From November 13-17, DoDEA joins the nation in celebrating School Psychology Awareness Week (SPAW). School psychologists effectively link teaching, learning, and mental health to improve outcomes and are a ready resource in schools. They support student’s mental health, help students overcome barriers to learning, and become successful members of thriving school communities.
The theme is Power Up! Be a Positive Charge. Our goal is to highlight how taking a small positive action creates connections that lead to positive change, builds greater successes and develops the academic and social–emotional skills students need to promote personal achievement, growth, and resilience, as well as a sense of belonging and well-being. Resources and messaging can be adapted to students and adults, different age groups, and multiple contexts. The program involves a series of resources and suggested activities to help school staff, students, and families understand the variety of factors that contribute to thriving students and school communities. Who sponsors the celebration?
The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) sponsors this national event. NASP represents and supports the profession of school psychology by advancing effective practices to improve students' learning, behavior and mental health, and by maintaining essential standards for ethics and practice.
Visit the NASP website for an excellent selection of adaptable resources to help you reach out to families, educators, administrators, and other members of your school community to make them aware of your activities during School Psychology Awareness Week and your work around the year to help schools and students thrive.
School psychologists provide direct support and interventions to students; consult with teachers, families, and other school-employed mental health professionals (i.e., school counselors, school social workers) to improve support strategies; work with school administrators to improve school-wide practices and policies; and collaborate with community providers to coordinate needed services. Visit DoDEA’s School Psychological Services to learn more.