Senator Linda Newell honored for work on behalf of Colorado children
DENVER— Senator Linda Newell (D-Littleton) has been honored by the Colorado Society of School Psychologists with the “School Psychology Advocacy Award” for her dedication and tireless efforts on behalf of Colorado’s children. The organization specifically cited Senator Newell’s sponsorship of legislation to benefit education and her collaborative and effective methods for finding consensus on important measures.
Senator Newell offered the following comment on the award today:
“School psychologists fulfill a vital role in children’s education and provide an invaluable resource for students and families that may be struggling. I have had the privilege of working closely with this organization on several significant pieces of legislation, and it’s an honor to be selected for this award.”
The Colorado Society of School Psychologists advocates for the unique position school psychologists play in the academic, social, and emotional needs of children in schools and work to increase their effectiveness. School psychologists work with children and families in the schooling process to help children find success both at school and at home. They address individual cases as well as promote policies to help students on large district-wide scales.
Senator Newell has been a strong voice for children in the legislature, and in the 2012 legislative session passed groundbreaking legislation to return disciplinary discretion to local school administrators and keep children in the classroom. She has sponsored legislation to formalize and strengthen the childcare licensure processes, create the Child Protection Ombudsman Office, advance restorative justice programs for youth, improve and increase access to early childhood services, improve the child fatality review team, and strengthen protections for children in foster care.