When Texas State University researchers in the College of Education identified a critical need for a particular population of Texas school children, they got busy developing a solution.
Cynthia Plotts and Jon Lasser are school psychology professors and co-principal investigators for Project SUPERB — Scholars Using Psychology and Education to Reach Bilinguals, a grant-funded program that aims to prepare highly qualified, bilingual and culturally competent school psychologists.
School psychology is growing, both as a professional field and an essential resource for students and their families. As Texas grows more diverse, schools have a greater need for school psychologists able to support the social, emotional, and academic needs of students coming from different cultures, speaking different languages and shaped by different life experiences.
This year, as the first students to graduate from Project SUPERB enter the field, Plotts and Lasser hope the program can become a model that changes the profession throughout Texas and around the world.