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!
Priority #1 Increasing the number of school social workers in Washington School