Contemporary School Psychology

, Volume 23, Issue 1, pp 3–9 | Cite as

White Paper: the Provision of School Psychological Services to Dual Language Learners

  • Carol Robinson-ZañartuEmail author
  • Cathi Draper Rodríguez
  • Pedro Olvera


School psychologists are increasingly tasked with assessing, supporting, and intervening with dual language learner (DLL) students, their teachers, and their families. Understanding the assets of bilingualism along with multiple issues associated with comprehensive practice with DLL has become paramount. Currently, practitioners often lack the depth in knowledge of cultural variables, dual language acquisition, knowledge of programs to effectively serve DLL students, bilingual assessment, and research and evidence-based practice to serve DLLs competently, as well as depth in second language competence. This white paper, endorsed by the School Psychology Educators of California (SPEC) and the California Association of School Psychologists (CASP), outlines areas of competence deemed to be essential to all psychologists, as well as additional areas of competence for practitioners identifying themselves bilingual school psychologists.


School psychology Dual language learners Best practice 



The authors gratefully acknowledge the input and endorsement of the School Psychology Educators of California, and of the Board of the California Association of School Psychologists.


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© California Association of School Psychologists 2019

Authors and Affiliations

  • Carol Robinson-Zañartu
    • 1
    Email author
  • Cathi Draper Rodríguez
    • 2
  • Pedro Olvera
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Counseling and School PsychologySan Diego State UniversitySan DiegoUSA
  2. 2.Department of Education and LeadershipCalifornia State University Monterey BaySeasideUSA
  3. 3.Brandman UniversityIrvineUSA
  4. 4.Department of School Counseling and School PsychologyAzusa Pacific UniversityAzusaUSA

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