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SSWAA Summer Leadership and Legislative Institute

July 21 -24, 2013
Washington, DC

"Raising our Voices for School Social Work:  A State and National Partnership"

Experience first-hand SSWAA's advocacy to advance the profession of School Social Work and strengthen investments in school-based services.  Sharpen your advocacy skills and renew our efforts to keep School Social Workers at the table in policy discussions at the local, state and national levels.  This is a FANTASTIC OPPORTUNITY to learn and put into practice your advocacy skills on behalf of school social work. We have a lot of folks who can attest to what a GREAT EXPERIENCE it is to come to Washington, meet members of Congress and/or their staff, hear from some our partners in other national organizations, and just HAVE FUN!

Advocacy is part of leadership! However, if you're just starting out in the field, are new to your state association, or in a state that does not yet have an association, this is a prime opportunity for you to BUILD YOUR LEADERSHIP SKILLS! Over the last few years we have had a number of members join the national board of SSWAA who became excited about professional leadership through this summer meeting.

We can guarantee that you will leave DC looking forward to coming back the following summer!

Registration is now available. REGISTER now to ensure you get the special room rate and to secure your place at the conference!

In her own words:  Listen to Myrna's invitation to come to DC!      We're hoping to see ALL of you in Washington in July!

Myrna and Libby


Sunday, July 21:
      12:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.   Holiday Inn Alexandria, 2460 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, VA
                                             Overview of Institute and Opening Session
                                             Discussion of SSWAA Legislative Priorities and issues impacting School Social Work

Monday, July 22:
      8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.     NEA National Headquarters, 1201 16th Street, NW,  Washington,  DC 
      8:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.    Legislative Advocacy Training 
                                             Continued discussion of legislation and issues impacting school social work.
                                             Preparation for Congressional visits

      11:15 a.m.                      Speaker:  Kristen Harper, U.S. Department of Education,
                                             Policy Advisor to the Assistant Deputy Secretary, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education      
                                             Topic:  "Now is the Time:  The President's plan to protect our children and our communities by reducing gun violence"

     12:00 p.m.                       Lunch provided
     12:30 p.m.                       Lunch Keynote:  Joel Packer, Executive Director, Committee for Education Funding

                                             Topic:  "The Impact of Fiscal Issues on Education and School Social Work Services"


       1:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.    Panel Discussion:  A Framework for Safe and Successful Schools
                                                    Amanda Fitzgerald, American School Counselor Association
                                                    Kelly Vaillancourt, National Association of School Psychologists
                                                    Kelly Pollitt, National Association of Elementary School Principals

       2:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.     Further Preparation and details for Hill Visits
                                              Role Play -- Advocacy conversations with political leaders

       5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.    Optional Happy Hour in DC
                                             Dinner on your own

Tuesday, July 23
       8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.   Capitol Hill Breakfast, Room G-11.  Dirksen Senate Office Building
                                                  (Breakfast Sponsor:  American Federation of Teachers)
       8:45 a.m.                        Presentation of the SSWAA Children's Champion Award
                                                   Recipient:  Senator Patty Murray (D-WA)

     10:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.     Congressional Office Visits
                                              Optional evening activity -- Washington Nationals Baseball game!

Wednesday, July 24

        9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon   Holiday Inn Alexandria, 2460 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, VA
        9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.    Debriefing on Hill Visits:  Following up to make visits count.

      10:15 a.m. - 12:00 noon    Taking it back to the States: How SSWAA can help strengthen advocacy efforts at the state level and how the states can help
                                                    SSWAA advance School Social Work national priorities.

      12:00 noon                        Institute adjourns.

(To download a copy of the agenda, click here.)

Registration Information: 

Registration Rate:
       $150 for SSWAA Members (Must be a SSWAA member in good standing at time of registration to qualify for member rate)
       $200 for Non-Members
       Click here to "Register Today"

Hotel Information:

          Holiday Inn Alexandria--Eisenhower
           2460 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22314
          (703) 960-3400        

Room Rate:  $160 per night (single/double occupancy). 

Deadline:  Reservations needed to be made by July 1, 2013 in order to obtain this rate.   You can still try to tell the reservation desk that you are part of the SSWAA conference to see if you can continue to get this room rate.   

Book early as the hotel tends to sell out.



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