Celebrate School Social Workers March 4-10

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2012 School Social Work Week – Let’s Celebrate! March 4-10, 2012
    Ms. Taylor and Mrs. Zerangue are employees of the Central Community School System and they are compassionate about the services they are able to provide to the students, their families, and to the faculty & staff of the CCSS.  They graciously provide services at all educational levels: pre-school, elementary, middle, and high schools.
    School social workers provide an ecological approach to insuring student success. They assist children and families by examining those factors in the home, school and/or community that are impacting a student’s educational success and then assist in reducing those barriers to learning. 
    School social workers support parents to understand their child’s developmental and educational needs, to effectively advocate for their child in school, and to understand special education services and other services that may be available in the school setting. 
    School social workers assist teachers and other staff in understanding a student’s cultural and familial factors and help staff to meet the desired educational outcomes of diverse learners. They assist teachers by providing or directing educators to appropriate resources and by insuring that they understand their role in the special education process. 
    School social workers are also vital in drafting and implementing prevention programs and policies with administrators in an effort to address external and internal needs that impact school climate and student learning and success. Examples of these include, but are not limited to: school building level committee policies, programs that address Response to Intervention (RTI) and Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), and special education compliance.