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  • Thursday, July 17, 2014 11:30 AM | Sonnya Nieves (Administrator)

    Do you know a colleague who is innovative, energetic and dedicated to her/his work with students?  Consider nominating them for the HSV/SSW of the Year Award!  Recognize their exceptional contribution to the field of education.  Highlight the important work they do for their students, families, district, and community - let it inspire others to rise to that level of excellence.


    Click here for more information!  Deadline for nominations is September 30, 2014.

  • Tuesday, July 15, 2014 9:20 AM | Sonnya Nieves (Administrator)

    The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) has been working since 2010 to develop an educator effectiveness model that will incorporate those attributes that are most critical to the way teachers, non-teaching professionals, and principals are evaluated as well as providing training tools for professional growth that provide support as part of a fair effective evaluation process.

    The first of the new field-tested systems, for classroom teachers, has been implemented as of July 1, 2013. The next systems for non-teaching professionals and principals will begin implementation on July 1, 2014.  Click here to learn more about the project.  Click here to review the rubrics developed for HSVs and SSWs.  You can also review the Guiding Questions that were used in the development of the rubrics.  

    This PA Bulletin outlines the Educator Effectiveness Rating Tool that will be used to evaluate non-teaching professional employees.

  • Tuesday, July 15, 2014 9:12 AM | Sonnya Nieves (Administrator)

    House Bill 1559 (Act 71), sponsored by Rep. Frank Farina (D-115), amends the Public School Code to provide for youth suicide awareness and prevention education. Act 71 requires each entity to adopt youth suicide awareness and prevention policies and include four hours of training every five years for professional educators in school buildings serving students grades six through twelve. It also authorizes but does not require schools to develop an age-appropriate child exploitation awareness education program and incorporate the program into the existing curriculum for students grades K-8.


  • Tuesday, July 15, 2014 9:10 AM | Sonnya Nieves (Administrator)

    House Bill 1424 (Act 70), sponsored by Rep. Paul Clymer (R-145), amends the Public School Code to provide for instruction on the Holocaust, genocide, and human rights violations. Act 70 allows each school entity to offer instruction in the Holocaust, genocide and human rights violations, and requires the State Board of Education (SBE) to conduct a study regarding the manner in which such instruction is offered. If most school districts do not voluntarily offer this instruction, the Act requires the State Board of Education eventually to force them to do it.


  • Thursday, May 22, 2014 11:03 AM | Sonnya Nieves (Administrator)

    The School-Based Health Alliance is partnering with the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust to create the next generation of school-based health centers (SBHCs). The New Directions for School-Based Health Grants – funded by CVS and administered by the School-Based Health Alliance – will build the capacity of the school-based health care field to become integrated and active participants in the larger health care ecosystem through policy and practice solutions.

    Click here for information from the School-Based Health Alliance.

    Below are two additional resources:


  • Friday, March 28, 2014 11:29 AM | Sonnya Nieves (Administrator)
    NASW-PA is seeking feedback about the issues that are most important to practicing social workers in order to prioritize their legislative agenda.

    Certification for school social workers is on the list - bring it to the forefront by sharing your feedback on their short, anonymous survey!
  • Thursday, March 13, 2014 12:41 PM | Sonnya Nieves (Administrator)

    Take advantage of this funding opportunity through the Department of Education to add school social workers and home & school visitors to your district's student support services!

    • Competitive Preference Priority 1: Improving school engagement, school environment, and school safety, and improving family and community engagement.
    • Competitive Preference Priority 2: Support for military families

    Click here for more information and the online application.


  • Thursday, March 13, 2014 8:37 AM | Sonnya Nieves (Administrator)


    A good place for keeping up with trends, discussing topics, and networking with colleagues!  Check us out!

  • Monday, February 03, 2014 10:05 AM | Sonnya Nieves (Administrator)
    If you are a current PASSWP member, you reside in one of the counties in the South region, and you are interested in becoming more active in PASSWP, NOW IS THE TIME!  Click here for more information.
  • Monday, February 03, 2014 9:25 AM | Sonnya Nieves (Administrator)
    Dear School Social Work Colleagues,

    The second National School Social Work Survey will be launched on February 3, 2014, and we are asking for your participation. In 2008, our team conducted our first National School School Social Work Survey and we were able to get 1,639 responses from school social workers practicing in 48 states (Kelly et al., 2010).  Many of you assisted us in our efforts then; we hope that you will support our efforts again.

    The second National School Social Work Survey has two broad aims.  The first will be to capture data from the largest number of practicing school social workers ever surveyed, and to enrich our understanding of the daily practices, skills, competencies, and barriers faced by school social workers.  This first aim will seek to inform national and state-level efforts to expand the presence of social work in school settings.  Indeed, despite our profession being over 100 years old, the size and scope of school social workundefinednationally speakingundefinedis not well-known to the public or to policymakers. Our survey’s second aim seeks to inform university and state association efforts to enhance the professional development and training of pre-service and in-service school social workers so that they can provide the best services to the schools and students they serve.

    We are also planning to do a second phase of this study where we will contact survey respondents to participate in focus groups related to their school social work practice.  If you would like to be part of this second study, you will have an option to send us your e-mail address at the end of the survey and you will also be entered at that time in a raffle to win an $100 Amazon gift card, an Amazon Kindle Fire, and (the grand prize) an iPad.  

    We request your participation and ask that you click on this link if you wish to be part of this Second National School Social Work Survey:

    It is our hope that you will assist us in our efforts to gain a solid national picture of the presence of school social workersundefinedand in doing so, assist our profession in clarifying and expressing the value of what we do in school settings.  Thank you for your support.

    Michael S. Kelly, Lead Investigator, Second National School Social Work Survey, and Associate Professor, Loyola University Chicago School of Social Work 

    National School Social Work Survey Team:  
    Aaron Thompson, University of Missouri
    Andy Frey, University of Louisville
    Michelle Alvarez, Minnesota State-Mankato and SSWAA President
    Stephanie Berzin, Boston College
    Heather Klemp, MSW Student, University of Missouri

Your feedback is important to us.  If you have questions, comments or suggestions, email us!

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