Social Justice

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. Front and center is the need to address in a meaningful way the issues of race, privilege, prejudice, and power. NASP has developed or identified these resources to help schools and families engage in constructive dialogue and work together to bring about positive change and unity to our communities. We will be adding to these resources over time.

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 nondiscriminatory 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).

Latest Resources

Stakeholder MeetingStay informed with these new handouts, discussion guides, podcasts, and more to advance social justice in your school and community, and participate in the national #SP4SJ dialogue on social media.   

Resources on Understanding Bias and Privilege

Stakeholder MeetingA 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 Guidance

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Resources to Support Refugee Youth and Families

Supporting Vulnerable YouthFamilies 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

Stressed StudentChildren 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.