June 19, 2011
Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI) receives SSWAA's “Children's Champion Award” for her introduction of the
“School Social Workers Improving Student Success Act of 2011” (H.R. 1138)
Rep. Moore with our Governmental Leadership Team: Libby Nealis, Myrna Mandlawitz and Richard Spring
Summer Leadership & Legislative Institute, 2011
The School Social Work Association of America (SSWAA) has awarded Representative Gwen Moore (WI) their 2011 Children's Champion Award for her ongoing efforts to fight for the federal programs and services that support our neediest students and families. Almost a decade in the Unites States Congress, Representative Moore has made it her mission to give a voice to the voiceless. She has been an ardent supporter of initiatives that put low-income students on the path to educational success. She has consistently supported legislation to ensure low-income students have school access to three nutritious meals a day, year-round, as good nutrition has been proven to improve children’s attendance and attentiveness. Congresswoman Moore is an alumnus and strong advocate for the Federal TRIO programs, which are designed to support students from disadvantaged backgrounds and help them get to college.
Most importantly for SSWAA and school social workers, Representative Moore has introduced the School Social Workers Improving Student Success Act. This is the first and only bill in Congress to acknowledge the important role of school social workers and to provide grants to the most impoverished school districts across the country to hire school social workers to serve students. For more information on this legislation, go to http://sswaa.site-ym.com/?page=237
In her remarks for the introduction of the bill, Representative Moore stated, “As we continue to explore ways to improve our education system, let us recognize the contributions of school social workers and the vital role they play in helping our children reach their fullest potential.” By working to strengthen positive social and emotional development in children, school social workers improve the success rate of children coming from disadvantaged background, lending a much-needed hand in our efforts to create a more equal society.
To acknowledge Representative Moore as a champion for children and families, SSWAA presented her with the Children's Champion award during their annual Summer Legislative and Leadership Institute. SSWAA members work in schools to address students' social, emotional, and behavioral concerns that limit their ability to benefit from their education. School social workers provide positive behavioral support, academic and classroom support, and consultation with teachers, parents and administrators to enhance the school's ability to meet its academic mission, especially where home, school and community collaboration is the key to achieving student success.
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