School Psychology Awareness Week Is Coming

Volume 47 Issue 1, p. 33

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School Psychology Awareness Week is November 12–18, 2018 and is intended to highlight the important work school psychologists and other educators do to help all students thrive. This year's theme is “Unlock Potential. Find Your Password!” A password is a personal key for unlocking any number of areas of potential in our lives. Our goal is to connect with how modern youth and adults unlock things (e.g., gaming levels, phones, devices, codes) and to highlight how thinking about specific skills, assets, or characteristics as “passwords” can lead to positive growth. School psychologists are particularly skilled at assisting students and staff in unlocking the resources, proactive and preventive skills, and positive connections necessary to unlock one's full potential to thrive in school and life. A password can help us set goals, identify action steps, communicate need, and engage in discussions to help create the connections necessary for students to develop critical academic and social–emotional skills.

Resources and messaging can be adapted to students and adults, different age groups, and multiple contexts. The poster image reflects a magical game world in which the main character strives to find passwords to level up their potential. 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 newsletters, to interactive classroom activities, to press releases, there are multiple ways to bring the “Unlock Potential. Find Your Password!” theme to your local community. Share your plans and outcomes on social media using #unlockpotential and #NASPadvocates.