School of Social Work MSW Student Earns Massachusetts Literacy Champion Award

MSW literacy award

Springfield College School of Social Work MSW student Kevin Green has been named a Massachusetts Literacy Champion for 2018. This award is presented annually to eight individuals who are active in the literacy education field and they are using innovative methods to help improve literacy in Massachusetts.

Winners of the award must be currently involved in the creation and implementation of promising literacy practices. Green’s organization, Seeds of a Father, works to raise the significance of fatherhood and demonstrates how positive father engagement is associated with the overall well-being of children, families and communities. His recent work of bringing fathers into the schools is just one example of focused initiatives he uses to involve fathers in the lives and education of their children.

In addition, Green’s efforts demonstrate the power that an Advanced Generalist Practitioner can have on a community in need. As a leader, his focus on the involvement of fathers directly responds to the needs expressed by families that he encounters in his practice in Springfield. Green works to build strong relationships and partnerships in the community, something he believes is most powerful in healing families in need.

Green has made a significant contribution in many areas of literacy education and possesses outstanding leadership qualities. Each literacy champion will be asked to share their best practices with peers throughout the state. For more about Kevin’s work visit:  https://www.springfieldfathersandfamiliesnetwork.com

The Massachusetts Literacy Awards are given annually to publicly recognize and support individuals who have shown exceptional commitment and results through their work in literacy education.  This honor celebrates professional practitioners who are currently active in the literacy education field.

Since 1989, the Springfield College SSW has been accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, the official accrediting body for social work programs in the United States. Graduates are eligible for professional social work licensure in all 50 states. The MSW/JD program is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Graduates are eligible for professional social work licensure and bar examination.

The home of the SSW, the Brennan Center, is a state-of-the-art teaching and conference facility that underwent a $2.2 million renovation in 2002. The facility was again renovated in 2012 to include more classroom and office space. It includes technologically enhanced classrooms, a computer lab, a tiered auditorium, faculty offices, and a large, light-filled atrium, which is the site of school events and also serves as a student lounge. Easily accessible, it is located 1.45 miles from the main campus and has on-site parking. The weekend program in Worcester is located at Saint Vincent Hospital.