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The role of School Social Workers

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The school social worker serves primarily as a clinician, an advocate for all students, and a consultant to school staff and parents/guardians on a variety of issues.

Social Workers are involved in preventive work with students, staff and families that promotes positive school climate and social/emotional well-being:

▪ Provide consultation to school staff and parents to facilitate student educational, social and emotional growth

▪ Provide individual and group counseling and psycho-education

▪ Obtain information concerning the effects of environment, including familial, cultural and economic disadvantages that may be adversely affecting student progress (i.e. Social History Analysis)

▪ Conduct home visits that encourage home/school communication

▪ Work collaboratively with the Multi-Tier System of Supports (MTSS) Team to develop intervention plans for students at risk of academic and/or behavioral difficulty

▪ Serve as the home-school-community liaison

Social Workers also make appropriate referrals for community resources

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If you have any questions about school social work, please contact the members of the School Social Work Team in Central Office:

Director: Nigel Jackson (Middle and High Schools)
Director: Douglas Gotel (Elementary Schools)
Program Manager: Tamara Dukes
Program Manager: Manairaya Banks
Program Manager: Taiya Gregory
Program Manager: Rianna Berkeley
Program Manager: Maria Del Rosario Gomez
Program Manager: Roberta Rinker

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