Schools should not have to worry about finding resources that would be acceptable to their team members to read or use, particularly those that require translation to secondary school language. My co-authors and I understand the dilemma. We spent years trying to find examples and approaches that would be useful for secondary settings. That led us to write this book, Implementing Systematic Interventions A Guide for Secondary School Teams.
This Congressional Briefing is also one of the first (only?) national advocacy events that has brought together all of the major national SSW organizations in solidarity to press the case for how school social work can respond to this critical time for our schools and our nation. Please register for this event here and help us get the word out to your networks and share the pdf of the briefing details and bios of panelists below. Finally, a big thank you to all of you who participated in our survey project this past Spring–your first-hand experience of trying to figure out how to do school social work during the first phase of this pandemic was a key driver of how this event has come together next week.
“While there is undoubtedly more to developing support for a school-based initiative, my point here is that administrative support is a critical system component. The strategies recommended here may be one way to build support for your efforts.”
I am not saying that the secret to effective schools is that people should drink more wine! However, I do think that schools and districts should not “serve” practices until they have the systems to support them, or the data to evaluate them.
Editor’s Note: As the United States is embroiled in yet another science vs. politics battle, this time around school re-openings during a pandemic that is still raging in many parts of the country, we wanted to step back from that urgent situation and consider some of the deeper issues involved in how the work of science and scientists intersect with efforts to create a more just society. Today we’re happy to welcome back Common Ground Host Charles Barr, a school social worker in the Chicago suburbs for another episode of his vital podcast, where he talks to ecology researcher Dr. Adam Cobb about these issues.
While our exclusive SSWN data tool itself is meant to be used for informational purposes, it’s hard to look at the figures of rising deaths in Florida, and increased School Risk Scores we show here and not wonder how safe it will be to re-open schools in many parts of Florida over the next month.
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.