LOS ANGELES (March 10, 2015) – In recognition of the invaluable work that social workers and counselors contribute toward the academic success of students, the Los Angeles School Board approved today a resolution authored by Board Member Mónica García and co-sponsored by Board Vice President Steve Zimmer and Board Member Tamar Galatzan designating this month in their honor.
Board Member García, who is trained as a professional social worker, said: “I am reminded of Dr. Barbara Solomon’s words, ‘Welcome to the struggle,’ as we celebrate, salute and recognize social workers and the amazing practice of listening, linking, healing and strengthening offered to our students, schools and district every day.” She added, “On the journey towards graduation our students, families and staff encounter barriers and obstacles, and every day, a social worker responds to the call for help. We are grateful for your service and contribution that reduces expulsions, suspensions and citations, and increases student achievement, parental engagement, and graduation.”
Co-sponsor Board Vice President Steve Zimmer worked as a counselor for over 10 years at Marshall High School. He also celebrated these professionals who “work directly with students to resolve challenges, eliminate obstacles and provide additional support that can change their performance in the classroom. And in many cases, change their lives and their futures.”
Board Member Tamar Galatzan said, "Our PSAs (Pupil Services and Attendance Counselors) are working on the front lines to reduce truancy and keep our students in school. They engage our kids and help them find solutions to problems and challenges that may be impeding their success."
According to the resolution, the District’s Mental Health Unit employs nearly 300 social workers to strengthen home/school/community partnerships. They are integral members of the education team, as they prevent, screen, treat, motivate and save students. In addition, more than 400 social workers and counselors serve as Pupil Services and Attendance Counselors. They work directly with students, who have trouble due to social/emotional, home and school/community barriers.
The resolution also expressed appreciation to each social work professional, including counselors, “for their service and leadership.”
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