National School Social Work Week is celebrated the first full week of March. This year we will celebrate March 1 - 7 2015! In 2013 SSWAA sent letters to the 50 State Governors asking them to declare School Social Work Week in their state. We have posted Proclamations since then. We encourage your state to request new Proclamations and send for posting to Dot@sswaa.org.
Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Wisconsin (Wisconsin Press Release)
Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Maryland--Senator Barbara Mikulski Proclamation, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin
Congressional Resolution Honoring School Social Workers
113th Congress House Resolution submitted February 21, 2014 by Representative Gwen Moore, (D-WI)
To honor the essential role that school social workers play in student success, I am introducing a resolution designating the week beginning March 2nd as “School Social Work Week.”
School social workers help to remove barriers to positive outcomes for children and youth, and establish working relationships between schools, families, and communities. They are specially trained to focus on the non-academic factors beyond the classroom that influence learning, including family and community factors. They offer a range of services for students facing these challenges, including improving the climate for learning, crisis intervention, mental health services, counseling, and addressing student truancy, and they provide direct assistance for students with and without disabilities. School social workers improve the educational outcomes of students in need, lending the critical supports to help them reach their full potential.
Gwen Moore, Member of Congress, Wisconsin’s Fourth District
Representative Mark Pocan (D-WI), Representative Barbara Lee (D-CA), Representative Yvette Clarke (D-NY), Representative Jim McGovern (D-MA), Representative Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH)
(Pictured: Rep. Moore and SSWAA's Legislative Team--Libby Nealis, Myrna Mandlawitz. Representative Gwen Moore and Richard Spring)
Sample Proclamation Statements: (Members Only)
Interested in requesting a School Social Work Week Proclamation from your Governor, District and/or Municipality? See Possible Statements for consideration.
School Social Workers Celebrate:
"Who Are We to Our Students?" Poem by Hope Pacheco, LMSW
How did YOU celebrate? Let us know
School Social Work Week Celebration Activities:
Here are some suggestions for how you can promote and celebrate School Social Work (SSW) Week:
- Write a Letter to the Editor:
In a Letter to the Editor to the Connecticut The Courant in December 2013, Stephen A. Karp, the Executive Director of the National Association of Social Work (NASW) -CT, specifically noted the status and need for School Social Workers in the state of Connecticut. As you know, the recommended ratio for school social workers by the School Social Work Association of America as well as NASW is 1 to 250. As we get ready for School Social Work Week, take a look and consider writing your own version of a Letter to the Editor with relevant local data for your state/municipality. Read more.
- Sponsor a breakfast at your school thanking staff for their support
- Exchange "secret SSW" gifts with other SSW for the week and have a get together on Friday to celebrate
- Write a short description of school social work for local paper acknowledging SSW week
- Write an article for the district/school newspaper or newsletter.
- Offer to present at a faculty meeting on topics you are familiar with such as mental health issues, bullying, suicide prevention, substance abuse, mandated reporting,
- Send yourself flowers, or better yet, have someone else send flowers!
- Have principal acknowledge your contribution during staff meeting
- Send dates to your local union to include in calendar
- Make a sign for the teachers lounge
- Have students make cards/posters about SSW
- Have Superintendent/School Board recognize the important role of district school social workers at a School Board Meeting
- Present to the school board acknowledging SSW week and your job (bring statistics and a powerpoint)
- Organize a all school social workers get together after school
- Send thank you notes to the other SSW in your district
- Send a thank you email to other SSW
- Develop and distribute School Social Worker Brochure regarding your services for teachers, administrators, and/or parents
- Send a thank you for your support email to teachers and the principal
- Provide small item and note in teacher's mailbox thanking them for their support
- Contact special education director/district level supervisor to thank them for supporting your work
- Dress up (professionally) the whole week or one day to celebrate SSW Week
- Bring in a dessert for lunch to share with staff.
- Wear a silly hat all week
- Host an "Open House" in your office so staff can see what you do!
- Present at a staff meeting about your job/statistics etc
- Have a party for the students you see to thank them for being great kids to work with
- Smile all week and remember your work is important and valuable, THANK YOU!!!
Send us other ways YOU celebrate School Social Work Week!
School Social Work Advocacy Resources:
For a list of documents, pamphlets, powerpoints, articles, job retention resources, etc, to promote School Social Work, Members-Click here. Non-Members--Click here.
School Social Work Association of America
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