Become a Book Contributor Today!

As you may know, I am writing a book titled Active Learning Lessons, Activities, & Assignments for the Modern Social Work Educator to be published by Taylor & Francis/Routledge. I am looking for folks to contribute activities in their specialty areas. Would you be interested?

Brief Book Overview and Rationale:

To practice social work in the real world, students need to be energized and attentive learners engaging with the realities of the modern social work landscape using active learning pedagogy. Higher education must continue to adapt to both the evolving needs of the modern social work student and the modern social work practice landscape. As society continues to change, it is imperative that social work educators provide training to students about how to recognize their coursework in action and how to utilize their skills and training to address the current circumstances around them, whether this is based on natural disasters, political changes, or the overall continued growth and fluctuation of society, with updated training and pedagogy to meet modern practice challenges. This book aims to address the frustrations social work educators face when disseminating crucial social work curricula in the classroom setting by providing active learning activities and assignments which instructors can easily integrate into their offline and online classrooms. This book will provide educators with structured lesson plans, practice exercises, assignments, sample exam questions, and other tools common to active learning to respond to the modern student’ educational needs. This book is both vital and timely to bridge the gap between current social work education and the needs of the modern social work student.

Instructions and Resources:

  • You will be writing at least 5 lesson plans (each 5 pages max) and 1 assignment (2 pages max). 
  • Each lesson plan and assignment should be grounded in one of the six Bloom’s taxonomy cognitive processes.
  • Each lesson plan and assignment should utilize active learning strategies.
  • All the lesson plans can be from the same chapter or different chapters.
  • If you are interested in writing more than 5 lesson plans or more than 1 assignment, that would be amazing!
  • Helpful Contributor Resources including general writing submission requirements, writing guidelines, a book outline, a sample lesson plan, Bloom’s Taxonomy resources, active learning resources, and sample active learning activities.
  • This work will be due to me via email by July 15, 2020.

What I need from you now:

  • Contact information including name, mailing address, phone, email, social media
  • After you have had time to review the materials, I am happy to schedule a phone call with you to help brainstorm ideas, provide feedback, and answer your questions.
  • A completed contributor agreement

If you know of other social work educators that might be interested in contributing to this book, please share my email ( with them. I am very excited to be working with you!

Digital Literacy in Social Work Education: A Case Study Incorporating Technology and Social Media Within the Social Work Curriculum

Now published – Digital Literacy in Social Work Education: A Case Study Incorporating Technology and Social Media Within the Social Work Curriculum in the Special Section on Multimedia in Nonprofit Education of the Journal of Nonprofit Education and Leadership. I discussed this work at CSWE APM back in October. Here is the abstract:

To remain competitive and culturally competent, social work education must incorporate digital literacy and technological instruction to prepare students for work with clients and colleagues throughout their professional lives. When instructors offer a grounding in technology skills for modern social work practice and provide feedback to students in a supportive classroom setting, social work students become more confident and poised to handle the complications of technology and social media while interacting with clients, agencies, nonprofit organizations, and society as a whole. The purpose of this article is to present a case study of a social work course on classic and contemporary communication skills that focuses on communication, writing, and digital literacy, designed for BSW students. The article includes rationale for course development, course description, and sample digital writing activities from the course.

I worked with amazing social work writer Kryss Shane on this article. Special thank you to Jimmy Young, editor of this special issue, for your feedback and support to improve this work. To access the article (log in required), head to the journal’s web site. To follow updates on this work, head to my ResearchGate page for the article.

Most Common Student Writing Mistakes and How to Fix Them

Written communication skills are so important for students to learn. As a social work instructor for nearly 10 years, I often gave students feedback and guidance to improve their writing. The following list contains the most common writing mistakes I encountered and suggestions for how to fix them. This list is geared toward social science writing and use of APA Style.

Most Common APA Style Errors

Properly Using the Work of Others


Writing Research and Other Scientific Papers

What is missing? What would you add to this list?

For additional back to school tips for social workers, check out my eBook: Back to School Guide for Social Work Students.

Wishing all the new and returning students (myself included!) much success in the coming year!