“Because of its ability to engage readers’ hearts, emotions, and experiences, the new book REENI’S TURN enables meaningful conversations that extend beyond the specifics of the story and reach gently and safely into the lives and concerns of Reeni’s readers. The story offers an opportunity for young middle-grade readers to feel seen, and to see themselves.”
On September 23rd, a virtual Congressional Briefing took place with the organizing title, “Bringing the Power of Social Work to Schools.” Organized by the Congressional Institute for Social Work & Policy (CRISP) and NASW, and co-sponsored by SSWN, SSWAA, and ACSSW, it offered an opportunity for Dr. Ron Astor, co-PI on our recent survey project, “Opening Schools Safely in the COVID-19 Era: School Social Workers’ Experiences & Recommendations” to offer testimony based on our report and to call for a coordinated national response based on our study’s findings.
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.
As we get our school week started, we wanted to share some videos from SSWN Archive that are housed on our SSWN YouTube Channel. In these videos, SSWN contributors share tools & strategies they’ve learned to help build their SSW practice, before and after this current pandemic situation.
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.
The day that I received the news we would be virtual to start Fall 2020, from my school district, I tried to figure out ways to connect with students. In my search, I came across a post by Bridget Hills-Yoder. She shared in a Facebook Page by the Illinois Association of School Social Workers how to create your own digital office. After I read this post, I began to work on my own digital office and I received lots of positive feedback from colleagues. Therefore, I asked Bridget if she could kindly share further details. The interview is below: