National School Psychology Week (Nov. 6-10)
The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) has designated Nov. 6–10 National School Psychology Week, with the theme “Let’s Grow Together.” Schools nationwide will highlight the role of school psychologists and school-based mental health services in promoting student success. This year’s theme is inspired by the importance of personal and shared strengths in our growth as individuals and school communities in every season of life.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools employs over 100 psychologists, serving grades pre-K through high school. Many are involved in their state associations and advocacy (representatives, board members and committee chairs) at the state level.
"Our school psychologists are dedicated to providing comprehensive services to make sure that our students not only grow, but they thrive," said Natalie Moore, School Psychology Program manager. "As a result of providing these services, our district was recognized by the NASP in 2020 with the Excellence in School Psychological Services Program award."
Reinforcing children’s natural and learned capacity for resiliency is a primary focus of National School Psychology Week and the school psychologist’s role. Below are ways families can help their children take on new challenges, learn new skills and feel valued so that they can grow as individuals and contribute to a positive school community:
- Encourage your child to set goals and map out a plan for achieving them.
- Help your child internalize a sense that individuals grow in their own ways, often in their own time, through engagement and interaction with their surroundings, and any forward movement is a success.
- Emphasize that learning and growing requires trying new things and that success comes from small steps to a long-term goal.
- Help them work through setbacks or lack of self-confidence by helping them identify negative thoughts that may suggest concerns about their ability to be successful. Instead, encourage them to see the small steps to overcome obstacles and succeed.
- Praise attempts as well as success, and make sure that you focus on the effort put forth by your child.
- Demonstrate through your behaviors how to try new, challenging activities as a way to grow while also having fun.
- Find ways to celebrate diversity and accept others, or take steps with your child to actively learn about others who are different from you.
- Model the joy of learning by reading about various topics with your child and let them know you are also learning new things.
- Model perseverance and problem-solving when faced with challenges or difficulties.
- Help your child develop positive relationships with peers and adults, and model respectful, caring behaviors with others.