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School Social Work Practice –Connecting Schools, Families andCommunitiesPresented by:Bimal AntonyII MSW, No. 111
School Social Work facilitate successful learning outcomes through therelief of distress and removal of barriers or inequities. coordinating and influencing the efforts of the school,family and community
SSW – Major Areas of Practice• Direct Practice with students/families/school personnel• School Social Work Service Management• School Development and System Change• Education, School and other Policy• Research into education, family, child/youth issues• Education & Professional Development.
Schools and Community• Strengthening schools and improving their power to helpyoung people succeed.• Improving transitions for young people across developmentallevels and learning environments.• Building the capacity of parents and community organizationsto support young people’s healthy development.• Preparing young people for college and careers.• Strengthening neighbourhoods and entire communities.
Schools and FamilyEpstein’s framework outlines six dimensions of parent-school partnerships Parenting Assisting families with parenting skills setting home conditions to support children as students assisting schools to understand families Communicating effective communications from school-to-home andfrom home-to-school about school programs and studentprogress
Schools and Family contd... Volunteering Organizing volunteers and audiences to support theschool and students Learning at Home Involving families with their children on homework andother curriculum-related activities and decisions Decision Making Including families as participants in school decisionsand developing parent leaders and representatives
Schools and Family contd... Collaborating with the Community Coordinating resources and services from thecommunity for families, students, and the school, andproviding services to the community
References Linda Taylor, Ph.D, Howard S. Adelman, Ph.D (2000): ConnectingSchools, Families and Communities, California: ASCA. Linda Taylor, Ph.D, Howard S. Adelman, Ph.D (2008): Fostering School,Family, and Community Involvement, Washington: Hamilton Fish Instituteon School and Community Violence. Jeanne Jehl (2007): Connecting SCHOOLS, FAMILIES &COMMUNITIES, Maryland: The Annie E. Casey Foundation. Catherine Jordan, Evangelina Orozco, Amy Averett (2001): EmergingIssues in School, Family, & Community Connections, Texas: SouthwestEducational Development Laboratory (SEDL). Debbie Ellis, Kendra Hughes (2002): partnerships by design - CultivatingEffective and Meaningful School-Family-Community Partnerships, Portland:Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory.