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Dominick Fortugno
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This is hysterical. Good example of why making people responsible for their YouTube comments is probably a good idea. Careful, NSFW.
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Absolutely awesome!
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Greetings! Thanks for creating this community. I am a school psychologist living in Queens NY. Looking forward to seeing who else joins.
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No problem. I have not had time to do much with it yet. Too many deadlines... I am also looking forward to some good discussion.
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A study from the Archives of General Psychiatry featuring promising results of using behavioral interventions for Tourette Syndrome...
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A researcher from UT-Austin suggests the use of IRT in state mathematics exams may be producing invalid results. Will this be another blow to Pearson, or do these researchers possess "fundamental misunderstandings" of the testing process, as claimed by the Texas Education Agency? Moreover, is this an issue of IRT use in general, or a question of test validity masquerading as a flaw in design?
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I think the problem with standardized tests in general, which includes an IRT method of examination, is the tests inability to account for other confounding variables.Using the IRT method puts most of the determination on the probability of a student getting a question right or wrong. But a student could have made a mistake on the problem, from pressure for example, yet the computer or people scoring the test may not know that. Although a child can be told this is how the test works, it is very hard to prepare for simple mistakes.
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The most infectious disease of all: fear.
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A very cool deconstruction of not just one autism-causation theory, but the process by which these theories gain a level of popularity disproportionate to the scientific evidence behind them...
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Fighting the summer achievement dip...
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New WJ-III software has just been announced. The updated program features expanded interventions, including mathematics and for ELL.
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I think this upgrade in the software is awesome.  I think it will be very beneficial to Psychologists who are just starting out and may still need some guidance as to what services and/or interventions should be offered to students with certain deficits.  I also love the fact that there is an option to print these reports out in Spanish for the children who come from a spanish speaking home and may even be tested bilingually. 
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An interesting article that uses two case studies to illustrate the difficulties with evaluation and response in special education...
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This article was interesting. I read it from the point of view of a teacher. The author is right about keeping stringent notes and anecdotals of all the interventions offered to this child. But not being able to locate the parent is a problem. A serious probelm. There are staff on hand who can go to the given address of the student to knock on the door and see who answers, but how often does that happen and what red tape would you need to get through before that step can be taken?
But the comments are what really hit me like a ton of bricks. The first comment by one James Lee, was ridiculous! He must have no clue about education at all. There are unfortunate instances when children who are new to this country may mistakenly receive an IEP following poor results from an evaluation but that can be solved by calling a bilingual school psychologist. Then he states that special ed teachers receive a bonus for how many students are in their classrooms...seriously? And of course he then accuses the author of ruining her students lives.
There was another comment where the person stated that special ed students should be put into special schools and taken out of the welfare homes where their parents, who only use their ability to give birth to receive welfare checks so they can get their nails done, don't even love or want the children.There is a lot of misinformation floating around about special populations, including children from poverty stricken homes. It's just unfortunate that the people who are most informed are usually the ones with the biggest mouths.
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Collegiate Administrator and School Psychologist
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Educational assessment, statistics, academic administration, child psychology
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  • Touro College
    Chair. Undergraduate Studies, 2013 - present
    I manage and develop undergraduate bachelor degree programs in psychology, biology, and health science. This includes operational responsibilities such as budget, recruitment, advertising, curriculum development, personnel, etc. I am currently developing new bachelor programs in laboratory science, radiology, and health care administration.
  • Touro College
    Director and Instructor, Graduate Program in School Psychology, 2007 - 2013
    Starting as a full-time professor in 2007, I taught courses in statistics, psychometric (test) theory, and cognitive assessment and completed my dissertation research on interventions for autism spectrum disorders. In 2010 I assumed leadership of the program, including operational responsibilities across two campuses. I developed several projects, including a practicum experience, culminating portfolio, and new procedures for admissions, curriculum mapping, and online instruction based heavily on Google Docs.
  • Cooke Center for Learning and Development
    School Psychologist, 2002 - 2007
    I started working for Cooke as a doctoral intern, then accepted a full-time job as a school psychologist in 2004. My responsibilities included counseling preschool through middle school students with disabilities, conducting assessments, and consulting with teachers and parents. While working at Cooke I helped collect, analyze, and report data from a grant-funded program providing educational consultation and services to impoverished neighborhoods in New York City.
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Rocky Point, NY - Rego Park, NY - Oxford, England
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Collegiate administrator, school psychologist, and geek connoisseur
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I am a certified school psychologist currently serving as Chair of an undergraduate department on Long Island. I live in Queens with my wife and perfect son.
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Just a nice guy.
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  • Fordham University
    School Psychology, 2001 - 2011
    I completed my PhD in school psychology, with a professional diploma and master's degree in preschool assessment. My favorite courses were cognitive assessment and program evaluation, and my dissertation was a meta-analysis of emerging autism spectrum interventions.
  • Stony Brook University
    Psychology, English, 1995 - 1999
    I started out as an English major, specializing in medieval literature, but quickly fell in love with psychology and decided to double-major. My time at USB included a yearlong study abroad at Oxford University, which was undoubtedly the greatest educational experience I've ever had.
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Amazing restaurant, particularly the tandoori barbecue and classic dishes like tikka masala. A bit steep, but the portions are large, and you'll definitely walk away satisfied. Also, a reasonable lunch buffet if you're in the mood for curry.
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