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.
“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.”