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The School Social Work Association of America (SSWAA) has a network of experienced speakers and trainers that can provide large group professional development and consultation services for districts or states. SSWAA serves as a hub to provide district leaders and state departments of education access to professional development and consultation options.

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Who are School Social Workers?

School Social Workers provide a focused reach to support all students specifically in areas of social- emotional learning and mental health needs, and are uniquely trained to integrate the school, community, and family context into interventions and resource referrals. School social work interventions reduce barriers to learning enabling students to be physically, mentally, and emotionally present and ready to learn in the classrooms.

Are You Interested in More Information about School Social Work?  

We have compiled numerous resources, articles, job descriptions, interview questions, etc. to assist you.  Click here



Ready to Hire a School Social Worker?  

If you need help with interview questions, please feel free to review a list of Interview questions that have been compiled that you may wish to choose from as well as 2 samples of other interview questions.   


How Do I Evaluate a School Social Worker?

The School Social Work Association of America (SSWAA) has developed the National Evaluation Framework for School Social Work Practice (2013) which is adapted from The Framework for Teaching Evaluation Instrument (2013) by Charlotte Danielson, published by the Danielson Group.   The SSWAA National Evaluation Framework for School Social Work Practice (2013) is cross-walked with the SSWAA National School Social Work Practice Model (2013)    (PDF Version)  and the National Association of Social Workers Standards for School Social Work Services (2012).  You may also reference an accompanying powerpoint for additional information.   School systems are invited to adapt this evaluation framework to meet a district's specific needs for evaluating their school social work programs and services.



How Do I Engage Parents? 

Promoting Parent Engagement:  Information for School Districts and School Administrators.  Developed by the Center of Disease Control and Prevention.


Promoting Parent Engagement:  Information for Teachers and other School Staff.  Developed by the Center of Disease Control and Prevention.


School Administrator's Guide to Supporting Students from Military Families    If you are a school administrator, you can access a FREE copy for a limited time (posted 10/28/13).   This evidence-informed guide introduces school administrators to this population and offers tools to help them implement school-wide programs that will support military students' learning.  Note:  You will need your 9 digit zip code:   Check with the USPS for your zip code.



Crisis Response & Intervention:  Responding to Tragedy 

Our thoughts and prayers are with all those who are impacted by tragedy.   We have compiled Crisis Response Resources to assist you in working with students, schools, families and communities following a heartbreaking event.  Resources are also included for crisis response planning and prevention as well as links to numerous organizations that can also provide resources and supports. We hope they will be of some help. 



Do You Need Funding Following a Crisis?

"The U.S. Department of Education, Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools, through Congressional action, has made funding available under the auspices of Project SERV (School Emergency Response to Violence). Project SERV specifically funds "education-related services to local education agencies in which the learning environment has been disrupted" due to a sudden, unexpected or violent event that may involve physical harm and fear. Once a school's application is submitted and approved, the "education-related services" may include intermediate and longer-term mental health recovery efforts necessary to restore the learning environment of the school."  For information on funding for school-crisis recovery, please visit the U.S. Department of Education SERV Funding for Crisis Recovery.




Please feel free to contact us if there is anything we can do to support you.   



School Social Work Week 2023

MARCH 5-11

The School Social Work Association of America (SSWAA) is proud to promote National School Social Work Week.  SSWAA collects and shares resources to help you celebrate and promote School Social Work Week. We hope you will make some great plans to celebrate the vital role of school social workers. 

Check out this guide specifically for admins!

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