The Washington Association of School Social Workers (WASSW) is proud to announce the 2021 Distinguished School Social Worker of the Year Award and the 2021 Distinguished School Social Worker Advocate of the Year Award.
The Distinguished School Social Worker Award is an honor given to those who are outstanding in the field and recognized by their peers and colleagues. WASSW has a long history of giving this award to those past and present members who have made contributions ranging from direct practice to state and national leadership. Candidate must be a member of WASSW.
The Distinguished School Social Work Advocate is open to any community member who promotes and enhances the mission of school social work. This award can be given to a politician, school board member, a principal, etc.
*In addition to this form, please send two letters of recommendation (preferably one administrator and one colleague) and the nominee's resume to email@example.com.
Calling all School Counselors and Social Workers in the ESD 123 Region!
Join ESD 123 at the “Regional School Counselor & Social Worker Network Meeting” on Wednesday November 3rd, 2021 from 12:30-3:30 PM. We will be hosting quarterly meetings to create a space for school counselors and social workers to share resources, network, and collaborate.
Please contact Edona Tahiraj, Behavioral Health Navigator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 509-412-2170.
OSPI continues to ignore our profession in their communication about budget priorities. This newsletter mentions OSPI's goal to increase funding for "nurses, counselors, psychologists, and other educational support staff". Please be part of WASSW's drive to educate legislators about our profession and what you do in your school district. We have provided advocacy tools for these conversations on our website. https://content.govdelivery.com/.../WAOSPI/bulletins/2f1915d
WASSW partners with NASW in employment a lobbyist, Bob Cooper. Bob advocates for legislation that creates more opportunity for social workers and more services for the students and families we serve.
Additionally, WASSW has been collaborating with WEA on legislative goals. Check out WEA's legislative priorities – WEA 2020 Legislative Priorities.
You are invited to participate in NASW's Policy Conference (formerly Lobby Day) on February 17. See NASW's website for more details.
Eastern Washington School Social Worker Conference
May 15, 2020 - Spokane, Washington
Additional details coming soon.
The WASSW Board has already begun planning our fall conference. The dates are October 16 and 17, 2020. We have worked with WEA to set legislative goals that support school social workers. Our top priority continues to be funding more school social workers.
In response to emails and website postings from WEA that did not include school social workers, WASSW President Liz Nelson wrote this letter to Kim Meade, President WEA.
On December 4, a new email has come out from WEA that includes social workers in their legislative priorities!