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  • 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

  • 02/23/2021 11:40 AM | Anonymous

    Nominate the 2021 School Social Worker of the Year!

    Promote a colleague whom you feel is deserving of the SCHOOL SOCIAL WORKER OF THE YEAR AWARD!  Celebrate a social worker who you think deserves this special recognition. Nomination form here.  On the form, please share how the nominee is exceptional in 2 of the 4 areas on the Wisconsin School Social Worker Evaluation Framework.  Read about past recipients in the awards section on our website.  Deadline: May 21st, 2021

  • 02/23/2021 11:29 AM | Anonymous

    March 7th-13th is School Social Work Week

    In our role as advocates, it's important to advocate for ourselves as a valuable resource to our school and community.  A big part of that is educating staff, administrators, and community members about what we do!  It is also important to take time to celebrate each other and our accomplishments so that we have fuel to continue to do the work!  Here are some resources to educate and celebrate!

    Promote your practice - Be visible, viable, and valuable

    Ways to Celebrate - updated to reflect COVID-19 conditions

    SSWAA role of school social worker - Scroll down to find downloadable 1-page handouts on why school social workers are needed, as well as infographics about our role.

    Poster - share digitally or print!

    Proclamation by the Governor

    Proclamation by DPI - from the State Superintendent

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