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School Psychology Awareness Week 2021

"Let's Get in Gear"

November 8-12, 20121

During the week of November 8–12, 2021 schools throughout the country will celebrate National School Psychology Week to highlight the important work school psychologists do to help students thrive.

This year's theme is "Let’s Get in GEAR." (Grow, Engage, Advocate, Rise).  The theme’s acronym provides a challenge to grow both personally and professionally. It encourages us to engage in best practices and advocate for children’s access to mental health and learning supports. To rise implies resilience and renewal despite the challenges of the past. This has a particular resonance this year as we work to help students, families, and school staff emerge from the challenges of the past year and a half. When we get in gear, we move together. When one gear moves, the gears connected to it move as well. When we move together there is a positive synergy that builds and becomes greater than any single effort.

We grow together, we engage critical systems, and we advocate and rise together.

Our hope is to connect with students and staff to highlight how getting in GEAR. can help lead us to positive growth. Just as we continue to grow and develop as people and with our skills, sometimes with support from others, we can develop resilience beyond stressful circumstances. School psychologists are particularly skilled at assisting students and staff in growing and working together while shifting into different gears to meet the demands of school and life.

Getting in GEAR together can help us set goals for growth, 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.

This week and every week, we encourage school psychologists and school staff to be empowered and shift toward positive change in all areas of leadership: in the counseling room, the classroom, the community and beyond. School psychologists can focus on improving culture, identifying systems-level change, and prioritizing advancing specific areas of the NASP Practice Model.

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 the school staff, students and parents use the theme to convey the variety of factors that contribute to thriving students and school communities. From sample newsletter articles to interactive classroom activities to advocacy tools to press releases, there are multiple ways to share your efforts to get In GEAR.

Be sure to share your event with us through the SPAW feedback survey and tweet with the #SchoolPsychWeek hashtag.

Here are some resources for you to use:

NASP resources to celebrate School Psychology Awareness Week 2021

Enjoy this special week and take time to celebrate all the wonderful work you do for children and families!

OSPA Public Relations & Community Service Committee

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