The resources section includes a collection of terrific websites you can use to learn more about school psychology and related issues. When you click on an area of interest, you will find a summary of the website’s information and a link to the website.
Scholastic offers more than just book fairs! Resources are available for teachers, parents, students, administrators, and librarians (book clubs, magazines, printables, etc.). In October, Scholastic launched a new social networking site (You Are What You Read), and now the whole world is talking about books! The site asks users to share their “Bookprint” – the five books that influenced their lives. From there, users can connect with readers all over the world who share a similar Bookprint, “Favorite” other titles they like, and see if they share a Bookprint with any of the 130 participating “Names You Know” – notable names from entertainment, sports, media, publishing, academia, and more. Visit the site.
This site allows you to download thousands of books, reading lessons, and supporting reading materials to meet the reading needs of a diverse student population. Research-based reading resources for differentiated instruction are also available. Click Here
National Center for Learning Disabilities’ online guide to information about learning disabilities, early literacy and learning resources, support for adolescents and adults with learning disabilities, public policy, and advocacy tools. Information is provided to help parents make informed decisions affecting their children who have a learning disability, or who may be at risk for learning disabilities. In addition, educators can gain access to authoritative information about research-based instruction, assessment, and support services. Learn more here.
Website for the Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA). Information is provided to support individuals with learning disabilities, parents, teachers, and other professionals. LDA also provides practical solutions and a comprehensive network of resources. Learn more here.
This website includes an overview of learning disabilities, and provides resources and social networking for parents, teachers, and other professionals working with learning disabled students.
The website for the International Dyslexia Association provides information about resources, publications, conferences, handbooks, etc. that pertain to dyslexia. Click here to learn more …
Bright Solutions for Dyslexia provides a wealth of information pertaining to dyslexia. Links for books, videos, websites, podcasts, and seminars are also available on this website. In addition, step-by-step suggestions are provided for parents and educators who are seeking assistance for children that are struggling with reading. Learn more here…
Academic Enrichment Activities & Games
This website provides information and educational opportunities for Gifted and academically talented children through programs designed to meet their unique abilities and needs. Click here
Website for the National Association for Gifted Children. NAGC is an organization of parents, teachers, educators, community leaders, and professionals who unite to address the unique needs of all children who have been identified with “gifts” and “talents”. Connect with National Association for Gifted Children here.
This website provides helpful information on understanding ADHD symptoms, treatments, and coping strategies for children and adults. Click here to learn more…
Website for the Jacksonville branch of the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD). CARD provides support and assistance “with the goal of optimizing the potential of individuals with autism spectrum disorders, dual-sensory impairments, and related disabilities”. Services are provided free of charge to individuals with autism and related disabilities, to their families, and to the professionals who work with them. Connect with Card here.
Psychology and Mental Health
Child Development Institute – information includes causes, prevalence, and “early warning signs” of learning disabilities. Pointers are also provided for parents and teachers of students with learning disabilities. Rights and responsibilities of parents of children with disabilities are also reviewed. Learn more here.
Grief & Loss
Behavioral Concerns, Bullying & Interventions
Website for the Museum of Science and History located in Jacksonville, Florida. Learn about their exhibits, events, school programs, and the planetarium.Connect with Museum of Science and History Jacksonville here.
Website for the Jacksonville Public Library. The public library has more to offer than just books! Programs, downloadable media, resources for readers, and special games and links for kids (www.jpl.coj.net/kids/) and teens (www.jpl.coj.net/teens/index.html) are just a few of the many things available to residents in the Jacksonville area. Connect with the Jacksonville Public Library here.
Gardiner Scholarship/Family Empowerment Scholarship Program is expanding services.
What can a Gardner/Family Empowerment Scholarship Program do for my child?
On May 11, 2021, Governor DeSantis signed legislation that expands access to education choice scholarships. These changes will go into effect on July 1, 2021. The new legislation allows more families than ever to be eligible for a scholarship
With a Gardiner Scholarship, your child has more learning options. The Gardner/Family Empowerment Scholarship Program is different than other state scholarships in that it allows parents to personalize the education of their children with unique abilities by directing money toward a combination of programs and approved providers. These include schools, therapists, specialists, curriculum, technology – even a college savings account. Learn more about the Gardner/Family Empowerment Scholarship Program HERE.
Following is a list of students eligible as of July 1, 2021 and next steps they may take:
Students of families with higher income (i.e. nearly $100,000 for a family of 4) – Families may APPLY NOW.
Siblings of Gardner/Family Empowerment Scholarship Program students – Families may CLICK HERE to be notified when they may apply.
Dependent children of a member of the United States Armed Forces – Families may CLICK HERE to be notified when they may apply.
Students with one of the following diagnoses: speech impairment; language impairment; orthopedic impairment; other health impairment; emotional or behavioral disability; or specific learning disability, including but not limited to dyslexia, dyscalculia, or developmental aphasia – Families may CLICK HERE to be notified when they may apply.
Note: Students currently enrolled in private school are now eligible, too!
Florida’s Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) website provides a central, comprehensive location for Florida-specific information and resources that promote school-wide practices to ensure the highest possible student achievement in both academic and behavioral pursuits. The MTSS model is a multi-tiered approach to providing high quality instruction and intervention matched to student needs, using learning rate over time and level of performance to inform instructional decisions. MTSS involves the systematic use of assessment data to most efficiently allocate resources in order to improve learning for all students. Resources are available for assessment, data management, data use and data-based decision making, Exceptional Student Education (ESE), interventions, progress monitoring, research, and tiered systems of service delivery. Connect with Florida’s MTSS here.
Website for the Florida Department of Education. Information is available regarding school grades, Just Read, Florida!, FSA testing, educator certification, services to individuals with disabilities, public schools/districts, Florida colleges, Sunshine connections, the Florida College System Foundation, services to military families, data and statistics, etc. Connect with Florida Department of Education here.
Website for the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program. Bright Futures rewards students for their academic achievements during high school by providing funding to attend postsecondary education in Florida. Connect with Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program here.