Skip to main content

CSWE's 54th Annual Program Meeting Features Jonathan Kozol and New Professional Development Opportunities


For Immediate Release

Carrie Murdock deGuzman

54th Annual Program Meeting events and general announcements

October 7, 2008 – PHILADELPHIA, PA—The Council on Social Work Education’s (CSWE’s) 54th Annual Program Meeting will bring more than 3,000 social work educators, students, and practitioners together at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown Hotel from Thursday, October 30–Sunday, November 2.
This year’s Special Plenary Speaker is Jonathan Kozol, the renowned educational reformer and 
New York Times best-selling author of Savage Inequalities, Amazing Grace, The Shame of the Nation, and Letters to a Young Teacher. CSWE is also now a provider for social work continuing education through the Association of Social Work Boards’ Approved Continuing Education Program. More than 600 educational sessions within 38 key topic areas or “Tracks” will be eligible for continuing education units, doubling last year’s offerings.

“Expanding opportunities for continuing education units and professional development at our Annual Program Meeting begins an important chapter in our organization’s history,” said CSWE Executive Director Julia M. Watkins. "Making the teaching of best practices more accessible to the leaders of today and tomorrow will better position social workers to meet future service needs.”

A record number of students are expected to attend as a result of increased CSWE Career Center offerings—résumé writing workshops and panel sessions geared toward finding a job. This and other programming designed to prepare the next generation of social work educators and practitioners for the workforce is customized by, among other things, students’ intended career paths and degree levels.

Additional conference highlights include presentations by three other headlining speakers and a CSWE Press book signing with Leon Ginsberg, a leading author in social work education. Medical social worker Vimla Nadkarni of India will offer a valuable perspective on the poverty and sustainable/equitable development learning and intervention opportunities available to social work on a global level at the Hokenstad International Lecture. Mental health expert Lonnie Snowden of the University of California, Berkeley will establish a context for renewed federal and local attention and increased scientific understanding of ethnic minority-White disparities in mental health care at the Carl A. Scott Memorial Lecture. And, at the Gero-Ed Track Kick-Off, Boston University’s Robert B. Hudson will discuss the myriad of critical health care issues that are about to confront both older Americans and their caregivers.

The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) is a nonprofit national association representing more than 3,000 individual members, as well as graduate and undergraduate programs of professional social work education. Founded in 1952, this partnership of educational and professional institutions, social welfare agencies, and private citizens is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation as the sole accrediting agency for social work education in this country.