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Participate in National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week

2016 | National Institute of Health

National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week (NDAFW) will be held Jan. 23-29, 2017 and is sponsored, by both the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), both part of the National Institutes of Health. The week-long observance was launched in 2010 to counteract the myths about drugs and alcohol that teens often hear from the Internet, TV, movies, music, or friends.

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has proposed a $500-million federal program to curb bullying

2016 | Washington Post

Under the program, states would need to pass anti-bullying laws and invest their own money to qualify for funding, which could be used to hire social workers, psychologists and other professionals.

UCLA releases policy brief on multi-tiered system of support (MTSS)

2016 | Los Angeles

UCLA released a policy brief titled “ESSA State Consolidated Plans: Rethinking MTSS to Better Address Barriers to Learning.” This brief focuses on the limitations of using a multi-tiered system of support (MTSS) framework to remove barriers to learning.

The Department of Education released guidance on Title IV

2016 | Washington, DC

Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA) covers the administration of the United States federal student financial aid programs. This report is titled Non-Regulatory Guidance - Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants.

Trauma is a hidden cause of academic struggles for many in D.C., report finds

2015 | Washington Post

A new report by the D.C. Children’s Law Center reports that children in the District of Columbia are disproportionately exposed to traumatic experiences, including poverty, homelessness and gun violence, that affect their ability to learn.

NASW Oregon Chapter aims to expand school social work positions

2015 | NASW

The NASW-Oregon Chapter is currently working with state legislators to use marijuana legalization tax revenue to help fund a significant expansion of school social workers. Specifically, the chapter is aiming to create a pilot project that would focus getting school social workers in the state’s title one schools. Representative and NASW member, Joe Gallegos (D-Hillsboro) and the Chapter are championing the effort. NASW-Oregon hopes this will be the first step towards achieving the goal of having school social workers in every school in Oregon.

Poverty, family stress are thwarting student success, top teachers say

2015 | Washington Post

The greatest barriers to school success for K-12 students have little to do with anything that goes on in the classroom, according to the nation’s top teachers: It is family stress, followed by poverty, and learning and psychological problems.

School Social Worker, Ana Bonilla-Galdamez receives National Social Worker of the Year Award

2015 | NASW

NASW Recognizes Social Work Innovations In The Classroom

The Youth Promise Act Gains Bipartisan Support

2015 | Huffington Post

A Bill To Keep Kids Out Of Prison Has A New Lease On Life, Thanks To Conservatives.

SISP (Specialized Instructional Support Personnel) week is April 13-17th 2015

2015 | Thunderclap

PLEASE support NASW’s School Social Work coalition with the National Alliance for Specialized Instructional Support Personnel (NASISP) by visiting Thunderclap.

NASW signs on to letter to Chairman Alexander and Ranking Member Murray

2015 | NASW

NASW signs on to letter to Chairman Alexander and Ranking Member Murray in opposition to the proposed block granting of programs in Title IV.

Schools must be prepared to respond to suicides, experts say

2015 | Newsworks

Schools could be part of a first line of defense in preventing suicide -- but experts say many are not prepared to deal with this major public health issue.

How to Get Kids to Class

2014 | New York Times

School Social Work positions highlighted in New York Times article.

Memorandum of Understanding

2014 | NASW

With great enthusiasm, we are pleased to announce that NASW and the School Social Work Association of America (SSWAA) have renewed and updated the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the two organizations. A key piece of the MOU is to foster collaboration on local and state levels to advance the interests of school social workers.

Breaking Schools’ Rules: A Statewide Study on How School Discipline Relates to Students’ Success and Juvenile Justice Involvement

2014 | Justice Center

The CSG Justice Center, in partnership with the Public Policy Research Institute at Texas A&M University, has released an unprecedented statewide study of nearly 1 million Texas public secondary school students, followed for at least six years. Among its startling findings are that the majority of students were suspended or expelled between seventh to twelfth grade.

Guiding Principles: A Resource Guide for Improving School Climate and Discipline

2014 | U.S. Department of Education

The Obama administration unveiled sweeping national school discipline guidelines urging schools to remove students from classrooms for disciplinary reasons only as a last resort. This guidance document draws from emerging research and best practices to describe three key principles and related action steps that can help guide state and locally controlled efforts to improve school climate and school discipline.

Professional Development

NASW Credentialing Center

The NASW Credentialing Center administers NASW Professional Social Work Credentials and NASW Advanced Practice Specialty Credentials.
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School Social Work Specialty Practice Section

The School Social Work SPS provides NASW members with free Continuing Education credits and up-to-date information on practice issues and trends.
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