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REAL STORIES FROM THE FIELD

The Real Stories project is a multimedia collection of workforce development stories from students, faculty, and child welfare professionals at all levels. Each project provides unique, first-person insight into the impact that NCWWI initiatives and partnerships are having on workforce and child welfare practice across the country. Use these stories for lunch & learns, training, team discussions and more! 

Want to use these stories to inspire a rich discussion about innovative workforce development initiatives? Download the Real Stories Tool Kit which details the topics and themes of each story, along with questions to inspire critical thinking and guide a thoughtful discussion.

 

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University Partnerships
CHILD WELFARE SCHOLARS

Podcast100.fwWhen state and local child welfare agencies collaborate with schools of social work, the results can benefit both parties by properly preparing future—and current—child welfare professionals and helping ensure curricula remains topical and relevant to the current needs of the field. This podcast, developed in collaboration with the Child Welfare Information Gateway, showcases a NCWWI university-agency partnership between the University of North Dakota Department of Social Work and the North Dakota Department of Children and Family Services. The Child Welfare Scholars program funds B.S.W. and M.S.W. trainees who are current members of the child welfare workforce. This funding aims to help social work students grow their leadership and practice skills, help meet the increased child welfare demands of the state, and provide direct feedback for the university to shape its curriculum.

 

University Partnerships
A NEW FRONTIER FOR  CHILD WELFARE IN RURAL NORTH DAKOTA

Video100.fwAs an MSW student at the University of North Dakota, Skye Albert received a NCWWI traineeship that sent her to work in a rural part of the state that was facing a child welfare crisis. Skye not only tackled the unique challenges facing the county, but inspired her MSW program to re-think how they prepare students to work in the field.

 

University Partnerships
THE POWER OF DATA FOR LEARNING AND CHANGING

Podcast100.fwThis is the story of 3 graduate students from the UC Berkeley School of Social Welfare who were able to connect their research to practice through their NCWWI traineeships. After their research uncovered areas for improving local practice, they presented their findings to a group of managers from the field, who were compelled to act on what the students had found.