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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.

Clinican Spotlight: Jessica G., v

Introduction Jessica S. Gonzalez, 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

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, Vice President of People 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.

How States Can Open up Access to Teletherapy

May 7, 2021

Passing H.B. 1633, the Audiology and Speech Language Pathology Interstate Compact, is one way we can help expand access and ensure continuity of services for many of our children requiring speech language services. So far 10 states have signed the Compact. Read on as Kelly Wolfe, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships and Regulatory Compliance of PresenceLearning, sheds light on what this bill means and why it is crucial to a future where all students have access—equal access—to special education and related services in America.

Extended School Year: Creative Strategies Are a Must

May 7, 2021

Let’s face it: Educators are exhausted. Parents are exhausted. Parents who are also educators are particularly exhausted. Students are feeling it too. Extending the school year may not be for everyone right now. But there are reasons why it matters in summer 2021. Read these strategies for building an Extended School Year (ESY) program that will help encourage students to join in—and engage them too.

PresenceLearning with a Purpose: Autism Acceptance

April 29, 2021, By Molly Ortiz, Director of Marketing Background Today, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is said to affect 1 in 54 children in according to the Center for Disease Control’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network, and is defined as “A developmental disability that can cause significant social, communication, and behavioral challenges.” People