During the COVID-19 pandemic, many teachers felt alone and in need of support. As someone who had to embark on this virtual education journey, I understand. In response to what we thought was a need to connect educators who support students with special needs, students, alumni, and faculty at the Loyola University of Chicago created the Special Needs Network for Educators (SNNE). The goal of this online community is to connect educators who support students with special needs to each other. Our community includes current and pre-service teachers alike. All are welcome!
Have you ever witnessed something so beautiful, so delicate that it stops you, and demands your attention? And you get this tingly feeling come over you, you cannot help but smile while you breathe it in? This is what it feels like, every day, in a school. Schools are truly a sacred space- a space where students can feel safe, heard, cared for, and valued. Schools are so much more than an education, state tests, and homework- they are a labor of love, they are a village of adults, students, and families coming together from all walks of life.
I’m striking because I believe in the work that we do as social workers, and I know that the current staffing levels are not conducive to the frequency and quality of services that our students deserve. I’m striking because I can no longer tell a hurting child that no, they cannot have lunch with me tomorrow because I will be at one of my “other” schools.