National School Psychologist Week 2020

Power of Possibility

Here in Poudre School District, we want our students to reach their potential and develop skills to thrive in school and in life.  November 9-13, 2020 is National School Psychology Week (NSPW), and this year’s theme is “Power of Possibility.” The word “possibility” implies hope, growth, resilience, and renewal. The word “power” implies that things can and will happen. When we focus on what is possible, we have hope that students will grow and thrive and will be empowered to take the action steps necessary to do so.

In these unpredictable times and as we ride the wave of COVID-19, embracing the Power of Possibility is perhaps more important now than ever before. During this year’s NSPW, our school psychologists throughout the district hope to highlight how focusing on possibilities can help lead us to our goals, interests, and growth, even in challenging times.

The Power of Possibility at Home:

There are many ways families can celebrate the power of possibility. As parents and caregivers, you can:

1. Talk to your kids about their strengths and interests. Emphasize that learning and growing require trying new things and that success comes from small steps to a long-term goal

2. Help your children develop positive relationships with peers and adults, and model respectful, caring behaviors with others.

3. Encourage goal setting and mapping out a plan for achieving the goals. Talk with your children about steps they have taken, what worked and what didn’t, and what they might do next.

4. Praise attempts, as well as success, and make sure that you focus on the effort or hard work put into the success.

5. Help your child work through setbacks, or lack of self-confidence, by helping to identify negative thoughts that may suggest concerns about his or her ability to be successful. Help your child realize that setbacks are not permanent or all-encompassing.

More information is available at http://www.nasponline.org

About School Psychologists in Poudre School District:

PSD has 42 School psychologists working in every school and program. They are integral members of school staff who support students’ ability to learn and teachers’ ability to teach. School psychologists apply expertise in mental health, learning, and behavior to help children and youth succeed academically, socially, behaviorally, and emotionally by providing direct support to students, such as individualized learning and behavioral assessments to identify students’ strengths and needs, academic and behavioral interventions, counseling, and social skills training. We also consult with teachers, families, and other educators to improve support strategies and school-wide practices and policies. We are in a unique position to ensure students’ success every day, including both small and big accomplishments. More information is available at www.nasponline.org

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