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The Critical Role of Social Workers in Education

Posted by GVT Admin on Oct 29, 2019 7:23:14 AM

Nation Earns a Grade of C Amid Mixed State Showing

The new Education Week Research Center report, Quality Counts 2019, synthesizes 39 indicators that capture a range of school finance, academic achievement, and socioeconomic factors that affect the quality of state school systems. Southern states with high poverty rates dominate the lower rankings, but overall, 32 states earn grades between C-plus and C-minus. Why does the U.S. educational system consistently get low marks for student academic achievement?

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Topics: education, social workers, social workers in education

Social Workers Name Student Debt #1 Social Malady

Posted by GVT Admin on Oct 14, 2019 7:23:00 AM

We recently conducted an informal poll of the social workers we deal with every day and asked them what they thought was the #1 social malady threatening the country today. Their answer might surprise you; more than the opioid epidemic; more than veterans affairs; more than homelessness; more than woman’s rights; more than economic imbalance; more than education issues; more than civil rights; more than the environment; the problem that was cited more than any other was – STUDENT DEBT!

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Topics: Government, social, education, student debt, social workers

The End of Newspapers? Nonprofit to the Rescue

Posted by GVT Admin on Jul 1, 2019 11:06:06 AM

A Cultural Collapse

A comprehensive study of newspapers in the United States found that 516 rural newspapers closed or merged from 2004 to 2018. In metropolitan areas, 1,294 newspapers were shuttered during the period, making a national total of 1,810 papers that ceased publication. 

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Topics: Government, Nonprofit General, education, nonprofit, newspapers

What Do Social Workers Do?

Posted by GVT Admin on Jun 13, 2019 11:35:15 AM

At a recent college career day, this troubling question was asked repeatedly; “What do social workers do?” The question was troubling because it came with the realization that most college age students have no clear idea what social workers do. They are, therefore, less inclined to pick social work as a career choice.

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Topics: education, social services, social workers, what social workers do, social worker cliff notes

Oklahoma City is Building a Private School for Homeless Children

Posted by GVT Admin on Mar 8, 2019 12:27:19 PM

Positive Tomorrows, an Oklahoma City non-profit, is opening a private school for homeless children that was designed by the kids themselves. That’s right. A private school for homeless (not privileged) children.

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Topics: Child Welfare, education, nonprofit mission, nonprofit, social workers, homeless students

Are Libraries Dying?

Posted by GVT Admin on Feb 26, 2019 10:17:10 AM

Remember taking film to the drugstore to get it developed? Or hustling over to Blockbuster on a Friday night to rent films for the weekend? How about “looking up” facts for your homework papers in the Encyclopedia Britannica? Or spending rainy Saturdays in the library writing your thesis?

Ahhh…the good old days. Whatever happened to books printed on paper and bound between covers with printer’s glue? The world has gone digital and library collections are gradually becoming obsolete. How long has it been since you visited a library?

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Topics: Nonprofit General, social, education, nonprofit, social workers, libraries, American library

Social Workers As Civic Leaders

Posted by GVT Admin on Feb 7, 2019 2:21:27 PM

It is a serious misperception to view social workers as low paid civil servants who push paper on behalf of the less fortunate and perhaps undeserving. Social workers occupy a unique position in our social fabric.

From the very outset, the history of social work is populated with empathetic leaders who, upon discovering profound human suffering, not only offered a helping hand but immediately set out to change the social conditions contributing to the suffering. Social work's earliest pioneers - Florence Kelley, Alice Hamilton, Julia Lathrop, Sophonisba Breckinridge, and Grace and Edith Abbott, among others—laid the foundation of the profession's social leadership role and, to this day, this inclination to activism sets social workers apart from other civil servants.

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Topics: mental health, education, leadership, social workers, public health, human kindness, civic leaders, Dorothea Dix, Council on Social Work Education

Homeless Students and Case Workers Face Mission Impossible

Posted by GVT Admin on Nov 2, 2018 10:41:04 AM

In recent years, homelessness in New York City has reached the highest levels since the Great Depression of the 1930s. In August 2018, there were 62,166 homeless people, including 15,189 homeless families with 22,511 homeless children, sleeping each night in the New York City municipal shelter system. The number of homeless New Yorkers sleeping each night in municipal shelters is now 79% higher than it was ten years ago, and families make up three-quarters of the homeless shelter population.

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Topics: Global Vision Technologies, Homeless & Food Pantry, education, case worker stress relief, caseworkers, social services software, social services, understanding clients, social workers, homeless students, New York City

Economic Imbalance: Social Worker's Salary vs. Burdensome Student Debt

Posted by GVT Admin on Sep 4, 2018 3:38:39 PM

In the past twenty years, student debt has become a major social and political issue in our country. As government guaranteed student loans became more widely available, colleges began to raise their tuition rates to keep pace with the expansion boom that ready government financing created. More students required more professors and facilities to accommodate their needs, and colleges needed more money to pay for the growth. The result, of course, is that students borrowed more and more money to pay inflated tuition and fees and subsequently became burdened with overwhelming debt.

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Topics: Social Services Industry News, Child Welfare, Government, Nonprofit General, education, student debt

Need Case Manager Stress Relief? Do These 4 Things Daily

Posted by GVT Admin on Aug 7, 2018 9:25:03 AM

 

Those who work in nonprofit or government agencies deal with high levels of stress daily. It can affect both your job and your home life. Unfortunately, case manager stress relief is something that is rarely put into practice.

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Topics: FAMCare Tips and Tools, education, case worker stress relief

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