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 Guilford High School Social Worker: 'I get to encourage students'

3/4/2020 3:00 AM

​It's School Social Work week, again! Did you know that Rockford Public Schools currently employs 41 school social workers and one intern and some serve three different schools each week? We also have an internship program that is highly competitive and requires candidates to meet strict standards and high expectations.

School social workers are all masters-level clinicians whose graduate programs are rigorous and require a full-year internship prior to completing their degree. Before employment with a school district, school social workers must meet the criteria for the Professional Educator License with a school support personnel endorsement in the area of school social work. The Illinois Association of School Social Workers (IASSW) describes school social workers as "having a unique graduate level training in social work that enables them to understand and interpret the influences of the school, home, and community on children. School Social Workers identify factors that can make school a more successful experience for students."

Being a school social worker means I get to encourage students to make choices that positively impact their lives, which positively impacts their academic success. I enjoy being able to use my unique skill set to intervene in crisis situations and help students restore their emotions in order to make the most of the learning environment.  

I love knowing that by advocating for students' social-emotional needs, I am allowing them the freedom to stay focused and committed to completing their educational goals. Working for Rockford Public Schools means being a part of a strong Social Work Department from where I receive support and direction from colleagues who have a multitude of experience.

For more information on what a School Social Worker does, visit https://iassw.org/about/about-school-social-work/.

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