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The Best Newsletters for School Social Workers

The Best Newsletters for School Social Workers

Subscribing to email newsletters is an easy way to stay up to date on current practices, research, legislation, and other news pertaining to school social work.

Here’s a list of newsletters I find helpful:

SSWN Newsletter
Here’s a shameless plug for our newsletter. The SSWN Newsletter provides resources, top reads, upcoming events, top network discussions, and a little levity.

ACSSW Newsletter
The American Council for School Social Workers puts out an excellent weekly newsletter. The newsletter includes recommended readings, professional development opportunities, practice points, leadership news, research highlights, school social work in the news, and job postings. The sidebar of every issue is packed with links to some really fantastic resources.

The School Social Work Association of America puts out a bi-weekly newsleter. You must be a member of the SSWAA to receive it, however you will also receive E-Blasts for breaking news on important or time-sensitive information.

State Association Newsletters
Check with your state association for their newsletters. Here in Illinois, IASSW puts out a monthly newsletter with valuable information on happenings at the state level, including legislative updates.

Center for School Mental Health Listserv
The CSMH listserv includes information on upcoming conferences, events, and webinars, grants and research opportunities, news reports and resources, policy updates, and issues in the popular media related to school mental health. Announcements are sent out 1 -2 times per month.

UCLA Center for Mental Health in Schools
The Center for Mental Health in Schools publishes both a monthly newsletter and quarterly e-Journal. The Center engages in policy and program analysis on student supports and school mental health.

Edutopia is a website and online community that I find very useful and fun to read. Their content has a strong emphasis on social and emotional learning. You can sign up at their website and subscribe to email notifications for articles on social emotional learning.

Special Education SmartBrief
Special Education SmartBrief (formerly CEC SmartBrief) is a news aggregator service which scours thousands of news sites for stories related to special education. The Special Education SmartBrief is delivered to your inbox daily.

CEC Special Education Today
The Council for Exceptional Children now uses MultiBrief, an alternative aggregator service, to deliver the latest news related to special education weekly. The articles are similar to the SmartBrief, but emailed out less frequently.

Teaching Tolerance
Teaching Tolerance, a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center, publishes a weekly newsletter and a bi-annual magazine for educators interested in anti-bias issues and classroom materials. Free to educators and school social workers.

Is there a newsletter that should be included in this list? Let us know! Leave a comment.

About The Author

Scott Carchedi

Scott Carchedi is the founder and co-editor of SSWN. Scott provides technology support and consultative services to school social work associations across the US. Scott is also a practicing school social worker in the western suburbs of Chicago, serving grades 9-12.


  1. Aaron

    Great list! I love the ACSSW Newsletter. It’s a superb source of up-to-date info and resources. Highly recommend!

  2. Scott Carchedi

    Thanks Aaron! The ACSSW Newsletter is amazing. I’m always impressed with quality of resources and content.

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