Message from National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)
During the week of November 7-11, 2022, schools and graduate programs throughout North America will celebrate National School Psychology Week (NSPW) to highlight the important work school psychologists do to help students thrive.
This year’s theme, “Together We Shine” is derived from how we see hope after several challenging years. We have all faced difficulties created by the pandemic, social injustice and inequity, economic stress, and challenges to mental and physical health. For some, it has been a time of real darkness, and finding light is critical to building resilience and hope.
Though each of us has our own inner light-the strengths and attributes that shape our capabilities and dreams when we bring together our ideas and actions to uplift each other-we shine even brighter together, both as individuals and as a community. Feelings of isolation and disconnection have been challenging these past 2 years. Reconnecting with others and reestablishing the sense of being valued parts of a greater whole empowers students and adults to find purpose and possibility.
Our hope is to connect with students and staff to highlight how each person’s contribution to the collective can lead us forward. Just as we continue developing individually and with our own skills through collaboration and with support from others, we in turn can help others foster resilience and support those who need it. This is especially important for those who are or who feel marginalized, unrecognized, or at risk.
Indeed, working together we shine hope and healing among our communities, schools, families, students, and colleagues. Together we shine light on setting goals for well-being, growth, and learning. We engage in action steps, advocate for needs, and raise our voices in discussions to create the connections necessary for students to develop critical academic and social-emotional skills. School psychologists are particularly skilled at assisting students and staff in thriving and working together, whatever the circumstances.
Each day of National School Psychology Week, NASP will focus their social media accounts on one aspect of how school psychologists shine together! Follow us at @nasponline on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to keep up with us throughout the week.
Monday: Celebrate the many ways school psychologists help students shine.
Tuesday: Share the school psychologist superpowers that help you shine.
Wednesday: Advocate for the practices and policies needed to ensure that all children and youth shine.
Thursday: Embrace radical hope and our ability to create more equitable systems that enables ALL children and youth to shine.
Friday: Connect with the people and supports that empower and rejuvenate your ability to shine.
Share how you celebrate National School Psychology Week by tagging us on social media and using #SchoolPsychWeek.