2017 Teaching Institute Schedule


Thursday, June 1

7:30-8:30 a.m.            Registration                                                               Clark-Fox Forum

8:00-8:30                    Coffee and Networking

8:30-9:25                    Opening Session                                                     Clark-Fox Forum


 Sunny Harris Rome, President, ISP

George Mason University      

 Setting the Stage:  A New Era for Teaching Polic

Mimi Abramovitz,

Bertha Capen Reynolds Professor of Social Policy

Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College

9:25-9:35                    Break

9:35 -12:15                 Strategies for Teaching I

Session A:      Social Welfare History Informing Policy Today

Hillman 120

Understanding contemporary policy is possible only by examining the events and policy choices from our past. This session provides activities and approaches to deepen students’ understanding of the roots of current policy and the possibilities for reform. The session will provide tools and demonstrate the use of deploying compelling stories centered on a theme—we’ll use movement and migration—in organizing history education.

Miguel Ferguson, Of Course?                                 Clark Peters, University of Missouri

Diane Martell, Rhode Island College                       

Session B:      Maximizing Impact through Policy Analysis

Hillman 130

Human stories can be persuasive with policymakers, but often have greater impact when accompanied by rigorous analysis. Using a contemporary social issue, this session introduces policy analysis approaches and frameworks that can be used in developing proposals, comparing alternatives, evaluating outcomes, and advocating for change. Teaching demonstrations provide participants with interactive tools that they can incorporate into their courses.

Jill Manit, University of Nevada, Reno                           Jennifer Greenfield, University of Denver

Sunny Harris Rome, George Mason University

12:20-12:50 p.m.        Break/Pick up Box Lunches                                   Clark-Fox Forum

12:50-1:30                   Roundtable Discussions                                           Clark-Fox Forum

 Session A:                 Prioritizing Critical Content in Developing a Policy Course

Policy content is wide-ranging and seemingly endless. How do you decide what should be included when your program offers only one policy course? Two policy courses? What policy content should all students be exposed to?  What about those in macro or policy specializations?

Facilitator:       Sunny Harris Rome, George Mason University

Session B:                  Teaching Political Social Work

Engaging in electoral politics is a critical way that social workers can impact policy. This roundtable will focus on strategies for incorporating content and activities about electoral politics into social work education.

Facilitator:       Shannon Lane, Adelphi University

Session C:                  Collaborating with Policy Practitioners

Influencing social policy requires working with those in positions to effectuate change. Collaborating with policy practitioners, however, requires strategies that often are not included in curricula. What is the best way for instructors to work with students and help develop tomorrow’s leaders?

Facilitator:       Clark Peters, University of Missouri

Session D:                  Policy Instruction for Direct Practice

The Code of Ethics calls on all social workers to engage in social and political action on behalf of vulnerable populations. This session explores strategies for engaging those students pursuing direct practice and preparing them to integrate policy into their lives and careers.

Facilitator:       Amy Murphy-Nugen, Western Carolina University

Session E:               Integrating Policy in Field

 The day to day tasks of “doing the job” in field placements frequently overshadow policy implications and practice opportunities.  This can lead to a decreased perception of importance from the student perspective.  This roundtable will focus on strategies for engaging field directors and field instructors in developing and supporting policy practice opportunities in field education

Facilitator:       Jill Manit, University of Nevada, Reno

Session F:              Teaching Policy across Political Diversity

In a seemingly polarized political environment, students and faculty alike may struggle with how to respond to diverse ideologies in policy courses. We will share strategies for engaging students across diverse ideological backgrounds, as well as for facilitating challenging political discussions in the classroom.

Facilitator:       Suzanne Pritzker, University of Houston

1:30-1:45                    Break

1:45-4:30                    Strategies for Teaching II

 Session A:               Making Policy Real: Teaching Current Social Welfare Policy in Social Work

Hillman 120

This session provides a framework for teaching social policy in the United States. The workshop covers the fundamental concepts taught in social policy courses, and provides practical and engaging pedagogical activities to teach each concept. It prepares faculty to offer a foundation curriculum that inspires students to engage in policy analysis and practice.

Elena Delavega, University of Memphis               Margaret Sherraden,  University of Missouri-St. Louis

Heather Kanenberg, University of Houston-Clear Lake

Session B:      Teaching for Social and Political Action

Hillman 130

This session demonstrates activities for incorporating policy advocacy into social work education, to prepare students to interact with policy systems and decision-makers. Attendees will leave with practical tools and assignments they can incorporate into any course to build students’ confidence and competence to influence policy at all levels of government.

Shannon Lane, Adelphi University

Tanya Rhodes Smith,  Humphreys Institute for Political Social Work

Suzanne Pritzker, University of Houston


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