Community Forum

17th Annual Community Forum

March 19, 2021 - Virtual

Education Enterprise in Transition: A Call to Action.


Stay tuned for updates and additional information
Forum 2021 Purpose

The Kutztown University Community Forum, organized by the Department of Social Work, is a gathering of social work professionals, university community members, and community leaders.  The purpose is to raise consciousness about—and craft solutions to—community needs, particularly as they pertain to families.  Forum 2020 raises awareness of issues surrounding the education enterprise and its intersection with families, community, and students in an effort to promote best practices and a systemic, ethical response to regional and global needs.  Experts identify best practices and social work professionals serve as catalysts to build and strengthen alliances across the practice continuum. 

Proposed Panel and Session Topics

(subject to change)

Social Workers in Schools: Regulation and Implementation

Video Conference

Pedro Rivera, Secretary of PA Department of Education, and Pam Smith, MSW, Special Assistant          

Panel Discussion on Education in Transition


The Social Institution of Education in           Transition—Demands and Opportunities 

Dr. John Ward, Dean, College of Education 

The Current State of Schools and Need and Opportunities for Social Work 

Dr. George Ioannidis, Superintendent, Spring Grove Area School District

Pennsylvania Association for School Social Work Personnel

Joseph Werner, President

 Dee Stalnecker, PASSWP Vice President, History of School Social Work 

Response to need and Opportunities:  The Center for the Study of School Social Work

Dr. John Vafeas, Chair, Department of Social Work, Founder of the Center

Research and Evidence-Based Action

Dr. Matthew Cuellar and Dr. Samantha Coyle, Montclair State University

 Beth Tomlinson, Director, K-12 Education at United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley 

 Panelist Questions
  1. What is your organization doing to promote awareness of and collaborations with other organizations and systems in order to promote a systemic, ethical response to issues related to the education enterprise and implications for families/communities/children?

  2. What policies help or hinder your ability to respond effectively to obstacles?

  3. What strategies do you propose to address the issue?

 Forum Action Plan

The Kutztown University Community Forum seeks to raise consciousness and promote critical and ethical analysis of social and political conditions across the practice continuum.  Please strive to craft at least one solution. Sketch out an action plan—with at least one activity identified to occur within the next month. We will ask for your feedback on the evaluation instrument, and will distribute an online follow-up survey to assess progress on the action plans later in the spring.

Continuing Education Credit Certificates

A maximum of 6 continuing education credits are available for Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Professional Counselors.   (3 credits for morning only, 3 for afternoon only, or 6 for full day; full day attendees will receive 3 of the 6 credits as ethics credits)

Continuing education credits will be forwarded via email after the event.  Please allow two weeks processing time.

sustainable lending library

The Department of Social Work is working to develop a Sustainable Lending Library that will facilitate access to educational materials/resources throughout social work students’ educational career.  The library will be operated through the department and provide a lending service of essential educational materials to our students.  Our initial fundraising goal is $ 55,000.  The tentative initiation date for the fund is Spring 2021.

Past Forum Videos

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