Editor's Note: School Psychology Awareness Week
Volume 45 Issue 2
Next month, NASP members celebrate School Psychology Awareness Week (SPAW; November 14–18). As Mary Beth Klotz and Micah Tilley tell us in this issue: “SPAW reminds us to take time to reflect on how every decision made, all multidisciplinary meetings attended, each assessment administered, and any intervention implemented, are small steps in the right direction and imperative for student success” (p. 35). I find this a reassuring thought when I start feeling the weight of issues we deal with pressing in on me a bit too much. In this month's issue alone, we feature articles on shootings, victimization, conduct problems, health problems, depression among African American youth, and homeless children. But as I read these articles over again multiple times, I am struck by how each one presents hope, interventions, and concrete steps that we can take to address these issues. Not one of them tries to solve these enormous problems, but they provide pathways toward chipping away at them in the ways that we can do in our day-to-day work. School psychologists possess a peculiar combination of humility and courage that allows them to take on this task, one chip at a time. The SPAW theme—small steps change lives—expresses this approach to work in a way that inspires me to think about what small steps I can take this year to expand the reach of my service, improve some aspect of what I do with kids, or make people aware of what a critical profession school psychology really is.
NASP offers a lot of resources for you to use during SPAW. Articles in Communiqué, along with the SPAW poster and activities, are obvious examples. But check out the SPAW page on the NASP website for much, much more, including activities and resources for working with students and reaching out to parents and educators, and ways to recognize others who are doing good work to support students in school. I've become a fan of small steps—pick out something small and start walking!
In addition to SPAW, registration for the convention in San Antonio opens this month. Take a look at the convention pages for a preview of the food scene around the convention hotels as well as an interview with Dan Gadke, who last month started a series in Communiqué on the BCBA credential and who will be a featured mini-skills presenter at the convention. In his interview, he talks about managing severe behavior problems, something we all deal with. As usual, the convention is looking like a perfect combination of fun and learning. I've never been to San Antonio, and I am looking forward to going.
I hope your year is off to a great start. The work you do is critical to the lives of children and their families. Remember: small steps.
—John E. Desrochers