“Beacon of Hope: School Social Workers – Lighting the Way”
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.
Ideas to Celebrate School Social Work Week
We have put together a list of activities as well as updated posters you might want to consider. Have fun planning this year’s celebration!!
School Social Work Association of America
“Beacon of Hope: School Social Workers – Lighting the Way” is our theme for School Social Work Week 2020. In our role, School Social Workers are able to light the way, emphasizing the whole child, collaborating with other professionals, linking students and families with needed services, and advocating for our profession. We have compiled some resources for SSWAA members and hope that you will find them useful. Please feel free to use them all or pick and choose what is beneficial to you and your district. We invite you to follow us on social media and share throughout the week as well. We hope you have a successful School Social Work Week 2020! #BeaconofHope #SSWWeek2020 Not a member yet? Join here.
Enjoy and hope you have a Happy School Social Work Week!!!
NY School Social Work Week Press Release (2019)
NYSSSWA leadership continues to work with NY Assembly Assistant Speaker Félix W. Ortiz regarding NY Bill A05373 that requires access to “at least one full-time licensed or certified school social worker to be employed in each elementary, intermediate, middle, junior high school and senior high school” in New York State. Please help us promote School Social Workers as well as advocate for this legislation by widely distributing the New York SSW Week Press Release which addresses the need for School Social Workers and urges everyone to contact their legislators. See also Talking Points for SSW Bill and take action today!
School Social Work Week Posters
NYSSSWA has also compiled some current and past School Social Work Week Posters which have been modified to include this year’s dates. If you created your own poster, please send to us at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can share with others.
See Promoting School Social Work page for School Social Work promotional resources, articles, brochures, position statements, School Social Work Manuals, etc.
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. Members are essential to our ability to support you and our profession. Join us Today!
2018 NY SSW Week Governor’s Proclamation
We hope you received some well deserved recognition for your critical role in schools as well as let others know how you are impacting the lives of students as you address barriers to learning and increase successful educational and academic outcomes. Please let your regional board member know how you celebrated School Social Work Week and if your district acknowledged you!
School Social Work Week Archives
2014, 2016: 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.
Photo: To the right is a photo of assembly member Didi Barrett presenting the School Social Work Week Resolution to NYSSSWA member and Past President Suzi Stoller in 2014.