School Psychology Awareness Week is November 11-15, 2019.  This year's theme is "Find Your Focus", which can have a variety of meanings such as paying attention, being able to see an idea more clearly, identifying an area of interest, or being persistent and determined in one’s effort. Focusing can help us set goals, identify action steps, communicate needs, and engage in discussions that help create the connections necessary for students to develop critical academic and social-emotional skills. To learn more about School Psychology Awareness Week, check out the NASP website or view this poster.

Goal setting can be a powerful way to find your focus. As you read this, take a moment to think about what is important for you to focus on. 

  • Write down a goal… on paper… with a sharpie… big enough to read when you tack it to the wall for you to see. 
  • Answer these questions: 
    • “Why is this goal important?”, 
    • “What might get in the way of this goal?”, 
    • “What steps, when taken, will get me closer to this goal?”, 
    • “Who can help accomplish this goal?”. 
  • Set a date for your goal and email yourself a check-in at

Aligned with the Northwest AEA thematic goal of reinventing service delivery that aligns with and responds to the needs of schools and one that promotes teaming and collaboration, much of my attention has focused on the concept of teaming. If this is an area of focus for you, I would encourage watching Amy Edmonson’s Ted Talk

It is an inspirational and thought-provoking reminder of the complexity of our work and the importance of bringing people with diverse skills together to support learners, colleagues, and families. 

What are you focused on?