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  • 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:

    http://www.hrsa.gov/grants/apply/assistance/sbhcc/

    https://www.cfda.gov/index?s=program&mode=form&tab=core&id=79d4eebead370e109d0bdfa55881d33a

     

  • 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!

    http://www.nasw-pa.org/news/166576/Share-your-legislative-interests-with-NASW-PA.htm
  • 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)

     

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  • 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
  • Wednesday, November 13, 2013 3:38 PM | Sonnya Nieves (Administrator)

    The National PTA is offering the Smart from the Start Grant Program. With support from the National PTA, schools and communities across the nation have the opportunity to apply for a number of grants and other prizes to help them implement a health initiative at their school. The winning preschool will be awarded $20,000 and ten runners-up will each receive $2,500. Early childhood education centers and schools with a Pre-K program are eligible to apply. Submit applications by February 28, 2014.

     

    http://www.togethercounts.com/sfts/application/start   

  • Wednesday, November 13, 2013 3:37 PM | Sonnya Nieves (Administrator)

    The U.S. Department of Education (DOE) announced its new Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Data Center, which is part of an effort to improve the quality of special education data collected as part of IDEA. The DOE awarded Westat Inc a $6.5 million dollar grant to establish the National Technical Assistance Center to Improve State Capacity to Accurately Collect and Report IDEA Data. This center will provide technical assistance to states by gathering more accurate reliable data, providing training to states to help school and district officials submit better data, and improving data infrastructure.

     

    http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/65-million-grant-awarded-westat-inc-rockville-md-create-national-special-educati

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