#SP4SJ Podcast and Google Hangout Series

In collaboration with school psychology educators, practitioners, and graduate students, the Social Justice Task Force has developed a series to discuss and share knowledge on a range of topics. Through the lens of school psychology and social justice, these recordings will cover issues such as white privilege, the school-to-prison pipeline, bullying prevention, safe spaces for LGBTQ+ students in schools, and preparing future advocates, as well as implications for teaching and practice. 

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An Introduction to the #SP4SJ Series
This episode explores the definition of social justice, how the social justice lens in utilized in various roles, and why social justice matters to school psychologists. Podcast participants also discuss what social justice means to them personally and where they think the work of the field should go next within a social justice framework.

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Understanding White Privilege
This episode explains White privilege and provides an overview of its historical context and related key concepts. Participants discuss their own experiences that led to understanding White privilege, as well as the impact White privilege has on society and within schools. Finally, participants explore implications for school psychology practice and possible barriers to accepting the existence of White privilege.

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Social Justice Perspective on Bullying Prevention
In this episode, participants provide insights and suggestions on how school psychologists can address bullying through a social justice lens.

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School-to-Prison Pipeline
This episode focuses on school disciplinary policies that result in pathways to the juvenile justice system and poor educational outcomes. Guests also discuss the role school psychologists have in promoting culturally relevant preventive and responsive school-wide practices that are sensitive to a range of external factors that impact student behavior.

Creating Safe Spaces for LGBTQ+ Students in Schools
In this episode, podcast guests discuss important terminology, research, and aspects of school psychology practice that can assist educators in best serving LGBTQ+ students in educational settings.

Centering Indigenous and Oppressed Voices in School Psychology Teaching and Practice
This episode focuses on Indigenous Americans and covers some of the issues indigenous communities face in the United States, the role of colonial policies in displacement and cultural erasure, and resources that can help educators best support indigenous students and families.

Encountering and Overcoming Resistance to Social Justice in Practice
This episode covers a range of school-related social justice issues occurring in diverse communities, addressing resistance to social justice advocacy efforts or practices, and engaging in challenging conversations related to privilege.

The Future of Social Justice Training, Practice and Research
In this episode, guests discuss the current state of social justice training, practice and research as well as future directions for the field.

Related Resources

Social Justice Lesson Plans
Two lesson plans were formulated by NASP's Social Justice Task Force and are intended to guide conversations and activities related to race and privilege. While each lesson plan is designed for the school context, they may be modified for use in other settings.

External Social Justice Resources
A growing list of resources that can inform social justice work.