Dear SSWAA Members,
Our hearts are heavy as we continue to process the devastation of the events in Uvalde, Texas earlier this week. The School Social Work Association of America would like to extend our sincerest condolences to the families, friends, loved ones and communities impacted by the recent mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas along with every individual and community affected each day by gun violence. SSWAA also wants to recognize the astounding bravery and courage demonstrated by the teachers, administrators, support staff and first responders in response to these horrific events.
As School Social Workers, our knowledge, training, and expertise uniquely position us to help students, families, staff, and communities as they embark on the difficult task of processing their pain and addressing the trauma. As trained mental health professionals, we understand that in the days, weeks, and months to come, the need for healing will require a comprehensive effort of support. Our expertise in navigating resources and collaborating with community mental health providers will be pivotal in the recovery process.
Coupled with our compassion in these situations is the need for action. SSWAA has compiled a variety of resources for your use as you navigate the needs, feelings, and experiences of your schools and communities and as you take action to advocate for a strategic and comprehensive approach to end gun violence and ensure safe school communities.
Board and Staff of SSWAA
Welcome School Social Workers to our website!
Last month was a celebration for school social worker the week of March 6-13, and we hope each and every one were recognized for all of the services you provide to your students and families. So much of what we do is behind the scenes and often goes unrecognized by others. We do make a difference in students’ lives by the services and support we provide. The SCASSW Board is appreciative of all of the school social workers across our state.
We have exciting events happening for our association. We look forward to our Spring Staff Development Day on May 6 at Saluda Shoals. If you are interested in attending, please register before the end of April. The fall conference is scheduled for November 29th – December 3rd at Marina Grande Dunes in Myrtle Beach. The conference committee is currently working on obtaining speakers. Be on the lookout for information in the next months.
At our spring conference, we will announce recipients of the School Social Worker of the Year and Friend of School Social Work. Information on the nomination process will be available on the website and also will be emailed to members. We will also elect SCASSW Board of Directors for the next term.
We hope you will be in attendance in May and can participate in the celebrations.
SCASSW Board encourages you to become a part of our association as we continue to support the profession through professional development, advocacy, and information. Thank you for all you do for students and families across SC!
Congratulations to Sherida Stroman!
“Mrs. Stroman is most deserving of this award,” said Aiken County Public School District (ACPSD) Superintendent King Laurence. “I have known her and worked with her for more than 17 years, and can say that no one has been more of an advocate for our disadvantaged and homeless students than she has. Mrs. Stroman is so compassionate toward the families she serves and works around the clock, nights and weekends, to assist in any way she can. She is a true beacon of light for so many.”