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Time Study/Tracker Feedback Wanted

Time Study/Tracker Feedback Wanted | School Social Work Effectiveness | Scoop.it
�️Before you head off on summer break...�️ �We want to share some exciting news:� This summer we'll be building an online time tracking/reporting app to assist you in advocating for your role and workload. We'd to hear your feedback and questions in the comments. If you'd like to receive updates on the tool and get early access you can sign up here: https://mailchi.mp/fb2f892bd2d1/ssw-time-tracker
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Steve Whitmore/Oakland Schools' SW Time Study Tool is being taken to the next level.  Check out this posting afrom SchoolSocialWork.net's Scott Carchedi. @schoolsocwork
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How to use social media and technology to develop a Personal Learning Network - YouTube

Join Nancy J. Smyth, LCSW, PhD, Dean for the University at Buffalo School of Social Work http://www.socialwork.buffalo.edu/ and Mike Langlois, LICSW, http://...
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Twitter is used by a number of teachers, but it has been slower to catch on for professional use by school social workers. It is a rich resource that everyone should consider.
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School Social Worker Blog

School Social Worker Blog | School Social Work Effectiveness | Scoop.it
Amanda Smith is a Licensed Clinical Social Work Associate and a Licensed School Social Worker in North Carolina. Amanda has a Masters of Social Work (MSW) and a Masters of Arts in Conflict Management and Resolution (MA). She also has a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and is a freelance writer and blogger at heart.
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The New Social Worker Digital Edition- Spring Edition 2018 Now Available (Thanks @newsocialworker)

The New Social Worker Digital Edition- Spring Edition 2018 Now Available (Thanks @newsocialworker) | School Social Work Effectiveness | Scoop.it

In This Issue • Mental Health First Aid • LinkedIn for Social Work • Boundaries in a Small Community • Historical Trauma and Social Work ...and much more!

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Great articles and tips for new and more experienced social workers on Linked In, being a Field Educator, Mental Health First Aide, Trauma, Mentroing, Self-care, and more.  
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Illinois Social Work Manual

Illinois Social Work Manual | School Social Work Effectiveness | Scoop.it
The primary task of the school social worker is to provide the supportive services necessary to allow all students to make the best use of their educational opportunities as they develop their individual potential to the fullest extent. School social work service is based on an understanding of the relationship between student achievement and the influences of psychosocial development, family, community, and culture. Further, the school social worker uses specific skills and training to help resolve conflicts that arise between the school's policies and expectations and the student's background experiences. Student achievement is enhanced when these conflicts are successfully resolved. School social work is founded on the following premises: 1) Schools and families must work together, with mutual respect, to support student achievement. 2) Families, schools, and communities should develop and utilize resources to help students succeed in school. 3) Students fail, misbehave, or act out for a reason and efforts must be made to understand these actions as a form of nonverbal communication. 4) Student success is enhanced when students are helped to positively cope with social, emotional, and cultural conflicts that interfere with appropriate behavior and academic performance. 7 5) Students with physical, mental, emotional, or learning disabilities must be identified and served through collaboration between regular classroom personnel and other programs including Section 504, gifted, and special education services.
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This document features student population to social worker ratios as well as other aspects of school social work.  While we need to move more to a individual workload model, this might section (along with a time study) might be helpful in discussing your position and what you do on a daily basis. (Appendix C)
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4 Easy Steps to Advance from a Caseload to a Workload Approach | | SeekFreaks

4 Easy Steps to Advance from a Caseload to a Workload Approach | | SeekFreaks | School Social Work Effectiveness | Scoop.it
Have you ever wondered where you were ever going to find the time in the school day to contact a parent, write a request for equipment for one of your students, answer an email invite to a meeting, or pee!? Sound familiar to you? For sure, that was me! As PTs, SLPs, and OTs entered school-based practice in the 70s and
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Let Silence Do the Heavy Lifting

Let Silence Do the Heavy Lifting | School Social Work Effectiveness | Scoop.it
Mastering the art of silence is a process and will feel uncomfortable at first for a business leader, but it will bring real benefits as you build your team.
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As social workers, we sometimes feel like we have to have all of the answers. There is value in silence-  next time you have a team meeting, resist the temptation to have "all the answers". Let silence rule and discover what might happen. 
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NASP Guidance for Delivery of School Psychological Telehealth Services

NASP Guidance for Delivery of School Psychological Telehealth Services | School Social Work Effectiveness | Scoop.it
This document provides guidance on the important factors school psychologists should consider when engaging in the practice of delivering services virtually. Virtual service delivery is defined as providing services remotely, where the clinician and the client are physically located in two different locations and services are provided using technology via the Internet. It is also commonly referred to as teletherapy or telehealth; telehealth is the term that will be used throughout this document. The guidance provided does not constitute an endorsement of a particular approach or practice in the realm of teletherapy or telehealth. In addition, the information provided below reflects current information gathered. As more is learned and the field of telehealth evolves, new information is expected to emerge.
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What guidelines are there for SSW Telehealth/Virtual services?  Do you believe that they can be just as effective as in-person services?
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MDE - Laws & Policies

MDE - Laws & Policies | School Social Work Effectiveness | Scoop.it
Michigan Department of Education - This page is for Law, Policy and Planning as it relates to Special Education.
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This page includes latest laws including a link to Michigan's seclusion and restraint policy which took effect in March.
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Problem-Solving Consultation in Schools: Past, Present & Future

Problem-Solving Consultation in Schools: Past, Present & Future | School Social Work Effectiveness | Scoop.it
School-based consultation is a method of psychological service delivery in which a school psychologist works together with a teacher and/or parent to identify and analyze a particular problem with a student and then create an intervention plan that the teacher or parent can implement with varying degrees of support or independently. The members of the consultation team are typically referred to as the consultant (e.g., school psychologist), the consultee (e.g., teacher or parent), and the client (e.g., student). In this paper we provide a brief overview of school-based behavioral or problem solving consultation, including (a) an introduction to consultation methods and applications, (b) relevant background information, (c) a description of current variations of behavioral consultation, (d) a discussion of best practices in consultation, (e) an overview of current research in behavioral consultation, and (f) comments on future directions in the field. Keywords: problem solving, beh
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This article addresses several aspects of the consultation process including the benefits of consultation.
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Michigan Administrative Rules for
Special Education (MARSE) With
Related IDEA Federal Regulations

Michigan Administrative Rules for<br/>Special Education (MARSE) With<br/>Related IDEA Federal Regulations | School Social Work Effectiveness | Scoop.it
All public agencies in the state, as those agencies are defined at 34 C.F.R. §300.33 of the regulations implementing the individuals with disabilities education act, 20 U.S.C. chapter 33, §1400 et seq., shall comply with these rules; all provisions of the state's application for federal funds under part B and part C of the individuals with disabilities education act, 20 U.S.C. chapter 33, §1400 et seq.; the requirements of part B and part C of the individuals with disabilities education act; and the regulations implementing the individuals with disabilities education act, 34 C.F.R. part 300 and 34 part 303, which are adopted by reference in these rules. Copies are available, at cost, from the Government Printing Office, 732 North Capitol Street, NW, Washington, DC 20401-0001 or from the Center for Educational Networking, 6412 Centurion Drive, Suite 130, Lansing, MI 48917 or toll free at (888) 463-7656. Related
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This is the June, 2016 version of Special Educatiopn Rules for Michigan. 
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Every Student Succeeds Act- (ASHA Key Issues)

Every Student Succeeds Act- (ASHA Key Issues) | School Social Work Effectiveness | Scoop.it
In December 2015, President Barack Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), Public Law 114-95, into law. This new major federal K–12 law replaces the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). ESSA allows for greater flexibility for states to create their own accountability systems, academic goals, reporting, and other requirements. Although the 2016–2017 school year is a transitional year from NCLB to ESSA, ESSA will take full effect beginning with the 2017–2018 school year. ESSA contains many new opportunities for ASHA’s school-based audiologists and speech-language pathologists (SLPs) to • consult with state and local leaders when developing their state plan; • access more professional learning opportunities; • play a greater role in literacy in the early grades; and • develop more comprehensive early intervening and multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS) for struggling students. ESSA requires states to develop new plans for how they will implement the law. The law requires the state to consult with various stakeholders, including those representing specialized instructional support personnel (SISP)—a designation that includes audiologists and SLPs, among other school-based professionals. Therefore, ASHA members will have the opportunity to play an important role in providing information to the states as they develop their plans related to professional learnin
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How will ESSA impact your school and your social work role? How can SSWs and SLPs work together for the success of children?
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8 Tips to Propel Your Meetings to the Next Level

Want to take your leadership team meetings from effective and tolerated to powerful and enjoyable? Here are eight tips to improve your company meetings.
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How well do your meetings run when you staff on a student?  Are there any practices in this list that your team might need to improve?
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Advice for New School Social Workers - School Social Work

Advice for New School Social Workers - School Social Work | School Social Work Effectiveness | Scoop.it
Last week I asked my social networks to share their advice for new school social workers. I've compiled their responses below. My apologies in-advance for the 70's-80's "gurus". I just couldn't help myself.
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Advice for new Social Workers. This is actually good for us all!

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Resource Mapping and Management

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This gives ideas and considerations when mapping out a school's resources and assets. It addresses the Macro piece that we rarely have a chance to explore,but could have big payoff in the end. I wonder how this would work in conjunction with an eco-map?
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 Moving Beyond Ratios- MSSWA 

 Moving Beyond Ratios- MSSWA  | School Social Work Effectiveness | Scoop.it
This position statement represents the views of the Minnesota School Psychologists Association and the Minnesota School Social Workers Association regarding caseload standards for Specialized Instructional Support Personnel (SISP), the collective name for School Psychologists, School Social Workers, School Nurses, School Counselors, Occupational and Physical Therapists, and Speech-Language Pathologists among others. 

We recommend that educational agencies, professionals and decision makers move beyond using what we contend is an inaccurate “caseload/ratio approach” to recognizing the comprehensive range of workload activities that are performed by and required of SISP to meet the social, emotional, physical health and academic needs of all students. 

 SISP roles are expanding in ways that make simply documenting caseload (defined as the number of students to whom we are providing services) less meaningful and short-sighted. As Feinberg et al. (2005) argued, the identified “client” is changing. The SISP’s “client” may be an individual student or group of students, a classroom, a teacher or group of teachers, an administrator, a family, the school system or the larger community. Additionally, there is a risk if caseload ratios for each of the different professional associations identified as SISP only look to their identified profession as the provider of choice, and in doing so fail to recognize both the overlap of SISP roles and the importance of the multi-disciplinary team approach to identifying and addressing student needs.
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Nice statement from Minnesota School Social Work Association address the issue of caseloads and workloads. 
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NASW Highlights the Growing Need for School Social Workers to Prevent School Violence > www.socialworkers.org

NASW Highlights the Growing Need for School Social Workers to Prevent School Violence > www.socialworkers.org | School Social Work Effectiveness | Scoop.it
NASW standards call for at least one social worker per 250 students in schools
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This just out.  What are your districts staffing levels of mental health professionals to students?  Perhaps a discussion about the reality of how your time is currently spent needs to take place with your administrators so that you can effectively support kids that might need support. 
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Workload Versus Caseload: Changing the Conversation

Workload Versus Caseload: Changing the Conversation | School Social Work Effectiveness | Scoop.it
Note:  we will be sharing an updated version of this work at the 22nd Annual Center for School Mental Health Conference on October 19th. I am a school social work consultant in Michigan responsible for the professional development of roughly 300 school social workers in one county. About once every few months, I receive an …
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Social work caseload versus workload discussion article.  What kinds of conversations are you having with your adminstrator about next year?
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The Introvert’s Guide To Job Interviews [Infographic] | Daily Infographic

The Introvert’s Guide To Job Interviews [Infographic] | Daily Infographic | School Social Work Effectiveness | Scoop.it
Ace your next job interview, even if you consider yourself an introvert! Learn everything from what to do beforehand to what to talk about, and land your dream job.
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Some good tips for anyone!
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The Best Newsletters for School Social Workers - School Social Work

The Best Newsletters for School Social Workers - School Social Work | School Social Work Effectiveness | Scoop.it
Subscribing to email newsletters is an easy way to stay up to date on current practices, research, legislation, and other news pertaining to school social work. Here’s a list of newsletters I find helpful: ACSSW Newsletter The American Council for School Social Workers puts out an excellent weekly newsletter. The newsletter includes recommended readings, professional development opportunities, practice …
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Newsletters help us stay up on current trends and spark our creativity.  Check out this list.
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Building The Ultimate Resume Using Science [Infographic] | Daily Infographic

Building The Ultimate Resume Using Science [Infographic] | Daily Infographic | School Social Work Effectiveness | Scoop.it
An infographic about creating a perfect resume according to science
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Good reminders for those just coming out of schools and looking for employment.  Don't forget to check out www.masswmi.org/networking for postings.
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Working Collaboratively:
From School-Based Teams to
School-Community Connections
(Updated 2015)

Working Collaboratively:<br/>From School-Based Teams to<br/>School-Community Connections<br/>(Updated 2015) | School Social Work Effectiveness | Scoop.it
Across the country, groups of people who often haven’t worked together previously are combining their talents and resources to improve outcomes for children and youth. They often form groups called collaboratives. This packet provides some guidance for what makes such collaborative efforts successful and what gets in the way. It is designed as an introduction to the nature and scope of working collaboratively at various levels of intervention.
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The cliche "Teamwork Makes the Dream Work" is very true in education.  This resource gives some greater understanding and rangers of collaborative processes.  
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Workload Versus Caseload: Changing the Conversation - School Social Work

Workload Versus Caseload: Changing the Conversation - School Social Work | School Social Work Effectiveness | Scoop.it
38 1 1 I am a school social work consultant in Michigan responsible for the professional development of roughly 300 school social workers in one county. About once every few months, I receive an email that asks about how many students should a school social worker have on their caseload.  While speech pathologists have a …
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How are your work assignments deterined as an educator?  s it the most effective? 
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Workload Approach: Ohio Policy

Workload Approach: Ohio Policy | 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. This module will address the workload approach. 

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Many administrators assign SLP and other itinerant duties based on the caseload model.  This module explains how to approach a workload model in caseload distribution for SLPs. It would be easy to use this model with any discipline.  Free user name and password required.
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A Cancer That Can Kill Your Business (Or School?)

Authentic core values, discovered and nurtured, are essential to building a healthy business. Take these steps to keep your business healthy at its core.
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What are the core values in your school buildings, district and/or special ed department? Can they be articulated?  How do they intersect with your ethics?  
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