Mahatma Gandhi is said to have stated, “Be the change that you want to see in the world.” In that spirit, school social workers are being asked to focus on being those agents of change this week. The week of March 6-10 marks the celebration of School Social Work Week, with the theme of “Be the Change.”
Denver Public Schools (DPS) is proud to acknowledge the social, emotional and behavioral supports social workers provide to students and families every day to help our young people meet the academic, social, and emotional challenges on the road to becoming successful and productive adults in Denver and across the country. Our school district is committed to providing equitable and inclusive environments where we ensure students are Healthy, Supported, Engaged, Challenged, Safe, and Socially and Emotionally Intelligent. Our school social workers help make this possible.
For those who do not feel heard – DPS School Social Workers listen.
For those who have unmet needs – DPS School Social Workers advocate.
For those who are marginalized – DPS School Social Workers empower.
As part of Denver Public Schools’ strategic plan, the Denver Plan 2020, we have committed to ﬁve goals designed to close academic achievement gaps and prepare all students for success in college and careers. One of those goals is support for the Whole Child. DPS is leading the nation in focusing this level of effort and attention around Whole Child supports because we know – and research shows – it will not only improve academic outcomes, but is critical to achieving our vision that Every Child Succeeds.
DPS celebrates the positive change social workers are making every day and proudly join with our students, families, and school staff across the district in saluting their school social workers in this celebration of School Social Work Week. Under the leadership of the School Social Work Association of America (SSWAA), a national organization exclusively dedicated to the profession of school social work, this celebration emphasizes school social work interventions that support students and families to meet these challenges.