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Policy Clearinghouse

The Policy Clearinghouse is a national database of teaching resources to support faculty in developing and/or integrating policy into the classroom. The clearinghouse was made possible with generous funding from the Fund for Social Policy Education and Practice (FSPEP) which is supported by the Lois and Samuel Silberman Grant Fund of The New York Community Trust.

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If you would like to submit materials for the clearinghouse, please send the resource permission form, a brief (50 words or less) description of your materials, and your materials to

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Social Work Competency



Accessibility Survey and Personal Reflection

This assignment is designed to increase student awareness of the need for policies to protect civil rights of various groups. The focus is the disability accessibility of physical structures in our community. Contributor: Julia Kleinschmit


Blendspace Agency Assignment

In this assignment, instructors crete a Blendspace lesson to help students learn about agency services and resoruces. Students then complete an analysis of an agency's website to determine the efficiency of the website. Contributor: Amy McLean


Citizenship Social Work Framework

 Contributor: Jessica Toft


Citizenship Social Work In-Class Exercise

This is an in-class exercise during the first class of the Citizenship Social Work Policy course. The exercise helps students start to consider what social justice is and how they can anchor social justice in the concept of embodied citizenship. Contributor: Jessica Toft


Conducting a Community Assessment and Accompanying Power Analysis

A community needs assessment activity. Contributor: Mark Giesler


Conflict Skills for Social Workers

To help students learn and practice conflict skills, this module is used to explain the value of conflict, the steps in managing conflict, and approaches to amplifying conflict when necessary.

Contributor: Barrett Bonella


Conversations about Culture: Video & Lesson Plan

This module conveys the importance of two-way learning in the social worker-client relationship through a dialogical approach. It situates the social worker as “learner” as opposed to the “expert professional.” Contributor: Laura Lewis


Data-informed Policy Scavenger Hunt

This in-class exercise discusses the role of data in policy/advocacy. Students will become more familiar with available demographic data sets and deepen their understanding of the relationship between data and policy.

Contributor: Rosemary French


Exploring Wealth Inequality and the Construct of Equal Opportunity

A module that provides first-year social work students with several exercises to explore the construct of equal opportunity.

Contributor: Jennifer Frank


Flint Water Crisis Module

Contributor: Denise Dedman

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