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Conference Registration is Now Open!

You are invited to register for the 19th National School Social Work Conference March 9 -12 in Baltimore, Maryland! Register NOW and take advantage of the cheapest conference rates until September 30, 2015!  For planning purposes, we have provided a complete spreadsheet of Conference Registration Fees. BE SURE TO LOG IN FIRST TO ACCESS MEMBER RATES. Don't come alone.  Invite your colleagues. If they aren't currently SSWAA members, their "Non-member" Full or Pre & Full Conference rate will also provide one year's SSWAA membership including professional liability insurance.  Read more and register today!

Workshop Proposals Accepted: 

Doing fabulous things in your district? Have a great tool you are using to measure outcomes? Have you been using evidence based practices you would like to share? Do you have a wealth of experience in a topic of interest to School Social Workers? Have you been conducting research impacting services provided by school social workers? We need you to share your expertise and experience with others.  Need ideas? See our Special Topics of Interest. This year, you can even apply on line.  Read more and access workshop proposal forms. 

Research to Practice Track

In 2016 we would like to feature a Research to Practice Track at our National School Social Work Conference that will highlight School Social Work Research including innovative approaches to ways researchers and practitioners work together to evaluate practice and programs providing tangible practice implications for School Social Workers. If you would like to submit to this track, be sure to indicate such on the on-line proposal form.  Read more

5th International School Social Work Conference In Mongolia

The 6th International School Social Work Conference was held at the Children’s Palace in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia from Wednesday through Friday, June 10-12, 2015. The conference theme was “Child Friendly School” and 350 school social workers from around the world attended. Keynote presentations and workshop presentations were made by participants from the following countries: Australia, Canada, Ghana, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Korea, Mongolia, Nigeria, Singapore, Sweden, Tajikistan, Taiwan and the United States. About 60 participants were from 14 countries outside of the host country. The 7th International School Social Work Conference will be held in Beijing in 2017 or 2018.  Read more.    See photos.

DC Update: 

Congress to Debate ESEA this week.

Seriously. It’s really happening. Both the House and the Senate have officially scheduled the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) on the legislative calendar. The Senate is expected to debate S. 1177, the Every Child Achieves Act, as soon as it convenes after the July 4 recess on Tuesday July 7th. The House may not begin debate on H.R. 5, the Student Success Act,  until Wednesday July 8th. The rules of debate are different for the House and amendments will be limited, but debate could take weeks in the Senate, as we expect hundreds of amendments to be offered and debated. The timing could not be better for you to reach out to your Members of Congress and urge them to #GetESEAright   Read more.

Education Funding for FY16 Further at Risk

On June 24, the U.S. House of Representatives' Appropriations Committee passed a bill to provide funding for discretionary programs in the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (the Labor/H budget) for fiscal year 2016. Unfortunately, the funding as proposed in the bill for many programs that serve low-income workers and families is woefully inadequate.    Read more.

Summer Leadership & Legislative Institute

Still time to join us July 12 - 14, 2015 in Washington, D.C.   Read more.

SSWAA Legislative Advocacy Team
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Resources for School Social Workers

New Grant Competition to Support Social and Emotional Development

The U.S. Department of Education announced a new grant competition to support the social and emotional development of middle-school students called Skills for Success. This competition will award $2 million this year to help educators develop students’ resilience, growth mindsets and other essential skills for academic success. These projects will help identify effective approaches that can be replicated in middle schools across the country.   Dr. John King, senior advisor delegated the duties of deputy secretary of education noted “Skills for Success will create opportunities to focus on the whole student, including academic, social and emotional development. Recent research shows that to succeed in college and careers, students need more than just academic skills."  See Federal Register for more information.    Deadline:  July 29, 2015   Read more Grant Opportunities.

Providing a Bright Spot in Hispanic Education?

Are you implementing a program that is contributing to Hispanic educational outcomes?  The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics launched a national call for Bright Spots in Hispanic Education. Bright Spots are evidence-based programs, models, organizations, or initiatives that invest in key education priorities for Hispanics and are helping close the achievement gap. Approved Bright Spots will be included in a national online catalog that will be released in September during their 25th anniversary celebration. Bright Spot nominations are due July 17, 2015.  Let's show others what School Social Workers are doing!  Source:  U.S. Department of Education

When Just Say "No" Is Not Enough:  Teaching Harm Reduction

Harm reduction is a strengths-based and client-centered helping strategy that is utilized in both prevention and practice models (Bigler, 2005). Although its roots are embedded in addictions treatment and public health, the principles of harm reduction can be readily observed in a variety of social work settings. According to A.Davis:  “Harm Reduction is a helping strategy that suggests the most pragmatic way to engage people in positive change is to focus on making risky behaviors less risky, without necessarily insisting that the behavior be changed” (pg. 1)    Read moreSource:  The New Social Worker,  March, 2015

Safe Spaces. Safe Places: Creating Welcoming and Inclusive Environments for Traumatized LGBTQ Youth (2015)

National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) has released a video featuring five LGBTQ youth describing how trauma and bias have affected their ability to feel safe when seeking services. National Child Traumatic Stress Network presenters discuss specific steps that professionals and organizations can take to create safe and more welcoming environments for traumatized LGBTQ youth.  See video   Download NCTSN LGBTQ Video Resource Guide for discussion (2 pages).  See also NCTSN's LGBT Issues and Child Trauma  (2 pages).  Source:  National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Arne Duncan Encourages Family Engagement and Announces a Set of Rights for High-Quality Education for Children 

On June 26, during a speech to the 2015 National Parent Teacher Association Convention and Expo in Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced work by the Education Department that complements outreach to parents—from the Dual Capacity-Building Framework for Family-School Partnerships, a set of rights for children’s education  including other tools and resources for schools as well as parents and families.    For more information you can also see the Department's Center for Parent Information and Resources.   Source:  U.S. Department of Education

School Turnaround Resources:

The School Turnaround Learning Community (STLC) provides a range of free resources and opportunities for engagement focused on turnaround in action.  The Center on School Turnaround at WestEd, the STLC supports state, district, and school leaders working to improve the nation’s lowest-achieving schools.  The updated STLC makes it easier for busy education leaders to engage with specialists and other educators on just-in-time school turnaround research and practices. The site offers interactive webinars, curated resource collections, collection of teacher evaluation systems, a Turnaround in Action blog, and a vetted resource library to help you address the complexities of school improvement work.  Source:  WestEd

Building the Evidence Base: OJJDP Evaluates Delinquency Prevention Models 

Through the funding of rigorous evaluation efforts, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) is growing the body of evidence regarding effective delinquency prevention programs for youth.   Working with the University of Chicago Crime Lab, OJJDP has learned more about two promising OJJDP-supported evaluation efforts—the One Summer Jobs Plus (OSP) and Becoming a Man (BAM)/Match Math Tutoring.   Read more about these promising programs.  Source:  OJJDP

Mindfulness Holds Promise for Treating Depression

A growing body of research is pointing to an intervention that appears to help prevent relapse by altering thought patterns without side effects: mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, or MBCT.   A recent study to be published in a forthcoming issue ofThe Lancet found that MBCT helped prevent depression recurrence as effectively as maintenance antidepressant medication did. The study also found that MBCT had a larger effect on people with histories of more severe childhood abuse, which has been associated with a greater risk of relapse, than on participants overall.   MBCT's emphasis on cultivating awareness and acceptance of the present moment also seeks to harness ruminating and mind wandering, both of which are implicated in depression.  Read more.  Source American Psychological Association, March 2015.

Dot Kontak, Director of Communications
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