Our Annual Conference began in 1901 as the Missouri Conference on Corrections and Charities. It was primarily a statewide professional forum for philanthropists, government employees of human services agencies, and private charity professionals. For the first decade its activities consisted mostly of meeting once a year to discuss social problems and read papers.
Today, the Annual Conference continues to be a highly anticipated event in which hundreds of Social Justice Advocates from across the country convene to learn about and discuss social problems and possible solutions.
It is also during this time that MASW’s Annual Member Meeting takes place and when State Board Members are elected.
MASW presents the 113th Annual Conference; The Long Road to Justice! Join us for an enlightening two days of conversation and education on social justice for all Missourians. In addition, by our bylaws, MASW must give official notice to our members of our annual business meeting and discussion of bylaws changes. The annual business meeting will be at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, November 7, as part of our annual conference, and we will elect Board members, hear reports, and vote on updated bylaws.
In viewing the bylaws, you will notice that the name of MASW is written as [New Name] in the amended bylaws. That is because, following years of Board discussion, we polled membership about a potential name change back in February, and a Board committee has studied this for many months. The committee and our Executive Committee will be unveiling the new name and logo at the annual meeting - yet another reason to register to attend the conference. Be among the first to have a look at the fruits of their hard work over these many months and to help us launch a new name and "brand."
Make no mistake though. We continue our mission: to provide leadership, research, education, and advocacy to improve public policy and programs impacting the health and welfare of all Missourians. We are proud of our history since 1901, and we will stay true to our purpose and Guiding Principles around securing basic human needs and basic fairness for all Missourians.
Workshop #1: Preschool to Prison Pipeline: Turning off the Flow
Presenter: Dr. L. Carol Scott, Chief Executive Officer from Child Care Aware of Missouri
Infants and toddlers are programmed by their caretakers for incipient criminal behavior, tendencies that lie dormant until their pre-adolescent years. Three and four year olds’ passion for learning is squashed out of them, ensuring before they enter kindergarten that they will fail to graduate high school. Instead, they join an ever-expanding underclass of politically-impotent, low-wage laborers and soldiers whose rage is barely contained. Not the plot of a political thriller or a documentary about some third-world wasteland of a country with a corrupt dictator at the helm, this is a true story about Missouri children. Right now, today, in your community, this story is unfolding. Unconscionably-low standards for and minimal oversight of our state’s early care and education programs combine to assure these undesired results from the first five years of life for too many Missouri children. And this reality doesn’t have to be our state’s story. There are solutions to the preschool to prison pipeline, proven solutions we can use, just as other states have used them. Let’s talk about change.