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 Join Us for Inaugural Event Honoring School Social Workers March 11

SDCOE’s School Social Work unit is hosting a free webinar and awards celebration in recognition of the school social work profession. 

The event is scheduled for March 11 via Zoom from 9 a.m. to noon, and will take place during National School Social Work Week March 7-12. 

During this event, SDCOE will highlight the incredible work of school social workers who balance resiliency, passion, and perseverance while simultaneously serving students, families, and staff in districts and schools across San Diego county. The theme of this year’s event is “Resiliency of School Social Workers: Impacting Meaningful Change in Challenging Times.”

The program will include opening remarks from County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Paul Gothold, a keynote address from Patrick Mulkern (School Social Worker in San Francisco Unified), and thoughts from other SDCOE leadership. 

It will conclude with five individuals being recognized as School Social Workers of the Year in the following areas: elementary school, middle school, and high school social worker; administrative school social worker; and a school social work intern. Click here to view the nominees.  

The event is open to all educators. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required.  

National School Social Work Week is celebrated annually the first full week in March. It’s an opportunity to recognize the school social work profession and the vital role school social workers play in the lives of students, administrators, teachers, parents, and the community. 

Initiated by the School Social Work Association of America, this year’s theme is “Beacon of Hope: School Social Workers – Lighting the Way.”

“In our role, school social workers are able to light the way, emphasizing the whole child, collaborating with other professionals, linking students and families with needed services, and advocating for our profession,” the organization said. 

Show your appreciation for your school social worker! Here are a few ideas:  

  • Send personal cards/emails to thank them for their work
  • Create a website/newsletter story and social media posts to highlight your school social worker 
  • Encourage teachers to make a special announcement to recognize them

Follow SDCOE on social media and share from the event and throughout the week using the hashtags #schoolsocialworkSD and #SSWWeek2021.

For questions, please contact Anna Schen or Jenee Peevy