Welcome to the Social Work Department!
Today, children face an increasing amount of difficulties in life that act as barriers to academic achievement, including family conflict, physical or mental disabilities, and violence. School social workers act as advocates to help children remove these barriers and acquire the knowledge, skills, and resources necessary for them to reach their academic potential using counseling, support groups, and crisis intervention and prevention programs. Through promoting a positive school environment, collaborating with teachers, and setting specific and individualized goals for students, school social workers help provide equal opportunities for students of all backgrounds and abilities to succeed academically, emotionally, and socially. Throughout the year, school social workers implement a variety of programs and curricula at District 105, including Social Thinking, Second Step, Zones of Regulation, and Smart but Scattered.