Congratulations and welcome to one of the best jobs on the planet! You have the honor of working with some of the most amazing, hilarious, and resilient people – your students, their families, and your teacher colleagues and other school staff. There is nothing quite like the energy that school communities have, and the people you meet and work alongside will change your life. You will learn so much from them, you will be challenged by them, and they will motivate you to keep growing to do and be better both professionally and personally.
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Serving as a school social worker during a pandemic is not an easy task. What makes it more challenging is trying to serve on an island or without peer support. As school social workers and members of the school social work network (SSWN), we chose to work collaboratively to lead a Professional Learning Community (PLC) throughout the summer.
The Oxford Symposium in School-Based Family Counseling is a week-long symposium that pulls off the rare feat of being rigorous, inspiring, & fun. It also doesn’t suck. We just wrapped another Symposium, this time all-virtual, and I’m reflecting on what makes it so special. The power and warmth and longevity of the Symposium makes me think about why so many other academic meetings I attend regularly suck, & what can happen when they don’t.
This post features a lecture I gave on July 17th as part of Day 2 of the 15th Annual Loyola SMHAPP Virtual Summer Institute. In the video, I get into a variety of excellent anti-racist education resources that have contributed to my own efforts to take actions as an anti-racist school social worker and educator. But even though my talk was titled “Becoming an Anti-racist SSW,” it’s clear that this is a lifelong, daily task, not a final goal that any of us can reach.
As a White school social worker who worked in an urban district that primarily serves students and families of color, I am still livid that another Black son…partner…brother…friend…father, was taken with the murder of George Floyd. I wonder how my former students and their families are coping. And with the whole wider world finally talking openly about systemic racism these past few months, I wonder how my former students might be reflecting on their own experiences at school. I too am reflecting back on my time in schools but possibly in a much different way than they are. Along with the ever-present feeling of “I should have done more”, I find myself asking “Why didn’t I?”.