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Doctor of Social Work (DSW)


This capstone product includes three written documents. The purpose of this work was to discover and justify the role expansion of school social workers into school leaders. The first, a systematic literature review examining the roles of school social workers. This document will review the current literature describing which school social work roles promote school social workers as school leaders, and which roles act as barriers for school social workers to become school leaders. The second document is a conceptual paper. This document identifies the need for a paradigm shift in education towards a whole child perspective. This document looks at key leadership theories and social work theories that promote a whole child focus in the academic setting. The last written work is a practice application paper. This paper identifies budgetary efforts schools can utilize for role expansion. This paper then creates and applies a workforce development plan social workers and educational leaders can utilize for role expansion and position creation for schools and school districts.