intervention, change problem behaviors, address social emotional difficulties, support students with disabilities, and intervene in other situations that challenge students. They also work with teachers and parents to develop techniques for changing behavior in the classroom and at home.  Other areas of focus for school psychologists include training students, parents, and teachers about how to manage crisis situations and substance abuse problems.

According to the National Association of School Psychology, there are 10 domains in which school psychologists provide services, including:

  1. Data-based decision making and accountability
  2. Consultation and collaboration
  3. Interventions and instructional support to develop academic skills
  4. Interventions and mental health services to develop social and life skills
  5. School-wide practices to promote learning
  6. Preventive and responsive services
  7. Family-school collaboration services
  8. Diversity in development and learning
  9. Research and program evaluation
  10. Legal, ethical, and professional practice

School psychologists recognize schools as a crucial context for development. They know effective instructional processes, understand classroom and school environments, understand the organization and operation of schools and agencies, apply principles of learning to the development of competence both within and outside school, consult with educators and other professionals regarding cognitive, affective, social and behavioral performance, assess developmental needs and develop educational environments that meet those diverse needs, coordinate educational, psychological and behavioral health services by working at the interface of these systems, and intervene to improve organizations and develop effective partnerships between parents and educators and other caretakers.

An essential role of the school psychologist is synthesizing information on developmental mechanisms and contexts, translating it for adults who are responsible for promoting the healthy growth and development of children and youth in a wide range of educational contexts.

Let’s celebrate our school psychologists this week!

Sarah Belleau
Integrated Services Director
Poudre School District
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