Call for Papers
Special Issue of Children & Schools on
School Social Workers and Military-connected Schools
New Directions in Practice, Research, Policy, and National Leadership
Ron Avi Astor and Rami Benbenishty, Special Issue Editors
Children & Schools will publish a special issue on the needs of public schools serving military-connected students.These students experience multiple deployments, family separations, and other stressful life events that their non-military-connected peers do not undergo. Recent studies have shown that supportive schools can shield students from intense depression, conduct problems, feelings of alienation, anxiety, and school failure; however, for schools to serve as protective settings for military-connected students, school personnel need to be aware of both this population’s presence and its particular needs.
Many civilian school district personnel do not even realize that students from military families are attending their schools. In addition, civilian school personnel are frequently unaware of the needs of military-connected students because they have not been trained to respond appropriately to the unique and often intense experiences of such students. Awareness of the presence, experiences, and needs of military-connected students in public schools must be increased.
School social workers can take a national leadership role developing and implementing practices and policies that address the needs of military-connected students. Social workers have the unique capacity to address and integrate issues of policy, sensitize school staff, bring evidence-based practices to military-connected schools, improve school climate, and work with military families.
The overarching goal of this special issue will be to present articles that describe the current state of school social work knowledge and best practices in military-connected schools and provide insights and implications that will help teachers, principals, school social workers, and other staff better serve military-connected students in the future. Manuscripts examining the perspectives of school staff, students, and parents in military-connected schools and outlining best practices for such schools are encouraged.
The deadline for submissions is February 28, 2013. Manuscripts should be no more than 20 double-spaced pages in length. To prepare your manuscript in proper format for submission, view Writing for NASW Press: Information for Authors on our Web site at http://www.naswpress.org. Please submit manuscripts as Word documents through the online submission portal at http://cs.msubmit.net (initial, one-time registration is required) and indicate that your submission is intended for the “Special Issue on School Social Workers and Military-connected Schools.