Promoting School Social Work

School Social Work Week

National School Social Work is the First Week in March of Every Year. Mark your calendars for March 5 – 11, 2017.

NYSSSWA board members Carrie Frost and Suzi Stoller worked to develop a resolution that was adopted by the NYS Senate and NYS State Assembly in March 2016. This resolution was sent to district Superintendents and Board of Education Presidents throughout the state and NYSSSWA is committed to sending notice of School Social Work Week every year to all school districts in New York State. Please let your regional board member know how you celebrated school social worker week and if your district acknowledged you!

Photo: To the right is a photo of assembly member Didi Barrett presenting the School Social Week Resolution to NYSSSWA member and Past President Suzi Stoller in 2014.


What is the difference between the role of the School Social Worker and the role of other Student Support Staff? (August, 2014)

The Student Support Team Brochure

Prepared by members of the New York State Education Department’s Pupil Personnel Services Advisory Team ( including the New York State School Social Workers’ Association) and was published in 2012. It provides brief description of the role of School Social Workers, School Psychologists, School Counselors, School Nurses and School Attendance Officers.

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School Social Work Brochure: Carmel Central School District (August, 2014)

School Social Workers from Carmel Central School District promote their role with a brochure (Thank you Kathy MacCarthy for sharing this as an example)

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Here’s How Schools Can Support Student’s Mental Health (2016) 
By Meg Anderson

This article features a School Social Worker as well as the need for a “multi-tiered system of supports” to address the mental health needs of students.  There is also a great powerpoint presentation, A Silent Epidemic:  The Mental Health Crisis in Schools.  (Unfortunately, it does not include School Social Workers.)

Source:  NPR Ed

How Are School Social Workers Related to the Common Core Standards? (2013)

There are many documents available on Common Core Standards and Social Emotional Barriers to Learning. One excellent source is the School Mental Health Project of ULCA. They have a document titled “Common Core Standards for a Learning Supports Component” that provides detailed standards that address the external (environmental) and internal (personal) factors that interfere with learning and teaching.

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“Maximize the Potential of Your School Social Worker” (March, 2014)

Annette Johnson, Jane Adams School of Social Work at the University of Illinois, underscores the value of school social workers in the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) Student Services column.   Think of what could be accomplished if your school could hire another school social worker? Principal Leadership, written by Annette Johnson & Libby Nealis, March, 2014.
Source: SSWAA Website

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“Revenues Generated for School Districts by School Social Work Services”

Very useful in demonstrating your financial worth to a school.
Source: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

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School Social Work Manuals

NYS School Social Worker Survival Toolkit
Self-advocacy resource guide by NASW-NYS School Social Work Task Force in collaboration with NYSSSWA.

A Toolbox for New School Social Workers
Source: Dr. Gary Shaffer, University of North Carolina

Manual for School Social Work Practice in Minnesota. (211 pages)
Developed by the Minnesota School Social Workers Association and available on their website at

The New York State School Social Workers Association (NYSSSWA) is the only professional association dedicated solely to the visibility and viability of School Social Workers in New York State.

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