WCSD Celebrates School Psychology Awareness Week: District honors professionals who support students and staff

School Psychologists Help Staff and Students at Every SchoolIn recognition of the vital services provided by school psychologists, Washoe County School District (WCSD) is joining with districts nationwide in celebrating School Psychology Awareness Week from November 13-17. More than 40 WCSD school psychologists play a variety of critical roles in the District with both students and staff.

“I am proud and grateful for our school psychologists whose work plays such an important part in our success,” said WCSD Superintendent Traci Davis. “We rely upon them in times of crisis, but they also help provide essential services and build connections between students, families, and schools in many ways throughout the school year.”

“We are honored to be recognized,” said Emma Dickinson, Ed.S., NCSP, who works as a school psychologist. “Oftentimes we are behind the scenes helping our most challenged students, academically, behaviorally, and emotionally, in regular and special education settings, doing what we do best: Collaboratively providing needed resources to teachers and families for practically any issue that they might be experiencing and creating programs and policies to empower all children to thrive on a daily basis. We are honored to be recognized by Gov. Sandoval through his Gubernatorial Proclamation for School Psychologists in Nevada.”

The theme for this year’s national recognition of school psychologists is “Power Up! Be a Positive Charge.” The goal is to remind everyone how even the smallest positive actions can create much larger and more powerful connections among people. WCSD is a national leader in Social-Emotional Learning practices, which also help students learn critical skills and a sense of belonging and well-being.

During their daily interactions with students and staff, school psychologists provide a variety of resources and supports for students and staff members in a variety of ways and circumstances: “School psychologists are uniquely qualified members of school teams that support students’ ability to learn and teachers’ ability to teach. They apply expertise in mental health, learning, and behavior, to help children and youth succeed academically, socially, behaviorally, and emotionally.  They provide assessment, support, and intervention services to students; partner with families, teachers, and other professionals to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments; work with school administrators to improve school-wide policies; and collaborate with community providers to coordinate services for students.” – from National Association of School Psychologists publication, 2017