These moments are important. Not just for our staff, our community, or for this student in particular, but for all students, all students of color, and especially all Black students, to know that they have a voice and it is valued and important. I learned more from him during these meetings on how to be a better teacher than I did during all of my years in college.
From a report by #CopsOutCPS: “As more and more school districts around the country are joining the movement to end the school-to-prison pipeline and remove police from inside of schools, we want to share more information about the realities of school-based policing in Chicago. This report examines the disparities in who is impacted by school-based policing, the misconduct records of the CPD officers assigned to CPS, and the ways funds currently allocated towards policing could be re-invested.”
Although I know the importance of self-care, I was struggling with implementing a plan. I thought about how I planned to intentionally prepare social-emotional lessons for my students to achieve success. I needed to generalize those skills and include them in my weekly self-care plan too. I wanted to be proactive instead of reactive.
Editor’s Note: what follows is an edited transcript from our LunchTime LiveChat today where we read an article from Chicago Public School teacher Dave Stieber, “We protest police in the streets, so why do we let police in our schools?” and explored the question, “can a school be truly trauma-informed if armed police are part of the daily life of the school?” Thanks for another candid and informative LiveChat from our SSWNetwork members, who hailed from at least 5 states and a variety of grade level contexts.
To assist in our advocacy efforts, SSWAA created a new position paper titled “The Impact of School Social Workers during the COVID-19 Pandemic” and updated the “School Social Workers’ Role in Addressing Mental health Needs and Increasing Academic Achievement” to be used as resources for school social workers as they articulate their value and remind others of the essential and often lifesaving services we deliver. We hope that you will be able to utilize these resources this summer when talking with your administrators, school board members, legislators and other stakeholders.
We had a spirited chat this past Monday as we all start to grapple with the questions around what it will take to re-open our schools in the U.S. safely? And importantly, what are the key components of trauma-informed care, SEL, and MTSS that can be brought into the conversation to make sure that our students, parents, and staff are ready for the many complicating issues that will come with re-opening?
SSWN colleagues: From April 16th-April 23rd offered free webinars via our SSWNetwork site focused on how SSW practitioners at specific grade levels (Early Childhood/Pre-K, Elementary, Middle School, High School, & Alternative Education settings) are all adapting their SSW practice in this COVID-19 crisis time of school building shut-downs and fragmented and confusing service delivery directives. Over 500 of you attended them live, and another 4,000 people have viewed them on our SSWN YouTube Channel here. The response was emphatic and overwhelmingly positive, as these fantastic school social workers showed how they’re doing their work during this pandemic. Below we link to each of them with some pictures from the events, along with the speaker bios.
Disasters have a way of making everyone feel tense and it is often hard to calm oneself. Disastershock: How to Cope with the Emotional Stress of a Major Disaster is a free book that may be helpful in lowering your stress and the stress experienced by your children and other family members. Disastershock contains 24 different practical stress-reduction exercises for parents, adults, and children. It differs from many other disaster coping materials in that the exercises are described in a clear, step by step fashion that makes implementing them easy. The majority of the exercises are based on extensive research demonstrating their effectiveness in reducing strong stress.