REGISTRATION OPEN: March 7-8, 2022 | Sheraton Austin Capitol Hotel, Austin, Texas

EDUCATION LEADS HOME 2022

A National Convening on Student Homelessness

March 7-8, 2022
Sheraton Austin Capitol Hotel | Austin, Texas

#ELH2022

Education Leads Home 2022 (ELH 2022) will bring together diverse stakeholders in a unique, action-oriented convening to share strategies to make specific, measurable progress toward each of ELH’s three goals. 

This first-of-its-kind, two-day intersectional event will highlight proven practices from across the country and bring stakeholders together for facilitated action-planning. Attendees will learn specific strategies to advance ELH’s goals and receive hands-on guidance and support from expert practitioners, so they can begin implementing those strategies as soon as they return to their communities, and develop them over time.  Attendees will receive session synopses in advance, and a proceedings document after the event. By building and supporting community teams, ELH2022 will promote action to drive progress toward ELH goals.

Teams will leave the ELH conference with aligned strategies and solutions to support children, youth, and families in their communities. The purpose of ELH2022 is to generate sustainable, productive interagency partnerships that will take concrete actions to improve outcomes for students experiencing homelessness. Therefore, registration will be open only to teams initially.

It Takes a Team: Information for Team Registration

Homelessness is a complex, multi-sector issue. In order to ensure the educational success of children and youth experiencing homelessness, we need all hands on deck – we need teams!

The purpose of ELH2022 is to generate sustainable, productive interagency partnerships that will take concrete actions to improve outcomes for students experiencing homelessness. To accomplish this, participants will work in teams toward a shared goal. Your team should be comprised of the agencies and individuals you need around the table to meet a goal you have for your program and for children and youth experiencing homelessness in your state or community. Team participation is fundamental to build strategic partnerships across service sectors/agencies and seed innovation.

Initially, registration will be open only to teams. A team consists of at least two people representing different agencies/service sectors that can drive toward a common goal. Registration may be open to individuals later in the process.

Who Should Be On Your Team?

The purpose of the team approach is to bring together agencies and individuals in pursuit of a common goal. Your team should be comprised of the people you need around the table to meet a goal you have for your program and for children and youth experiencing homelessness in your state or community.

For example, to accomplish the goal of increasing engagement in early childhood programs for young children experiencing homelessness, a team might include one person from a school district and one person from a Head Start agency. For a goal of increasing high school graduation for unaccompanied youth, a team might include a high school counselor, a community agency that serves youth, and a McKinney-Vento liaison. A goal to improve access to supportive services for families might include a liaison, a housing/homeless services agency, and a local government agency. A team focused on success in post-secondary education for students experiencing homelessness could include a representative of the state community college system, a high school counselor, a liaison, and a housing provider.

These are just examples of different kinds of teams – you know who you need to help achieve your goals!

What Constitutes a Team?

A TEAM is at least two (2) individuals, from at least two (2) separate service sectors/agency categories in the same geography (district/county/state). Team consists of a minimum of two (2) people and a maximum of eight (8) people.

Service Sectors/Agency Categories include:

  • K-12 public school (public charter school, traditional school district, individual K-12 school)
  • Early childhood program (preschool, Head Start, Early Head Start, child care, early intervention, home visiting)
  • Post-secondary school (college, university, technical school)
  • Homeless service provider (shelter, transitional living program, drop-in center, street outreach, or other program providing services to children, youth, or families)
  • Government agency (local, state or federal government agency)
  • Philanthropy (public or private funder of education or homeless services)

Examples:

  • A McKinney-Vento liaison and a program officer from the United Way in the same county can be a team.
  • A high school counselor and a preschool teacher from the same school district can be a team, even if the preschool program is located in the same high school where the counselor works.
  • A McKinney-Vento State Coordinator and a public housing authority from the same state can be a team.
  • Two McKinney-Vento liaisons from the same county and a homeless services provider from that county can be a team.
  • Two community college employees and a Head Start Collaboration Director from the same state can be a team.
  • A McKinney-Vento liaison and a county department of health or health care provider can be a team.
  • A host home provider and a K-12 and/or post-secondary school can be a team.
  • Two McKinney-Vento liaisons from two separate school districts cannot be a team, because they both represent the same agency category (K-12 public school).
  • A McKinney-Vento liaison and a principal cannot be a team, because they both represent the same agency category (K-12 public school)
  • A community college employee and a 4-year university employee cannot be a team, because they both represent the same agency category (post-secondary school).

*Not sure if your group qualifies as a team, email ELH@schoolhouseconnection.org.

How to Register Your Team?

Step #1: Find your Team

  • A TEAM is at least two (2) individuals, from at least two (2) separate service sectors/agency categories in the same geography (district/county/state). A team consists of a minimum of two (2) people and a maximum of eight (8) people.
  • See “What Constitutes a Team?” for examples of teams.

Step #2: Designate a Team Leader

  • The team leader will pre-register the team and each individual team member.
  • Before registering, be sure to know the following information for each team member:
    • Full Name
    • Geographic Location (District/County/State)
    • Email Address
    • Service Sector/Agency Category

Step #3: Complete Your Team’s Pre-Registration Form *Note: You will not be required to submit payment at this stage.*

  • In addition to filling out the information outlined above for each team member, the team leader will need to indicate which areas the team would like to focus on during the interactive planning sessions on Day Two to achieve your desired goals. Please indicate the top two choices from these four tracks:
    • K-12 Public school
    • Early Childhood program
    • Post-Secondary school
    • Community & Housing collaborations

Step #4: Your Team’s Pre-Registration is Pending Review

Your Pre-Registration application will be submitted for review to ensure the team meets the criteria and that space is available. Due to COVID-19 social distancing restrictions, we may be limited on the number of teams and participants that we can accommodate. We encourage you to pre-register your team as soon as possible for the best availability.

Step #5: Teams will be notified of their Pre-Registration status

  • If approved: All team members will receive an email containing instructions on how to complete their individual registration and provide payment. This email will include their team’s group code and weblink to finalize their registration.
  • If declined: The team leader will be contacted by SchoolHouse Connection with additional details.
What Do Teams Get?

Facilitation and Support from SchoolHouse Connection. Before, during, and after the event, SHC will help teams put what learn at ELH2022 into action as a community. This will include receiving session synopses before the convening; facilitated action planning with content experts at the convening; a proceedings document after the convening; and ongoing opportunities for teams to receive guidance and support with plan implementation from expert practitioners and SHC staff.

Team Pricing

Early bird registration and pricing ($450 per person) end on September 30, 2021. After that, standard pricing is $475 per person from October 1, 2021 to March 7, 2022.

A Note on COVID-19:

We are hopeful that an in-person event can proceed as planned by March 2022, and SchoolHouse Connection and our event partners will take all necessary steps to keep participants safe. Conference participants will be required to abide by health and safety protocols at all times while attending this event – these may include social distancing, mask-wearing, hand-washing, and other health and safety protocols recommended and/or required by the CDC, local Boards of Health, the venue, and/or SchoolHouse Connection to safely host this event.

As we’ve learned over the past year, the pandemic continues to be a rapidly evolving situation. While vaccination efforts are ramping up nationwide and efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 are showing promise, we recognize that this situation could change. Should circumstances necessitate a shift to a virtual conference format, all participants will be notified no less than 60 days prior to the conference, and will have the option to transfer their registration to the virtual event or request a registration refund.

Team Registration is Now Open!

Register Your Team Here

Tentative Snapshot Agenda

Monday, March 7, 2022

8:00am – 9:00am: Breakfast and Welcome

9:30am – 10:45am: Topical Breakout Sessions

10:45am – 11:00am: Refreshment Break

11:00am  12:15pm: Topical Breakout Sessions

12:45pm – 1:45pm: Scholarship Awards and Lunch

2:15pm – 3:30pm: Topical Breakout Sessions

3:30pm – 3:45pm: Refreshment Break

4:00pm – 5:15pm: Topical Breakout Sessions

5:30pm – 6:30pm: Welcome Networking Reception

Tuesday, March 8, 2022

8:30am – 9:30am: Federal Policy Updates and Breakfast

10:00am – 11:00am: Team-work Breakout Session and Facilitated Action Planning

11:00am – 11:15am: Refreshment Break

11:15am – 12:15pm: Team-work Breakout Session and Facilitated Action Planning

12:15pm – 1:00pm: Grab-n-go Lunch; Conference Wrap-Up and Adjourn

The convening’s content will include:

  • Recovering from the pandemic, including through strategic use of American Rescue Plan Act funding
  • Legal rights and requirements related to the education of children and youth experiencing homelessness, from birth through postsecondary education
  • Proven best practices for the education of children and youth experiencing homelessness, with clear steps to replicate and implement them, from early childhood through postsecondary education
  • Legal issues and best practices for housing and services for families experiencing homelessness
  • School-housing partnerships, including housing for pregnant and parenting young people and their children, and unaccompanied youth
  • Policy updates and advocacy (state and federal)
  • Data-to-action systems for measuring and maximizing outcomes
  • A national scholarship award ceremony featuring ten high school students who have experienced homelessness and are pursuing postsecondary education
  • Facilitated action-planning to help teams consolidate and prioritize lessons learned, and prepare to implement them in their communities.

Sheraton Austin Capitol Hotel
Address: 701 E 11th St, Austin, Texas 78701
Telephone: 512-478-1111 

SchoolHouse Connection has negotiated a discounted room rate for conference participants that will be honored until 5:00pm Central Time, Monday, February 14, 2022 or until the group block is sold out, whichever comes first. All rooms include complimentary high-speed Internet access.

Single or Double Occupancy        USD $215 per night + tax

(All rates shown are subject to the appropriate state, local and occupancy taxes.  These taxes are currently 19% per room night occupied.) Reserve by calling 1.888.627.8349 (toll-free in the US) or online and be sure to mention you are attending the Education Leads Home 2022.

*Please note that all Conference participants are responsible for booking their own hotel rooms.*

Air Travel

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) is 11 miles SE from downtown Austin, the location of the conference. Visit AUS airport website

Ground Travel

Cab transportation from the airport takes approximately 15 minutes and is approximately $25 one-way. This hotel does not provide an airport shuttle.

Hotel Parking

Should you require parking, the hotel does offer onsite self-parking for a fee of $15/hour or $40/daily.  Or valet parking is available for $45/daily.

We are hopeful that an in-person event can proceed as planned by March 2022, and SchoolHouse Connection and our event partners will take all necessary steps to keep participants safe. Conference participants will be required to abide by health and safety protocols at all times while attending this event – these may include social distancing, mask-wearing, hand-washing, and other health and safety protocols recommended and/or required by the CDC, local Boards of Health, the venue, and/or SchoolHouse Connection to safely host this event.

As we’ve learned over the past year, the pandemic continues to be a rapidly evolving situation.
While vaccination efforts are ramping up nationwide and efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 are showing promise, we recognize that this situation could change. Should circumstances necessitate a shift to a virtual conference format, all participants will be notified no less than 60 days prior to the conference, and will have the option to transfer their registration to the virtual event or request a registration refund.

Any public space where other people are present holds an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 and other communicable diseases. By attending this event, I agree to voluntarily assume all risk related to exposure and agree to not hold SchoolHouse Connection or any of their affiliates including partners and sponsors, directors, officers, employees, agents, contractors, volunteers, or sponsored venues liable for illness. I agree to abide by all health and safety protocols in effect at all times while attending this event – these may include engaging in appropriate social distancing, wearing a mask public areas/meeting rooms when not consuming food or beverage, minimize face touching, frequently washing hands, and other health and safety protocols recommended and/or required by the CDC, local boards of health, the venue and/or SchoolHouse Connection to safely host this event. I agree to not attend any SchoolHouse Connection event if I feel ill or had recent exposure to a COVID-19 case.

Frequently Asked Questions

Click Here to Download a One-Pager

Where and when is the conference?

This conference will take place at the Sheraton Austin Capitol Hotel in Austin, Texas on March 7-8, 2022.

How much is this conference?

*Early bird registration and pricing ($450) end on September 30, 2021. After that, standard pricing is $475 from October 1, 2021 to March 7, 2022.

Is there food?

Yes! There will be two breakfasts and lunches over two days, plus a welcome reception. 

What is the cancellation/refund/substitution policy?

We understand that unplanned issues may arise, and you may need to cancel your attendance at ELH 2022. All requests for cancellations and/or refunds must be received in writing at ELH@schoolhouseconnection.org. Please reference your registration confirmation number and the name of the person registered.

Refunds will be based on when your cancellation is received:

Cancellation received by October 31, 2021: Full Refund, less a $50 administrative processing fee.

Cancellation received between November 1, 2021 and December 15, 2021: 50% Refund, less a $50 administrative processing fee,

Cancellation received December 16, 2021 – March 7, 2022: NO Refund, unless both In-Person and Virtual Conference is cancelled by SchoolHouse Connection.

“No-Shows” – Registrants who do not show up for the conference and do not cancel their registration prior to the start of the conference will automatically forfeit all registration fees paid.

Substitutions:
Substitutions are allowed, and registrations are transferable up to 72 hours prior to the event without penalty. Simply e-mail ELH@schoolhouseconnection.org, and include your name, agency, and confirmation number, as well as the name and contact information of the person that will be replacing you by March 3, 2022.

Why do I need to register in teams?

With child, youth, and family homelessness rising to record levels, there has never been a more important time for stakeholders to come together, share expertise and take coordinated action toward shared goals. The purpose of the team approach is to bring together the people who need to be around the table to meet a specific goal for children and youth experiencing homelessness in your state or community. Teams will leave the ELH conference with aligned strategies and solutions to support children, youth, and families in their communities.

The purpose of ELH2022 is to generate sustainable, productive interagency partnerships that will take concrete actions to improve outcomes for students experiencing homelessness. Team participation is fundamental to build strategic partnerships across service sectors/agencies and seed innovation.

Initially, registration will be open only to teams. A team consists of at least two people representing different agencies/sectors but working together toward a common goal. For example, to accomplish the goal of increasing engagement in early childhood programs for young children experiencing homelessness, a team might include one person from a school district and one person from a Head Start agency. For a goal of increasing high school graduation for unaccompanied youth, a team might include a high school counselor, a community agency that serves youth, and a McKinney-Vento liaison. A goal to improve access to supportive services for families might include a liaison, a housing/homeless services agency, and a local government agency. A team focused on success in post-secondary education for students experiencing homelessness could include a representative of the state community college system, a high school counselor, a liaison, and a housing provider. These are just examples of different kinds of teams – you know who you need to help achieve your goals!

How do I register a team?

Step #1: Find your Team

  • A TEAM is at least two (2) individuals, from at least two (2) separate service sectors/agency categories in the same geography (district/county/state). A team consists of a minimum of two (2) people and a maximum of eight (8) people.
  • See “What Constitutes a Team?” for examples of teams.

Step #2: Designate a Team Leader

  • The team leader will pre-register the team and each individual team member.
  • Before registering, be sure to know the following information for each team member:
    • Full Name
    • Geographic Location (District/County/State)
    • Email Address
    • Service Sector/Agency Category

Step #3: Complete Your Team’s Pre-Registration Form *Note: You will not be required to submit payment at this stage.*

  • In addition to filling out the information outlined above for each team member, the team leader will need to indicate which areas the team would like to focus on during the interactive planning sessions on Day Two to achieve your desired goals. Please indicate the top two choices from these four tracks:
    • K-12 Public school
    • Early Childhood program
    • Post-Secondary school
    • Community & Housing collaborations

Step #4: Your Team’s Pre-Registration is Pending Review

Your Pre-Registration application will be submitted for review to ensure the team meets the criteria and that space is available. Due to COVID-19 social distancing restrictions, we may be limited on the number of teams and participants that we can accommodate. We encourage you to pre-register your team as soon as possible for the best availability.

Step #5: Teams will be notified of their Pre-Registration status

  • If approved: All team members will receive an email containing instructions on how to complete their individual registration and provide payment. This email will include their team’s group code and weblink to finalize their registration.
  • If declined: The team leader will be contacted by SchoolHouse Connection with additional details.
Who should attend this conference?

We welcome participants from:

  • Public school districts and charter schools
  • State agencies
  • Early childhood programs
  • Institutions of higher education
  • Research institutions
  • Housing and homeless service providers
  • Advocacy organizations
  • Health and mental health care providers and agencies
  • Philanthropy
  • Media

Parents and youth with lived experience will be partners in all aspects of planning and execution.

Team Registration is Now Open!

Register Your Team Here
Core Partners

As national leaders in their fields, SchoolHouse Connection, America’s Promise Alliance, CIVIC, and EducationCounsel have released groundbreaking research and powerful resources relevant to education and child and youth homelessness.

These four organizations are partners in the work of the Education Leads Home campaign.

About the Education Leads Home (ELH) Campaign

Launched in 2018, Education Leads Home (ELH) is a multi-year national campaign to improve education and life outcomes for students experiencing homelessness. ELH’s vision is a long-term, permanent reduction in homelessness through increased educational attainment. ELH has three goals:

 

  • By 2026, young children experiencing homelessness will participate in quality early childhood programs at the same rate as their housed peers.
  • By 2030, the national homeless high school student graduation rate will reach 90%.
  • By 2034, the national homeless college student post-secondary attainment rate will reach 60%.

Have a Question or Comment? Contact Us at ELH@schoolhouseconnection.org

We are committed to making our conference accessible to people with disabilities. We invite anyone in need of an accommodation to contact us at ELH@schoolhouseconnection.org.

Attending ELH 2022? Let's Get Social!

Tweet at us and let your networks know you’re attending ELH 2022!

Pin It on Pinterest