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Tag Archives: schools

Impact of School Violence on Youth Alcohol Abuse: Differences Based on Gender and Grade Level

Researchers have noted a strong association between violence and alcohol-related problems among youths. Studies have shown alcohol use to be linked to violent behavior; nevertheless, gaps in the research currently exist, especially with regard to gender and grade level differences in the impact of school violence on recent alcohol use and episodic heavy drinking among youths. In the April 2016 ... Read More »

NASW’s Michigan chapter hosts race forums

By Paul R. Pace, News staff Many NASW chapters are addressing the complex issues of racism, hate crimes and police use of force in their communities. The NASW Michigan Chapter is the latest example of social workers working toward positive solutions. This fall it partnered with 14 schools of social work to host a first-ever series of social work forums ... Read More »

In aftermath of South Carolina incident, schools should consider hiring social workers, not police

A video of School Resource Officer (SRO) in South Carolina flipping, tossing and manhandling a 16-year-old female high school student has gone viral, again raising concern and questions about the presence of police  in schools, the criminalization of certain behavior by juveniles, and racial disparities in cases of excessive use of force by law enforcement. While the Spring Valley High ... Read More »

Data and Evaluation Strategies to Support Parent Engagement Programs: Learnings from an Evaluation of Parent University

In the fall of 2008, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) launched Parent University, an innovative, collaborative initiative designed to reach out to and engage parents in their children’s education, with a special emphasis on the underserved. In conjunction with a wide variety of community partners, Parent University offers unique course offerings, symposia, and workshops aimed at increasing parents’ involvement in schools and ... Read More »

Exploring linkages between school climate, behavioral norms, social supports, and academic success

How are the school-lives and success of students affected by environmental factors? What factors in a child’s environment are likely to have the most impact on learning and behavior? In the December issue of Social Work Research, Laura M. Hopson, PhD, MSSW, Kathryn S. Schiller, PhD, and Hal A. Lawson, PhD, published their findings in a study on environmental factors’ ... Read More »

School Violence Solutions: Social workers focus on mental health aspect

By Paul R. Pace, News staff Headlines announcing the latest incidents of school violence have become common, and calls for solutions have been open to debate. Rather than promote a fortress mentality to protect students from violence, social workers are urging more programs and resources that provide early mental health screenings and treatments for school children. In addition, social workers ... Read More »

Special Issue of Children & Schools on School Social Workers and Military-Connected Schools

It is estimated that the children of parents either who are currently in the military or who are veterans numbers over 4 million in the United States. These children and their families have and/or continue to experience multiple deployments, family separation, frequent transitions and relocations, and other stressful life events that their non-military-connected peers usually do not undergo. Supportive school ... Read More »

U.S. schools of social work strengthen global partnerships

By Paul R. Pace, News staff More than 200 million Chinese workers migrated from rural plantations to urban labor markets between 2000 and 2010, and the surge in economic growth has resulted in hardships for millions of people in the country. The Chinese government is depending on the social work profession to address these increasing social challenges by bolstering the ... Read More »

Educational Personnel as Reporters of Suspected Child Maltreatment

Over 3 million referrals for suspected child abuse or neglect were made to Child Protective Services (CPS) in the US in 2009. Reports of suspicion of child maltreatment are more likely to come from educational personnel than from any other professional or non-professional reporting source. However, research consistently raises concerns as to the quantity and quality of reports by this ... Read More »

Illinois jobs summit aims to prepare social work students

By Paul R. Pace, News staff Social work leaders and educators and human services agencies in Illinois are on a mission to better prepare the state’s social work students for a challenging job market. The NASW Illinois Chapter and the Illinois Association of Deans and Directors hosted a Social Work Jobs Summit in early 2012, and participants are busy collecting ... Read More »