Promoting School Social Work

School Social Work Week

March 3 – 9, 2019
March 1 – 7, 2020   (Be sure to have your district put on their 2020 Calendar!)

National School Social Work Week is always the first full week of March.  School Social Work Week provides an excellent opportunity to let others know of the great work that you are doing!   During this week, plan to take the opportunity to “toot your own horn” and let others know how you are impacting the lives of students as you address barriers to learning and increase successful educational and academic outcomes.

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Promotional Resources

(Just a few possible resources to assist you.)

SSWAA Position Statements & Practice Model


What is the difference between the role of the School Social Worker and the role of other Student Support Staff?

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.

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

School Social Work Manuals

(These are excellent resources full of extremely useful information for all School Social Workers.)


  • 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 UCLA School Mental Health Project. They have a document titled “Common Core Standards for a Learning Supports Component”  (29 pages) that provides detailed standards that address the external (environmental) and internal (personal) factors that interfere with learning and teaching.

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

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