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School Psychology Awareness Week 2016

How Small Steps Can Change Lies                                                       

This image promotes National School Psychology Awareness Week

During the week of November 14–18, 2016, schools throughout the country will celebrate National School Psychology Awareness Week to highlight the important work school psychologists and other educators do to help all students thrive.

This year’s theme, “Small Steps Change Lives,” reminds both students and adults how their small actions can add up to larger, positive changes. School psychologists play a vital role in supporting students as they work to achieve their goals, both big and small. Students begin to recognize how the small actions they take over the course of time—studying, practicing, being respectful, exploring—make a big difference in their lives as well as the lives of others. Individual small steps help build the path to creating a positive, connected, and respectful school community.

With the high demands and ever-growing responsibilities placed on school psychologists, it can be easy to become overwhelmed. It is crucial that school psychologists recognize—and help fellow educators recognize—how even the small things we do every day can have a profound impact on the students we serve and on the culture of our school communities. This awareness not only helps keep adults resilient, but it serves as a model for students, who look to adults to see how they should interact and engage with the world. By encouraging and valuing intentional, small, positive efforts, adults and students grow academically, build understanding, create compassion, and become more resilient. Ultimately, these strengths empower all to feel connected with one another and to take steps—both individually and collectively—to change lives for the better.

Read more information about National School Psychology Awareness.

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Published by Mary Sevits on October 26, 2016
        
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