Category Archives: My Thoughts

Social Workers Make Gains in the Chicago Teachers’ Strike

It’s been a trying two weeks being involved in the teacher’s strike in Chicago . More services for our students was one of the primary focuses in this years strike. More social workers was on of the buzz words heard over and over again during the strike. It was great to know that the teachers, parents, and students were saying that they valued the profession and the work that is done daily by these individuals. It was an overall win for other clinician groups, such as nurses, and case manager groups.

Some of the basic things that other professionals are accustomed, to had to be fought for during this strike. The right to have a private and consistent place to work with students was tentatively agreed upon, as was the right to have a work free lunch when traveling from school to school. School social work positions will be increased and the goal is to have a school social worker for every school. This will be a huge gain. A social worker working in a school with over 1,200 students won’t have to have another school added to their schedule one day a week , because a case load doesn’t meet the boards formula.

Workload vs. caseload was a key arguing point. A social worker may be able to maintain their caseload to a certain number, but you can’t predict the continuous crisis, and needs of the schools population. When you are the social worker of a school, you service everyone and not just IEP students. There is the skill set school social workers bring into the building, and teachers and administrators turn to school social workers for advice and intervention.

Social media continued to play a huge part in keeping the momentum of the strike alive, and informing clinicians of their part and place to report to during the strike. It was a rewarding experience to be together with other social workers sharing a common goal ,while discussing tricks of the trade, and being able to eat a nice lunch together with enough time to share and catch up with each others world. Daily I would look at the evening email to see what new place or theme was going to be visited the next day. Lets not forget the exercise one would get daily on the picket line, it was easily 10 miles a day or 20,000 steps ūüôā

Social media definately played a role in getting the word out, and keeping a movement alive. Social workers were there supporting the cause.

Following is a review of some of the many articles found on the 2019 teachers’ strike.

articles related to the STRIKE


Why Hashtags Matter – #SWvirtualpal

Twitter has been such a great tool for learning, sharing, and meeting new¬†colleagues. ¬†If you haven’t tried a twitter chat, there are some great social work chats being held on twitter. ¬†One way to curate and organize your topics is through using hashtags. ¬†Hashtags also can also help you find out whats happening in your professional community.

There’s one great hashtag that I want to promote, and I hope it catches on. ¬†The hashtag #SWvirtualpal is a cool hashtag that helping social workers develop a community on twitter. ¬†Laura Hitchcock helped develop this term and writes about it on her recent blog post. ¬†Please read her post to learn ¬†how to find your SWvirtualpal. ¬†


Find me on twitter as @socialworkpad


Social Work Month-A Shout Out To My Favorites

March is social work month, and it’s coming to an end. ¬†I enjoyed seeing all those pictures, quotes, memes, posters, apparel etc. coming in my in boxes. ¬†Time went by so fast, and throughout the month I wanted to do so much to showcase and promote our profession.

 I enjoyed the tweets, Facebook , and Pinterest posts.  I hope we can keep the spirit going.  We do so much, our celebration for our profession should last throughout the year.  As a honor to my profession, I wanted to share some of my favorite pictures/quotes with you through my social work collage.  

Social Work Month Is..

Add your favorites in the comment section

Control Your Identity on Social Media, or Someone Else Will

With the new year just in, I couldn’t help but share this informative slideshare made by Susan M. Bearden, about managing your online identity. ¬†This information is so important for all to be aware of, especially our students, who know no other way than getting acquainted through social media. ¬†You can get other great information from following Susan on twitter @s_bearden. ¬†

This is funny but so true. ¬†Have you ever been in a scenario where there is a group of people all interacting and sharing. ¬†The teens in the group seem to not interact with each other, or so you think. ¬†This is where social media comes into play. ¬†All it takes is a small conversation consisting of, “are you on instagram, and what’s your snapchat name,” and its all done. ¬†Your teens/young adults get social, often in the same room, while the party is going on, on separate sides of the room, and it continues after they’ve left. ¬†You wonder and ask, “when did you meet that person,¬†and how do you know so much about them?” ¬†The answer, SOCIAL MEDIA! ¬†

Check out your digital footprint, and see what you find out.

In what ways has social media affected you or someone else?  Leave a reply and share your thoughts.

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Have a happy new year!


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Do more with tecnology this year. Question: What new tech tools will you try?


What The New Year Looks Like In Chicago

What The New Year Looks Like In Chicago

Wishing you Happy New Year from Snowy Chicago

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Thanks For Following My Blog

Thanks For Following My Blog

Wishing all prosperity and Blessings

How social media assisted clinicians during the teachers strike in Chicago

CPS Strike

Teachers and clinicians strike together

I took time off from posting in August getting prepared to come back to work beginning September at my school.  As many know, the CTU decided to strike a week after school began.  The strike also included all clinicians (social workers, psychologist, nurses, speech pathologists, counselors, OT and PT) and they had committees developed to bargain for their rights.  Social media played a huge role in keeping everyone up to date on the negotiations and the daily strike  locations.  I tweeted about the strike from my address @socialworkpad, and our delegates emailed us daily.  The CTU developed a Facebook page devoted to keeping members informed of the changes in negotiations.  I can proudly say that I used my social media to make an impact.  When our delegates needed feedback on some of the language that would be written in the new contract, it was easy to give feedback via email and texting.  For the first time clinicians voices were heard and contract specifications were developed specifically for each job title.  This is a good example of how social media can make an impact and make changes for everyone involved.

How to Choose and Remember a Strong Password


Secure Your Passcodes

In the past month I had the opportunity to present to my colleagues¬†on integrating technology into their social work practice.¬† On resounding issue that I discussed was creating a secure password for your educational web 2.0 sites.¬† These codes¬†should be different from your personal passcodes¬†that you use for your bank accounts, credit cards, utility bills, etc..¬† I’m sure that most people are aware that this is not¬† good practice, but with the use of all the new helpful web 2.0 tools, you now are in need of¬† additional passcodes.¬† I tweeted some of the useful articles I found¬†on my twitter account but I decided (since many of my readers may not be users of twitter), to put a post on my blog about creating strong passwords and¬†passphrases.¬† This is especially important since I encourage my readers to subscribe to a great deal of web sites, which will require a password to be created.¬† Some great suggestions were given, such as using a password generator or subscribing to a password “safe”, where you store all your passwords and passphrases and only need one code to get to all your other codes.¬† A good practice in becoming a 21st century social worker is to begin with securing your crafts.¬† So¬†with that in mind, I¬†will provide you with a couple of good articles that will assist you in creating a strong and memorable password.

Short clip on: Creating a strong passcode¬†¬† Related articles on passcode¬†creation: How do I create a secure password¬†,¬†10 things Gen Y do online and shouldn’t, Create Strong but Memorable Passcodes, Sites that store passcodes: LassPass, KeePass Password Safe, 1Password¬† (only suggestions!)