COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO.44

February 23, 2007

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

National Professional Social Work Month

 

March is National Professional Social Work Month and an opportunity to recognize the important work being done by school social workers and visiting teachers.

School social workers are noted for their contributions in the following areas:

 

         Prevention and intervention services

         Assessment and screening

         Counseling services

         Consultation, collaboration and advocacy

         Parent and community services

         Promoting educational equity

         Reducing barriers to learning for students.

 

School social workers assist school personnel and families in identifying and aiding students experiencing academic, social-emotional and/or behavioral difficulties.

 

Division superintendents are encouraged to join the Virginia Department of Education in recognizing Virginia school social workers and visiting teachers as they strive to address the enormous challenges students face to achieve academic success.

 

Please contact Vivian Stith-Williams, student services specialist at 804-225-4543 or e-mail at Vivian.Stith-Williams@doe.virginia.gov if you have questions.

 

 

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