WSPA Friend of Children Award
WSPA members are invited to submit nominations to identify and recognize policy makers, elected officials and public servants who have made a significant contribution to children, education, children’s mental health, and/or the field of school psychology. An award is presented annually and nominations are accepted throughout the year.
To identify and recognize policy makers, elected officials and public servants who have made a significant contribution to children, education, children’s mental health, and/or the field of school psychology.
Who Can Nominate
School psychologists who are currently members of WSPA may nominate one candidate annually (WSPA fiscal year July-June). The nominator is responsible for submitting the completed nomination packet. Previously submitted nominations may be resubmitted with updated information.
Candidates must have contributed in meaningful ways to advocating for education, children and youth. Advocacy efforts and leadership must be documentable and must be consistent with WSPA’s mission, goals, and ethical practices. Nominees should demonstrate advocacy efforts/contributions that have:
promoted positive and significant change;
addressed children’s needs;
improved the education of children with disabilities and/or all children;
improved services for children’s mental health;
served children by supporting the profession of school psychology;
demonstrated leadership and promoted legislation or judicial actions that have benefited children in Wisconsin.
Selection and Notification
A committee consisting of the WSPA legislative chair, the WSPA awards and recognition chair, and a member of the WSPA executive committee will review materials submitted and select the annual award recipient.
Nominations materials must be typed.
Nomination packets must contain a completed nomination form and a one page summary of why the candidate should be considered for this award. Summary should include specific examples of the candidate’s significant contributions in at least one of the six criteria areas.
Nominations may be made at any time throughout the year by submitting nomination forms to the WSPA legislative chair or the WSPA president. The committee will review the materials as they are submitted and make an annual recommendation to be approved by the WSPA board at one of their regularly scheduled meetings.