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Steve Whitmore is a School Social Work Consultant for Oakland Schools Special Populations Capacity Building Unit and works with school social workers and educators in the areas of time study, student engagement, technology use, social media, and IEP development. Currently, he serves as the webmaster for and sits on the state board for the Michigan Association of School of Social Workers ( Steve had been a direct service school social worker for over 13 years. He has experience in public, charter and parochial schools. He has served served on the state committee that drafted the current Michigan School Social Worker Rules. Steve was awarded 2010 MASSW School Social Worker of the Year in Macomb County and the 2014 MASSW Innovator of the Year.


  1. Anonymous

    Strong argument and fantastic concept. I am using a time-study tool that I created and plan to use yours as well to compare differences and see how we can make a difference!

    • wayne trice

      Can you share your time study tool or at least the categories?

      • Anonymous

        Please use the link that is mentioned above in step 4.

  2. Stephanie Ochocki

    Our state association (MN School Social Workers Association) also has been challenged with this issue of ratios over the years. However, about 5 years ago we created an opportunity to collaborate with a partner association (MN School Psychologists Association) to offer an alternative.

    Thanks for offering additional tools and directions on this topic.

    • wayne trice

      Do you have a link to the venn diagram?

  3. Jonathan Singer

    Steve – thank you for writing up a very clear and easy to digest contrast between caseload and workload. This concept has utility beyond school social work. I think this is an article that social workers in a broad swath of social services should read. I’ll share it with my networks. Thank you.

    • Steve Whitmore

      Thanks everyone for the feedback, the resources and passing the word. We have had 48 people request the tool so far.

      • Anonymous

        Looking the the next in the series and have requested the tool with no response.

  4. C. Eric Ford

    This is an interesting, well-written and concise overview and discussion of the topic. Thank you. This same “debate” rages on in our state. For those that are trying to determine staffing levels, from a state policy perspective, how would you recommend legislators determine the number of positions to fund and at what levels?

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