The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) has designated November 14–18, 2016 as National School Psychology Awareness Week. This year’s theme, “Small Steps Change Lives” highlights how taking small steps can build 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 wellbeing. Schools around the country will be taking part in events and activities designed to help students and schools thrive.
This year, school psychologists will be working with teachers and other school staff to help students understand how wellness, resilience, communication, and social skills can help them meet personal goals, overcome challenges, build positive relationships within the school community, and improve their academic achievement.
“Children learn and grow as they take on and overcome new challenges. With the right supports, they can see how every obstacle or frustration can become a chance to develop their skills,” says NASP and Morgridge College of Education Alumna President Melissa Reeves. “The learning environment is the ideal setting to help students make the connection between every positive step in their lives and the strength that grows from these steps.” Moreover, cumulatively these small steps can make a big impact on the school culture and environment, as students become engaged contributing members of the school community.
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