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School Psychology Awareness Week: November 12-16

School Psychology Awareness Week: November 12-16

Posted by Elizabeth Egan on 13 November, 2018

November 12-16 is National School Psychology Awareness Week! The 20 school psychologists in our district provide a range of services to support students’ academic achievement and social–emotional well-being. These include evaluations of cognitive, academic, behavioral, and social/emotional functioning and working with IEP teams to develop plans for our special education students. School psychologists are fully committed to working with district staff to continue to energize and empower our students on a daily basis, and are trained to do so much more than just test students!

The theme for this year’s School Psychology Awareness Week is “Unlock Potential, Find Your Password!” A password is a personal key for unlocking any number of areas of potential in our lives. Our goal is to connect with how modern youth and adults unlock things and to highlight how thinking about specific skills, assets, or characteristics as “passwords” can lead to positive growth.

In our district, school psychologists work on PBSES teams, Guidance Teams, Tiered Teams, and Student Support Teams to develop supports for students, and are particularly skilled at assisting students and staff in unlocking the resources, proactive and preventive skills, and positive connections necessary to unlock one’s full potential to thrive in school and life.

As with all school-based professionals, school psychologists are most effective in their work through collaboration with other school staff, families, and members of the community. School Psychology Awareness Week is part of an ongoing effort to improve collaboration and foster the common elements of a thriving school community in Issaquah to help all students grow and succeed.