Tag Archives: school social work

Constructions of Race and Equity in a Suburban School: Teachers, School Social Workers, and Other School Staff as Nepantleras and Border Crossers

Suburban schools, particularly those with majority white histories experiencing demographic shifts, are increasingly in need of addressing issues of racial equity. An article in a recent issue of the journal Children & Schools, co-published by NASW and Oxford University Press, reveals findings in a study on these issues. This qualitative study, using the extended case method, examined one suburban school ... Read More »

As School Social Workers, We Did What We Knew to Do

Social worker Sakia Gable Dixon, LICSW, organizes book bags and school supplies for distribution to families in her Alabama school district.

By Sakia Gable Dixon, LICSW I do not know one person who anticipated the challenges of 2020.  Each has his or her struggles, mishaps, and reasons for distress from year to year. An attack on our nation and world at large, COVID 19 proved that we would not remain the same.  This virus affected us physically, mentally, and financially. The ... Read More »

Social Work and School Reopening

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September 11, 2020 About Social Work Responds The Association of Social Work Boards, the Council on Social Work Education, and the National Association of Social Workers are committed to collaborating on the range of issues affecting the social work profession and the people and communities we serve. Follow Up Based on previous Social Work Responds emails and calls to action, ... Read More »

School Social Work and Sex Education: Expanding School-Based Partnerships to Better Realize Professional Objectives

School-based social work and sex education are both intended to provide education and services designed to support the healthy emotional and physical development of youths. However, school social work and sex education have been developed and implemented largely in parallel to one another, with little attention paid to the similarities of their objectives or potential for interdisciplinary partnership. In a ... Read More »

The Impact of School-Based Volunteering on Social Capital and Self- and Collective Efficacy among Low-Income Mothers

For more than two decades varied models of school-linked services and school–family–community partnerships have been advanced with the goal of improving the educational, developmental, mental health, health, and social outcomes for children and families. In a recent issue of the journal Children & Schools, published by NASW Press and Oxford University Press, researchers revealed their findings from a study on ... Read More »

Exploring School Social Worker Involvement in Community School Implementation

The community school movement represents a promising approach to school reform that brings much-needed attention to the intersections of child, family, and community well-being. Although the community school movement of today shares many core values and goals with school social work, it has undergone a different developmental trajectory. As a result, operation of the community school model may, no matter ... Read More »

Learning Together: Implementation of a Peer-Tutoring Intervention Targeting Academic and Social–Emotional Needs

Schools continue their efforts to concurrently support the academic and social–emotional needs of students. Peer-tutoring programs are frequently used to effect positive change for students in a variety of academic and social–emotional domains. In addition, these programs are often used to target specific students or needs on a school campus. School social workers are uniquely suited to consider, implement, and ... Read More »

County Schools Mental Health Coalition: A Model for a Systematic Approach to Supporting Youths

Childhood emotional, behavioral, and social problems are serious developmental challenges affecting the lives of a substantial number of youths. Estimates suggest that 20 percent of children in the United States have difficulty with attention, disruptive behavior, and mood. Severe social, emotional, and behavioral health difficulties are predictive of a variety of pervasive problems, including substance abuse, criminal behavior, risk taking, ... Read More »

Classroom–Community Consultation (C3) 10 Years after Hurricane Katrina: A Retrospective Look at a Collaborative, School-Based Referral Model

Hurricane Katrina was one of the most devastating natural disasters to occur in the continental United States, and the effects of this disaster are felt to this day. Social workers played a vital role in the recovery efforts following Katrina, and important lessons gained from their experiences can aid social service providers in helping the public in the aftermath of ... Read More »

Open House as a Tool to Connect Schools to Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

Multiple reasons exist for the increase in grandparents raising grandchildren, and studies have found that most grandparents assume primary caregiving responsibilities during a crisis. At the same time, grandparents raising grandchildren are represented in all geographic regions, cultures, and socioeconomic levels. But regardless of socio-economic status, school-age students in grandparent-headed households often are at high risk for academic failure. Studies ... Read More »