21st Annual national school social work conference
march 14-17, 2018     Columbus, Ohio

THANK YOU to all who attended the 21st Annual National School Social Work Conference or supported this event!

Congratulations to the 2018 SSWAA Award Winners!

2018 National School Social Worker of the Year - Dorann Tanner (AL)

Dorann Tanner (AL) is the School Social Work Association of America 2018 National School Social Worker of the Year.  Ms. Tanner was instrumental in organizing school social workers in Alabama and providing numerous statewide professional development opportunities.  As the result of her efforts and those of other Alabama school social workers, the state was ranked third in the USA for reducing the number of school dropouts. Ms. Tanner received her Bachelor of Social Work and Masters of Social Work degrees from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. 

2018 Randy Fisher Career Achievement Award - Corrine Anderson-Ketchmark (WA)

Corrine Anderson-Ketchmark (WA) is the winner of School Social Work Association 2018 Randy Fisher Career Achievement Award.  She is a retired school social worker and instructor for Eastern Washington University School of Social Work and Concordia College.  During her career, she was instrumental in creating the first national school social work organization – School Social Work Association of America.  She also served as board member, President and Executive Director for the Washington Association of School Social Workers.   In addition, she also served on the board and as President for the National Association of Social Workers – Washington Chapter.  Ms. Anderson-Ketchmark has received numerous honors and awards, including the 2000 School Social Worker of the Year and the 2015 School Social Work Advocate Award.  She is a member of the NASW Children & Schools Editorial Board.  

2018 Legislator of the Year - Sherrod Brown (OH)

United States Senator Sherrod Brown (OH) is the School Social Work Association of America 2018 Legislator of the Year.  Nominated by the Ohio School Social Work Association, Senator Brown has worked tirelessly on behalf of educators, schools, children and families throughout his career.  He has made many noteworthy contributions.  Some of the more recent ones included voting as a member of the US Senator Finance Committee to approve a bipartisan bill that would guarantee a five-year funding extension of the Children’s Health Insurance.  In August, 2017, Senator Brown introduced the School Building Improvement Act of 2017 that would provide $100 billion in direct grants and school construction bonds over ten years to update schools and create an estimated 1.9 million jobs.  He is an outspoken advocate for the Affordable Healthcare Act and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). 

2018 Gary Lee Shaffer Award - Dr. Susan Elswick (TN)

Dr. Susan Elswick (TN) is the 2018 Gary Lee Shaffer Award Winner for Academic Contributions to the Field of School Social Work.  She is an Assistant Professor of Social Work at the University of Memphis where she teaches school social work courses.  Her knowledge and passion for the profession is well known.  Dr. Elswick has a Bachelor Degree in Psychology from Coastal Carolina University, a Masters in Social Work from the University of Tennessee, and a Doctorate in Education from the University of Memphis. 


Mark your calendars for the 22nd annual School Social Work Conference in Orlando, FL beginning Wednesday, April 3 until Saturday, April 6, 2019.  The annual SSWAA Conference is the only national conference devoted exclusively to the School Social Work profession! 


Earn CEUs by attending sessions led by nationally recognized leaders in the profession focusing on issues and skills critical to School Social Workers Click here for more information regarding Conference CEU Procedures. 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.  

Conference Links & Information


P.O. Box 3068  

London, KY 40743



Our Mission

Connecting, empowering, and equipping School Social Workers to provide evidence-informed services.

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