18th National School Social Work Conference
April 15 – April 18, 2015
Sheraton Music City Hotel--Nashville, TN
The School Social Work Association of America (SSWAA) would like to invite you to join us in spectacular Nashville beginning Wednesday, April 15 until Saturday, April 18, 2015 for the 18th National School Social Work Conferencesm. The annual SSWAA Conference is the only national conference devoted exclusively to the School Social Work profession! Attend numerous CEU sessions lead by nationally recognized leaders in the profession focusing on issues and skills critical to School Social Workers. Spend time networking with colleagues from around the country and the world as you exchange intervention strategies and best practices. Visit our exhibit hall showcasing innovative resources, educational services and numerous products to restock your libraries, assessment tool kits and treasure chests of activities. It's not too early to start talking with your Supervisor regarding permission to attend. Take advantage of any remaining funding from 2013-14's budget that could be used towards next year's conference. Need help convincing your Supervisor? See Complete Details including Ten Points to Help Convince Your Supervisor, strategies if your district does not want you to "leave the building", lists of workshops by topic, and Conference Justification Letter that can be adapted to your district.
Call for Workshop Proposals:
Workshop Proposals will be available for submission May, 2014. Please check back.
Poster Session Applications will also be available for submission May 2014. Please check back.
Exhibit, Sponsorship and Advertising Opportunities
Contributing as a sponsor and exhibitor to this conference is a way to increase your exposure to School Social Workers from all around the country as well as the world. School Social Workers eagerly await the opportunity to build our libraries, resource database, assessment arsenal and treasure chests of activities. Please take a moment to review our Exhibitor/Sponsor Prospectus' menu of opportunities and you should find something for every marketing budget.
Exhibitor/Sponsor/Advertiser Prospectus Pending. If interested, contact us at email@example.com
Conference Hotel Information
Enjoy a warm, southern welcome at the Sheraton Music City Hotel. Connect with the heart of downtown Nashville at the Country Music Hall of Fame or experience the awe of The Grande Ole Opry. Spend a relaxing day at one Nashville’s beautiful state parks, the Adventure Science Center, or the home of President Andrew Jackson – The Hermitage. The Nashville International Airport is also just minutes away. Gather with friends for a relaxed conversation in our beautiful open-air courtyard or your own room patio. Or swim to your heart’s content in our indoor and outdoor swimming pools.
Single and Double Room Rates are $159 plus taxes. Triple Room Rate is $169 and Quad Room Rate is $179 plus taxes. Reservations must be made by 5:00 p.m., March 13, 2015 to get the group rate. Reservations can be made by calling 1-888-627-70601-888-627-7060. Be sure to mention the SSWAA Conference.
Save on Travel:
If you are coming from near or coming from far, travel to Nashville is less expensive than you would think. You can save hundreds of dollars by booking your flight EARLY and/or using sites like Airfarewatchdog.com, Farecompare.com, KAYAK and others to watch for the lowest fares. You can also try checking airfares on Tuesdays and midweek rather than the weekend when rates tend to go up.
What to Do In Nashville?
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If you have any questions, please feel free to Contact Us.
Registration is not yet open. Keep in mind that when possible, all registrations should be submitted on line and paid by credit card.
ALL conference attendees must complete the on-line registration form to attend the 18th National School Social Work Conferencesm. When registering, the "Early Bird Price" will show you the current discounted rate you are eligible for. BE SURE TO LOG IN FIRST TO ACCESS MEMBER RATES. You can either pay by credit card on line, receive an invoice to send a check later or submit to your school or organization for a purchase order.
You may wish to give your Business Office a copy of our W-9 to speed up processing.
If you are submitting a Purchase Order, please provide the information requested so that we can send your district/organization an invoice. Please include the $10 Purchase Order Fee below. Please note that your registration will NOT be processed until after we have received payment or a copy of your district's purchase order. Send Purchase Orders to firstname.lastname@example.org , P.O. Box 203844, Austin, TX 78720
Thank you for registering to attend the 18th National School Social Work Conferencesm in Nashville, Tennessee. If you have not paid yet, please note that your registration will NOT be processed until after we have received payment OR a copy of your district's purchase order. We look forward to your participation!
School Social Work Association of America
P.O. Box 203844
Austin, TX 78720
Bus Shuttles to Downtown and the Mall:
Bus shuttles have been arranged to downtown with returns roughly on a half hour schedule on Thursday and Friday nights. There will also be one bus available to take attendees to the Opry Mills Mall on Thursday night at 5:45 p.m. The cost is $10 for a round trip bus ticket per night. Since there is a limited number of tickets available, please purchase your tickets via SSWAA’s on-line store NOW. If you want to get downtown or to the mall at a specific time, you may want to look into other options like a taxi or local bus shuttle. A detailed bus schedule will be posted on site. Have tickets for the Grand Ole Opry? Bus Shuttle is included. (Bus graphic is only representative of a shuttle.)
Explore the Conference Brochure and review the many fabulous pertinent and useful Pre-Conference and Workshop Sessions providing up to 21.5 CEUs. Tara Brown will provide the Opening Keynote “Survive and Thrive: Unleashing the Potential of Under-resourced Youth” on Thursday morning. Tara believes strongly that kids are committed to people - not programs - and that a key to reaching youth is through the power of positive connections. On Friday, SSWAA's Legislative Team, Myrna Mandlawitz, Libby Nealis, and Doug Spohn, will co-present a motivating and powerful message on the importance of advocacy in Washington and for our profession. We are also pleased to have Dr. Andy Frey from the University of Louisville as our Saturday Keynote Speaker on “Coaching in Schools: Implementation Fidelity is Rocket Science”. Read more.
For planning purposes, we have provided a complete spreadsheet of Conference Registration Fees. If you are not currently a member, your "Non-member" Full or Pre & Full Conference rate will include one year's SSWAA membership unless you choose to "Opt out" (field provided on registration form). Please note that it is cheaper to become a member FIRST before you register! (Join and then you can sign in as a member to receive reduced rates.) BE SURE TO LOG IN FIRST TO ACCESS MEMBER RATES.
Already Registered and Still Need a Hotel?
See hotel options.
Need Help Convincing Your Supervisor?
See Strategies and tools that you can use including "Ten Points to Help Convince Your Supervisor", a "Conference Justification Letter" that can be adapted to your district, and a list of strategies if your district does not want you to "leave the building", etc.
If you are submitting a Purchase Order, please provide the information requested so that we can send your district/organization an invoice. Please include the $10 Purchase Order Fee below. Please note that your registration will NOT be processed until after we have received payment or a copy of your district's purchase order. Send Purchase Orders to email@example.com , P.O. Box 203844, Austin, TX 78720 You may wish to give your Business Office a copy of our W-9 to speed up processing.
Already Registered and Need to Select Workshops?
Review Conference Brochure, make your choices and send the numbers, (example Pre-A, Pre-D, A3, B7, etc. ) to firstname.lastname@example.org
REFUND POLICY: All cancellations MUST be in writing. Written requests postmarked before March 23, 2015 will be refunded minus a 25% administrative fee. There will be no refunds after March 23, 2015.
As in the past, handouts will NOT be provided at the conference. Please note that Internet service will also NOT be available in the breakout rooms so be sure to download and bring with you electronically or as hard copy.
We will be posting handouts as they are provided to us so keep checking back. Let us know if any links do not work.