"Together We Shine"
November 7-11, 2022
During the week of November 7-11, 2022, schools throughout the country will celebrate National School Psychology Week (NSPW) to highlight the important work school psychologists do to help students thrive.
This year's theme, "Together We Shine" is derived from how we see hope after several challenging years. We have all faced difficulties created by the pandemic, social injustice and inequity, economic stress, and challenges to mental and physical health. For some, it has been a time of real darkness, and finding light is critical to building resilience and hope.
Though each of us has our own inner light-the strengths and attributes that shape our capabilities and dreams when we bring together our ideas and actions to uplift each other-we shine even brighter together, both as individuals and as a community. Feelings of isolation and disconnection have been challenging these past 2 years. Reconnecting with others and reestablishing the sense of being valued parts of a greater whole empowers students and adults to find purpose and possibility.
Our hope is to connect with students and staff to highlight how each person's contribution to the collective can lead us forward. Just as we continue developing individually and with our own skills through collaboration and with support from others, we in turn can help others foster resilience and support those who need it. This is especially important for those who are or who feel marginalized, unrecognized, or at risk.
Indeed, working together we shine hope and healing among our communities, schools, families, students, and colleagues. Together we shine light on setting goals for well-being, growth, and learning. We engage in action steps, advocate for needs, and raise our voices in discussions to create the connections necessary for students to develop critical academic and social-emotional skills. School psychologists are particularly skilled at assisting students and staff in thriving and working together, whatever the circumstances.
This week and every week, we encourage school psychologists and school staff to promote positive change in all areas of leadership-in the counseling room, the classroom, the community, and beyond. School psychologists can focus on improving school climate; identifying systems-level change; advocating for equity, inclusion, and social justice; and advancing specific areas of the NASP Practice Model.
Resources and messaging can be adapted to students or adults, different age groups, and multiple contexts. 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 newsletter articles to interactive classroom activities, advocacy tools to press releases, there are multiple ways to share your efforts to shine together.
Be sure to share your event with us through the feedback survey, and tweet with the #SchoolPsychWeek hashtag.
Here are some resources for you to use:
Enjoy this special week and take time to celebrate all the wonderful work you do for children and families!
OSPA Public Relations & Community Service Committee