Across the country, communities are coping with the consequences of social injustice: poverty, racism, inequity, violence, isolation, and economic segregation. These challenges undermine the capacity and well-being of our nation’s most precious resource, our children. Indeed, there is no more important endeavor than helping our children and youth become positive, productive, valued citizens. We start by making their well-being and opportunity to grow an unequivocal priority no matter where they learn, play, and live. We must be advocates for the systems and services that lower barriers and create genuine, sustained equity and opportunity.
As parents, caregivers, and educators, we also have a critical responsibility to help children and youth see adults as keeping them safe, understand the challenges at hand within a problem-solving context, and see themselves as active participants in our collective national commitment to liberty and justice for all.
Front and center is the need to address in a meaningful way the issues of race, privilege, prejudice, and power. NASP has developed and/or identified these resources to help schools and families engage in constructive dialogue about these issues and the ways that all of us can work together to shift the conversation from hate and violence toward understanding and respect to ultimately bring about positive change and unity to our communities. We will be adding to these resources over time.
Resources on Understanding Bias and Privilege
A fundamental understanding of implicit bias, race, and privilege in our society is crucial in executing social justice efforts. These resources will give you the knowledge and tools to start.
NASP is committed to ensuring that all students attend schools and live in communities that are safe, supportive, and free of bullying, harassment, discrimination, and violence.
Resources to Support Refugee Youth and Families
Families who have fled their home countries due to violence and oppression may have unique needs as refugees. These resources can help educators support refugee students and families who are navigating new systems and environments.
Resources to Support Students in Stressful Times
Children may require additional supports during times of transition, change, or trauma. Trusted adults can make a critical difference in supporting students facing a range of stressors.
Social Justice Definition
Social justice is both a process and a goal that requires action. School psychologists work to ensure the protection of the educational rights, opportunities, and well-being of all children, especially those whose voices have been muted, identities obscured, or needs ignored. Social justice requires promoting non-discriminatory practices and the empowerment of families and communities. School psychologists enact social justice through culturally-responsive professional practice and advocacy to create schools, communities, and systems that ensure equity and fairness for all children and youth.
Adopted by the NASP Board of Directors, April 2017.
Social Justice and the NASP Practice Model
NASP recently created infographics to introduce key issues to stakeholders and advocate for the work of school psychologists. This infographic shows key points about social justice as it relates to children and youth, the role of school psychologists in changing these statistics, and the NASP Practice Model domains represented by this work.