Social Work Department
MPS School Social Work Mission
We exist to help students reach their full potential. We collaborate with families, staff and community to provide direct service to students and develop school systems that further the social, emotional and academic growth of students. Our vision is for every student to be mentally, physically and emotionally secure; actively learning and engaged in their education.
Would you like to talk about your child?
Please contact one of us by confidential phone/voicemail or by email listed below.
What we do
School social workers work with parents, students and school staff to identify student needs that interfere with learning in order to support the students directly, make appropriate referrals to regular and special education services, and help the student and family connect with community resources. Social workers work with general and special education students and families to resolve social, emotional and behavioral problems through assessment, consultation with school staff and community providers, through development and implementation of behavior management plans, and providing indirect and direct service. Social workers support students and families experiencing crisis; advocate for students and parents during educational planning observing procedural safeguards for parents; monitor and intervene with students exhibiting chronic attendance problems. They lead the Student Support Team, participate in the multidisciplinary evaluation to determine eligibility for special education, and identify needs and may provide case management, and direct or indirect service including individual, small group and full classroom interventions.
The Barton Social Work Team
Special Education , 504 Plan and Attendance Lead
Youth Voice Advisor , MPS Youth Participatory Evaluation
direct line: 612-668-3593
Social Emotional Learning and Positive School-wide Engagement Lead
Gender/Sexuality Alliance (GSA) Advisor
direct line 612-668-3586