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Fostering School Success: How Caregivers and Social Workers Can Support Children's Education

Sep 21, 2021 12:00pm -
Oct 12, 2021 02:00pm

Event Description

Fostering School Success: How Caregivers and Social Workers Can

Support the Educational Needs of Children


Virtual Training

Tuesdays, September 21 & 28 and October 5 & 12, 2021

12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Eastern Time


Among child welfare service and program goals is the achievement of children and youth’s educational progress to match their potential and needs. Educational success of children and youth in the child welfare system depends, in part, on the collective efforts and collaboration of caregivers (foster, adoptive, and kinship), social workers, and agency management to address challenges and strategies for success.


CWLA is pleased to invite you to join us for this engaging skill-building opportunity that will share how to improve school experiences and long-term outcomes for children who have experienced trauma. Participants in this training will:


  • Develop an understanding of common barriers to educational access and engagement for youth who have experienced trauma.
  • Learn practical strategies for cultivating resilience at home that will lead to improved school performance.
  • Advance their knowledge of the education system and supports available to children with special needs and circumstances.
  • Expand their collaboration and advocacy toolkits to ensure children and youth have access to high quality schooling.


This training is appropriate for foster, adoptive, and kinship caregivers, and social workers who have an interest and responsibility to better support children and youth in school as well as their educational achievement.


Using case examples, discussion, skill-building exercises, and opportunities for Q&A, this training draws on the latest research in trauma and learning. The following topics will be covered during the (4) four two-hour individual training sessions:


  • Session 1: Common School Challenges for Learners Who Have Experienced Trauma and Best Practice in Trauma-Informed Education
  • Session 2: Cultivating the Skills Children Need to be Successful in School
  • Session 3: Understanding the Educational Process
  • Session 4: Advocating for Youth in Schools


Training Dates and Time: Each of the four (4) training sessions will be held on Tuesdays for two (2) hours, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Eastern Time:  September 21, 2021; September 28, 2021; October 5, 2021; and October 12, 2021


Trainer: Gwen Bass, PhD, Director of the Teacher Leadership Division, Professional and Graduate Education, Mount Holyoke College

Dr. Bass focuses on engaging teachers, families, and the community of support professionals around children to improve school experiences and long-term outcomes. She uses her research and expertise to enhance opportunities for students who are marginalized and improve educational access and outcomes for children with learning differences. Dedicated to training teachers, social workers, and parents so they can collaborate to support children in schools, she is particularly interested in serving children who are the most vulnerable, including youth with disabilities and youth in foster care. As an education consultant, she frequently presents on inclusive classroom practices, behavior management, child development, child welfare systems, parent education, measurement and evaluation of social emotional skills in schools, and trauma-sensitive teaching. Dr. Bass spent nearly 10 years in pre-K-12 schools as an early childhood educator, special education teacher, and school counselor. 


Training Registration Fee for CWLA Members $275; for Non-Members $325


Training CEUs for CWLA Members $25; for Non-Members $35

Eight (8) Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available for the four training sessions, provided through NASW – Washington State Chapter. Participants must submit session evaluations and quizzes to receive CEUs.


10% Discount Available for Group of 5 or More Training Registrations*

*Registrations must be completed at the same time as a group for the “10% for 5 or More” discount to apply and is only applicable for new training registrations. Contact for assistance with a group registration.


Training Location: The training will be virtual using the Zoom platform. Zoom links will be sent out once participants have registered for the training.


For assistance, contact Samantha Carter at




Space is limited and available on a first come/first served basis. Requests for refunds must be received in writing no later than one week prior to the event. A $35 service charge will be assessed on all canceled registrations. Early registration is encouraged, as space is limited. CWLA reserves the right to cancel a training in the event of insufficient registration.


Registration can be processed online with a credit card payment. To pay by check, select payment option "Bill Me" and mail check payment with a copy of your registration confirmation to:


Child Welfare League of America

PO Box 75171

Baltimore, MD 21275-5171

Event Type:Training
Early registration ends on Jun 27, 2021.
Regular registration starts on Jun 28, 2021 and ends on Sep 20, 2021.
Late registration starts on Sep 21, 2021.
(GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)