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  • 07/19/2021 9:43 AM | Anonymous

    Due to the expanding growth of our post-MSW School Social Work Certificate Program, UW-Green Bay is seeking a school social work coordinator/lecturer for its MSW Program.  

    Click School Social Work Coordinator  for details.  

    The application deadline is Sunday, August 8, 2021.

  • 05/18/2021 1:45 PM | Anonymous

    The Wisconsin Center for Resilient Schools (WCRS) is collaborating virtually with district and school teams. Our unique location within the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and the Wisconsin Safe and Healthy Schools Center allows us to help teams navigate the many high-quality resources available across the state and nationally. The center supports teams to bring comprehensive school mental health and trauma sensitive, Social Emotional Learning (SEL) to full-scale implementation. Coaching is a relationship and through a partnership with WCRS we can support your team with reflection, growth, and refining structures and practices to shape beliefs and culture toward the vision in your school or district for optimal student outcomes. Our center in collaboration with districts and schools builds on the strengths inherent in your system to take it from good to great! 

    This FREE resource is open to all public, private, charter, and tribal schools in the state of Wisconsin. For additional information please visit our website. If interested in exploring a partnership with the WCRS, please fill out this Inquiry Form.

  • 05/18/2021 12:21 PM | Anonymous

    School Social Work Association of America (SSWAA) Members are able to apply for National Certification TM through a self-paced portfolio process. An orientation will be provided to new registrants monthly and applicants should complete the process in one year. National Certification will be good for 3 years with a re-certification process required at that time. To maintain National Certification, holders are expected to keep active membership status at the full or premiere level with SSWAA and fulfill ongoing CEU requirements in their applicable state.


    Click here to learn more.

  • 05/18/2021 12:19 PM | Anonymous

    The Emergency Broadband Benefit will provide a discount of up to $50 per month towards broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price. The Emergency Broadband Benefit is limited to one monthly service discount and one device discount per household.


    For more information please see FCC webpage at https://www.fcc.gov/broadbandbenefit 

  • 05/12/2021 9:50 AM | Anonymous

    School social workers we need your unique perspective!

    If you work with IEPs and the DPI forms - Please Provide Input on Revisions to Wisconsin DPI Sample IEP Forms

    Wisconsin DPI has put together a stakeholder folder and survey to get feedback on revisions to IEP forms that will be updated for the 2021-2022 school year.  Specifically, Wisconsin DPI is planning to revise two types of IEP forms.  First, are revisions to the current “disability worksheets” to turn them into “disability category criteria IEP forms”.  Please note that the “criteria” language on these forms reflect Wisconsin  state rule PI 11.36.  Although we are not permitted to share the forms for disability categories that are currently undergoing PI 11.36 rule changes until the rule is finalized and filed with the Legislative Reference Bureau, we are sharing those that are not undergoing rule changes so that you have an opportunity to provide input on the templates.  Second, we are revising the current evaluation report (ER-1) form.  The rationale for this revision is to assist IEP teams with conducting a comprehensive special education evaluation as required in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).  In addition, these revisions were designed to ensure IEP teams are only making eligibility determinations if a student needs specially designed instruction.  Please share this survey with your colleagues and stakeholders from your respective organization and thank you for your feedback.   Additional information about these revisions is included on a “Stakeholder Review Information” document in the folder.

    Link to Draft IEP Forms: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1r2yY6Rh7fXXLa1BrkQW-kGOMIz-ifwDs?usp=sharing
    Link to Survey

    Note: Revisions to all worksheets are highlighted in yellow.

    This folder and feedback form will be open through the end of day May 20.

  • 05/10/2021 12:20 PM | Anonymous

    SSW Trish Kilpin Joins State Superintendent-Elect Underly's Transition Team

    Trish Kilpin, school social worker at Greendale School District since 1991, is also one of five 2021 WI Educator of the Year recipients, and was 1997 SSW of the Year.  She created a mental health toolkit for caregivers and also teaches crisis response and preparedness at the local, state, and national level. Congrats Trish! Learn more about the transition here: https://dpi-transition.wi.gov/Pages/Home.aspx

  • 05/10/2021 12:19 PM | Anonymous

    Introducing New Affinity Group for BIPOC SSWs

    We are excited to announce the formation of our Social Workers of Color Affinity Group.  Affinity groups provide an opportunity for people with shared identities to come together in a safe and welcoming space. Participation in this group is limited to social workers who identify as a POC (person of color) or BIPOC (Black/Indigenous/Person of Color).

    To help us better meet the needs of the group participants, WSSWA is gathering information about potential interest in an affinity group for School Social Workers who identify as POC/BIPOC.

    If you are interested in participating, please take a few moments to answer this quick survey to let us know how to make the group meet your needs: 


    We will share specific meeting dates at a future time.

    Thank you!

    Nicole Berry, WSSWA Membership Chair

    Alex Schirmacher, WSSWA Treasurer

  • 05/10/2021 12:19 PM | Anonymous

    Support Legislation to Raise the Age of Being Tried as an Adult to 18

    Currently, 17-year-olds are tried as adults in court in the state of Wisconsin.  WSSWA firmly believes 17-year-olds should be tried as juveniles due to the adolescent brain not being fully developed in the prefrontal cortex region (aka executive functioning), making it difficult to control impulsive decisions.  While more could be said about the brain not being fully developed until the age of 25, this is a start.  Make your voice be heard by signing on to support raising the age to 18 in the budget here: https://raisetheagewi.org/ 

  • 03/25/2021 6:37 AM | Anonymous

    This is a very important election which impacts SSWs directly, and the future of education for our students and families (and the future of our state). That is why we felt it was important for our organization to get involved by endorsing Jill Underly for State Superintendent. 

    Dr. Underly has expressed a desire to consult with us as an organization on how to best support the profession, and is aligned with where we stand on the importance of mental health, equity, and funding.  Additionally, Dr. Underly opposes the expansion of vouchers for private schools, which is in agreement with the School Social Workers Association of America's position.

    We are at a critical moment regarding decisions being made about public education and policies affecting the people we serve.  We are called upon by the Code of Ethics, which includes Standard 6.04 Social and Political Action, to take action. Talk to family and friends about the importance of voting in this election, and make a plan to vote for Jill Underly for state superintendent.

  • 03/09/2021 7:07 AM | Anonymous

    Your expertise is valuable! Consider showcasing your experience and knowledge by presenting to your peers at the 2021 Fall Conference in Oshkosh, November 18-19. Click here to submit proposal.  Theme: Supporting Resilience Toward Just and Equitable Schools.

    Note: Workshop presenters and ONE co-presenter if applicable, will be offered a no-cost conference fee the day they present, if attending. If a presenter is attending both days, but presenting on only one, they will need to pay a one-day conference fee.

    Any Powerpoint and handouts you would like to share with registrants MUST be sent to wisconsinssw@gmail.com by October 30th for registrants to access during the conference. WSSWA will NOT be printing hard copies. Deadline for proposal August 1st.

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