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Legal Issues for School Districts Related to the Education of Undocumented Children.    SSWAA is one of 16 participating national organizations contributing to this document. This booklet discusses 13 legal questions commonly asked by school board members and school administrators related to undocumented students


The National Conference of State Legislatures is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the nation's 50 states, its commonwealths and territories. NCSL provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues. NCSL is an effective and respected advocate for the interests of state governments before Congress and federal agencies. NCSL is your organization. The leadership of NCSL is composed of legislators and staff from across the country.

THOMAS:  "Congressional Legislation Resource:  January of 1995, the leadership of the 104th Congress directed the Library of Congress to make federal legislative information freely available to the public. Since that time THOMAS has expanded the scope of its offerings to include: Bills, Resolutions, Activity in Congress, Congressional Record, Schedules, Calendars, Committee Information, Presidential, Nominations, Treaties, Government Resources, and Resources For Teachers"


Click here  for list of useful resources, websites, links, reports, etc. on GLBTQ Youth.  (Do Not need to be a SSWAA Member to access.)


How to Become a Licensed  Social Worker.   Developed by Social Work Degree website. 

See state interactive Social Work License Map  for the various state clinical licensure (LCSW, LMSW, Etc.) requirements. Developed by Social Work Degree website. 

The Social Work Degree Website has begun to compile a Guide to Universities in the US with Social Work Degree Programs  by state, as well as general information regarding social work.


Anxiety and Depression Association of America   "ADAA is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to the prevention, treatment, and cure of anxiety, depression, and related disorders and to improving the lives of all people who suffer from them."

Building Bridges for Children's Mental Health   The Colorado Department of Education's Building Bridges for Children's Mental Health Project has developed a number of  Tip Sheets containing basic information about some common mental health disorders, a list of the more common symptoms, a summary of the educational implications of the disorder, and instructional strategies and classroom accommodations.  Other Tools for Families and Schools, resources and powerpoints are also available.    

The Center for Health and Health Care in Schools.   (CHHCS) is a nonpartisan policy and program resource center at George Washington University's School of Public Health and Health Services. The Center's mission is to strengthen the well-being of children and youth through effective health programs and health care services in schools including mental health resources.

Child Mind Institute:  Tools for parents worried about a child's mood, behavior, or success in school. Including a Mental Health guide, Symptom Checker, Developmental Milestones, Quick Facts on disorders and a Glossary of useful terms.  Let's Talk About It.    Mental Health Resources.    Talk About Mental Health      Developed by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services  

Overview of School Based Mental Health Services  Joint document regarding School Based Mental Health by the School Social Work Association of America, the American School Counselors Association and the National Association of School Psychologists

National Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health   The National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health is a national family-run organization linking more than 120 chapters and state organizations focused on the issues of children and youth with emotional, behavioral, or mental health needs and their families. The National Federation works to develop and implement policies, legislation, funding mechanisms, and service systems that utilize the strengths of families. Its emphasis on advocacy offers families a voice in the formation of national policy, services and supports for children with mental health needs and their families.

National Institute for Child Health & Human Development. 

OCD: Symptom, Signs and Risk Factors.  Some people with OCD manage to mask their behaviors so they are less obvious.  See some of the symptoms, signs and risk factors. 

Responding to the Mental Health Needs of Students       National Association of Secondary School Principals, 2006

Speak Up for Kids Website   The Child Mind Institute launched Speak Up for Kids in 2010 to provide the public with information about children's mental health through talks in communities around the country.

Toolkit for Community Conversations About Mental Health  The Toolkit is designed to be a resource to help those interested in holding a community dialogue about mental health.  Source:  Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration

Treating BiPolar Disorder  Information about BiPolar Disorder as well as Treatment Options provided by 

Treatment of Children with Mental Illness:  The National Institute ot Mental Health offers a 6 page fact sheet that addresses common questions about diagnosis and treatment options for children with mental illnesses. Disorders affecting children may include anxiety disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism spectrum disorders, bipolar disorder, depression, eating disorders, and schizophrenia.


Child Trends conducted a synthesis of experimental evaluations of 19 mentoring programs for children and youth to determine how frequently these programs work to improve such outcomes as education, mental health, peer and parent relationships, and behavior problems, and what lessons can be learned to improve outcomes.   It is estimated that 20 percent of youth do not have caring adults in their lives—representing 8.5 million youth 2 .  Even children who have a positive caring relationship with an adult can benefit from additional positive relationships.  Overall, 13 of the 19 programs, had positive impacts on at least one outcome. Three programs were not found to be effective on the outcomes measured based on data reviewed.       Read more.    

The National Mentoring Partnership has released The Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring, a new online newsletter for mentoring professionals. The newsletter will highlight new research findings and ideas about youth mentoring and will provide practitioners a forum to share their experiences.  Access additional mentoring resources on OJJDP's mentoring resource page.  OJJDP's new National Training and Technical Assistance Center now links to mentoring training and resources on The Center for the Advancement of Mentoring Web site. These resources, developed to assist OJJDP mentoring grantees, include a training series on how to mentor young people involved in the juvenile justice or foster care systems or who are at risk for gang involvement.    The OJJDP Training Center connects the juvenile justice and delinquency prevention community with training events, materials, and resources created by OJJDP’s training and technical assistance (TTA) providers, partners, and other federal agencies.  More information about OJJDP's National Training and Technical Assistance Center is available online.  


"Virtually all school districts educate a child whose parent or guardian is serving in our Armed Forces, whether stationed here or abroad and whether on active duty or in the National Guard or Reserves. Of the more than 1.2 million school-aged children of service men and women, more than 80 percent attend public schools... We want all military-connected school children to have an equal and fair opportunity for academic success. This requires that those individuals who make up our nation's educational system—our teachers, principals, school nurses, coaches, and counselors—understand the unique situations the children of our service members experience."

Staying Strong.   Parents and educators have a new online tool to promote resilience and emotional health in military-connected children. Videos and free materials are also available.  An initiative of the Red Fox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program. 

School Nurse Care Toolkit to Increase Awareness and Support to Military Children   Although this toolkit says "School Nurse",  the contents apply to all Instructional Support Service Personnel.   Staying Strong

Supporting Students from Military Families--Free Guide   Limited Time Only (October 28, 2013)  Special thanks to  Teachers College Press and Ron Astor and Diane Pineda, USC Building Capacity in Military Connected Schools

USC Building Capacity in Military Connected Schools    This project is identifying and providing supports for military-connected students by creating appropriate evidence-based programs, and assisting the districts with implementation. Support includes 72,000 contact hours from a cadre of Master of Social Work interns and their mentors. Additionally, resource manuals to support implementation and focus on best practices have been developed and will be disseminated through Teachers College Press.

USC Building Capacity in Military Connected Schools Videos.  

Schools are using a variety of practices to support military-connected students and their families.  Videos are available to educate public schools on promising strategies and programs that support military-connected students. The videos were created as part of a joint collaborative effort between Building Capacity, the Consortium of eight military-connected school districts and Command Media, a wounded warrior organization. These three-to-five minute videos encourage other schools to implement programs that assist military families through transitions, deployments and other challenges.

USC Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families (CIR)  Strengthening the transition of veterans and their families into the community.

U.S. Department of Defense: Education Activity     Resources for parents of military-connected families. 

U.S. Department of Education's Military Family Resources. 


"The Department of Education website has developed a new section on  Parent and Family Engagement .  This section assembles information relevant to parents and families from across Topics include Section 1118 of Title I, special education, fatherhood, early learning and bullying. There are resources for military families and tools for selecting a college and paying for it."  

Parent Engagement Strategies for Involving Parents in School Health     Parents play a crucial role in supporting their children’s health and learning at school "which includes the interaction processes between parent and child that contribute to the child's emotional and social development".    Parent engagement also makes it more likely that children and adolescents will avoid unhealthy behaviors, such as sexual-risk behaviors and tobacco, alcohol, and other drug use.   U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  (28 pages).

Parent Engagement Facililiator's Guide  This guide provides the step-by-step procedures, activities and exercises, handout materials, resources, and PowerPoint® presentation (with facilitator narrative and notes) needed to implement this staff development program. In addition, an e-mail template to use in promoting the availability of this program to school staff—and inviting them to participate—is included.

Partnering with Parents    Research supports the common sense idea that family plays a vital role in student performance. Yet despite the evidence and logic, many schools and educators struggle with how to cultivate and sustain effective family engagement initiatives. This is why the U.S. Department of Education is working to develop better frameworks for family engagement, and why teacher-family collaboration is a component of RESPECT, the Department's blueprint for elevating and transforming the teaching profession.  To help build these bridges, ED recently announced a New Family Engagement Partnership with the National Center for Family Literacy.   As School Social Workers, we need to be part of these conversations.  Source:  U.S. Department of Education


Check & Connect     2 Page Overview of Check & Connect

Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports.    The TA Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports has been established by the Office of Special Education Programs, US Department of Education to give schools capacity-building information and technical assistance for identifying, adapting, and sustaining effective school-wide disciplinary practices.

PBIS Manuals: (University of Oregon) (resources/ training materials) UConn (Michigan) (Illinois) (Maryland) (University of South Florida) (University of Missouri)

PBIS World.   Website provides many tools developed by a School Social Worker in implementing PBIS.

New PACER Web Site Addresses School-wide Positive Behavior Interventions and Support.  

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