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Become More Involved in ESSA Planning in Your District

Become More Involved in ESSA Planning in Your District | School Social Work Effectiveness | Scoop.it
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How are you assisting your district in the transition from NCLB to ESSA???  Here are some ideas.  Thanks @SSWAA.
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Career Center - Michigan Association of School Social Workers

Career Center - Michigan Association of School Social Workers | School Social Work Effectiveness | Scoop.it
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Are you in need of a school social worker? Looking for a school social work position?  Check out the MASSW website's career center. 
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Free Mental Health Webinars, March 2016

Free Mental Health Webinars, March 2016 | School Social Work Effectiveness | Scoop.it
Free Mental Health Webinars, March 2016; many of which provide CEs or certificates of completion
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Great list of webinars. Thanks @SWcareer for the list.

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Prune the Tree

Prune the Tree | School Social Work Effectiveness | Scoop.it
Are you spending too much time, effort, and energy to achieve “good” results in your business? You may need to prune leaders that don’t fit your business.
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While this is an advertisement, I think the notion is right.  Sometimes we have to prune our practices to allow new things to be developed.   Sometimes, we need to cut out practices (like certain types of documentation) that are no longer relevant or beliefs (like I have to do everything)  that just don't help.  What in your professional practice requires pruning? 

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EOS Worldwide Blog | Tips & Advice for Entrepreneurs and Leaders of Growing Companies

EOS Worldwide Blog | Tips & Advice for Entrepreneurs and Leaders of Growing Companies | School Social Work Effectiveness | Scoop.it
Leadership tips and advice for using the Entrepreneurial Operating System to get powerful results from your business.
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This is a great blog that discusses team processes.  While it is pitching a product or system, it does give helpful insight. 

 

I find that many schools could benefit from increasing team meeting productivity. 

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Project SERV (School Emergency Response to Violence)

Project SERV (School Emergency Response to Violence) | School Social Work Effectiveness | Scoop.it
This program funds short-term and long-term education-related services for LEAs to help them recover from a violent or traumatic event in which the learning environment has been disrupted.
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Baltimore Gets Funds for More School Social Workers!

Advocacy is the name of the game if school social workers want to maintain their positions and fund new slots. The Baltimore (MD) City School District has tapped into one source of federal funds that can be used to hire school social workers and school psychologists – Project SERV. SERV stands for School Emergency Response to Violence, and these funds are specifically designated to help school districts and higher education institutions "recover from a violent or traumatic event in which the learning environment has been disrupted."

 

With the problems in Baltimore earlier this year, the school district made a smart choice in understanding they need more school social workers and psychologists to help students. Staff hired with the $292,647 grant will do home visits to targeted students, provide group and individual counseling, help teachers prepare classroom lessons, and provide professional development for other staff members.  

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Supplemental-SSW-Ethical-Standards-final-3-15.pdf

This document was developed through the Midwest School Social Work Council with the leadership of Nic Dibble and can be found at the Midwest School Social Work Council website at http://midwestssw.org/. Special gratitude is extended to the hundreds of school social workers who reviewed the beliefs and supplemental ethical standards in small groups and offered consensus feedback to shape them to reflect the reality of school social work practice. In addition, feedback from the School Social Work Association of America (SSWAA) and the American Council for School Social Work (ACSSW) helped shape the final version

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Have you seen these standards of practice for School Social Workers? They are a  great description of the professional and beliefs.

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How To Write an "About Me" Page That Gets You Hired

How To Write an "About Me" Page That Gets You Hired | School Social Work Effectiveness | Scoop.it
An about page doesn't have to be anxiety-inducing. Keep it simple and put your inner-critic aside.
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This is one of the most difficult things people do.  If you are looking for a job, this article gives some helpful ideas for getting things going. 

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The Perfect Resume [Infographic]

The Perfect Resume [Infographic] | School Social Work Effectiveness | Scoop.it
We all hope we can find our dream job one day. Today's infographic will hopefully tweak your resume into the path to that job.
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How does your resume look?  Do you have relevant information first?  Here's some great tips.

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5 Ways to Partner With Your School Counselor on the Common Core

5 Ways to Partner With Your School Counselor on the Common Core | School Social Work Effectiveness | Scoop.it
School counseling programs must be inextricably woven together with instructional practice and school leadership.
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While this article is about the teacher - counselor relationship, I believe much of it applies to school social work as well.  I like the idea of thinking of school social workers as collaborative versus supplemental.

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7 Habits Of Innovative Thinkers

7 Habits Of Innovative Thinkers | School Social Work Effectiveness | Scoop.it
Emotional Intelligence plays a big role in innovative thinking. Here are traits that these people have in common.
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Some of these habits sound like good social work practitioner skills.  How would you rate on these? What would others say?  

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School Based Workload: What the Magic Formula? Maryland Presentation Slides

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This Powerpoint features some nice slides on what the data that is generated by the workload tool.  

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Strengths Based Practice: The Evidence

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How strong are you in utilizing strengths in your practice?  What would the ideal strengths-based practice look like?

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4 Mistakes To Easily Avoid When Searching For A Social Work Job - Social Worker Success

4 Mistakes To Easily Avoid When Searching For A Social Work Job - Social Worker Success | School Social Work Effectiveness | Scoop.it
Finding your social work job will be easier if you avoid these common mistakes during your job search..
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Some good tips that I haven't seen before.  MASSW has a jobs board at www.masswmi.org/networking.
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Get to Know ESSA: Advocating for SSW within the New Law! #DAILYSSWSCOOP 

Get to Know ESSA: Advocating for SSW within the New Law! States are busy making plans for the full implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) for School Year 2017-18. ESSA replaces the No Child Left Behind Act and treats school social workers and other specialized instructional support personnel (SISP) very differently
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All SSWs should take a look at this and what the new federal law says about your positions.  Thanks @sswaa for sharing. 
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Therapy Worksheets, Tools, and Handouts | Therapist Aid

Therapy Worksheets, Tools, and Handouts | Therapist Aid | School Social Work Effectiveness | Scoop.it
Free tools for mental health professionals including worksheets, treatment guides, and videos. Topics include CBT, anger management, self-esteem, relaxation, and more.
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This website has a few free resources and ideas that might be translated into school social work practice. 

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Venkataswamy Rajarapu's curator insight, February 21, 11:06 PM

It is handy for social workers practicing mental health

 

Rick Sawyer's curator insight, April 2, 2:45 PM

This website has a few free resources and ideas that might be translated into school social work practice. 

Candi Shader Roman's curator insight, April 3, 2:29 PM

This website has a few free resources and ideas that might be translated into school social work practice. 

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How will the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) affect Student Support Services?

“How does the Every Student Succeeds Act change things for student support staff? This is a concern being raised across the country. And the answers being provided include facts, opinions, and hopes. As examples, below are statements from the American School Counselor Association and the National Association of School Psychologists. We follow these two perspectives with our Center’s view that the new education act provides an opportunity for making changes that can end the marginalization and fragmentation of student and learning supports by establishing them as a primary force for enhancing equity of opportunity.

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The ESSA act might affect your job.  Here are perspectives from similar disciplines. 

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OMNIE | Overview of the Workload Approach

OMNIE | Overview of the Workload Approach | School Social Work Effectiveness | Scoop.it

Each school year, administrators determine which children will be assigned to speech-language pathologists (SLPs) for services and interventions. Depending on the state, there are various rules and processes that govern this determination. According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), there are two main methods that educational agencies use to determine the number of children who are assigned to SLPs: The caseload approach and the workload approach (2002a). 

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Ohio uses a workload model for speech and language pathologist assignments.  This information could be adapted for school social workers or other professionals. Registration to site is free. 

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Thank You Letters: How and Why to Write Them @swcareer

Thank You Letters: How and Why to Write Them @swcareer | School Social Work Effectiveness | Scoop.it
Guidance on how to write professional thank you letters to those who interview you, serve as a reference or help you via networking.
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Nice, simple formats.  I have always sent Thank You letters to interviews.  

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#PersonalLearningNetworks for #SocialWorkers

#PersonalLearningNetworks for #SocialWorkers | School Social Work Effectiveness | Scoop.it
Actually, you probably already have a professional learning network (PLN) of your own, and didn't even notice it.  A professional learning network (also known as a personalized learning network) in...
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All SSWs should be developing PLNs for themselves.  There are so many great resources out there for school social workers, finding a way to access them in a systematic way helps develop a rich practice. 

 

Thanks @laurelhitchcock for the great posting and resources.

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Managing Workload in a Caseload Driven World

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More thoughts on Workload Versus Caseload Model.  While this applies to SLPs, could it apply to other Student Support Personnel including School Social Workers?

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11 Habits of an Effective Teacher

11 Habits of an Effective Teacher | School Social Work Effectiveness | Scoop.it

I really appreciate teachers who are truly passionate about teaching. The teacher who wants to be an inspiration to others. The teacher who is happy with his/her job at all times. The teacher that every other child in the school would love to have. The teacher that kids remember for the rest of their lives. Are you that teacher? Read on and learn 11 effective habits of an effective teacher.

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When you look at a list like this, do you feel inadequate?  I don't think anyone person could master this list no matter what type of an educator they are.  But there is always room for improvement.  Celebrate those things that you do well, and then set a goal and plan for one thing you would like to develop.  

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The 2015 KIDS COUNT Data Book - The Annie E. Casey Foundation

The 2015 KIDS COUNT Data Book - The Annie E. Casey Foundation | School Social Work Effectiveness | Scoop.it
The 2015 KIDS COUNT Data Book, the 26th edition of the annual report on child well-being, shows improvements in child health and education, more families are struggling to make ends meet, and a growing number of kids live in high-poverty neighborhoods.
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A good resource for data and trends.  It looks like graduation rates are improving and reading skills are improving.  

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Schools as Learning Communities: What Is a Professional Learning Community?

Schools as Learning Communities: What Is a Professional Learning Community? | School Social Work Effectiveness | Scoop.it

The idea of improving schools by developing professional learning communities is currently in vogue. People use this term to describe every imaginable combination of individuals with an interest in education—a grade-level teaching team, a school committee, a high school department, an entire school district, a state department of education, a national professional organization, and so on. In fact, the term has been used so ubiquitously that it is in danger of losing all meaning.

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A PLC is a great way for people to improve their practice.  Have you ever been part of one?  This article gives some considerations in formation. 

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SSW Workload Vs Caseload News

SSW Workload Vs Caseload News | School Social Work Effectiveness | Scoop.it
July 1 Update Dear Colleague: I have decided to schedule three meetings with the idea that not everyone will make all three. The first...
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Updates have been added.  Our first meeting is July 8.  Come join us in developing this tool!

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