School Social Work Week 2023

March 5-11, 2023 is National School Social Work Week, an opportunity for schools,

communities, and partners to acknowledge and recognize the impactful work they do to
support students, families, and their communities.

Under the leadership of the School Social Work Association of America (SSWAA), the
only national organization exclusively dedicated to the profession of school social work,
this celebration will emphasize School Social Work contributions of focusing on the
“whole-child”, linking families to community resources, a valuable voice as part of the
school’s multi-disciplinary team, and advocating for the profession of School Social

The theme for National School Social Work Week 2023 is “We Rise.” During the school
year, School Social Workers are confronted with challenges, heightened anxieties, and
anticipated difficulties. However, School Social Workers face these challenges with
strength and resilience. School Social Workers rise up - supporting their students,
families, and school communities. School Social Workers rise to share hope. They rise
to listen and understand. They rise to challenge inequities. They rise to support all

"School Social Workers are humble professionals,” said Rebecca Oliver, LMSW, SSWAA
Executive Director, “who often are the voice for students and families but do not always
voice the value they add to the school community. School Social Workers rise to
support the growing need for mental health services, offering hope for students and
families who face various challenges, and advocating for marginalized youth.”