Going back to school with School Social Workers
A Collaborative Public Education Campaign by the School Social Work Association of America and NASW’s School Social Work Specialty Practice Section
In August 2019, the School Social Work Association of America (SSWAA) and National Association of Social Workers (NASW) launched a public education campaign to increase public knowledge of the value school social workers bring to schools, students, families and communities, and encourage school districts to hire more school social workers. Here is a short video to kick off the campaign.
SSWAA's Expert of the Month
Heather Alden is the President of the Midwest School Social Work Council and is an elementary school social worker in St. Paul Public Schools, having worked in urban education as both a teacher and school social worker for over 24 years. She received her masters in social work at the University of Houston Graduate School of Social Work and an undergraduate degree from Hamline University in Anthropology and French where she also studied at the Universite de Strasbourg, France. Heather received the MSSWA MN School Social Worker of the year award in 2011 and was named the SSWAA National School Social Worker of the year in 2012. In 2015 she received the Hamline University Alumni, "Making the World a Better Place" award. Heather has provided professional development to educators, other mental health professionals, and parents and is an adjunct faculty professor at Augsburg College. Alden focuses her practice on strengths based learning, trauma informed practice, social emotional learning, culturally competent practice, bully prevention work and the use of Social Thinking with her students. She believes strongly in the power of building relationships with her students, their families, her staff and members of the community. Alden is the founder of Project Connection, a School-based mentor program that has been active for 11 years and touched over 150 kids and their families. She is also an on-call social worker at Children's’ Hospital in Minneapolis. At home, she enjoys spending time with her two teenage daughters, their dog Lucky, having adventures and sharing time with family and friends.
SCHOOL SOCIAL WORKERS IN THE NEWS
While trends show Forsyth County food insecurity dipping, local experts say problems still exist
School Social Worker Mary Pereda works with community resources to meet needs of students and families
Grandfamilies are growing
WHAT WILL SSWAA DO?
Monthly topic that links school social workers to issues faced by school districts
Monthly blog, e-bell article, sample social media posts and web resources related to the topic
Monthly to-do-lists that provide SSWAA Members with information about what they can do to promote school social work in their school and district
Social Media posts on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram
A Twitter Storm one day a month – the second Wednesday of every month!
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Schools in Dayton, OH are hiring more school social workers
Let’s make this the year of the school social worker by raising awareness about our role in supporting the success of all students!
#Back2SchoolSocialWorkers #NASW #SSWAA #BackToSchool #schoolsocialworker #schoolsocialwork #SEL #ClosingthegapSSW #mentalhealth
Thank you to the SSWAA Public Relations Committee for their work on this campaign --
Kashera Robinson and Emilie Souhrada!