School Psychology Awareness Week is November 14-18 and this year’s theme, “Small Steps Change Lives” highlights the importance of creating supportive learning environments that enable students take steps socially, emotionally, behaviorally, and academically to thrive in school, at home, and throughout life.
Area Education Agency 267’s School Psychologists support students’ mental and behavioral health in order to ensure their successful learning and well-being. Playing a critical role in creating safe and supportive learning environments, School Psychologists are uniquely qualified team members that support educators’ ability to teach and children’s ability to learn.
School psychologists can provide support in the following areas:
- Build students’ resilience and ability to meet challenges.
- Support students’ social–emotional well-being.
- Promote positive behavior and social skills.
- Reinforce healthy adult–student relationships and connections.
- Implement proactive, comprehensive school safety efforts.
- Provide direct intervention and counseling services to all students.
- Identify students in need of additional learning supports and/or enrichment
- Use data to individualize instruction and monitor student progress.
- Provide staff with relevant job-embedded professional development.
- Work with administrators to implement multitiered systems of support.
- Strengthen the family’s engagement in their children’s learning and school lives.
- Improve school–community partnerships to provide wraparound services.
Visit the AEA 267 website for a list of the School Psychologists serving the area.