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December 21, 2015  School Social Work History Website; "School Social Workers End the Silence on Mental Health" Webinar; DC Update: Forget NCLB-It's ESSA Now, FY 2016 Funding Finalized; ESSA Passed: What's Different?; U.S. High School Graduation Rate Hits New Record High; Attention School Social Work Researchers NREPP;  Tips for Survivors of Disaster or Other Traumatic Events:  Managing Stress; Boys More Likely to Have Anti-psychotics Prescribed; Ending Violence So American Indian and Alaska Native Children Can Thrive; Fewer Teens Smoking Cigarettes, But Twice as Many Using Pot

December 7, 2015    SSWAA Election Results; Award Nominations Are Now Open' Member Benefits: Invincible Book Discount, George Miller Artwork Available; Sign Up for SSWAA's Webinar Series Package; Need Tax Deductions?  DE Update:  Congress Poised to Complete ESEA, Advocacy in Action: Janelle Poetter, Wisconsin School Social Worker of the Year Goes to the Hill; Supporting and Responding to B ehavior:  Evidence-Based Classroom Strategies for Teachers; The Impact of School-Connected Behavior and Emotional Health Interventions on Student Academic Performance (An Annotated Bibliography of Research Literature; Kids Spurn Emotional Help for Fear "They Might Think I'm the Next Shooter"; How to Talk to a Child About a Suicide Attempt in Your Family

November 23, 2015  Remembering Paris and All Victims of Terrorism; Dr. Michale Kelly Awarded the 2015 Gary Lee Shaffer Award; YOU can Help Determine the Future of SSWAA: Don't Forget to Vote!; Rime is Running Out for Conference Advance Rate Discount; DE Update:  ESEA Conference Committee Agrees to Final Deal, Take Action; Handling Holiday Stress; Announcing New Website:  IDEAs that Work; Home Visits Improve Social & Academic Kindergarten Outcomes; Did You KNow?  "For Former Foster Kids, Moving Out of State Can Mean Losing Medicaid:; National Homeless Youth Awareness Month; Significant Decreases in Underage Cigarette Smoking BUT...; Historic Thanksgiving videos and topics.  

November 9, 2015  Stacy Colgan: School Social Worker of the Year;  Conference Brochure is Ready!; Poster Sessions Have Increased; How to Add Workshop Selections; Conference and Membership Tutorials; 2015-16 Webinar Series Announced; DC Update: Congress Passes Bipartisan Budget Deal, The School Counseling Program--Help us Keep It Alive and Strong; "Schools Must be Safe Havens";  Sesame Street Introduces New Muppet With Autism; November is the Month of the Military Family--Remember our Veterans; Grant Opportunities: 2014 School Crime & Safety Report; OSER's Policy Guidance Clarifying Use of Terms Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, and Dysgraphia in IDEA; Child Abuse: 2015 Prevention Guide

October 26, 2015  Sticks and Stones--SSWAA Contributes to "Making Caring Common"; Deadline for Board Nominations Approaching; More Resources--Domestic Violence Awareness Month Continued; DC Update: Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Reforms; Midwest School Social Work Council Recognizes 11 of our Best; Bullying Prevention Awareness Month-Continued; The Effects of Adolescent Development on Policing (and more); "Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child Model" Includes School Social Workers; "Ending Conversion Therapy--Supporting and Affirming LGBTQ Youth"; NCTSN New Learning Center

October 12, 2015  Board Nominations Correction--More Opportunities to Serve;  FREE Childhood Domestic Violence Training for SSWAA Members Only; INVINCIBLE--The 10 Lies You Learn Growing Up with Domestic Violence and the Truths to Set You Free; DC Update; ESEA Status Update; Adverse Childhood Experiences/trauma Study and Resources; Suicide Safe; Arne Duncan Steps Down; Need Easy Access to Data?; U.S. Schools Still Start Too Early, CDC Reports; Mayors Focus on Equity and Student Success; 2014 School Crime & Safety Report; School Social Work Preparation Grant Opportunity;

September 28, 2015    Beverly Van Dyke & Donna Secor-Pennington Awarded SSWAA's Randy Fisher Lefetime Achievement Award; State Reports: Early Bird Conference Rates; "Coming soon: SSWAA Webinar Serieis' "It starts with you..Pay It Forward", DC Update:  ESEA and School Mental Health Services; National Hispanic Heritage Month: Bright Spots in Hispanic Education; "If I Grow Up, Iwant to Be"--Reaching Out to the Disconnected; Looking for Evidence Based Interventions for Children?; Beyond the 3 R's:  Schools Step Up Social Services in Hope of Improving Education;  New Website Addressing Prescription Drug Overdose; Talk, Read, and Sing Together Every Day--Tip Sheets for Families, Caregivers and Early Learning Educators; "SPARK Talks--Suicide Prevention, Innovation and Action"  

September 14, 2015AVAILABLE TO PUBLIC   Opening Keynote, Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowsi; Time is Running Out: Early Bird Conference Rates, Conference Workshop Proposals;  Research to Practice Track; Interested in Serving on the SSWAA Board; DC Update: How Are School Social Workers Supporting Undocumented Students?, Help provide School Social Work Research Data on School Safety, Delegate Assembly Approves Resolution Statement Relative to Common Core; Delegate Assembly Approves Resolution Statement Relative to Common Core; FREE Handbook for Recovery After a Suicide Attempt; Superintendents' Guide to Rethink Discipline; National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative Helps Children Recover and Thrive; Back to School--Help Enroll Eligible Children and Teens in Medicaid and CHIP; You’re Not Alone, We’re Here For You; Deadline for Transitioning to DSM-5

August 24, 2015   AVAILABLE TO PUBLIC  Welcome Back to School, Conference Closing Keynoter Dr. Howard Glasser, Workshop Presenters Needed, MSW Student Representative to the SSWAA Board Wanted, SSWAA's 7th Delegate Assembly, DE Update: There's Still TIme to Connect with Members of Congress,  "If at first you don't success...";  Get the School Year Off to a Good Start; Educating the Whole Student: Study Highlights Implementation of Social Emotional Learning; Back to School: Parent Checklist; School Social Work Survey on School Safety; Promoting Children's Mental Health; Check & Connect; Guide to Develop Trauma-Informed Approach to Helping Youth. 

August 3, 2015  AVAILABLE TO PUBLIC:   A Lot Has Happened in Six Months; Back to School: Time to Support Your School Social Work Associations; What Has SSWAA Been Up To? ; Help Us Grow:  Chance to Win a FREE Membership or National School Social Work Conferencesm Registration in Baltimore! Time to Present the Great Work You are Doing:  Conference Workshop Proposals Being Accepted; SSWAA Goes to the Hill:  "Raising Awareness of School Mental Health"; School Social Workers are "Angels on Earth"; DC Update: Congress a Step Closer to ESEA Finale, Appropriations Process Stuck Again;  FREE Publication to Reach Teenagers Who May be Depressed; "Thinking About Ways to Heal Kids Can Expand Their Capacities to Learn"; Parenting Toolkit for Toddlers and Preschoolers; Helping Children and Adolescents Cope with Violence and Disasters 

July 6, 2015   Conference Registration is Open; Workshop Proposals Accepted; Research to Practice Track; 5th International School Social Work Conference in Mongolia; DC Update:  Congress to Debate ESEA This Week, Education Funding for FY16 Further at Risk; Summer Leadership & Legislative Institute; New Grant Opportunity to Support Social Emotional Development;  Providing a Bright Spot in Hispanic Education?; When Saying "No" Is Not Enough--Teaching Harm Reduction; Safe Spaces. Safe Places: Creating Welcoming and Inclusive Environments for Traumatized LGBTQ Youth (2015); Arne Duncan Encourages Family Engagement and Announces a Set of Rights for High-Quality Education for Children; School Turnaround Resources;  Building the Evidence Base: OJJDP Evaluates Delinquency Prevention Models; Mindfulness Holds Promise for Treating Depression

June 1, 2015  Schools Out!  Summer Institute--"Advocacy in Action: Raising Awareness of School Mental Health"; Every Kid Needs a Family; Conference to Address Cuts in Mental Health Services in New York City Schools; DC Update: Bill to Ban "Conversion Therapy" Introduced; Help Develop Action Plans for Creating Safe Schools for LGBTQ Students;  Opportunities for School Social Workers?; You Can Do this:  Ture Stories of Effective School Mental Health Practice from the Front Lines--Loyola University; Put Our Children First--The State of Black Education; Highest Graduation Rates Ever; The Trauma of Racism; Meta-Analysis of Meditation Programs for Stress and Well-Being; 50th Anniversary of Head Start

May 18, 2015  Get Ready for Summer;  National School Social Work Survey Results by State; Mental Health Awareness; School Mental Health Professionals: strengthening community connections, boosting student outcomes; SSWAA Resolution Statements on Mental Health; Summer Leadership and Legislative Institute; Delegate Assembly; DC Update: School Mental Health Professionals in the News; Moving Toward Trauma-Informed Schools; Assisting Students During Community Unrest; Using Data to Support School Social Work Practice--University of Illinois at Chicago; Looking for Funding and Finding Little or No Funding for Mental Health in Schools?; Help Parents "Beat the Summer Slide"

May 4, 2015  May is Mental Health Month; Join SSWAA Twitter Storm and Show that Children's Mental Health Matters to School Social Workers; Text, Talk, Act;  DC Update:  Mental Health in Schools, May is Mental Health Month; "Your mommy died, You can't make a Mother's Day card"; Social workers as Superheroes; Baltimore's Abandoned School Children; A Practitioner's Guide to Implementing Early Warning Systems; Michelle Obama Relays Zero Room for Mental Health Stigma; CMS Proposes Mental Health Parity Rule for Medicaid and CHIP; A New Look at racial/Ethnic Differences in Mental Health Service Use Among Adults; New PreSchool Report

April 27, 2015  18th National SSW Conferencesm Report;  2015 Book Awardee: Oxford University Press; Opening Keynote, Tara Brown, Rocks the House; International School Social Workers Attend National Conference; DC Update: Senate HELP Committee Passes ESEA Bill, School Mental Health Funding Outlook; National Children's Mental Health Awareness Week; Missing & Exploited Children; High School Graduation Rates for Minority Students Improving; Suicide Safe App-Additional Supports; More Than Oral Tradition; New Consensus Study on the Biological and Psychosocial Effects of Peer Victimization-Lessons Learned for Bullying Prevention; Film Premiering at Tribeca Explores Love on the Spectrum

April 6, 2015  Nashville Countdown; DC Update: Honoring School Social Workers, Specialized Instructional Support Personnel (SISP) Awareness Week; SSWAA Signs on to Support Continued CHIP Funding; Add Your School to the Community Schools Directory; Just released--Supplemental Ethical Standards for School Social workers; NASW Social Worker of the Year is a School Social Worker; Children's Books Honored for Disability Storylines; Changing the Story About Mental Health in America; My Brother's Keeper A Year later; Students with Autism Transition Resource--new Toolkit to Make Doctor Visits Less Overwhelming for Adults with Autism

March 23, 2015   Just Released--National School Social Work Standards for Social Emotional Learning; National Conference Updates; Typical or Troubled Grants; DC Updates: Conservatives Derail House ESEA Debate; Mental Health Legislation Reintroduced; Conference call for Papers Now Available; New Parent Toolkit from NBC News; New Suicide Prevention App for Primary Care and Behavioral Health Providers; Bullying, Harassment & Civil Rights; Win Cash for Your School; U.S. Department of Education Releases New Guide on Identifying and Preventing Child Trafficking in Schools; Guidance package on Providing Quality Education Services to America's Confined Youth Announced

March 9, 2015    School Social Work Week Celebrations; Still Time to Register for the National Conference; Typical or Troubled?® Grants;  DC Update: ESEA Reauthorization Discussions Continue,  Education Funding; Summer Leadership & Legislative Institute; Measuring Access to Opportunity in the U.S.;Questions About the DSM 5; SAMHSA's Concept of Trauma and Guidance for a Trauma-Informed Approach; Department of Ed's Guidance to Schools on Ebola and Other Infectious Diseases; Bullying and Suicidal Ideation and Behaviors: A Meta-Analysis; TIP 59-Improving Cultural Competence; Federal Resources for Educational Excellence; Teen Prescription Opioid Abuse, Cigarette, and Alcohol Use Trends Down; Is Domestic Violence a Bigger Problem Than We Realize?

February 23, 2015   Celebrate National School Social Work Week; Florida's Official Black History Month Artist Comes to Nashville!; How Are School Social Workers Making a Difference?; Not All Superheroes Wear Capes;  House Committees Passes Partisan ESEA; Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month;  National Eating Disorders Week:   I Had No Idea That Eating Disorders Do Not Discriminate;  African American History Month; Discussing Selma; A Valentine's Gift That Keeps Giving:  Social Emotional Learning Tool; Arne Duncan Visits Ferguson; State Mental Health Legislation Trends

February 9, 2015   White House Honors School Counselor of the Year;  DC Update-Congressional Committees Propose New ESEA Plans, President Obama Proposes Education Funding Increases; Today's Top 5 Reasons to Attend the 18th National School Social Work Conferencesm.  Black History Month--Choices in Little Rock; Because of Them We Can Celebrate Black History Month; Today's App--KnowBullying; Teen Dating Violence-How Peers Can Affect Risk and Protective Factors; Complex Trauma-Facts for Educators; Guidance to Ensure English Learner Students Have Equal Access to High Quality Education; New Report Tracks the Behavioral health of America; Teen Teach Stats by State. 

January 26, 2015.    New Resources to Address Grief in Schools; Meet New Board Members Christy McCoy and Sierra Perez; Submit Artwork or Images to Feature During School Social Work Week; DC Update: 114 Congress; Suicide Safe App; Jazzed About School Mental Health; Zero Suicide Toolkit; 50th Anniversary of ESEA--Where to From Here?; White House 2014 Year in Photos; Nearly One in Five Adult Americans Experienced Mental Illness in 2013;  18 States Awarded New Preschool Development Grants to Increase Access to High-Quality Preschool Programs

January 12, 2015  SSWAA Says Thank You and Farewell, Reflections from Michelle Alvarez, A Word from our New Executive Director, And from our New President, Still Time to Save up to $60, Grand Ole Opry Ticket Deadline Approaching, School Social Worker of the Year Nominations Extended to January 15, Get Involved: NIDA's National Drug Facts Week, You Can't Fix What You Don't Look At: Acknowledging Race in Addressing Racial Discipline Disparities, IPad Survey Responses Needed , Selma Speech and Essay Contest Opportunity, Monsters on a Mission--Monster Guard App, The Impact of Giving Back--White House Film Festival Contest, Suicide Prevention Grants. 

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