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Attention State Leadership: 

If you have not done so already, SSWAA would like to ask your assistance in distributing the information below regarding SSWAA's job opening as well as the National School Social Work Conferencesm to your state databases. Please note that there are only a few more days left for candidates interested in applying for SSWAA's Associate Executive Director (and eventually Executive Director's) position.   If you are interested or you know someone who might be a good candidate, please note that resumes and cover letters need to be submitted by 5:00 pm EST January 30, 2014.   Feel free to contact Michelle Alvarez with any questions you may have regarding the position.  Thank you for your assistance in spreading the word!   


School Social Work Association of America
News-in-Brief -- NEWS FLASH

JOB OPENING:  SSWAA Associate Executive Director Position

The School Social Work Association of America (SSWAA) is seeking an Associate Executive Director (AED). The Associate ED will serve in this role from July 1, 2014 until December 31, 2014. Thereafter the AED will become the Co-Executive Director of SSWAA along with Mr. Streeck who will remain on staff for up to one year.  We feel strongly that the new Executive Director needs to be visionary, but also practical (i.e., able to get work done). Clearly, this person needs to be able to provide leadership at this time to move the profession forward in a single, coordinated fashion. Ideally, this person will be able to look at all of the work being done by state associations, NASW, universities, school districts, state education agencies, and individuals, and help all of those pieces fit together into a single, coherent strategy to further the profession.   See 2014 job description and draft contract  for details.  The job description will be expanded in 2015.  Read more details and qualifications

Time is Running Out!   All inquiries should be directed to President of the SSWAA Board of Directors, Dr. Michelle Alvarez, or contact by phone 507-779-1504.  Resumes and cover letters should be emailed to Michelle Alvarez  by 5:00 pm EST January 30, 2014.

17th National School Social Work Conferencesm
Join Us in Chicago!

To all our State Affiliates and State Leadership, we invite you to attend the 17th National School Social Work Conferencesm on March 19-22, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois at The Westin Michigan Avenue Hotel. We are offering an array of workshops, beginning with our Pre-Conference on Wednesday, March 19 through our closing luncheon on Saturday. This year our conference presenters are from across the nation and the world, with topics ranging from mental health issues in school, bullying, including cyberbullying, suicide prevention, common core standards, DSM-5, and school social work advocacy. Enjoy two and a half days of presentations from experts in the field and a chance to earn up to 22 CEUs. Come away empowered with new intervention strategies and fortified with practical tools to help all students (even the most challenging ones).

We are thrilled to have as our Opening Keynote, Dr. Charles Payne, the Frank P. Hixon Distinguished Service Professor in the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago, where he is also an affiliate of the Urban Education Institute. Dr. Payne is the author of several books. Our Closing Keynote speaker is Annette Johnson, Clinical Associate Professor, University of Illinois, Chicago Jane Addams College of Social Work where she teaches in the school social work concentration. Her article, “For School Social Workers: The Changing Role of the School Social Worker”, was a recent featured article in the NASW Illinois Chapter News.

SSWAA will be celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the founding of the only national organization solely dedicated to promoting the profession of School Social Work. Join us in Chicago. We are also offering a Pre-Conference tour on Wednesday to Gary Comer College Preparatory School from 8:30-11:45. The Gary Comer Prep School was highlighted during the NATO Conference held in Chicago in Oct 2012 when First Lady Michelle Obama brought the spouses of visiting dignitaries to visit.

We invite State Associations and School Districts to support our Silent Auction, Friday, March 21 from 8:00 – 5:00 in the Exhibit Hall. Proceeds from the Silent Auction go to the SSWAA Endowment which supports graduate students to attend the national conference, as well as SSWAA awards. We ask State Associations and Districts to donate a “themed” basket to be auctioned. If your State Association or District is interested in donating items, please contact Kari Smith at for details.

Make your hotel reservations by the deadline 2/17/14. Conference room rates are only $169 for single or doubles. Triples are $189 and quads are $209. Group rate available three (3) days pre/post based on availability. Make reservations at 888-627-8385 or go to our website’s 2014 Conference page and click on “Hotel Information” for complete details at Please note that once the SSWAA hotel block is filled, conference rates may no longer apply. Parking: For conference attendees, the Westin Michigan Avenue Chicago offers discount overnight parking at $30 or discount parking at $16 in by 10 a.m. and out by 10 pm.

If you are flying into Chicago, GO Airport Express offers airport shuttle services from O'Hare and Midway Airports. Efficient, safe, and economical airport shuttles depart from O'Hare and Midway Airports every 15 minutes. Ground transportation is arranged by making a reservation. Please click here for GO Airport Express's SSWAA site for airport shuttle reservation/s, or call 1-800-284-3826. To get your 10% discount, go to the bottom of their SSWAA reservation page where it states: "FREQUENT USER LOGIN Group, Coupon, Corporate Code, or Frequent User ID" and type in the SSWAA code: “SSWAA” (all one word).

Visit our website at for brochure.

Dr. Benita Tillman Brown, Director of Conference Planning


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