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  • 08/12/2021 1:01 PM | Anonymous

    New School Social Work Resource Sharing Sessions - DPI

    This is an opportunity geared towards individuals new or fairly new, to the field of school social work - all school social workers are welcome. Drop in to chat about resources available through DPI, ask practice questions, and get support from the state‚Äôs school social work consultant and special guests. General session topics are provided, however discussions may stray from the topic. This is not a training and does not supplant coursework from a university program, but instead it is another place to ask questions and learn about state and national resources. 

    These sessions are drop-in and no registration is needed. Visit this page to find links for the virtual sessions and more information.

    Cost: Free

    Time: 11:30-12:30 pm

    Dates and Starting Topics:

    • Thurs., Aug 26 - NASW Standards, SSWAA Practice Model, State and National Associations 
    • Wed. Sept. 22 - Pupil Records, Sharing Information, and HIPAA v FERPA
    • Wed. Oct. 20 - Comprehensive School Mental Health Systems Framework, MLSS, PBIS, risk assessment
    • Tues. Nov 23 - Special Education, EBD, Related Services, social histories
    • Wed. Dec. 15 - Attendance/Truancy
    • Wed. Jan 19 - ESSA - Supporting students in Out-of-Home Care & working with child welfare, Cultural Responsiveness, LGBTQ+
    • Thurs. Feb. 17 - Trauma Sensitive Schools, Social and Emotional Learning, Self Care & Compassion
    • Wed. March 16 -Understanding the roles of School Counselors and School Psychologists
    • Wed. April 20 - Reducing and Responding to Sexual Violence, Title IX, Child Abuse, protective behaviors, anti-human trafficking

  • 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 

  • 05/10/2021 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.

  • 03/04/2021 7:03 AM | Anonymous

    Apply for a Mini-Grant!

    Do you have a unique and interesting idea to help students and families? 

    We have mini-grants available to help you try a new initiative or innovative idea in through your school social work practice. Grant money should be used to directly impact or benefit students and/or family needs. Applicants may request any amount up to $500. See past recipient projects here.   Details here.

    Complete on online application at 2020-2021 Mini-Grant Application

    Submit proposals by May 15th, 2021

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