Celebrating School Social Workers

Happy School Social Work Week!

The School Social Work Association of America is proud to promote National School Social Work Week, held the first full calendar week of March (Sunday - Saturday). SSWAA collects and shares resources to help you celebrate and promote School Social Work Week. We hope you will make some great plans to celebrate as well as receive much-deserved recognition for the vital role that you provide to students, administrators, teachers, educators, parents, and the community!

This year's School Social Work Week is March 3-9, 2019. The SSWAA theme for School Social Work Week 2019 is: "Lucky Enough!" Click the button above to get to resources available for the week.

National School Social Worker of the Year

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Georgia's own Dr. Terriyln Rivers-Cannon has been named National School Social Worker of the Year, by the School Social Work Association of America. Dr. Rivers-Cannon is a School Social Worker in the Atlanta Public School System. She will receive her award during the School Social Work Association of America (SSWAA) annual conference in Orlando, on April 5th, 2019. Let's congratulate Dr. Rivers-Cannon on receiving this award and for the outstanding work she does as a School Social Worker!
Breakfast Infographic Aimed at Families

The U.S. Department of Agriculture wants to teach families about the importance of eating a healthy breakfast. Visit the MyPlate Guide to School Breakfast webpage to download a PDF of the infographic.

Trade Talks: The Construction Way (Featuring the Mechanical Trades)

Tuesday, April 16th, 10:30am-2:30pm

6120 Purdue Drive Southwest

Atlanta, GA

This year, in partnership with leading industry experts, we launched Trade Talks, a face to face career-focused professional learning platform for school counselors and social workers. Specifically, Trade Talks takes the format of a lunch and learn, and industry experts will provide relevant career information to school counselors.

Join us:

April 16, 2019


Trade Talks: The Construction Way

Featuring the Mechanical Trades

at the Mechanical Trades Institute

School counselors in all grade levels, school counselor leaders, and school social workers will learn about:

  • Construction industry career opportunities and career descriptions
  • Education pathways (apprenticeships, 2-year colleges, certificates, diplomas, and 4-year colleges)
  • Skills needed for beginning employees
  • Salaries (starting, average, level, etc.)
  • Career growth potential (opportunities for advancement)
  • Career outlook (including critical need areas in the state)
  • Industry partnerships (contact information for school counselors who want to partner with industry experts)

Click here to register today and #ChangeTheCareerConversation

Seats are limited!

School, Family Influence in Healthy Student Behavior

The CDC recently highlighted the importance of family and school-based approaches of promoting healthy adolescent behavior. Review the report to learn how to support student growth and development.

Trauma/Brain 101

The Online Trauma/Brain 101: Understanding the Impact of Trauma on Children/Youth and Brain Development course is available to educators. Directions for accessing the Online Trauma/Brain 101 are located here.

Instructional Hours: 3 CEUs: 3 hours MSW (core), LPC & LMFT (related), and DECAL

Course Description This online course will provide participants with foundational knowledge about child trauma, child traumatic stress and how adversity and trauma can impact children and youth and their brain development. Participants will also be introduced to brain architecture and early brain development in children and youth.

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Awards grants of $250 to $5,000 through Walmart stores, Sam's Clubs and Logistics facilities. Eligible nonprofit organizations must operate within the service area of the facility from which they are requesting funding. The 2019 grant cycle begins February 15, with an application deadline of December 31. An application may be submitted at any time during this funding cycle. Please note that applications will only remain pending in our system for 90 days. Apply here.

Inspirational Quotes

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Be the change you wish to see in the world.

- Mahatma Gandhi

Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves.

- Proverbs 31:8

You must never be fearful about what you are doing when it is right.

- Rosa Parks

The happiest people I know are those who lose themselves in the service of others.

- Gordon B. Hinckley

Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.

- Helen Keller

In Your Office Professional Learning

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Adverse Childhood Experiences

Many children experience traumatic events, and you can learn how to overcome their impact on child health. Join Live Smart Texas on April 3 at 1 p.m. for a webinar addressing Adverse Childhood Events, the impact they have on a child’s health and how to overcome them. Click here to register.

Dramatic Writing for Film, Television, and Theatre I

Dramatic Writing for Film, Television, and Theatre I, is a new English Language Arts requirement option for our state. In May 2018, this game-changing ELA/Fine Arts course was approved by the State Board, USG, and TCSG as an ELA graduation requirement option AND Fine Arts elective credit for ALL Georgia high school students in Georgia! This brand-new course will expose and train students to work in the $9.5 billion dollar film industry (and growing!) here in Georgia. The webinar is Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 10 a.m. Click here to register.

20 Things We Need To Say More Often

As things can get stressful for us, our students and families, check out this video from Kid President to help with putting things into perspective.
Schools play a critical role in the comprehensive approach to student behavioral health. To assist schools in mental health screening, the National Center for School Mental Health at the University of Maryland released the School Mental Health Screening Playbook and the School Mental Health Teaming Playbook. Click on the button above to see the playbooks.

Encouraging Healthy Behaviors

School staff play an important role in encouraging healthy behaviors for students. Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website below to learn more.

According to Stop Teen Dating Violence, 1 in 3 seventh grade U.S. students report being in an abusive relationship. 44% of all students have been in an abusive relationship by the time they graduate from college. Click button above to learn more.

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Join CHOA as Stewards of Children demonstrates how to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse and teaches five proactive steps to protecting children.

April 4- 1 to 3:30 p.m.

June 7- 1:30 to 4:00 p.m.

August 12- 1:30 to 4:00 p.m.

Training Location:

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

Office Park Learning Center

1680 Tullie Circle NE

Atlanta, GA 30329

For more information, please contact Angie Boy at 404-785-5004 or email cpctraining@choa.org and click here to access the registration form.

Work-Life Balance

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Often School Social Workers get so wrapped up in taking care of students, families and others that they forget about taking care of themselves. Remember there is a balance between work and life. Take care of yourself so you can take care of others. Celebrate the week knowing that you make a difference in students' lives.