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  • 20 Jan 2020 10:35 AM | Rachel Meffe (Administrator)

    Brenda Rinkes, Legislative Director, is preparing the OSSWA board for our presentation at the Ohio School Board Association’s Mental Health and Social Emotional Learning Conference on February 25, 2020. She would like to include a list of the various SEL programs our school social workers implement in the state of Ohio.

    We appreciate your help in completing this brief survey.


    Brenda Rinkes, SSW, LISW-S


    (Programs listed were identified in the ODE suggested resource Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL)

    Take the survey 

  • 13 Jan 2020 9:46 PM | Rachel Meffe (Administrator)

    Reward the efforts of a fellow SSW or someone who truly values the work of SSWs. Let us plan the celebration! 

    Nomination forms

  • 13 Jan 2020 8:37 PM | Rachel Meffe (Administrator)

    Get the full scoop on OSSWA's financial, membership benefit and advocacy updates. 

    OSSWA Annual Report 2019 Final.pdf

  • 10 Jan 2020 9:12 AM | Rachel Meffe (Administrator)

    Early Bird registration for the February conference has been extended by ONE week! New deadline is Friday, January 17, 2020. 

    Earn 6 CEUs* while

    • Gaining a new perspective about trauma 
    • Deciding if Restorative Practices are right for your district
    • Developing a detailed understanding of the complicated laws around LGBTQ+ students


  • 4 Jul 2019 8:05 PM | Deleted user

    Our nation is in the midst of a Human Rights Crisis. As you are all aware, recent news reports over the past few days have shed light on the deplorable conditions of the Detention Facilities holding Migrant Children. The current border crisis stems from the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance policy” implemented last year. The policy resulted in thousands of children being separated from their families while attempting to enter the U.S. seeking asylum through the Mexican border.

    In addition, in response to President Trump’s Tweets last weekend about increasing ICE Raids and his deadline for Congress to reach an agreement on immigration reform in the next two weeks and a solution to the border crisis, SSSWA felt is was pertinent to respond as an organization.

    Attached is a copy of our Social Justice Response and a Call to Action to School Social Workers to contact their Senators urging them to pass the following 2 Senate bills – S. 874 and S. 879 – which would provide a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers brought to this country as minors, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients, and people granted Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for humanitarian reasons—populations that included tens of thousands of educators across the country. On June 5th, the House passed a bill that would offer a path to citizenship to more than 2 million undocumented immigrants, including “dreamers” who were brought to the United States as children. The vote was 237 to 187 for the American Dream and Promise Act of 2019, which would grant dreamers 10 years of legal residence status if they meet certain requirements. They would then receive permanent green cards after completing at least two years of higher education or military service, or after working for three years. Now it is time for the Senate to support the American Dream and Promise Act of 2019.

    As School Social Workers, we need all of us to unite, mobilize, stand up and make our voices heard on this issue. Please share the SSWAA Social Justice Statement on Migrant Children’s Human Rights and Action Alert with your Boards and Members! The injustices that are occurring require us to be a voice for those whose voices are being suppressed. As always, we appreciate your leadership. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. Thank you so much for taking Action!!!!


  • 4 Jul 2019 8:01 PM | Deleted user

    A mental health grant that may help with districts hiring School Social Workers.

    Application-for-Federal-Grant-Issued_06419 (1).doc

  • 31 May 2019 8:10 PM | Deleted user

    Wednesday, June 12th at 3:30 PM, Rayburn Office Building

    An upcoming Congressional Briefing where a panel of experts will discuss “The Impact of Weapons and Violence on Schools and Surrounding Communities”. This Congressional Briefing is being held Wednesday June 12, 2019 from 3:30 – 5 PM at the RAYBURN OFFICE BUILDING, ROOM 2261.

    SSWAA needs your assistance. Could you take a moment to personally invite your Senators and Representatives using the attached template letter. You can simply cut, paste and email to your Legislators. If you are live near Washington DC, we encourage you to attend this valuable Congressional Hearing where you will obtain essential research and guidance to assist in your advocacy work. It would be valuable to have Licensed School Social Workers in the audience that day. Also attached is a flyer for the event. Thank you for taking time to share this incredible opportunity.



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