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National School Psychology Week

School Psychology Awareness Week is now National School Psychology Week!  For the second annual National School Psychology Week, WSASP has collaborated with NASP to bring you a full week of activities to celebrate our profession!  We look forward to your engagement in these activities all week.  We would love to hear about all the amazing things you do to celebrate this week!  Post on the WSASP Facebook group or on your social media accounts with our NSPW hashtags (#schoolpsychweek #NASPadvocates #WSASPadvocatestoo #waedu #waleg #waelex)so we can support and celebrate one another!  You can also email gpr@wsasp.org to share or if you have any questions.

We have worked with the Governor’s office to obtain an official proclamation for School Psychology Awareness Week this year (unfortunately we were unable to change the name to National School Psychology Week due to a clerical error). 

Monday: Grow

Welcome to National School Psychology Week! NSPW  is all about Getting in GEAR. Today we will focus on growing awareness of our profession.

Grow awareness in the workplace! 

    • Provide a short statement for your school's morning announcements. Bonus points if you’re the one to read them!

      • Click here to see a sample of short daily announcements.

    • Print out this note and place it in your school's break room next to a bowl of treats for staff.

    • Add the new NCSP logo to your email signature.

      • You can download this logo through the NASP website. Simply log into your account -> click on “my account” -> and then scroll to the bottom where you will see a section called “NCSP Designation Seal”

    • Create an About Me poster to be included in your school newsletter, break room, or other high traffic areas in your workplace.

Grow awareness about our workload and the impact of the school psychologist shortage in Washington!
    • Print this page, write in your total students (that is total students, gen ed and special ed, at all the sites you cover), and the number of schools you work at.

    • Take a selfie holding up the sign (with a matching facial expression).

    • Post that pic on your social media, and copy these hashtags on the post:

      • #schoolpsychweek #NASPadvocates #WSASPadvocatestoo #waedu #waleg #waelex

  • Share the WSASP Who Are School Psychologists infographic on your social media accounts

    • Copy these hashtags on your post:

      • #schoolpsychweek #NASPadvocates #WSASPadvocatestoo  #waedu #waleg #waelex

  • Participate in the “Postcard Campaign” by mailing a letter to your elected representatives! Please remember to complete the form as we track all contacts to your elected officials.

Tuesday: Engage

“E” stands for “Engage”, as such, Today we will focus on our professional dedication to social justice and engage others in this practice.

For this reason, Today we are asking you to post about how school psychologists are engaged with and support social justice on your social media accounts.  See a sample message provided here:

I am a school psychologist, and I stand for social justice for all of my students. School psychologists provide culturally responsive services to students and families from diverse backgrounds. Please support policies and legislation that help all students succeed, such as those supporting the rights of LGBTQ+ students, equitable access to education regardless of race or zip code, and fair discipline practices.#schoolpsychweek #NASPadvocates #WSASPadvocatestoo  #waedu #waleg #waelex

Another idea is to share the NASP Social Justice and School Psychologists infographic on your social media accounts, or print it off and hang it in your office. 

Finally, if you’re not on social media, you can also engage with resources on social justice put together by WSASP’s Social Justice Task Force. Another idea is to share one, or several, of these resources with your colleagues.

Wednesday: Advocacy

Today we will focus with thousands of school psychologists across the country in raising our voices to our elected officials at the federal, state, and local level. We have several resources to help you engage in advocacy today.  

  1. Click here to access the NASP Advocacy Action Center to send a letter to your federal and state elected officials on important topics in less than 1 minute!
  2. Customize this letter to your school board or district officials to raise awareness about school psychologists and what we are trained to do.
  3. Alternatively, you could present directly to your school board.  WSASP has provided this template presentation to help you get started! 
  4. Post about Advocacy Action Day on your social media accounts.  Sample messages are provided here:

Today is NSPW Advocacy Action Day! Join me in advocating for increased access to school psychologists for students here and across the country. http://bit.ly/NASPAAC #schoolpsychweek2021 #NASPadvocates #WSASPadvocatestoo  #waedu #waleg #waelex

Join me & school psychologists across the country today in telling Congress to support policies to address the shortage of school psychologists and other school-employed mental health professionals http://bit.ly/NASPAAC #schoolpsychweek2021 #NASPadvocates #WSASPadvocatestoo  #waedu #waleg #waelex

School psychologists are more important now than ever! In order to meet the mental health needs of our students, we need investment in the right professionals. Join @nasponline's Advocacy Action Day and tell Congress to address the shortage of school psychologists. http://bit.ly/NASPAAC #schoolpsychweek2021 #NASPadvocates #WSASPadvocatestoo  #waedu #waleg #waelex

Today is National Association of School Psychologists’ Advocacy Action Day! School psychologists across the country will be contacting their members of Congress to advocate for issues important to students across the country. These professionals have never been more critical to support our kids. Join me in advocating for increased access to school psychologists and more. http://bit.ly/NASPAAC #schoolpsychweek2021 #NASPadvocates #WSASPadvocatestoo  #waedu #waleg #waelex

Join me & school psychologists across the country today in telling Congress to support legislation to increase access to school-employed mental health professionals for students across the country. http://bit.ly/NASPAAC #schoolpsychweek2021 #NASPadvocates #WSASPadvocatestoo  #waedu #waleg #waelex

Thursday and Friday: Rise

“R stands for Rise. Rise relates to resilience. Take a moment today to reflect on something that was difficult that you have overcome. What did you learn from that situation?”

Here are a few ways you can reflect on how you have demonstrated your resilience and overcome challenges in your position as a school psychologist:

  • Social Media Activity: Reflect on a tough situation you have overcome. Post about it on social media. Tag those who have supported you and don’t forget to use our hashtags: #Schoolpsychweek #NASPadvocates #WSASPadvocatestoo #waedu #waleg #waelex #Gratitudeworks

  • 3-3-1: Take 3-5 minutes to yourself to acknowledge and reflect on the work that you do. Begin by taking a few deep breaths just to calm and center yourself (inhale four seconds, exhale four seconds).

    • Note 3 things you’ve accomplished recently and how they positively impacted others around you

    • Note 3 things you’d like to accomplish in the future

    • Remember 1 happy memory of something you are proud of

Digging Deeper: Looking for more activities? Check out some of the things below that you can do with students, staff, and on your own.

  • Acknowledge others. Engage students in a discussion or activity about noticing when a peer has gotten in gear. Encourage positive shout outs as a way to create a supportive school climate

  • Gratitude Works. Participate in the "Gratitude Works" campaign, with a variety of ideas for engaging students, classes, or your whole school in gratitude.  

  • Present awards. Present awards to those you are grateful for.

    • Possibility in Action Award: The “Possibilities in Action” Partner program is a great way to recognize colleagues, either through their own efforts or by encouraging the efforts of others, make an exceptional difference in the lives of students and families by supporting the possibilities within each student. This could be a teacher, administrator, coach, community provider, parent mentor, or any other individual who stands out in your mind as going above and beyond the call of duty to help students achieve their best.

    • Student POWER Award: The Student POWER Award is a way to recognize one or more students of any age for exceptional efforts and individual achievements. This award is focused on personal goals and achievements and was created with the purpose of honoring those students who, through the support of others and their own efforts, make a difference in their own lives or the lives of others. Specifically, the award recognizes students for progress towards goals, personal optimism, willing problem solving, eagerness to work hard, and dedication to others.

    • Power of One Award: Publicly celebrate, recognize, and honor fellow school psychologists’ special contribution to students’ positive outcomes and to others in the school community and field. This can include a colleague or colleagues, a school psychology leader who has made a special difference, or a school psychologist who has served an important role in one’s career.

  • Affirmation. To wrap up this week celebrating school psychology we focus inward.  As mental health professionals, we know the importance of self-care, and today we are focusing on our own self-care practices. Post a gif or picture of your favorite go-to self-care activity on your social media accounts. Remember to use the hashtags: #schoolpsychweek #NASPadvocates #WSASPadvocatestoo  #selfcare

Take care of yourself!

Going into this weekend, make sure to engage in some self-care as we move into the holiday season!

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