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FREE Book Preview for SSWN Readers

FREE Book Preview for SSWN Readers | Evidenced Based SSW Practice | Scoop.it
Hello SSWN friends, I have an amazing gift to share with all the SSW within the reach of this site:  thanks to SSW Titan Dr. Cynthia Franklin and her publisher Taylor & Francis, I’ve been given permission to share FREE access to her latest book, SFBT in Alternative Schools:  Ensuring Student Success and Preventing Dropout. …
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This is an excellent free resource for solution focused brief therapy by leaders in the field.  Sign up for SSWN Newsletter and their community while you are on the website. 
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High Leverage Practices in Special Education

High Leverage Practices in Special Education | Evidenced Based SSW Practice | Scoop.it
Concerns about achievement levels of students who struggle in school, including those with disabilities, have led to major changes in U.S. education policy. These changes have included increased expectations and accountability for student achievement and calls for improving the practice of teachers (e.g., the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 and its predecessor, the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001; NCATE, 2010; U.S. Department of Education, 2010). Improving teacher practice has become a major focus of policy makers and teacher educators for several reasons, including research revealing that (a) improving the effectiveness of teachers is the most direct approach to improving outcomes for low-achieving students (Hanushek & Rivkin, 2010; Master, Loeb, & Wyckoff, 2014), and that (b) many effective practices that can substantially improve student achievement are not routinely used by teachers (Cook & Odom, 2013). The need to improve teacher practice has led several prominent teacher educators (e.g., Ball & Forzani, 2011; Grossman, Hammerness, & McDonald, 2009; Leko, Brownell, Sindelar, & Kiely, 2015; McDonald, Kazemi, & Kavanaugh, 2013) to take the position that teacher education should focus more deliberately on instructional practice, and that teacher preparation programs should be developed that address this goal. In these programs, teacher education would be centered on a set of effective practices that all teachers need to learn (i.e., practices that are used frequently in classrooms and have been shown to improve student outcomes). Programs also would embed much of teacher preparation in clinical settings to systematically support teacher candidates in learning to use these HLPs (Grossman et al., 2009; NCATE, 2010). This emphasis on using practice-based teacher education to improve instructional practice has emerged in both general and special education (Leko et al., 2015; McDonald et al., 2013).
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How many of these practices do you adhere to and see in your building(s)?
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What Makes Mentoring Effective?  How Research Can Support You in Selecting a Program.

What Makes Mentoring Effective?  How Research Can Support You in Selecting a Program. | Evidenced Based SSW Practice | Scoop.it
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The big take-a-way is that not all models are created equal.  Research and careful planning should be used in building mentoring programs.
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School Based Mental Health Services:  A Research Review

School Based Mental Health Services:  A Research Review | Evidenced Based SSW Practice | Scoop.it
While a lThis paper provides a synthetic review of research on school-based mental health services. Schools play an increasingly important role in providing mental health services to children, yet most school-based programs being provided have no evidence to support their impact. A computerized search of references published between 1985 and 1999 was used to identify studies of school-based mental health services for children. Study inclusion was determined by (i) use of randomized, quasi-experimental, or multiple baseline research design; (ii) inclusion of a control group; (iii) use of standardized outcome measures; and (iv) baseline and postintervention outcome assessment. The application of these criteria yielded a final sample of 47 studies on which this review is based. Results suggest that there are a strong group of school-based mental health programs that have evidence of impact across a range of emotional and behavioral problems. However, there were no programs that specifically targeted particular clinical syndromes. Important features of the implementation process that increase the probability of service sustainability and maintenance were identified. These include (i) consistent program implementation; (ii) inclusion of parents, teachers, or peers; (iii) use of multiple modalities; (iv) integration of program content into general classroom curriculum; and (v) developmentally appropriate program components. Implications of these findings and directions for future research are discussed
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While a little on the vintage side, there are many good thoughts, consideration and program recommondations in this article.
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Children with Disabilities Benefit from Classroom Inclusion

Children with Disabilities Benefit from Classroom Inclusion | Evidenced Based SSW Practice | Scoop.it
Language skills improve when preschoolers with disabilities are included in classes with typical peers
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A good example of the benefits of inclusion.  However, it was noted that most gains occur when there are highly skilled peers. 
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Website Trustworthiness: How Can You Tell? @swcareer

Website Trustworthiness: How Can You Tell? @swcareer | Evidenced Based SSW Practice | Scoop.it
The internet is full of misinformation; post describes Howard Rheingold's CRAP Detection method to assessing website trustworthiness.
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Good to know as you conduct research on best practice. 

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2015 Prevention Resource Guide: Making Meaningful Connections

The 2015 Prevention Resource Guide: Making Meaningful Connections was created to support service providers in their work with parents, caregivers, and their children to strengthen families and prevent child atodabuse and neglect.  The resources featured represent the work of a broad-based partnership of national organizations, Federal partners, and parents committed to strengthening families and communities. Among the many resources, note you can make copies of the parenting tip sheets (Chapter 5) for use in parent education classes or parent support groups in English and Spanish.  Read more and  Download Guide (102 pages)   Source:  U.S. Department of Human Services  

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This features some great resources and ideas for parent engagement. Thanks @thesswaa. 

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Trip Data Base

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What is Trip?
Trip is a clinical search engine designed to allow users to quickly and easily find and use high-quality research evidence to support their practice and/or care.

Trip has been online since 1997 and in that time has developed into the internet’s premier source of evidence-based content. Our motto is ‘Find evidence fast’ and this is something we aim to deliver for every single search.

As well as research evidence we also allow clinicians to search across other content types including images, videos, patient information leaflets, educational courses and news.
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This search engine has a free version that will give access to EBP articles.

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Welcome to NSTTAC | NSTTAC

Welcome to NSTTAC | NSTTAC | Evidenced Based SSW Practice | Scoop.it

NSTTAC is a national technical assistance and dissemination center funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP, CFDA# 84.326J11001) from January 1, 2012 – December 31, 2014.

The National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center ( NSTTAC ) is directed and staffed by the Special Education Program at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, in partnership with the Special Education Program at Western Michigan University. NSTTAC provides technical assistance (TA) and disseminates information to State Education Agencies, Local Education Authorities, schools, and other stakeholders to (a) implement and scale up evidence-based practices leading to improved academic and functional achievement for students with disabilities, preparing them for college or other postsecondary education and training and the workforce; (b) implement policies, procedures, and practices to facilitate and increase participation of students with disabilities in programs and initiatives designed to ensure college- and career-readiness; and (c) achieve 100% compliance with IDEA, Part B Indicator 13 (I-13).  To do this, NSTTAC will:

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This website offers a number of targeted skills to assist in transition planning and intervention. 

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What Evidence-Based Practice Really Means - School Social Work

Evidence-based practice has received criticism for being a “cook book”, cost saving  approach to practice that discounts clinical expertise and clients’ preferences and values.  These critiques often result from the misconception that the term “evidence-based practice” or EBP refers to a manualized intervention that has research to support its effectiveness. Evidenced-based practice is a process by …
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This resource is helpful for a short guide to EBP.

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The Steps of Evidence-Based Practice in Clinical Practice: An Overview - Springer

The Steps of Evidence-Based Practice in Clinical Practice: An Overview - Springer | Evidenced Based SSW Practice | Scoop.it
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How often do you consider Evidenced Based Practices in developing a plan for a student?

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Evidence Based Practice Resources - School Social Work Association of America

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Key Therapeutic Approachesd for Helping Children Manage Emotions

Key Therapeutic Approachesd for Helping Children Manage Emotions | Evidenced Based SSW Practice | Scoop.it
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Remembering a child's developmental level and skills is so important to helping kids manage their feelings. Thanks @ACSSW for sharing. 
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SSW Research Brief: Child-Centered Play Therapy in Schools- Thanks @sswn

SSW Research Brief: Child-Centered Play Therapy in Schools- Thanks @sswn | Evidenced Based SSW Practice | Scoop.it
Ray, D., Armstrong, S., Balkin, R., & Jayne, K. (2015). Child-centered play therapy in the schools: Review and meta-analysis. Psychology in the Schools, 52(2), 107-123. Article summarized by Minji Kim, MSW Student studying School Social Work at Loyola Chicago What is the study about? Researchers conducted a meta-analysis to examine the effectiveness of child-centered play …
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School social workers have many tools in their tool boxes.  Many educators forget that "play is the language of children".
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Mental Health Services in Schools: Literature Review | National Center for Leadership in Intensive Intervention

Mental Health Services in Schools: Literature Review | National Center for Leadership in Intensive Intervention | Evidenced Based SSW Practice | Scoop.it
The NATIONAL CENTER FOR LEADERSHIP IN INTENSIVE INTERVENTION (NCLII), a consortium funded by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), prepares special education leaders to become experts in research on intensive intervention for students with disabilities who have persistent and severe academic (e.g., reading and math) and behavioral difficulties. The project provides generous support (i.e., tuition, stipend, research funding) for 28 doctoral scholars at partner institutions in a consortium that includes Vanderbilt University, Southern Methodist University, University of Connecticut, University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Minnesota, University of Texas at Austin, and Virginia Commonwealth University. Scholars participate in a core curriculum focused on intensive intervention and contribute to this website (the Intensive Intervention Network) to advance research on and implementation of intensive intervention. The project provides opportunities for scholars to participate in cross-institutional research activities. In addition, the consortium provides opportunities for scholars to intern with national centers supported by OSEP (i.e., Collaboration for Effective Educator Development, Accountability, and Reform [CEEDAR], National Center on Intensive Intervention [NCII], the IRIS Center at Vanderbilt University) and the Institute of Education Sciences (i.e., Accelerated Academic Achievement Center [A3]).
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This center is publishing evidenced based practice guides and papers on various school topics. Worth looking at some of the articles and the guides. Might need to do further research. 
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Working on What Works (WOWW): Coaching Teachers to Do More of What's Working

Working on What Works (WOWW): Coaching Teachers to Do More of What's Working | Evidenced Based SSW Practice | Scoop.it
Working on What Works (WOWW): Coaching Teachers to Do More of What's Working
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Consulting is part of the SSWs professional role.  This offers one way to assist teachers in improving their classroom culture based on solution focused principles. 
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Searching the Deep Web as Explained by Common Craft (Free Technology for Teachers)

Searching the Deep Web as Explained by Common Craft (Free Technology for Teachers) | Evidenced Based SSW Practice | Scoop.it
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Sometimes videos for students are good for our understanding as well. For professional purposes, we require professional resources. Using Google Scholar can be helpful for finding them, but unless you are a University student or employee, access is limited. In Michigan, our intermediate school districts have information specialists (or librarians) who have access to many databases and articles. They typically can have the resources e-mailed directly to you. Contact me if you need the name of the person in Oakland County.
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Evidence-based Kernels: Fundamental Units of Behavioral Influence #dailysswscoop

Evidence-based Kernels: Fundamental Units of Behavioral Influence #dailysswscoop | Evidenced Based SSW Practice | Scoop.it
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Thanks Michael S Kelly or this journal article.  It features some of the best ways to intervene to reduce behavior problems.  They are low cost/no cost, easy implementation strategies that all should be considering and keep handy. 
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Ideas That Work | Preparing children and youth with disabilities for success

Ideas That Work | Preparing children and youth with disabilities for success | Evidenced Based SSW Practice | Scoop.it

As part of its celebrations of the 40th Anniversary of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) at the U.S. Department of Education has launched a new website entitled:  IDEAs That Work: Preparing Children and Youth with Disabilities for Success  As school systems work to implement rigorous academic standards and prepare diverse learners for success beyond graduation, we are proud to announce this additional support for teachers and families of students with disabilities and struggling learners. The IDEAs that Work website is designed to connect teachers and families with resources to assist them in supporting the academic, social, emotional and behavioral needs of students as they become college and career ready.    Twitter:  #IDEA40    Source:  U.S. Department of Education

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This website looks to have promise with many links to other cites to build an Evidenced Informed Pratice.  Thanks #SSWAA for the resource!

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Evidence Based Practice Links | Midwest Council School Social Workers

Evidence Based Practice Links | Midwest Council School Social Workers | Evidenced Based SSW Practice | Scoop.it
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Additional Journals/Resources to Consider when seeking EBPs.

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Overview

Overview | Evidenced Based SSW Practice | Scoop.it
Since 1986, the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network (NDPC/N) has conducted and analyzed research, sponsored extensive workshops, and collaborated with a variety of practitioners to further t…
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Some effective strategies and interventions are shared.

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Evidence-Based Resources - A Social Work Research Guide - Research Guides at Washington University Libraries

Evidence-Based Resources - A Social Work Research Guide - Research Guides at Washington University Libraries | Evidenced Based SSW Practice | Scoop.it

The origin of evidence-based practice is found in medicine, where the goal is “integrating individual clinical expertise with the best available external clinical evidence from systematic research”(Sackett, Richardson, Rosenberg, & Haynes, 1998, p.2). Cournoyer (2004) indicates that the discussion of empirically based social services began as early as 1981. The application of research to social work and to the behavioral sciences accelerated in the 1990s when computing and data management tools became widely available. Evidence-based practice (EBP) has expanded from medicine into the social and behavioral sciences in order to utilize the best possible practices to achieve the best possible outcomes for the client. View an overview of evidence-based social work by Professor Dorian Traube discussion on YouTube. This guide is intended to serve as a reference throughout your studies at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work and to instill an understanding of the EBP process that you can depend on to guide you in your future practice and research. The ultimate goal is that you become familiar and comfortable with approaching problems, questions, and social work practice in an evidence-based manner. This guide  Illustrates how to formulate questions;  Provides the basic definitions and core materials to be consulted for finding current evidence;  Provides assistance in formulating the search strategies for seeking literature in the databases;  Emphasizes the questions related to evaluating current literature;  Assists in analyzing the articles for applicable tools;  Provides suggestions for what to do with evaluations of the applications.

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A comprehensive website with a video, handbook and many links to EBP resources.  

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Free Technology for Teachers

Free Technology for Teachers | Evidenced Based SSW Practice | Scoop.it
Google Scholar, like Google Books, is one of the research tools that students often overlook when searching on the web. Google Scholar can be an excellent place for high school and college students to find peer-reviewed academic papers, journals, theses, books, and court opinions. In the video below I demonstrate how to create a library of resources in Google Scholar as well as how to create Google Scholar Alerts that will notify you when new content related to your research appears in Google Scholar.
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Google Scholar is a great tool for finding EBP articles and resources. Thanks @rmbyrne 

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good resource for students. 

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#IEPT Evidenced Based Practice Tracking Form

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This form is a helpful checklist to make sure that students are receiving the best supports that are good for all students. 

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