Every day, school psychologists are supporting children in Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) locations in grades K3 through 12 as they find their way in school, overcome challenges, and navigate life. Help celebrate National School Psychology Week from November 7 to 11. Promoted by the National Association of School Psychologists since 2002, this annual observance celebrates the work of school psychologists in supporting student wellness, achievement, and personal growth.
MPS currently employs about 163 school psychologists, all of whom have a master’s degree or doctoral degree and are certified in school psychology. School psychologists play a part in many aspects of education as special education evaluation team members, violence prevention specialists, building- based psychologists, crisis team members, ropes and challenge supervisors, suicide prevention trainers, multitiered intervention specialists, and anti-racism educators. This team supports individual students, groups of students, staff, and families in evaluating and responding to current needs. They also engage proactively with students to promote confidence, reduce risk-taking, and help children and teens navigate daily challenges.
The school psychology team was instrumental in helping students and families adapt to school closures during the pandemic, and the team still actively addresses the changing needs of students who may be recovering from instability. School psychologists were an integral part in helping students and staff cope with virtual learning, social distancing, and school closures.
The theme of this year’s National School Psychology Week is “Together We Shine,” designed to promote hope after challenging years that included the pandemic, social injustice and inequity, economic stress, and challenges to mental and physical health. By promoting positivity and envisioning a brighter future, school psychologists are looking to build resilience and hope in students and families.
This week, we appreciate our school psychologists who have the skills to assist students and staff in growing and working together while shifting gears to meet the demands of school and life. School psychologists also help facilitate positive change by improving school culture, identifying systems-level change, and advocating for school and individual needs.
Thank you, school psychology team!