Supporting Tier 1 in High-Need Schools: The School Psychologist's Role

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 1,3
  • Skill Level: Intermediate

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. learn how school psychologists can support a high-quality Tier 1 literacy program in their schools, including how to adapt programming to the unique needs of diverse learners.
  2. gain an understanding of valuable assessment practices for determining the local effectiveness of Tier 1 literacy programs.
  3. understand limitations to Tier 1 implementation strategies and future research opportunities.


This presentation describes the school psychologist’s role on the development and implementation of a Tier 1 literacy instruction program in kindergarten and first grade at a high-needs school. Coaching and professional development were provided by school psychologists trained in creating systems change. Student skills in phonological awareness, phonics, and fluency showed the majority of students exceeded grade level growth and was markedly improved compared to the same time frame in prior years.



Sandra M. Pulles, ServeMinnesota
David C. Parker, ServeMinnesota


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