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What is a School Social Worker?

School Social Workers (SSW) are a vital part of the educational team, working together with educational administrators, teachers, counselors, psychologists, nurses, speech and language pathologists and other staff. Their unique graduate level training in social work enables them to understand and interpret the influences of the school, home, and community on children. School Social Workers identify factors that can make school a more successful experience for students.
 
We are involved in screening support needs represented by students whose academic and performance profile places them at risk in school. We participate in the coordination of programming needs for special needs students enrolling at Rich Central HS. We provide individual student assessment, crises counseling, program development for students with curriculum support requirements, and serve as an active participate in staffing supporting students with special curriculum and social emotional needs. We serve as the District Representative for all Rich Central students who are placed in programs off-campus, and participate in staffing for those special need eighth grade students who are anticipated to attend at the Rich Central campus the following year.
 

School social workers help STUDENTS:

  • Achieve maximum benefit from their educational opportunities
  • Understand themselves and others
  • Cope with stress
  • Develop decision making skills?

 School social workers help PARENTS:

  • Participate effectively in their children’s education
  • Understand and meet their children’s social and emotional needs
  • Understand programs available to students with special needs
  • Utilize school and community resources effectively

 School social workers help SCHOOLS:

  • Understand factors (cultural, societal, economic, familial, health, etc.) that affect students
  • Abilities to make maximum use of their school experience
  • Utilize their resources in meeting the educational, social, and emotional needs of students
  • Promote a safe school environment

 School Social Workers help COMMUNITIES:

  • Understand school policies, programs, and practice
  • Minimize those environmental factors which inhibit learning
  • Develop resources to adequately meet the needs of students and families

 
Brenton Bridgeforth, MSW
Office phone: (708) 679-5634
E- mail:bbridgeforth@rich227.org

Mr. Bridgeforth received his M.S.W. from the Governors State University and license from Aurora University. He brings experiences from social service agencies to different school context. Mr. Bridgeforth possesses a positive, upbeat spirit and a strong pedagogy that no matter what the situation or circumstances, you have a choice to alter your outcome. You may contact him by leaving a message on his direct line: (708) 679-5634.
 
Markesha Williams, LCSW, LSW
Office phone: (708) 679-5780
E- mail:mwilliams1@rich227.org

 
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