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.
What’s your article idea? What do you want our readers to know more about? We’re looking for a variety of work here, and here are some examples based on previous work we’ve published–submit your ideas to us and let us help you publish your own on SSWN this year.
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.
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.
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.