School Psychology Practicum Student (unpaid)

Student Services Oakland, California


Position Summary  
The KIPP Public Schools Northern California Special Education Team is seeking a 1st or 2nd year School Psychology Practicum Student to help children and youth succeed. As a School Psych Practicum Student at KIPP, you will be an integral member of the Special Education team. You will report to and work under the supervision of a credentialed School Psychologist in conducting assessments, engaging in consultation with schools and families, and providing direct services to students. 
As a School Psychology Practicum Student, you will be primarily responsible for the following areas: 
  • Assessment reports.  Support the completion of comprehensive and legally defensible psycho-educational assessments of specific learning, emotional and behavioral disabilities; interpret assessment findings for staff, families, and other authorized persons as necessary.  
  • Positive behavior supports.  Perform various components of functional behavioral assessments (FBA) to assist in the development, evaluation and monitoring of positive behavior intervention plans for students in special education.  
  • Eligibility. Learn how to identify students with disabilities by assessing student characteristics including cognitive and perceptual abilities, emotional adjustment, adaptive behavior, language development, learning potential and social needs utilizing non-discriminatory tools.  
  • IEP Meetings. Serve as a member of a multi-disciplinary IEP team and present assessment findings during IEP meetings as appropriate.   

  Consultation & Systems Level Work  

  • General education teachers and staff. Consult with teachers in the development and implementation of classroom methods and procedures designed to facilitate student learning and to overcome learning, social-emotional and behavior challenges.  
  • Parents & Families. Consult with parents and family members to assist in understanding the learning and adjustment processes of children.  
  • Multi-Tiered Systems of Support.  Participate with other faculty and staff members to support tiered interventions to address students who are at-risk.   
  • Professional Development.  Participate in School Psychologist and/or Mental Health Community of Practice meetings at various locations.  

  Direct Service  

  • Counseling. Provide daily or weekly individual counseling, group counseling, and parent counseling/support per student’s IEPs or team recommendations.  
  • Case Management. Work collaboratively with the student's multidisciplinary treatment team to develop daily programming and interventions that will meet each student’s educational, mental health, and behavioral needs.  
  • Therapeutic and Behavioral Interventions. Create and implement therapeutic interventions and behavior support plans for the purposes of fostering better mental health and positive learning environments for students.  
  • Crisis Intervention. Provide crisis intervention, assessments, and triage of students as needed.   

  Perform other duties as assigned. 

Minimum qualifications:  
  • Must hold a Bachelor’s degree.  
  • Must be currently enrolled in a School Psychology graduate program.  

  Desired Skills and Mindsets  

  • Anti-racist mindset with a passion for disrupting racial inequities and abolishing the school-to-prison pipeline.  
  • Excellent organizational, planning, and implementation skills.  
  • Bilingual (English-Spanish, Vietnamese, or Mandarin) desired.  
  • Results-oriented team player who is dedicated to getting the job done.  
  • Demonstrate ability to communicate and work well with others and to build relationships with multiple constituencies.   
  • Adhere to the ethical standards and codes of the profession and to the established rules, regulations, and laws governing special education programs.   
  • Adhere to IDEA timelines and to schedules, policies and procedures as determined by KIPP Public Schools Northern California.   

Physical, Mental and Environmental Demands  

Physical:  Ability to navigate office and school campuses, and hold meetings in different spaces. Traditionally, much of the day involves sitting. Ability to access and utilize technology. Occasional lifting/carrying of equipment 1-20 lbs.  

Mental:  Stress of deadlines and normal work standards, ability to analyze problems and generate alternatives, work with interruptions, interpret data from multiple sources, read/write and maintain basic organizational systems.   

Environmental: Working in a school environment subject to constant interruptions and distractions.  Occasional office environment and travel between school campuses.   
Classification & Calendar  
Part-time position (2-3 days per week depending on hours needed). This role will follow a school-based calendar, dictated by your graduate program’s calendar or hour requirements.   

About KIPP Public Schools Northern California 

We are a thriving nonprofit network of 22 free, public charter schools open to all students. At KIPP, we believe all children should grow up free to create the future they want for themselves and that schools can and should be a critical factor in making that vision a reality. Together with families and communities, we create joyful, academically excellent schools that prepare students with the skills and confidence to pursue the paths they choose—college, career, and beyond—so they can lead fulfilling lives and build a more just world.   

Our student community consists of over 7,000 elementary, middle, and high school students in East Palo Alto, Oakland, San Francisco, San Lorenzo, San Jose, Redwood City, and Stockton. 79% qualify for free or reduced price lunch, 23% are multilingual learners, and 10% have special needs. We strive to cultivate a representative team of teachers and leaders that reflect our students’ diversity.  

How to Apply
Please submit a resume, letters of recommendation, and proof of enrollment in a graduate level program by clicking apply on this page.