Power Up for School Psychology Awareness Week 2017
The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) wants to remind everyone that November 13 – 17, 2017 is School Psychology Awareness Week (SPAW). This year’s theme is Power Up! Be a Positive Charge to highlight how small positive actions, or sparks, create connections leading to positive change. Sparks also build greater successes and helps students develop the skills necessary to promote personal achievement, growth, resilience, and cultivate their sense of inclusion and well-being.
These sparks can be many things, a new skill, knowledge, extra effort, even a kind gesture can be the impetus for students to develop critical academic and emotional skills. The SPAW Power Up! message is directed at more than the student population. NASP also recommends that school psychologists also tailor their messaging to adult educators and parents to highlight how their everyday actions can have an impact on the students and on the culture of the school community. As a model for students to follow, adults should encourage intentional, positive efforts in helping students to grow, to build understanding and resilience, and create compassion.
NASP has developed a series of activities that educators can share with students to help spread the message of School Psychology Awareness Week. The activities are designed for three specific audiences: Middle-Grade Students, High School Students, and Adults. Participants in SPAW activities are encouraged to use social media to share their actions with the hashtag #SPAW2017.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, school psychologist is one of the fastest growing occupations in the US. Over the next ten years, a growth rate of 20% will add another 30,500 new jobs for school psychologists. The driver for this growth is a rising student enrollment population, coupled with a greater awareness of the stresses that students face, as well as better recognition of student disabilities requiring psychological treatment.
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