President’s Strands

School psychologists, in collaboration with families and with other school and community professionals, play a critical role in helping schools and districts create safe and supportive learning environments that help all students achieve their fullest potential. The Presidential theme- Engaging Hearts and Minds- provides an umbrella concept to describe how school psychologists can use their skills when working with students, colleagues, communities, and for ourselves, to create opportunities for enhancing educational experiences for all.

Strand 1: Radical Hope
Radical Hope
focuses on envisioning a world free from the constraints of oppression and working collaboratively toward a brighter future for society. School psychologists practice radical hope by helping students imagine all possibilities for their futures and exploring ways to make students’ imagined futures reality. Using knowledge of students’ intersectional identities; we validate students’ experiences of oppression; affirm their identities and cultural values; and provide culturally responsive and strength-based services. Sessions in this strand will highlight culturally responsive interventions and strategies for developing school psychologists’ cultural competence and cultural humility.

  • DS005: Relationality, Responsibility, Reciprocity, Resistance: Working Alongside Indigenous Youth and Communities
  • MS003: School Psychologists Role in Addressing Masculine Intersectionality in Schools
  • MS049: Going Deeper: Culturally Responsive Assessment for Minoritized Students
  • PA072: Youth Political Activism: Specific Considerations for Racial Justice
  • PA245: Learning to Decenter Whiteness in Schools Through Teacher Professional Development
  • PO471: Resilient Dreamers: Implications for School Psychologists in Supporting DACA Students
  • PO487: Impacts of Cultural Identity and Experience on Perceptions of SEL

Strand 2: Authentic Healing
Authentic Healing
focuses on building people’s capacity to understand the ways in which they are oppressed and inspiring them to take action to create the world in which they want to live. School psychologists engage in social justice advocacy at the student, school, and public arena levels to create school environments that promote all students’ wellbeing and thriving. We engage with minoritized communities to learn about the issues most important to them and work alongside them for systems change. Additionally, school psychologists demonstrate cultural humility and use our positional power to push for systems change. Sessions in this strand will highlight ways school psychologists promote healing by cultivating students’ advocacy skills, engaging in community partnerships, and coordinating systems-level initiatives.

  • DS007: Changing the Narrative: Embracing the Social Justice Framework With Refugee and Immigrant Students
  • MS025: Looking Inward to Promote Racial Healing Through Equitable Practices
  • MS070: Affirming School-Based Supports for Transgender and Gender Diverse Autistic Youth
  • MS154: Reclaiming Empowerment and Resilience as Minoritized Practitioners
  • PA082: Promoting Culturally Responsive Ethical Decision-Making: The DECIDE Model
  • PA234: Transforming School-Based Report Writing: Integrating a Social Justice Perspective
  • PO179: The RELATE Program: Developing Inclusivity for LGBTQ Youth of Color

Meet the NASP President

Celeste M. Malone, PhD, MS, is an associate professor and coordinator of the school psychology program at Howard University. Celeste’s primary research interest relates to multicultural and diversity issues embedded in the training and practice of school psychology. Specifically, her work addresses the development of multicultural competence through education and training, diversification of the profession of school psychology, and the relationship between culturally responsive practice and pre-K–12 student outcomes. Celeste has continuously held leadership positions in psychology professional associations and has been recognized for her ongoing leadership and commitment to social justice in psychology by presidential recognitions from NASP, the Maryland School Psychologists’ Association, and APA Division 16 School Psychology. Celeste is the 2022–2023 NASP President and, notably, is the second person of color to serve in this role.

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