November 10-14, 2014: School Psychology Week

WHEREAS, Children have a natural desire and propensity to learn and the inalienable right to an education, and it is imperative that society invest in education to adequately support the needs of children and youth; and

WHEREAS, This year’s theme is “Strive. Grow. THRIVE!” with the goal to engage students at all levels of learning and development to promote personal achievement, growth, and resilience, as well as a sense of connectedness and wellbeing; and,

WHEREAS, Responsiveness to students’ needs are critical for students to learn, strive, grow and thrive in school, in the workplace, and other aspects of their lives in our communities; and,

WHEREAS, Children’s engagement and well-being are closely linked to their successful learning and development; and,

WHEREAS, Appropriate prevention and early intervention strategies and adequate support services minimize negative outcomes, such as academic failure, social and emotional difficulties, behavioral problems, bullying and school violence, mental health problems, dropping out of school, and suicide; and,

WHEREAS, School psychologists are specially trained to help parents and educators identify and reduce risk factors; create effective, caring schools; access helpful community resources; and implement research-driven prevention and intervention strategies to foster healthy child development and academic success; and,

WHEREAS, School psychologists deliver needed mental health services and academic supports in the natural context of school, which are familiar to children and thus feels comfortable to them. It is appropriate that the State of Michigan recognize the importance and vital role that school psychologists play in the academic and personal development of Michigan’s children; and,

WHEREAS, The Michigan Association of School Psychologists have provided expertise to state policymakers on issues important to children and their families, such as parental involvement in education, the prevention of bullying, and access to special education services;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim November 10-14, 2014 as School Psychology Week in Michigan.