SWCOS is planning to establish inter-professional community-driven research initiatives that address critical social issues identified by community partners bordering the UM campus and beyond. Our research will assist organizations make decisions, clarify issues, assist with policy and improve practice.
Please contact us if you are interested in collaborating with us on a research initiative.
School social workers as partners in the school mission by Nadine M. Finigan-Carr and Wendy E. Shaia
The comprehensive services social workers can provide can address many barriers to student learning. But schools don’t always take full advantage of these professional skills. Full Framework.
Moving from survival to fulfillment: A planning framework for community schools, by Wendy E. Shaia and Nadine Finigan-Carr
A three-part conceptual framework to help community school coordinators plan and assess the wide range of services they provide to children and families. Read Framework (PDF).
University Supported Community Schools: One Organization’s Journey, By Wendy E. Shaia
Using a social justice lens, the Social Work Community Outreach Services (SWCOS) at the University of Maryland School of Social Work has developed a framework for its community schools work, based on Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. Download as PDF.
Schools as retraumatizing environments, by Wendy E. Shaia and Shanda C. Crowder
Many African-American children in urban environments arrive at school experiencing the effects of complex trauma from their homes and communities, only to find that schools are environments where their trauma goes unrecognized and may be inadvertently exacerbated. Download PDF.