"I cannot teach the head when the heart is broken or the mind is troubled"
Parkway School District Teacher of the Year, St. Louis, MO
The best teachers with the biggest teaching "bag of tricks", recognize that numerous factors interfere with their ability to reach many of their students. Children today are increasingly victims of many social forces that negatively affect their role as students. Many families are in a state of change and until it becomes stabilized, in whatever form, children's unmet physical and emotional needs will continue to interfere with their ability to learn and adjust in school.
Are You Interested in More Information about School Social Work?
We have compiled numerous resources, articles, job descriptions, interview questions, etc. to assist you. Click here.
Ready to Hire a School Social Worker?
If you need help with interview questions, please feel free to review a list of Interview questions that have been compiled that you may wish to choose from as well as 2 samples of other interview questions. If you have a job position available, we would be happy to assist you by posting a free job opening ad for you. Just send to Dot@sswaa.org
Need Help With a Job Description?
For samples of Job Descriptions for your consideration, please click here.
How Do I Evaluate a School Social Worker?
As School Social Workers, we often do not fit into typical district forms for employment or evaluation. As a result, teacher evaluation forms are often used to evaluate school social workers. The School Social Work Association of America (SSWAA) National Evaluation Framework for School Social Work Practice (2013) (word) and (pdf version) is adapted from The Framework for Teaching Evaluation Instrument (2013) by Charlotte Danielson, published by the Danielson Group. The SSWAA National Evaluation Framework for School Social Work Practice (2013) is cross-walked with the SSWAA National School Social Work Practice Model (2013) and the National Association of Social Workers Standards for School Social Work Services (2012). School systems are invited to adapt this evaluation framework to meet specific needs for evaluating their school social work programs and services.
How Do I Engage Parents?
Promoting Parent Engagement: Information for School Districts and School Administrators. Developed by the Center of Disease Control and Prevention.
Promoting Parent Engagement: Information for Teachers and other School Staff. Developed by the Center of Disease Control and Prevention.
School Administrator's Guide to Supporting Students from Military Families If you are a school administrator, you can access a FREE copy for a limited time (posted 10/28/13). This evidence-informed guide introduces school administrators to this population and offers tools to help them implement school-wide programs that will support military students' learning. Note: You will need your 9 digit zip code: Check with the USPS for your zip code.
Crisis Response & Intervention: Responding to Tragedy
Our thoughts and prayers are with all those who are impacted by tragedy. We have compiled Crisis Response Resources to assist you in working with students, schools, families and communities following a heartbreaking event. Resources are also included for crisis response planning and prevention as well as links to numerous organizations that can also provide resources and supports. We hope they will be of some help. Please feel free to call if we can be of assistance. 800-588-4149.
Do You Need Funding Following a Crisis?
"The U.S. Department of Education, Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools, through Congressional action, has made funding available under the auspices of Project SERV (School Emergency Response to Violence). Project SERV specifically funds "education-related services to local education agencies in which the learning environment has been disrupted" due to a sudden, unexpected or violent event that may involve physical harm and fear. Once a school's application is submitted and approved, the "education-related services" may include intermediate and longer-term mental health recovery efforts necessary to restore the learning environment of the school." For information on funding for school-crisis recovery, please visit the U.S. Department of Education SERV Funding for Crisis Recovery.
How Can Administrators Assist Students to Develop Resiliency?
It is important for kids to develop resiliency so they can cope with the various hardships they will encounter throughout their lives. There is a simple infographic, The 7 Things Administrators Can Do to Help Students Develop Resiliency, that outlines the role that administrators can play in assisting students to develop these skills.
Please feel free to contact us if there is anything we can do to support you. Have a pressing question or issue? You can now also reach us by phone at 800-588-4149.