School Social Work Leadership Initiative

This unique opportunity is for MSW students interested in learning more about school social work.

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Overview of Initiative

The School Social Work Leadership Initiative combines a field placement in a school setting with a series of seminars focused on leadership in school social work practice. Participants will select a project or initiative they would like to implement within their schools (e.g., improving school culture and climate) and implement the initiative throughout the year. Seminars will include guest presentations, guidance for project implementation, and peer support. The program will culminate with an opportunity for participants to share their project.

Benefits to students

Student participants will develop a deeper understanding of school social work practice, policy, intervention, and theory as well as a broader understanding of educational justice. Local leaders and experts in school-based practice will provide a rich opportunity for student growth. Participants will build their professional networks by interacting with peers and practice leaders. It is possible for the seminars to count towards field if the student’s field instructor permits.

Components of the Initiative

  • A field placement in a school setting.
  • Monthly seminars (1.5 hours each).
  • Bi-monthly online activities and discussion using the app Flipgrid.
  • Cohort experience with other like-minded MSW students.
  • Networking opportunities with current school social work practitioners.
  • Preparation for school social work certification.


All students with an advanced year field placement in a school or school-peripheral setting, e.g. school-based community provider.

Apply to the Initiative

For the 2019-2020 school year, applications will be accepted until 10/01/19.

*The project is lead and facilitated by faculty members Dr. Annahita Ball and Mr. Michael Lynch. Please contact either faculty members with questions ( or