SPED Connect : School Blog

Clinician Spotlight: Theresa Boen, Ed. S.

Theresa Boen, Ed.S., attended Anderson University in Indiana for her undergraduate degree followed by the University of Northern Colorado for graduate work. Before working as a school psychologist, she had a varied career, working in law enforcement and probation. She worked with high risk family and youth for a number of years, and taught in

A Student-Centered Solution for Mental Health in Schools

September 1, 2021

We spoke with Stephanie Taylor, Ed.S, NCSP, clinical director of psychoeducational services at PresenceLearning, about the role schools can play in meeting the need to expand mental health services for children.

Back to School: Cultivating A Climate of Care

August 31, 2021

Across the country schools have reopened, along with a fresh wave of concern for the COVID-19 Delta variant. At the same time, another concern is plaguing educators: a growing mental health crisis among young people. 

Video Story: Central Kansas Cooperative in Education

July 22, 2021

Watch our new video, “Reaching Students in a ‘Different Way’ with Online Therapy,” and hear what Central Kansas Cooperative in Education’s school team has to say about how an innovative approach to therapy has changed the school experience for staff and students alike.

Clinician Spotlight: Jessica G.

Introduction Jessica G., MA, LSSP, attended the University of Texas—Pan American, now called the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, where she received her bachelor’s in psychology and Master’s in school psychology. She has practiced teletherapy as a school psychologist in the PresenceLearning Care Network since October 2018. Can you tell us a little about

Three Predictions for Special Education

July 2, 2021

A rethinking of how we do school is underway, and some of the possibilities bring with them exciting new opportunities for students and staff alike to get the most out of a school day. In the field of special education and related services, an online therapy solution is looking like a key piece for solving the complex puzzle—and during the past year, many in the school community have turned from skeptics to believers.

Clinician Spotlight: Sarah B., Ed.M., NCSP

Introduction Sarah B, Ed.M., NCSP, joined the PresenceLearning Care Network as a school psychologist in the summer of 2020. She attended Teachers College in New York at Columbia University and received a Master of Arts in Educational Psychology and a Master of Education in School Psychology. Sarah works with students from the kindergarten level through

PresenceLearning with a Purpose: Q&A with Shanelle Reese

June 1, 2021

Recently we sat down with Shanelle Reese, Chief People Officer at PresenceLearning, to discuss the company’s purpose and the employees who shape it. She shared her wisdom and vision on a number of topics, including three that are particularly meaningful to her: thoughtfully advancing Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, supporting how employees work best, and opening access to services for every child.

Clinician Spotlight: Jennifer W.

Introduction After majoring in psychology as an undergraduate, Jennifer W., CAGS, NCSP, shifted her focus from counseling to school psychology at the encouragement of an adviser for a graduate assistantship. She’s happy she made that decision. She started her teletherapy practice with PresenceLearning in February 2020 and she’s been doing assessments and counseling with students

American Rescue Plan: Funding Explained…for Schools and Students

May 12, 2021

A recent webinar featuring presenters from Whiteboard Advisors, The School District of Lee County in Florida, and PresenceLearning provided participants with an in-depth review of what the American Rescue Plan means for student learning, services, and well-being. Read on to learn more about this funding and how school districts can prepare for the benefits of it.