2021 National School Social Work Conference


March 22 - March 25, 2021

Pivot is a term meaning a change of direction.  Many individuals and organizations have had to pivot during these challenging times.  SSWAA has had to pivot as well.

The SSWAA Board and Executive Director have continued to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic throughout the spring.   We have spent considerable time reviewing data, discussing options, and weighing alternatives.  At this time, the SSWAA Board has made the difficult decision to not hold an in-person conference for 2020.  We are disappointed to not be able to gather together and network through the National Conference, but do want to keep the safety of our members as a top priority.

SSWAA will have a Virtual Conference this summer, June 29th & June 30th – more information will be coming very soon!  This virtual opportunity will provide needed CEUs and will contain useful information as we all continue to address the needs of our students, schools, and communities around COVID-19 and anticipated return to school in the fall, whatever form that may take.

In the meantime, SSWAA has been able to shift our in-person National Conference to March 22-25, 2021 at our same location in Baltimore, MD.  We are thrilled to bring many of the same programmatic features planned for 2020 to you in 2021 and registration will be re-opening soon!  *Please note our new dates include a slight shift in schedule with our Pre-Conference on Monday, followed by the Full Conference Tuesday through mid-day Thursday.  We absolutely look forward to the day we can gather together and reconnect!  We hope many of you can join us in Baltimore, MD, March 22-25, 2021.

This year's theme is sure to highlight the vital role that School Social Workers play in school communities as they promote welcoming school environments, offer hope and meaningful support, and guide students and families through challenges and adversity.

BEACON OF HOPE:  School Social Workers - Lighting the Way!

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. Earn CEUs by attending sessions led by nationally recognized leaders in the profession focusing on issues and skills critical to School Social Workers and numerous products to restock your libraries, assessment toolkits and treasure chests of activities. 

Expand your knowledge through powerful professional learning!  Elevate your practice as you gain meaningful tools and resources for the work!  Engage with other professionals leaving you inspired and renewed!  See you in Baltimore!

Conference T-Shirt

Add this year's conference t-shirt to your conference registration. This year's shirt will feature the conference logo "Beacon of Hope" on a navy t-shirt.

Registration rates
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call for workshop proposals

Share your ideas and best practices as a conference presenter!  The call for proposals is now available. What can you contribute to this great professional learning event?  Proposal deadline is July 31, 2020.

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“Over the years I have made a lot of friends in SSWAA and I love catching up with them at the National Conference and hearing about the work which they do for the profession.”  -- Kevin, Illinois

“I cannot say enough about this conference!  I go back to my office with tons of ideas and strategies feeling refreshed.  Excellent presenters, valuable information presented, lasting relationships created.  Every School Social Worker needs to attend this conference!  Love it!!”  -- Cassandra, Wyoming

“I try to attend SSWAA’s National Conference very year because it is ALL about School Social Work & every workshop I attend applies directly to some aspect of the work I do every day!” -- Annice, Tennessee

“I thoroughly enjoy seeing fellow colleagues from across the country, networking and meeting new school social workers, and being within a national learning atmosphere.” -- Benita, Illinois


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London, KY 40743




Our Mission

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

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