Sswaa - 2020 vision

I am a movie buff – I mean, a full-blown movie buff complete with movie club pass and snacks!  Give me an inspiring movie, a drama, a movie full of action, or a romantic comedy and I am there!  (With my Diet Coke and popcorn, of course!)   When I was teaching a course on school social work, I often had my students watch a movie (some factual, some fictional) and create cases for learning based on the characters on the screen.  One of the movies I always used was Coach CarterCoach Carter is a 2005 film based on the true story of Ken Carter who coached at Richmond High School in Richmond, CA.  In the film, Samuel L. Jackson portrays Coach Carter, who had expectations for the players that went beyond the court, into the classroom.  Holding to those expectations for academic achievement, Coach Carter locked the doors of the gym when he learned that many of the athletes had poor academic performance.  This decision was met with opposition by the students, parents, and the community.  During this film, there is an incredibly powerful scene between Coach Carter and his team when one player recites this quote,



“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.  Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.  It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.  Your playing small does not serve the world.  There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.  We are all meant to shine, as children do.  It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone.  And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.  As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”  (Coach Carter, 2005)



Chills, right?! 



This quote, from Marianne Williamson’s best-selling book A Return to Love, is incredibly powerful and inspiring.  It has some applicability to us.  As School Social Workers, we have the opportunity to listen to others, to truly hear others, to empower others, and to liberate others.  In order for us to do this, we also must embrace our power as School Social Workers.  We must be proud of our story and proud of our role, not shrinking back . . . but shining forth. 



SSWAA has a vision for 2020 – a vision of our profession, and indeed each of us, shining forth – proclaiming our role as vital and valuable, standing up and standing out as visible in our schools and communities, and having a strong voice for our students, families, and our profession.  Let’s join together and let our collective light shine!  Come be a part of the Vision!  (Popcorn and Diet Coke are optional.)  






Tools and Resources



The School Social Work Association of America, in keeping with our Vision 2020 Campaign, will be offering four complimentary webinars for members.  These webinars each develop one of the aspects of the Vision 2020 campaign: Vital – Valuable – Visible – Voice.   How can you demonstrate the vital role of our profession?  What can you do to document your valuable services to students?  How can you improve your chances of being seen and recognized for your professional contributions?  How can you raise your voice to promote the profession?

Join us for these useful webinars (listed below)!


Conference Sessions

The School Social Work Association of America, in keeping with our Vision 2020 Campaign, will be offering four conference sessions for attendees that each develop one of the aspects of the Vision 2020 campaign: Vital – Valuable – Visible – Voice.   See the conference brochure for listings and complete information.  Join us for one or more of these workshop sessions to engage and advance the vision for School Social Workers to be seen as vital, valuable, visible, and with a voice!





Other Resources

Show your School Social Work pride and help get the Vital – Valuable – Visible message out by ordering and wearing one of our Vision 2020 t-shirts!

vision 2020 webinars

The Vision 2020 Webinars will be available for CEUs for those members who attend the live webinar.  All members will have access to the recorded webinars after-the-fact, but CEUs will not be offered for those who watch the recordings.

Christy McCoy, MSW, LICSW

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Our Mission

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

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