ASPP / NASP / PA Delegate Joint Statement - Response to Election
The 2016 election has been long and fraught with strong emotions. As a nation, we have much to do to heal the divisiveness that has resulted. In Pennsylvania, we have students (regardless of who they supported) who are fearful for a variety of reasons and, sadly, have already seen several incidents in the days after the election that raise concern about the safety of our learning environments for all students.
As parents, caregivers, and educators, we have a critical responsibility to help children and youth feel safe and secure and learn how to engage with others of differing viewpoints in a peaceful, tolerant, and respectful manner. As always, schools play a critical role in this process by creating a positive learning environment for all students. It is imperative that educators facilitate respectful discussions among students and safeguard the well-being of those who may feel at risk. As school psychologists, we play a critical role in supporting and facilitating appropriate adult responses and helping students move forward in a positive manner.
The Association of School Psychologists of Pennsylvania (ASPP) joins the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) in supporting our collective members in this work. In particular, we want to draw your attention to the following NASP resources: "NASP Post Election Statement", "Understanding Race and Privilege", "Lesson Plan on Race and Privilege for Middle School and High School", and "Supporting Marginalized Students in Stressful Times. These are available at:
We will continue to share resources and supports. Thank you for all of your hard work.
ASPP Executive Board
Jason A. Pedersen, Ph.D., NASP Delegate – PA
(adapted from Cowan, K., November 2016)
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Pennsylvania School Psychologist Evaluation Tool
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