As I embark on my tenure as President of SSWAA, I have deep admiration for each of the members of the association. Despite geographic differences that include urban, suburban, and rural school districts, you have chosen to join the premier social work organization solely dedicated to the profession of school social work. Having served in leadership positions at the state, regional, and now national levels, I know the long hours that you commit to the children, families, and schools in your care. Each of you serve a pivotal role at the intersection of school, home, and community that makes school social workers unique among the other specialized instructional support personnel.
With the Every Student Succeeds Act in place and a new Executive administration in Washington, DC, I believe we live in tumultuous times. SSWAA is committed to living out our social work values as we fulfill our mission to empower school social workers and to promote the profession. We have exciting national conferences planned, an active legislative agenda, and new entrepreneurial ventures in the offing. During these next few years, SSWAA is even more committed to serving diverse students wherever they live. My hope is that you will actively engage with us as we strive to build a 21st century organization that is financially strong and on the cutting edge of professional development. Working as a team, there is no limit to what we can achieve for our students, ourselves, and our profession!
Sí, se puede!
Jim Raines, SSWAA President