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School psychologists nationwide celebrate National School Psychology Awareness Week

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San Antonio, TX & Bethesda, MD—The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) has designated November 12–16, 2018, as National School Psychology Awareness Week (SPAW). This year’s theme, "Unlock Potential. Find Your Password!" highlights how thinking about specific skills, assets, or characteristics as passwords can lead to positive growth. Throughout the week, schools across the country will be taking part in events and activities designed to generate energy and reinforce the connections that power thriving school communities.


As part of SPAW, the UTSA School Psychology faculty and the Department of Educational Psychology staff will be available all week to answer questions about the profession and the Master of Arts in School Psychology program. The department will also have goodies and snacks for visitors in their office at the Downtown Campus in the Buena Vista Building, room 4.322. 


“Our goal with this year’s theme is to connect with how 21stcentury students use passwords in their daily activities to unlock tools and resources that support their goals like phones, computers, and even video-game levels,” explains NASP President Lisa Kelly-Vance. “We want the theme to engage and connect with students and help them link the password concept to critical life skills such creativity, listening, and practicing.” 


“Whether it’s a behavioral, social emotional, or academic skill, a personal asset such having positive relationships, or a characteristic like kindness or diligence, everyone possesses passwords to unlock their potential for successful learning and well-being,” adds Kelly-Vance. “School psychologists are in a unique position to help students and staff access the resources, proactive and preventive skills, and positive connections necessary to unlock one's full potential to thrive both in school and in life.”


NASP has put together a variety of resources that NASP members and other partners can access through the NASP website in order to coordinate SPAW events and activities for their own schools and practice settings (www.nasponline.org/spaw). 


In addition, several NASP programs are in place to reinforce aspects of this year’s theme. School staff can use the Student POWER Award to recognize those students who work to make a difference through hard work, personal optimism, and dedication of others. The Possibilities in Action Partnership Award recognizes the contributions of teachers, administrators, other staff, and parents make to support the needs of the whole child. The Gratitude Works program is designed to help students focus on positive relationships, mature socially, and grow an understanding of the world by fostering gratitude through a variety of activities.


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About NASP—The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) represents 25,000 school psychologists throughout the United States and abroad. NASP empowers school psychologists to promote the learning, behavior, and mental health of all children and youth.


For further information contact felicia.castrovillarreal@utsa.edu or NASP Director of Communications Kathy Cowan at 301-347-1665 or kcowan@naspweb.org, or visit www.nasponline.org.






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