Archived Webinars

We conduct webinars featuring expert national, state, and local presenters on a wide range of topics. Click on the tabs below to find archived webinars by subject area.

Supporting Students Experiencing Homelessness with American Rescue Plan Funds
Date Recorded: September 26, 2023

In the wake of the pandemic—and in the midst of the current housing, addiction, and student mental health crises—schools and communities face unprecedented challenges. While often hidden, homelessness among children and youth is a significant factor contributing to declines in school enrollment, increases in chronic absence, and deepening student mental health struggles.

American Rescue Plan–Homeless Children and Youth (ARP–HCY) funds are one-time funds that can help meet this moment. ARP–HCY funds are uniquely flexible funds to support the identification, enrollment, and school participation of children and youth experiencing homelessness, including through wrap-around services. They must be obligated by September 30, 2024 and spent by January 31, 2025.

During the webinar, SchoolHouse Connection and the Learning Policy Institute presented key findings from their study, which focused on the allocation of federal and state education funding for students experiencing homelessness. Attendees had the opportunity to hear from school district liaisons and administrators who shared insights on how they are utilizing these one-time funds to enhance the well-being of students facing homelessness. This included initiatives to tackle chronic absenteeism, address mental health challenges, and meet other pressing needs to improve overall outcomes for these students.

Presenters:

  • Barbara Duffield – Executive Director, SchoolHouse Connection
  • Erin Patterson – Director of Education Initiatives, SchoolHouse Connection
  • Daniel Espinoza – Researcher and Policy Advisor, Learning Policy Institute
  • Jessica Tremble – Supervisor of Counseling & Student Services K-8, Clifton Public Schools (NJ)
  • Quentina Brown, RSW – Homeless Liaison/Foster Care (POC)/Neglected & Delinquent Coordinator, Lafourche Parish School Board, LA

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Increasing Access to Transportation for Students Experiencing Homelessness
Date Recorded: June 2, 2022

The McKinney-Vento Act provides educational protections for children and youth experiencing homelessness, including transportation requirements to provide school stability. Yet access to transportation for students experiencing homelessness remains one of the biggest challenges that school districts and early learning programs face. Districts and programs are rising to meet current challenges by finding ways to remove transportation barriers with multiple funding sources and strategies. Please join SchoolHouse Connection along with school district liaisons to hear innovative transportation strategies, including how ARP-HCY funds can be used.

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Short, Sweet, and Strategic ARP-HCY Tools
Date Recorded: February 28, 2022

Join us to learn how Rhode Island is helping its school districts and charter schools use short, simple needs assessments to connect student and program needs to specific, suggested uses for ARP-HCY funds. McKinney-Vento State Coordinator Eileen Botelho and Title I Specialist Stephanie Enos will explain why they felt these documents were needed and how they are deploying them with local educational agencies. The needs assessments and the linked document of suggested uses for ARP-HCY funds will be shared as handouts and demonstrated during the webinar.
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Using ARP-HCY Funds to Meet Students Needs
Needs Assessment – long
Needs Assessment – short

Building a FAFSA Mentor Program with ARP HCY Funds
Date Recorded: December 1, 2021

FAFSA numbers have continued to decline due to the pandemic, creating concern that higher education is out of reach for many young people. Youth experiencing homelessness often face many barriers while filling out the FAFSA. In this interview style webinar, we’ll hear how Frederick County, MD created a new initiative to pair a mentor with seniors who are experiencing homelessness in an effort to provide support to complete the FAFSA, create a post-secondary plan, and strengthen organizational skills. Participants will have an opportunity to learn about this program, how American Rescue Plan Homeless Children and Youth funds can be used to build similar programs, and ask questions.
SY22 FAFSA Mentor Program Job Description
SY22 FAFSA Mentor Program-external

Learning from Liaisons: Evictions, ARP Strategies, and More (Northeast Independent School District)
Date Recorded: November 11, 2021

Northeast Independent School District has addressed the eviction crisis by collaborating with the San Antonio city council to disseminate information to families, including promoting use of a phone bank created to assist parents in filling out applications for Emergency Rental Assistance, and retraining principals, assistant principals, and other school staff around eviction response. American Rescue Plan strategies include increasing options for transportation.
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    Learning from Liaisons: Evictions, ARP Strategies, and More (Cincinnati Public Schools)
    Date Recorded: September 30, 2021

    Cincinnati Public Schools’ Project Connect collaborates with a university legal clinic and eviction court to identify and assist families facing eviction, and also partners with the local public housing authority to help families access vouchers. Strategies for using ARP HCY include a “Wellness on Wheels” program to provide health services for parents and children, a housing/shelter specialist, and a resource locator app.
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      Learning from Liaisons: Evictions, ARP Strategies, and More (Richmond Public Schools)
      Date Recorded: September 28, 2021

      The Center for Families in Transition at Richmond Public Schools in Virginia collaborates closely with Legal Aid and the local eviction lab to identify and assist families facing eviction. The program supports both a housing navigator and a resource navigator for McKinney-Vento families and youth, with plans for program expansion with ARP HCY funds.
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      Learning from Liaisons: Evictions, ARP Strategies, and More (Roanoke City Schools)
      Date Recorded: September 23, 2021

      Roanoke City Schools developed a system for tracking rental units, is working with public housing authorities to get information to families at risk of eviction, and is directing privately raised funds to help meet the housing-related needs of families experiencing homelessness. Ideas for using ARP HCY funds include additional staff capacity, transportation, and a student-parent resource center.
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      The New ARP Homeless Funding: An Overview and Discussion of ED’s July 6 Announcement
      Date Recorded: July 27, 2021

      On July 6, the U.S Department of Education made available a brief application for states to apply for $600 million from the American Rescue Plan Act specifically to support the school identification, enrollment, participation, and success of children and youth experiencing homelessness. This is in addition to the $200 million released this spring. This webinar will review the timing, allocation, application, and uses of ARP Homeless funds. Which LEAs will receive funding, how much, and when? We’ll also highlight ideas and strategies for making the most of this historic opportunity to expand and improve systems to identify and support children and youth experiencing homelessness, and respond to the heightened needs and challenges in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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      Supporting Young Children Experiencing Homelessness with ARP Funds
      Date Recorded: June 29, 2021

      [Co-hosted by the National Head Start Association and the National Association of Elementary School Principals]

      The American Rescue Plan Act (ARP), Congress’ most recent package for COVID-19 relief, includes billions of dollars dedicated to infants, toddlers, children and youth experiencing homelessness. In addition to the $800 million in education funding included for identifying and supporting children and youth experiencing homelessness, there are opportunities across other funding streams to target supports for young children and families experiencing homelessness. Join us for this webinar to hear more about the funds available for and ways that Head Start, Early Head Start, schools, and community partners can use them.
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      How to Use ARP Homeless Education Funding to Identify and Serve Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness
      Date Recorded: May 3, 2021

      Congress dedicated $800 million in education funding for children and youth experiencing homelessness, the U.S. Department of Education announced the availability of funding – now what? This webinar will review the timing, allocation, and uses of funds for the recently announced American Rescue Plan Homeless Children and Youth Funding. We’ll also provide:

      • A framework for thinking and planning to use these funds strategically with other federal and state resources
      • Best practices and lessons learned in the pandemic that can inform use of funds
      • Ideas for partnerships that can leverage supports for children and youth, from birth through postsecondary education

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      Data to Action: How to Use New Searchable Data Profiles to Improve Practice and Policy for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness
      Date Recorded: March 14, 2023

      SchoolHouse Connection and Poverty Solutions at the University of Michigan have created searchable data profiles to raise awareness of the scale and impact of homelessness on children and youth, and to underscore the need for action to meet their needs. These profiles make available – for the first time – child and youth homelessness data at the county and Congressional levels. The profiles also include data at the national, state, and school district levels. 

      This webinar will demonstrate how these data profiles can be used to:

      • Educate community members, educators, and policymakers about the prevalence and the impact of child and youth homelessness, from early childhood through postsecondary education
      • Explore whether local school districts may be under-identifying children and youth experiencing homelessness
      • Understand patterns of federal funding and its impact on identification

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      Home Visiting for Homeless Families
      Date Recorded: March 29, 2023

      Co-presented by researchers from Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, we dive into the home visiting program model and key findings from Chapin Hall’s formative evaluation study. We’ll also discuss how to break down barriers to accessing home visiting programs, and ways that home visiting programs can be more responsive to the needs of families experiencing homelessness.

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      Using Data to Advocate for Infants & Toddlers Experiencing Homelessness in Pennsylvania
      Date Recorded: February 15, 2023

      There are over 1 million children ages birth – six experiencing homelessness across the US, and 25,788 live in Pennsylvania. Being able to advocate on their behalf requires robust data showing where children are staying, what their needs are, and how they are able to access early learning programs. This webinar will highlight how HOPEPHL (previously the People’s Emergency Center), the Pennsylvania Head Start Collaboration Office, and others have been able to use state and local data on young children experiencing homelessness to influence state policy and practice.

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      Local Strategies for Reaching Families and Young Children Experiencing Homelessness
      Date Recorded: February 8, 2023

      [Hosted by the National Association of Counties]

      Experiencing homelessness in early childhood can have long-term impacts on health, education and well-being for both children and parents. Homelessness among young children is often hidden, making it harder to collect accurate data and ensure that these children are connected to the services and resources they need. Join NACoRF and SchoolHouse Connection to learn more about the prevalence of homelessness among infants and toddlers and how counties can reduce barriers and increase families’ connections to health and early learning programs.

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      Increasing Access to Early Learning for Infants and Toddlers Experiencing Homelessness
      Date Recorded: January 31, 2023

      SchoolHouse Connection’s recently-released report describes the prevalence of homelessness among infants and toddlers in twenty states; gaps in access to early learning programs; and recommendations for increasing enrollment and support. On this webinar we will provide an overview of this first-of-its kind data, and hear from early childhood advocates and a parent in Illinois who are working to ensure all families experiencing homelessness have access to early learning. 

      Early Childhood Self Assessment Tool for Shelters
      Date Recorded: July 21, 2020

      Young children staying in shelters have unique needs to ensure their development is nurtured. The Administration for Children and Families designed a self-assessment tool for shelters to use in order to assess how the physical, socio-emotional, and intellectual environment can support young children.

      Presenters from SchoolHouse Connection, Partners for Impact, and the People’s Emergency Center discuss the self-assessment tool, including how North Carolina and Pennsylvania have been able to work across shelter and early childhood communities to make impactful changes in the lives of families with young children experiencing homelessness.

      Presenters:

      • Beth Bordeaux, Co-Owner and Senior Advisor, Partners for Impact
      • Sarah Vrabic, Project Manager – Everyday Learning Play Spaces, People’s Emergency Center
      • Erin Patterson, Director of Education Initiatives, SchoolHouse Connection

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      Going Deeper: Responsive Practices for Early Learning Professionals of Young Children and their Families Experiencing Homelessness
      Date Recorded: June 24, 2020

      This second webinar, based on a new publication by the California Department of Education’s Early Learning and Care Division, will go deeper in describing concrete research-based strategies that are essential for young children and their families impacted by homelessness. Presenters will discuss a wide range of trauma-responsive, housing-sensitive practices, including tips for building trusting relationships, arranging environments, and connecting to resources and community supports. The presenters will also discuss the importance of culturally responsive self-care practices for all professionals working with children and families impacted by chronic stress/trauma including homelessness.
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      Responsive Early Education for Young Children and Families Experiencing Homelessness
      Date Recorded: May 27, 2020

      Based on a new publication by the California Department of Education’s Early Learning and Care Division, this webinar will provide foundational information about early childhood homelessness, as well as concrete research-based strategies that are essential for young children and their families impacted by homelessness. Presenters will share trauma-informed reflective practices, including “housing sensitive” practices, and spotlight promising practices for early childhood practitioners, teachers, and caregivers. The origins and development of CDE’s unique publication, and what it has to offer to those in the early education field, also will be shared.
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      Women Experiencing Homelessness in Higher Education: Two Innovative Initiatives
      Date Recorded: March 18, 2020

      In honor of Women’s History month, we’re featuring two innovative education initiatives that focus on women. From this webinar, participants will learn about:
      1. The distinct challenges and needs that women experiencing homelessness face in obtaining postsecondary education.
      2. Services and resources that are available for single mothers at Misericordia University in Dallas, Pennsylvania.
      3. Initiatives at Our Friends Place, a transitional living and outreach program in Dallas, Texas, that helps support young women experiencing homelessness pursue and maintain their educational goals.
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      Partnerships that Connect Child Care and Head Start with McKinney-Vento Liaisons and Public Schools
      Date Recorded: October 9, 2019

      [This program is Approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval #: 886811245-7667) for 1 continuing education contact hour]

      This webinar will share models for connecting child care and Head Start programs through partnerships with McKinney-Vento liaisons and local school districts. Presenters will describe how they are connecting systems and changing practice to enhance enrollment of young children experiencing homelessness in early childhood programs offering quality child care and Head Start services. After an overview of relevant regulatory expectations and requirements of school districts, early care and housing to work together, presenters will describe their efforts from their positions within local school districts and housing to engage child care and Head Start providers in ways that ensure timely access to and full participation in early care and education programs and create sustainable systems that support families.
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      Handouts: BELL Summary FY2018, Preschool Head Start and Child Care Policies for Children

      Addressing the Challenges of Homelessness Using a Two-Generational Lens: Meeting the Needs of Young Children and Parenting Youth
      Date Recorded: September 11, 2019

      [This program is Approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval # 886808546-4917) for 1 continuing education contact hour.]

      This webinar will focus on the developmental, educational and learning needs of young children and their young parents who are experiencing homelessness. Presenters will describe the impact of homelessness on the development and learning of infants, toddlers and preschool-aged children and describe the impact of homelessness on the development and education of young parents, as well as their role as parents. Presenters will address the importance of ensuring that the needs of the young child, the young parent, and the parent-child relationship are all addressed, despite the narrow focus of programs that serve each age group separately. Presenters will describe how Head Start and Early Head Start exemplify the two-generational approach through teamwork and partnerships with others.
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      Sesame Street’s National Initiative on Family Homelessness
      Date Recorded: April 9, 2019

      Last year, Sesame Street Workshop launched a national initiative on family homelessness to bring awareness and support to young children and their parents who are homeless, and those who serve them, including early childhood programs, schools, and service providers. Lily, a sweet and resilient 7-year-old muppet whose family experienced homelessness, is featured throughout the new resources, which include a storybook, videos, activities, and other materials for providers. This webinar will provide an overview of the resources, insights into how they were created, as well as examples of how practitioners are using them to raise awareness, reduce stigma, and provide support to children and families experiencing homelessness.
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      Head Start 101 for McKinney-Vento Liaisons and Homeless Service Providers
      Date Recorded: February 6, 2019

      Learn the basics about Head Start! Head Start’s comprehensive service array ensures health, mental health, dental, disability, and quality education for children and a range of supports for families – a true two-generational program. Learn about the unique range of free services Head Start has to offer to families experiencing homelessness, including Head Start center-based preschool for children ages 3 to 5, and Early Head Start home visiting and center-based infant toddler care. Families experiencing homelessness are prioritized for enrollment and many programs have spaces set aside for them. Head Start Family Service staff work closely with liaisons and homeless and housing partners to promote collaboration and stability.
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      North Carolina Child Care Resource & Referral
      Date Recorded: October 22, 2018
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      How Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) Agencies are Supporting Young Children Experiencing Homelessness
      Date Recorded: October 17, 2018

      This webinar will highlight the ways in which Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) Agencies and early childhood and housing providers are working together to increase participation of young children experiencing homelessness in early childhood programs. National and state leaders and local CCR&R staff will share information on trends and resources being used to build capacity, engage families, enroll children and support providers. Emphasis will be on partnering across provider systems to better understand community needs and implement comprehensive strategies to ensure success.
      Resources:
      Is My Early Childhood Program a McKinney-Vento “Preschool?”
      8 Training Modules: Supporting Children and Families Experiencing Homelessness
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      Head Start and McKinney-Vento: Natural Partners
      Date Recorded: September 19, 2018

      This webinar will cover how Head Start programs and LEA McKinney-Vento liaisons are working together to better serve children experiencing homelessness and their families. The webinar will include a description of regulatory requirements for Head Start and LEAs to address the educational needs of children experiencing homelessness, as well as provide practical examples of how Head Start and LEAs are partnering with one another and templates for more formal Head Start-LEA working agreements (MOUs).
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      Pregnant and Parenting Youth Experiencing Homelessness: Best Practices in Drop-In and Residential Services
      Date Recorded: August 8, 2018

      Research shows that approximately 1.1 million children have an 18- to 25-year-old parent who experienced homelessness during the past year. The instability associated with homelessness can have a profound impact on childhood development and on the health and well-being of parents, so it is critical to connect young parents with programs that can meet both their needs and those of their children. This webinar will provide an overview of the common challenges faced by young people who are pregnant or parenting while experiencing homelessness, and will share the experience and expertise of drop-in services, early childhood development providers, and residential programs that have successfully partnered to serve young families experiencing homelessness.
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      Child Care for Families Experiencing Homelessness: Lessons Learned and the Road Ahead, Part 2
      Date Recorded: June 7, 2018

      Families experiencing homelessness face unique barriers to accessing quality child care; yet without quality child care, parents struggle to find and keep the employment they need to maintain housing, and the health and development of children are compromised. It’s been four years since Congress passed the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014 with specific requirements for states on families experiencing homelessness and two years since the release in 2016 of the CCDF Final Rule providing guidance to states. Join this webinar to find out what lessons have been learned, and how should these lessons inform states’ CCDF State Plans for 2019-2021 due June 30, 2018. This webinar will provide descriptions of how states have gathered input into their planning process for serving families experiencing homelessness and ways they are progressing toward implementing policies and practices given their unique state resources and structures. Implementation can often involve state legislative action, redesigning contracts, regulatory changes, extensive training, etc. Learn about the provisions in the CCDF Plan Preprint 2019-2021, and find out how you can weigh in on your state’s planning process to improve child care for some of our nation’s most vulnerable children and their families.
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      Serving Young Children Experiencing Homelessness: Practical Strategies for McKinney-Vento Liaisons and School-based Staff
      Date Recorded: May 9, 2018

      An estimated 1.2 million children under age 6 experience homelessness each year. Homelessness in early childhood has been found to be associated with delays in language, literacy, and social-emotional development, putting children at risk for later academic problems. Early childhood programs can ameliorate these effects. Yet homelessness creates unique barriers to accessing and participating in early childhood programs. This webinar will share information about early childhood programs that may be available in your community, including what they provide and how to find them. Then, a school district early childhood program administrator and a McKinney-Vento liaison will share their practical strategies for collaboration, streamlining enrollment, and working with families.
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      Child Care for Families Experiencing Homelessness: Lessons Learned and the Road Ahead
      Date Recorded: May 3, 2018

      Families experiencing homelessness face unique barriers to accessing quality child care; yet without quality child care, parents struggle to find and keep the employment they need to maintain housing, and the health and development of children are compromised. It’s been four years since Congress passed the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act (CCDBG) of 2014 with specific requirements for states on families experiencing homelessness, and two years since the release in 2016 of the CCDF Final Rule providing guidance to states. What lessons have been learned, and how should these lessons inform states’ CCDF State Plans for 2019-2021, due June 30, 2018? This webinar will present new research on how states have served families experiencing homelessness, as well as insights from several states about what they have done, and what they plan to do. With an historic $2.37 billion increase in CCDBG funding – the largest increase in child care funding of all time – it is especially important to learn about the provisions in the CCDF Plan Preprint 2019-2021, and find out how you can weigh in on your state’s planning process to improve child care for some of our nation’s most vulnerable children and their families.
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      Breaking the Cycle of Homelessness: Supporting Young Parents and Their Children Through Education and Early Care
      Date Recorded: March 7, 2018

      Pregnancy, parenting, and homelessness put youth at significant risk of dropping out of high school. Lack of a high school degree, in turn, is significantly correlated with homelessness: new research finds that youth without a high school diploma or GED are 4.5 times more likely to experience homelessness; that youth who are pregnant or parenting are three times more likely to experience homelessness; and that more than one in three unmarried homeless young women is pregnant or parenting. These findings are especially alarming because homelessness in early childhood can have lifelong consequences. Helping young parents graduate from high school, and making sure that their children participate in quality early care programs, are essential to preventing future homelessness and promoting long-term economic independence. This webinar will provide an overview of educational protections and services for homeless young parents and their children, and highlight successful strategies at the state and local level. Practitioners will share lessons learned and how to build partnerships for supporting parents and children.
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      Sesame Street in Communities: Traumatic Experiences
      Date Recorded: November 14, 2017

      An estimated 1.2 million children under the age of six experience homelessness. Homelessness and trauma are inextricably connected. Traumatic experiences change the way children’s’ brains are wired. But adults hold the power to help lessen its effects. It helps when children feel seen and heard by a caring adult and someone patiently teaches coping strategies and resilience-building techniques. Your friends at Sesame Street have created resources to help caring grown-ups like you mitigate the effects of traumatic experiences in the children you care for. In this webinar, we’ll walk through our latest initiative, Sesame Street in Communities, and explore a selection of these resources to help you bring these protective factors to life.
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      Increasing Access to PreK and Other Early Childhood Programs for Young Children Experiencing Homelessness
      Date Recorded: June 27, 2017

      The Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA), the Head Start Program Performance Standards, and the Child Care Development Fund regulations contain new requirements for identifying and supporting young children experiencing homelessness. This webinar will provide a brief overview of these policies as well as practical suggestions for implementing them at the local and state level. School district and state education agency leaders will describe the steps that they have taken to put policies into practice, and offer suggestions for adapting and replicating these practices to support our youngest children experiencing homelessness. This webinar will be of benefit to early care and education professionals, as well as to family homeless and housing professionals.
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      Homeless Youth at Risk: Lessons from the 2021 Youth Risk Behavior Survey 
      Date Recorded: June 21, 2023

      Every two years, the Centers for Disease Control administers the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS), monitors health-related behaviors among students in grades 9–12 enrolled in U.S. public and private schools. Data from the 2021 survey administration was recently released and found that, compared with students who were stably housed, students experiencing homelessness were more likely to engage in risky sexual behaviors, substance use, and suicide ideation and attempts, and to experience violence. These findings highlight the urgent need to proactively identify students experiencing homelessness; ensure their access and stability in school as required by federal law; and closely examine and revise school-based health and mental health efforts to ensure that students experiencing homelessness are prioritized and can access support. In this webinar, we dive into these findings and share how you can take action to improve experiences and outcomes for students experiencing homelessness..

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      Ensuring Access to Food Resources for Students Experiencing Homelessness
      Date Recorded: May 24, 2023

      More than 9 million children in the U.S. are food insecure, and families experiencing homelessness often must choose between paying for housing and putting food on the table. Connecting children and youth with food resources is an important way to reduce food insecurity. Presenters on this webinar include: Karen Rice from SchoolHouse Connection, who shares a brief overview on homelessness and food insecurity; Kelsey Boone from Food Research Action Center, who shares updates on the Summer Food Service Program and pandemic electronic benefits (P-EBT) for summer 2023, as well as summer EBT beginning in 2024; and Appleton Area School District (Wisconsin) Homeless Liaison , Christi DeChamps, who shares strategies and best practices on connecting students to food resources.

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      Supporting Immigrant Students Experiencing Homelessness
      Date Recorded: March 15, 2023

      States, districts, and schools are experiencing recent increases in immigrant and refugee families. In this Webinar, join our team at SchoolHouse Connection and McKinney-Vento liaisons to learn about important terminology, educational rights of children and youth from early childhood through post-secondary education, the intersection with the McKinney-Vento Act, and best practices from the field to support students.

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      Learning from The Life Learning Academy: How a California Public Charter High School Supports Students Experiencing Homelessness
      Date Recorded: December 8, 2022

      The California Community Schools Partnership Program (CCSPP) received $3 billion to help support schools’ efforts to provide wraparound services for students. Students experiencing homelessness often rely on community support and holistic approach to education. The Life Learning Academy, a public charter high school in the Bay Area, has supported students experiencing homelessness through partnerships, workforce development, and their free housing program. In this interactive webinar, participants from charter and community schools can learn how to replicate these practices.

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      Special Education and Homelessness
      Date Recorded: December 1, 2022

      The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the McKinney-Vento Act: two federal laws that sometimes interact in confusing ways. In this webinar, we dig directly into the confusion and provide clear legal guidance about how these laws work together to support children and youth with disabilities experiencing homelessness. We talk about decision-making for unaccompanied youth; immediate enrollment and timeliness of evaluations and services; transportation and allocation of costs; and early intervention and preschool special education.

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      Supporting High School Students Experiencing Homelessness: Lessons from Reading, PA
      Date Recorded: June 1, 2021

      The pandemic has made it very difficult for high schools to identify and support students experiencing homelessness. During this webinar, we’ll hear from practitioners at Reading High School in Pennsylvania, a community that has a long history of providing strong support and comprehensive services to students experiencing homelessness. From this webinar, participants will:

      • Hear from staff at Reading High School about the challenges and successes of supporting students experiencing homelessness
      • Learn strategies that high schools can use to help identify, track, and support students experiencing homelessness
      • Learn how to build relationships with higher education institutions to help ease the transition from high school to higher education

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      New FAFSA Policies for Homeless and Foster Youth
      Date Recorded: February 4, 2021

      In December 2020, Congress passed significant new financial aid policies, including revisions to the Free Application for Student Financial Aid (FAFSA) for unaccompanied youth experiencing homelessness and current and former foster youth. These changes are designed to remove barriers to financial aid and improve young people’s ability to access and complete higher education. This webinar will provide an overview of the provisions related to homelessness and foster care, summarize the broader changes to financial aid policy, provide timelines for implementation, offer opportunities to ask questions, and provide helpful practice resources.

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      FERPA and Students Experiencing Homelessness
      Date Recorded: January 28, 2021

      The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) can be confusing, especially as it pertains to the privacy of students experiencing homelessness. This webinar will use interactive scenarios to review the basics of FERPA, as well as specific issues related to: unaccompanied youth; sharing with teachers and other school staff; financial aid; and sharing information with community partners. SchoolHouse Connection’s FERPA issue briefs will be the basis for the conversation.

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      Identifying and Staying in Touch with Homeless Students During the Pandemic: Learning from the Navigator Program in Nashville
      Date Recorded: January 27, 2021

      It is all too easy for students experiencing homelessness to become disconnected from school, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Metropolitan Nashville School District has had success mitigating these challenges by utilizing school employees as “navigators” to stay in touch and track families through weekly phone and video calls. Thus far, the data shows that for every 125 check-ins, navigators identified one issue they couldn’t resolve through a simple phone call. Learn about the origins of the initiative, how it is implemented, impact to date, ideas for the future, and how it might be replicated in your school district.

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      Back-to-School 2020: Challenges and Strategies for Serving Students Experiencing Homelessness
      Returning to school this fall entails unprecedented challenges for identifying, enrolling, and serving students experiencing homelessness. Whether schools in your community are opening with in-person classes, full distance learning, or some combination, implementing the McKinney-Vento Act will require more creativity and collaboration than ever. Join us as we discuss challenges and strategies to identify, enroll, engage, and support students and families as we return to school in the midst of a pandemic.

      Date Recorded: September 9, 2020
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      Date Recorded: August 25, 2020
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      Date Recorded: August 13, 2020
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      Date Recorded: August 5, 2020
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      Calculating, Awarding, and Accepting Partial Credits for Students Experiencing Homelessness
      Date Recorded: May 28, 2020

      The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) added provisions to the McKinney-Vento Act requiring states to have procedures to identify and remove barriers to students experiencing homelessness receiving credit for partial coursework they complete, even when they are moving from school to school. Many schools have struggled with how to calculate, award, and accept partial credits. In this webinar, we’ll review our new partial credit document and hear concrete, replicable partial credit strategies from a school counselor with lengthy experience supporting McKinney-Vento students in multiple schools. We encourage McKinney-Vento liaisons and school counselors to participate in this webinar in teams, to help facilitate local replication of these practical strategies. There will be time for Q&A.
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      Undocumented Students Experiencing Homelessness
      Date Recorded: April 28, 2020

      Children and youth without valid immigration documents often experience instability that can lead to homelessness. In this webinar, we will review the legal duties of early childhood programs, public schools, and colleges to educate and serve undocumented children and youth. We will share a process to determine if such children and youth qualify as “homeless,” as well as recent changes to the “public charge” rule and other updates. Presenters, including a liaison in a district with a large immigrant population and a young person who immigrated to the United States in high school, will discuss strategies to support immigrant students and their families.
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      Charter Schools Serving Students Experiencing Homelessness during the COVID-19 Crisis
      Date Recorded: April 24, 2020

      In these times of crisis, students experiencing homelessness are even more vulnerable than under “normal” circumstances. Join SchoolHouse Connection and the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools for a conversation on how charter schools can meet the needs of students experiencing homelessness during the COVID-19 crisis. During the webinar, you will learn about legal requirements as well as best practices in serving students experiencing homelessness.
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      FERPA and Students Experiencing Homelessness
      Date Recorded: April 22, 2020

      The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) can be confusing, especially as it pertains to the privacy of students experiencing homelessness. This webinar will use interactive scenarios to review the basics of FERPA, as well as specific issues related to: unaccompanied youth; sharing with teachers and other school staff; financial aid; and sharing information with community partners. SchoolHouse Connection’s FERPA issue briefs will be the basis for the conversation.
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      Calculating, Awarding, and Accepting Partial Credits for Students Experiencing Homelessness
      Date Recorded: March 31, 2020

      The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) added provisions to the McKinney-Vento Act requiring states to have procedures to identify and remove barriers to students experiencing homelessness receiving credit for partial coursework they complete, even when they are moving from school to school. Since ESSA’s passage, many states have passed laws or regulations on partial credits for students experiencing homelessness. In this webinar, we will quickly review some of those laws, with a focus on Nevada’s SB 147 (2019). Then, McKinney-Vento liaisons and a school counselor will share specific strategies for how to calculate, award, and accept partial credits, so students can continue progressing toward graduation even if they change schools or miss school. We encourage McKinney-Vento liaisons and school counselors to participate in this webinar in teams, to help facilitate local replication of these practical strategies.
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      State Laws to Increase High School Graduation for Students Experiencing Homelessness
      CA Partial Credit Guidance
      NV Partial Credit Guidance
      WA Partial Credit Guidance
      Rochester SD Partial Credit Worksheet Calculator
      San Diego Partial Credit Resource Table

      New Policies to Help Youth Obtain Vital Documents: Nevada’s AB 363
      Date Recorded: February 27, 2020

      Nevada has new laws that make it easier for youth experiencing homelessness to obtain driver’s licenses, ID cards, and birth certificates. This webinar will explain those laws and provide strategies for using this law at the DMV and when requesting birth certificates. Service providers, LEA homeless liaisons, advocates and young people are invited to join us to learn how to make the most of these new policies. Bring your questions!
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      Download the AB 363 Flowchart

      Truancy v. Chronic Absenteeism: Supporting the Attendance of Students Experiencing Homelessness
      Date Recorded: February 12, 2020

      Almost 8 million students were chronically absent from schools during the 2015-2016 school year. Unsurprisingly, research shows that economically disadvantaged students are more likely to be chronically absent than the overall student population—but studies also indicate that students experiencing homelessness are chronically absent at rates even higher than their housed, low-income peers. While chronic absenteeism measures total absences, including excused and unexcused, truancy measures only unexcused absences–and the number of unexcused absences it takes for a student to be considered a “truant” differs by state. While it’s important to distinguish between truancy and chronic absence, communities that are successfully serving homeless students who are truant OR chronically absent are finding that supportive, community-driven efforts are most effective. During this webinar, two practitioners will speak about their work supporting the attendance of students experiencing homelessness–one from the school community perspective, and one from the community at large.
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      Serving Students Experiencing Homelessness in Charter Schools
      Date Recorded: December 6, 2019

      Education is a critical tool to address the needs of students experiencing homelessness. For these students, school can be a vital source of stability. The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act is a federal law that provides rights and services for students experiencing homelessness. It applies to all local educational agencies (LEAs) and public schools, including public charter schools. This webinar will provide an overview of McKinney-Vento Act requirements and implementation strategies. A charter school Homeless Education Liaison will share best practices from her work. There will be time for Q&A.
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      Homelessness and Chronic Absenteeism in Rural Communities
      Date Recorded: November 13, 2019

      Almost 8 million students were chronically absent from schools during the 2015-2016 school year. Unsurprisingly, research shows that economically disadvantaged students are more likely to be chronically absent than the overall student population—but studies also indicate that students experiencing homelessness are chronically absent at rates even higher than their housed, low-income peers. In many rural communities across the country, homeless students experience a unique set of challenges getting to school regularly and on time. During this webinar, we’ll talk with county-level education practitioners about those unique challenges in rural communities, as well as the resources provided to address barriers to attendance and collaborative strategies to support positive attendance for students experiencing homelessness.
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      Be Attentive to Attendance: How Chronic Absenteeism Affects Students Experiencing Homelessness
      Date Recorded: November 12, 2019

      [This program is Approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval # 886808546-5127) for 1 continuing education contact hour.]

      Students who miss 10 percent or more of days enrolled are defined as chronically absent–including both excused and unexcused absences. When students consistently miss school, it often is a sign of underlying challenges and may indicate a student is experiencing homelessness. How can we use available attendance data to help identify children and youth in crisis? During this webinar, we’ll talk with researchers, program administrators, and a school district homeless liaison about the significance of attendance data for homeless students, how we can turn data into substantive interventions, and trauma-informed supportive strategies at the school and district level.
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      Read the Q&A from the webinar [Google Doc]

      Supporting Students Experiencing Homelessness: What the Youth Risk Behavior Survey Teaches Us About Health Risks, and How Professionals Can Mitigate Them
      Date Recorded: October 23, 2019

      [This program is Approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval # 886808546-5069) for 1 continuing education contact hour]

      Join two SchoolHouse Connection Young Leaders to talk about specific strategies for social workers, family and youth service providers, high schools, colleges, and universities to support students experiencing homelessness. The webinar will share information from SHC’s analysis of Youth Risk Behavior Survey data, showing the prevalence of homelessness among high school students; racial and ethnic disparities; and health risks such as substance abuse, suicide, and physical and sexual violence. Then, two young people who have experienced homelessness will talk about how social workers, service providers, educators and others can help prevent and mitigate those health risk
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      Implementing the McKinney-Vento Act: Replicable Practices and Top Tips from Experts
      Date Recorded: September 17, 2019

      [This program is Approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval # 886808546-8062) for 1 continuing education contact hour.]

      This interview-style webinar will share replicable strategies and top tips for implementing key aspects of the McKinney-Vento Act from four experts representing urban and rural school districts. We’ll ask our guests some hard-hitting McKinney-Vento questions, such as:

      • When, how, and whom do you train to help with identification in your school district?
      • Who are your most important community partners, for identification and also for services?
      • What are 2-3 key LEA policies you have in place that help you implement the McKinney-Vento Act?
      • What are 2-3 key parts of your enrollment forms or process that help ensure immediate enrollment?
      • What 2-3 interventions have you seen be the most successful in increasing attendance for McKinney-Vento students?
      • What 2-3 interventions have you seen be the most successful in increasing high school graduation rates and transitions to higher education for McKinney-Vento students?

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      The Power of Relationship: How Mentorship Can Support Chronically Absent Homeless Students
      Date Recorded: August 29, 2019

      Research shows that chronically absent students, especially those also experiencing homelessness, are less likely to meet grade-level proficiency standards and more likely to drop out of school–and that even absences in early grades have lasting impact. Research also indicates, however, that strong relationships can be a powerful protective factor in supporting improved school attendance and success. In this webinar, we’ll learn about the core components and foundational theories of Check & Connect: an evidence-based intervention used with students who show warning signs of disengagement from school and who are at risk of dropping out. Participants will also learn about the basic steps involved in implementing Check & Connect, and will hear from a school district homeless liaison about one district’s promising results in implementing Check & Connect. Finally, participants will hear from a young person who experienced homelessness in high school and how mentorship supported her path to graduation.
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      McKinney-Vento Train the Trainer
      Date Recorded: August 15, 2019

      As schools across the country start to reopen their doors, many local educational agency homeless liaisons have asked SchoolHouse Connection for resources for the back-to-school trainings they conduct with school staff, including teachers, counselors, social workers, transportation staff, principals, registrars, and others. In response, we have compiled a comprehensive set of training resources. This webinar will share these resources, along with a quick refresher on the basics of the McKinney-Vento Act, and plenty of time for Q&A in preparation for your own upcoming trainings.
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      How Improved Teacher Development Can Help Identify and Support Students Experiencing Homelessness
      Date Recorded: August 14, 2019

      For many students experiencing homelessness, school is the only place of stability in their life. Like many other support staff, teachers play a crucial role in creating a classroom environment that is safe and supportive for all students, especially those who are highly mobile and have experienced the trauma that often accompanies homelessness. It is therefore critical to provide teachers with comprehensive training and professional development to help them better identify and support the academic success of homeless students. In this webinar, two school of education professors will share their best practice strategies for training both pre-service teachers and those in the field to improve identification practices and supportive services for McKinney-Vento eligible students.
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      Recommended Practices for Elementary Teachers
      Recommended Practices for Middle Level and High School Teachers
      Tips for Teachers & Staff: How to Support Students Experiencing Homelessness

      Natural Disasters and Homelessness
      Date Recorded: May 21, 2019

      Natural disasters can wreak havoc on families, schools, and entire communities. Schools with robust McKinney-Vento programs are more prepared to respond to and recover from disasters. However, the process is long and arduous. In this webinar, we will hear from two McKinney-Vento Liaisons with extensive experience with disaster response and recovery, as well as a Crisis Management Specialist. The presenters will share practical strategies to help schools and service providers prepare for, respond to, and recover from natural disasters.
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      Identifying Students Experiencing Homelessness: How Small Changes in Email Communications Can Achieve Big Results
      Date Recorded: May 20, 2019

      Schools often struggle to identify children and youth experiencing homelessness, but identification is a critical first step in providing the support needed for educational success. This webinar will share the creation and results of a pilot project and study executed by the Office of Evaluation Sciences (OES) within the General Services Administration. The project used insights from behavioral science to develop new email communication materials to share simplified information on homelessness with school district homeless liaisons and superintendents in New Jersey, New Mexico, and New York. These simplified emails were designed to help school districts accurately identify homeless students in their districts and schools. Throughout the webinar, one member of the OES project development team and representatives from the New York and New Mexico teams will share their insights and experiences so that practitioners in other school districts and states can replicate the project and improve the identification of students experiencing homelessness.
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      Tools to Identify Students Experiencing Homelessness

      Improving School Attendance for Students Experiencing Homelessness: A Model School-Shelter Partnership
      Date Recorded: May 6, 2019

      This webinar will share the innovative model developed by the Improving School Attendance for Homeless Children (ISAHC) program in New York City, which provides new training and coordination resources to identify, address, and manage multiple systemic, intergenerational, and logistical barriers to improving school attendance among students experiencing homelessness.

      Participants will learn how the program is data-informed and purposefully designed to rely predominantly on existing resources (adding only minimal new costs; use a team approach, and employ evidence-based practices at the individual and systems levels. The collaborative ISAHC team, the most significant feature of the model, brings together staff from the New York City Department of Education (DOE) and shelter provider staff to analyze and address the issues underlying school absences. Participants will also learn how to track student attendance progress using simple data analysis techniques and how to use attendance data as a tool for identifying families with complex challenges. Finally, participants will hear about methods for improving school attendance from the first day of homelessness, at coordinated entry systems, schools and shelters.
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      Removing Barriers to Financial Aid for Unaccompanied Homeless Youth (Hosted by NASFAA)
      Date Recorded, April 10, 2019

      Approximately one in 10 American young adults ages 18 to 25, and at least one in 30 adolescent minors ages 13 to 17, is estimated to endure homelessness on their own over the course of a year. Youth who experience homelessness face unique barriers to accessing and completing higher education, including barriers to financial aid. Yet higher education is their best opportunity for economic independence and healthier lives.

      In this webinar, participants will:

      • Review the federal definition of homelessness, and the causes and consequences of homelessness among unaccompanied youth.
      • Review current policies in the Every Student Succeeds Act and the Higher Education Act designed to remove barriers to financial aid.
      • Learn practical strategies from higher education professionals, including financial aid administrators, for implementing these policies and supporting homeless youth.

      Webinar Handout
      FAQ Handout
      Making UHY Determinations Tool
      Independent Student Status of UHY Determination for 19-20 FAFSA Letter

      Be Attentive to Attendance: Leveraging Chronic Absenteeism Data to Help Students Experiencing Homelessness
      Date Recorded: February 27, 2019

      Students who miss 10 percent or more of days enrolled are defined as chronically absent–including both excused and unexcused absences. When students consistently miss school, it is often a sign of underlying challenges and may signal a student is experiencing homelessness. How can we use available attendance data to help identify these children and youth in crisis? During this webinar, we’ll talk with district homeless liaisons and researchers about the significance of attendance data for homeless students, how we can turn data into substantive interventions, and how we can transform those best practices into meaningful policy.
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      1. Powerpoint: Be Attentive to Attendance_Leveraging Chronic Absenteeism Data
      2. ICPH – Bridging the Graduation Gap
      3. Poverty Solutions – Missing School Missing Home (Policy Brief)

      Educating Students Experiencing Homelessness
      Date Recorded: February 13, 2019

      This webinar is based on the American Bar Association’s new book, “Educating Students Experiencing Homelessness.” (https://www.americanbar.org/groups/public_services/homelessness_poverty/) Two attorneys, a McKinney-Vento State Coordinator and a McKinney-Vento school district liaison will review the basic requirements of the McKinney-Vento Act, as well as elements of Title I, early childhood regulations, and the Higher Education Act. Topics include determining eligibility; identifying students experiencing homelessness; school of origin; immediate enrollment; preschool and early childhood; strategies to support high school graduation; and the transition to post-secondary. The webinar will include practical implementation strategies, as well as the legal basics.
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      Los Derechos y Servicios Para los Estudiantes Sin una Vivienda Estable (Education Rights and Services for Students in Unstable Housing)
      Date Recorded: February 1, 2019

      Muchos niños, jóvenes y familias no tienen una vivienda estable. Han perdido su casa, o no tienen dinero suficiente para mantener su hogar. Se quedan en las casas de otra gente, en moteles, en refugios, y a veces afuera. No importa dónde duermen, estos niños y jóvenes tienen el derecho de inscribirse en una escuela, de quedarse en la misma escuela mientras se cambian de un lugar a otro por las noches, y de recibir apoyo para que puedan participar y tener éxito en su escuela. En esta charla, se explicarán estos derechos y el apoyo disponible, además de contestar preguntas de los padres y estudiantes sobre los derechos de educación en general. Esta charla será grabada para que se pueda escuchar después. 

      (This webinar is a basic overview of the McKinney-Vento Act in Spanish, primarily designed for parents and students. There will be an opportunity for Q&A in Spanish, and the webinar will be recorded.)
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      Positive School Discipline Practices for Students Experiencing Homelessness
      Date Recorded: November 13, 2018

      What are the impacts of an out-of-school suspension for a student without a home? Where do they spend their day? What do they eat? Who cares for them? Research has shown the effectiveness of positive school discipline for all students, but it has particular relevance for students experiencing homelessness. At the same time, research also shows that students experiencing homelessness are disproportionately suspended and expelled from school. This webinar will discuss the importance of trauma-informed practices in school discipline and the benefits of school-wide positive behavior support. Two McKinney-Vento homeless liaisons will share their replicable strategies for ensuring positive approaches to discipline for students experiencing homelessness and how their strategies have impacted students and schools. Most importantly, a student who experienced homelessness in high school will share the trauma-informed practices she uses in her current job and the importance of these practices for youth.
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      Supporting Students in Foster Care: ESSA and Fostering Connections
      Date Recorded: October 24, 2018

      Both the Every Student Succeeds Act and the Foster Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act contain provisions designed to help students in foster care remain stable in school and have the support they need to succeed in school. This webinar will explain the basics of these provisions. Three state-level experts will talk about how they are implementing the laws in their states, with strategies and sample procedures you can replicate in your school district, child welfare agency, or state. Learn more about how child welfare agencies and schools can work together to help students in foster care graduate high school and transition into higher education.
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      Educating Homeless Students in Large Urban School Districts
      Date Recorded: September 17, 2018

      Size matters: large, urban school districts face many challenges in supporting students experiencing homelessness–but not every large school district has over one million students like New York City Public Schools. Still, of the more than 13,000 school districts across the country, the 100 largest districts enroll anywhere from 50,000 to 650,000 students and share many of the same struggles serving students experiencing homelessness. From identification to transportation and early childhood through high school graduation, learn how three large urban school districts have implemented the McKinney-Vento Act to help children and youth find educational success. Presenters will share strategies suitable for large school districts, as well as information that may spark ideas for districts of all sizes – including unique partnerships with higher education, housing agencies, and other community-based organizations.
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      McKinney-Vento and ESSA: Back to School Review
      Date Recorded: September 11, 2018

      This webinar is a “refresher” on the basics of the education of children and youth experiencing homelessness, intended for those who have some familiarity with the issues but would like to brush up for the new school year. We’ll review the education subtitle of McKinney-Vento, as well as Title I Part A provisions related to homelessness. Topics include determining eligibility; identifying students experiencing homelessness; school of origin; immediate enrollment; preschool and early childhood; strategies to support high school graduation; and the transition to post-secondary. We’ll highlight new resources along the way, and leave plenty of time for questions and answers.
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      Back to School: A Primer on Helping Homeless Students
      Date Recorded: September 6, 2018

      There are more than 1.3 million students in our country’s public school system with no safe place to call home. If you suspect or discover that a student in your classroom or school is experiencing homelessness, you may wonder what you can do to help. This webinar will discuss the basics of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act–the primary federal law that protects the educational rights of students experiencing homelessness. We’ll share helpful demographic data about this vulnerable population, explain the effects of homelessness on student achievement, and walk through best practices in getting students to graduate from high school. This webinar will empower educators new to the issue to both better understand their students’ needs and support their day-to-day and long-term achievement.
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      Link to DonorsChoose 
      Link to Potential Warning Signs of Homelessness

      Special Education, Homelessness and Foster Care
      Date Recorded: August 30, 2018

      When the McKinney-Vento Act, Every Student Succeeds Act, and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) face off in a preschool or school, which law wins? This webinar will discuss the intersection of these three laws and how they work together in practice, from preK through high school. We’ll address questions such as surrogate parents for unaccompanied youth and children in foster care, evaluating students who have missed a lot of school or whose achievement may be impacted by homelessness or foster care, immediate enrollment for students with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs), transportation, private schools, and everyone’s stickiest question: who pays?
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      Understanding Federal Student Aid Policy and Practice for Unaccompanied Homeless Youth
      Date Recorded: June 27, 2018

      Unaccompanied homeless youth face unique barriers in accessing financial aid. This webinar will provide homeless education professionals, higher education professionals, and community-based organizations with information and tools to assist homeless youth to apply for Federal Student Aid. Presenters from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Postsecondary Education and the Office of Federal Student Aid will discuss financial aid policies and practices for homeless youth. Presenters from SchoolHouse Connection will provide a brief background on unaccompanied homeless youth, and review requirements in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) that support the transition to post-secondary education.
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      Serving Young Children Experiencing Homelessness: Practical Strategies for McKinney-Vento Liaisons and School-based Staff
      Date Recorded: May 9, 2018

      An estimated 1.2 million children under age 6 experience homelessness each year. Homelessness in early childhood has been found to be associated with delays in language, literacy, and social-emotional development, putting children at risk for later academic problems. Early childhood programs can ameliorate these effects. Yet homelessness creates unique barriers to accessing and participating in early childhood programs. This webinar will share information about early childhood programs that may be available in your community, including what they provide and how to find them. Then, a school district early childhood program administrator and a McKinney-Vento liaison will share their practical strategies for collaboration, streamlining enrollment, and working with families.
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      School Counseling Staff and Students Experiencing Homelessness: Tips and Strategies to Get to Graduation
      Date Recorded: April 17, 2018

      School counselors and social workers provide important support to students experiencing homelessness, helping meet their basic needs and planning for graduation. The Every Student Succeeds Act recognized this role by adding requirements that counselors advise students experiencing homelessness and improve their readiness for college. In this webinar, we’ll hear tips and strategies from a young person who experienced homelessness in high school, a current high school counselor, and a school social worker. We’ll also unveil a new, 2-page tip sheet for counseling staff, developed specifically in response to requests from the field. Come with your questions and learn from the experts.
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      Improving High School Graduation Rates for Students Experiencing Homelessness
      Date Recorded: April 16, 2018

      New research finds that without a high school diploma or GED, youth are 4.5 times more likely to experience homelessness as young adults than their peers who completed high school, highlighting the role of education as a critical intervention to prevent future homelessness. 2018 marks the first year for which all states are required to track graduation rates for students experiencing homelessness. This requirement shines a light on the unique challenges faced by students who are homeless, as well as on the success that is possible when the right supports are provided. This webinar will feature lessons learned from one state and three school districts that have made significant progress in raising graduation rates for students experiencing homelessness. Get ideas for strategies to support students experiencing homelessness to graduate from high school – a necessary prerequisite for stable employment, higher education, and a better future.
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      FERPA, Homelessness, and Foster Care
      Date Recorded: April 4, 2018

      Can I give a list of my McKinney-Vento students to a housing program? Can we share educational documents with a non-relative caregiver, foster parent, or foster care caseworker? What about an unaccompanied student who doesn’t want her parents to see her school records? This webinar will go over the basics of FERPA, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, focusing on the top questions related to homelessness and students in foster care.
      Download the Powerpoint, Handouts, Q&A from the webinar (Link to Dropbox folder)

      Breaking the Cycle of Homelessness: Supporting Young Parents and Their Children Through Education and Early Care
      Date Recorded: March 7, 2018

      Pregnancy, parenting, and homelessness put youth at significant risk of dropping out of high school. Lack of a high school degree, in turn, is significantly correlated with homelessness: new research finds that youth without a high school diploma or GED are 4.5 times more likely to experience homelessness; that youth who are pregnant or parenting are three times more likely to experience homelessness; and that more than one in three unmarried homeless young women is pregnant or parenting. These findings are especially alarming because homelessness in early childhood can have lifelong consequences. Helping young parents graduate from high school, and making sure that their children participate in quality early care programs, are essential to preventing future homelessness and promoting long-term economic independence. This webinar will provide an overview of educational protections and services for homeless young parents and their children, and highlight successful strategies at the state and local level. Practitioners will share lessons learned and how to build partnerships for supporting parents and children.
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      Serving Native American Students Experiencing Homelessness: Cultural Competency and Practical Strategies
      Date Recorded: January 18, 2018

      Native youth have the lowest high school graduation rate of students across all schools. Nationally, the American Indian/Alaskan Native high school graduation rate is 69%, far below the national average of 81%. Native Americans also disproportionately experience homelessness. Current and historical trauma contributes to disproportionately high rates of poverty, domestic and other violence, and other challenges, leading to homelessness. In this webinar, experts will share their experiences and practical strategies for serving Native American students experiencing homelessness. 
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      Ensuring Participation in Extra-Curricular Activities for Students Experiencing Homelessness
      Date Recorded: November 16, 2017

      ESSA’s amendments to the McKinney-Vento Act require that states have procedures to ensure that McKinney-Vento students “who meet the relevant eligibility criteria do not face barriers to accessing… extracurricular activities.” This new provision adds to longstanding requirements to remove barriers to enrollment (including full participation in school activities) and retention in school. Join the experts in a discussion of strategies to ensure full participation for all our McKinney-Vento students, including unaccompanied youth. We’ll review the law and hear strategies from a State Coordinator, the Assistant Executive Director of her state’s interscholastic activities association, and the liaison who inspired our “Making the Case” tool on extra-curricular participation.
      Watch the recorded webinar (Part I)
      Watch the recorded webinar (Part II)
      Download the Powerpoint and Handouts (Link to Dropbox folder)

      Immigrant Students Experiencing Homelessness: Latest Developments and Resources
      Date Recorded: October 10, 2017

      Federal rules on immigrant youth and families are changing rapidly, from Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), to the rights of sponsors caring for immigrant youth, to enforcement actions by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). This webinar will provide the latest information on rules, rights, and responsibilities for undocumented students, sponsors and families. An immigration attorney will outline do’s and dont’s for schools serving immigrant students, and a McKinney-Vento liaison will share her practical strategies to help students and families.
      Download the Powerpoint and Handouts (Link to Dropbox folder)
      Download the Q&A from the chat box (PDF)

      Identifying Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness
      Date Recorded: September 19, 2017

      The McKinney-Vento Act is a powerful law, but it cannot help students who are not identified as eligible for its protections. In this webinar, McKinney-Vento liaisons and State Coordinators will share best strategies for identifying eligible students.
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      Title I and Homelessness: New Requirements and Best Practices on Funds and Data
      Date Recorded: September 12, 2017

      The Every Student Succeeds Act’s amendments to Title I now are in effect, and there are several important changes to improve the availability and use of Title I funds for students experiencing homelessness. This webinar will review the law and share practical strategies from the state and local levels to calculate Title I set-asides, use funds creatively and appropriately, and track data. Join us to learn from peers and get your questions answered.
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      Getting to Graduation: Strategies to Award Partial Credits, Recover Credits, and Award High School Diplomas for Students Experiencing Homelessness
      Date Recorded: August 31, 2017

      The Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA) places unprecedented emphasis on high school graduation for students experiencing homelessness. In this webinar, SchoolHouse Connection staff will review new legal requirements in Title I and the McKinney-Vento Act on issues such as credit accrual, full participation, transitions to college, and data. Then, school district homeless liaisons will share their practical suggestions for implementing these policies, with a specific focus on partial credits and alternative diplomas. Most importantly, students will share how these practices make a real difference for students struggling to overcome homelessness through education.
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      McKinney-Vento and ESSA: Back-to-School Review
      Date Recorded: August 23, 2017

      This webinar reviewed key topics in McKinney-Vento Act implementation, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act, including identifying students experiencing homelessness; school of origin; immediate enrollment; strategies to support high school graduation; and preschool. We reviewed the law and implementation strategies.
      Download the Powerpoint and Sample Forms (Link to Dropbox folder)
      Download the Q&A from the chat box (PDF)

      Increasing Access to PreK and Other Early Childhood Programs for Young Children Experiencing Homelessness
      Date Recorded: June 27, 2017

      The Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA), the Head Start Program Performance Standards, and the Child Care Development Fund regulations contain new requirements for identifying and supporting young children experiencing homelessness. This webinar will provide a brief overview of these policies as well as practical suggestions for implementing them at the local and state level. School district and state education agency leaders will describe the steps that they have taken to put policies into practice, and offer suggestions for adapting and replicating these practices to support our youngest children experiencing homelessness. This webinar will be of benefit to early care and education professionals, as well as to family homeless and housing professionals.
      Download the Q&A from the Chat Box (PDF)
      Download the Powerpoint and Sample Forms and Tools (Link to Dropbox folder)

      New Federal FAFSA Guidance for Homeless Youth
      Date Recorded: May 11, 2023

      The U.S. Department of Education recently released new guidance on financial aid (FAFSA) determinations for unaccompanied youth experiencing homelessness, and unaccompanied youth who are self-supporting and at risk of homelessness. In this webinar, presenters from the U.S. Department of Education present an overview of the new guidance and respond to questions. Participants also hear from a financial aid administrator who shares strategies for implementing the law and guidance. We also share resources and tools for educators and providers (linked below). This webinar was presented in partnership with John Burton Advocates for Youth and Youth Law Center.

       

      How TRIO Student Support Services Can Help Students Experiencing Homelessness
      Date Recorded: April 12, 2023

      The Federal TRIO programs help low-income individuals, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities to progress through the academic pipeline from middle school through higher education. Under the FAFSA Simplification Act, TRIO and GEAR UP programs are newly authorized to determine unaccompanied homeless youth status on the FAFSA. During this panel, webinar participants will learn about FAFSA simplification and its implications for TRIO Student Support Services (SSS), as well as hear from two TRIO SSS programs on how they support students experiencing homelessness and how they will implement the new FAFSA provisions.

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      FAFSA Fixes for Homeless and Foster Youth: What You Need to Know Now
      Date Recorded: December 7, 2022

      Youth with experience in foster care and with homelessness face unique barriers accessing financial aid. In 2020-2021, FAFSA completion for unaccompanied homeless youth and foster youth declined by almost 10% and 7%, respectively, compared to the prior 2019-2020 school year. The FAFSA Simplification Act aims to remove many FAFSA challenges faced by youth experiencing homelessness or with experience in foster care. Most of these new provisions will go into effect for the 2023-2024 award year FAFSA, which is available now. This webinar will review recently-released guidance from the U.S. Department of Education intended to help implement the new provisions, and provide recommendations for practices, partnerships, and advocacy to ensure smooth implementation.

       

      Research Roundup: The Empirical Basis for Current Bills Supporting College Success for Foster Youth and Youth Experiencing Homelessness
      Date Recorded: July 20, 2022

      This webinar highlighted the empirical basis for two federal bills that are designed to remove barriers to college for youth who have experienced homelessness and foster care: the Higher Education Access and Success for Homeless and Foster Youth Act of 2022 (HEASHFY) and the Fostering Success in Higher Education Act. Leading researchers shared how existing research supports the efficacy of the provisions included in the bills and next steps to move these important pieces of legislation forward.

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      Additional Resources for John Burton Advocates for Youth

      Supporting Higher Education Success for Youth With Experience in Foster Care and Homelessness: A Congressional Briefing on Four Legislative Proposals that Can Make A Difference
      Date Recorded: May 11, 2022

      A virtual Congressional briefing organized by SchoolHouse ConnectionJohn Burton Advocates for Youth, and the Youth Law Center was held on May 11th, 2022, in collaboration with the Offices of Representative Danny Davis and Senator Bob Casey. Senator Patty Murray was an honorary co-host.

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      How an Affordable Housing Program Supports College Students
      Date Recorded: May 11, 2022

      Homelessness and housing insecurity have become an ever-increasing problem for college students across the country. College Housing Northwest (a nonprofit in Portland, Oregon) has been housing college students for over 50 years and is leading the way to increase regional affordable housing options. In this webinar participants will:

      • Hear from leaders of the new Affordable Rents for College Students (ARCS) program, college and community partners, as well as a student who has benefited from the program.
      • Learn how an equity focus, strategic partnerships, and a student-centered approach are the cornerstones of this unique and growing program
      • Have an opportunity to ask questions and identify partnership opportunities that may exist in your community

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      Download the ARCS One-pager

      Establishing a Higher Education Liaison & Support Program in Your School: A Conversation w/ Middle Tennessee State University
      Date Recorded: June 28, 2021

      Although college students are usually considered adults, their success in many ways is dependent on an effective support system, often provided by their families. Yet many youth in foster care and homeless situations lack both family support and access to additional educational opportunities. In an effort to fill that gap for students who age out of the foster care system or are experiencing homelessness, Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) created the Next Step program. This program provides students with the necessary assistance to navigate many practical issues regarding housing, academic support, and campus life. This webinar will introduce MTSU’s program manual, written to help post-secondary schools navigate the challenges of establishing a single point of contact for homeless and foster youth. From this webinar, participants will:

      • Learn about the creation of MTSU’s Next Step Program
      • Learn how to train and create a homeless higher education liaison on campus
      • Learn how to build partnerships in the community to support students experiencing homelessness and from foster care
      • Learn strategies on how to champion for new state legislation to help these students

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      Lessons Learned from the Past Year: A Panel on Supporting College Students with Experience in Foster Care & Homelessness
      Date Recorded: June 9, 2021

      Higher education institutions had a difficult year supporting students amidst the pandemic. But some institutions, in particular, have created support specifically for students with experience in foster care and homelessness. During this panel, participants will:

      • Hear from two statewide advocacy initiatives, Positive Pathways Program and Fostering Success Michigan, about the obstacles and challenges faced by students with experience in foster care and homelessness during the pandemic.
      • Hear from two higher education institutions from Michigan and Florida that will highlight successful strategies to support students with experience in foster care and homelessness.
      • Learn strategies to identify, transition, track, and support this distinct student population on college campuses.
      • Learn national higher education trends, upcoming policy, and opportunities for advocacy for homeless and foster youth.

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      Supporting High School Students Experiencing Homelessness: Lessons from Reading, PA
      Date Recorded: June 1, 2021

      The pandemic has made it very difficult for high schools to identify and support students experiencing homelessness. During this webinar, we’ll hear from practitioners at Reading High School in Pennsylvania, a community that has a long history of providing strong support and comprehensive services to students experiencing homelessness. From this webinar, participants will:

      • Hear from staff at Reading High School about the challenges and successes of supporting students experiencing homelessness
      • Learn strategies that high schools can use to help identify, track, and support students experiencing homelessness
      • Learn how to build relationships with higher education institutions to help ease the transition from high school to higher education

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      A Virtual Panel on Barriers to Higher Education Among Homeless Youth
      Date Recorded: March 3, 2021

      This panel was hosted by the Hope for Living Project and featured speakers from Y2Y Harvard Square, Covenant House (FL), TGTHR, Arbor Circle, and SchoolHouse Connection Senior Higher Education Program Manager Jillian Sitjar. These speakers shared the distinct challenges youth experiencing homelessness face accessing higher education, especially with COVID, and various best practices.
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      College, COVID-19, and Homelessness: Building Partnerships
      Date Recorded: September 30, 2020

      Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, colleges and universities may be relying even more on community partners to provide support and resources to youth experiencing homelessness.

      Participants in this webinar will:

      • Hear from the Stand Up for Kids Orange County College Program to learn how they’re able to help youth in their community through a three-tiered support system: basic needs, relationship building, and housing.
      • Identify the impact and importance of relationship building and mentorship for youth experiencing homelessness.
      • Understand how to build partnerships between colleges and community partners.

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      Our Names are Destiny, Lorinda, and Jose: Navigating Homelessness During COVID-19
      Date Recorded: April 30, 2020

      From closed campuses to canceled graduation ceremonies, over 14 million college students have been impacted by COVID-19. Many students also lost their housing and access to food. Youth with previous experiences of homelessness have even fewer back up resources. From this webinar participants will:
      1. Hear the perspectives of three SHC Youth Leadership & Scholarship students who are navigating college during the coronavirus pandemic
      2. Learn what higher education practitioners, service providers, and others can do to better support students experiencing homelessness during this time
      3. Have the opportunity to ask questions to our youth panel about their experiences and their insights

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      Back to Basics: College Students Experiencing Homelessness
      Date Recorded: April 15, 2020

      Prior to the coronavirus outbreak, approximately 17% of college students experienced homelessness over the course of a year. In the wake of the outbreak and school closures, there is an even greater need to understand how to identify and support this vulnerable population. In this webinar, participants will:
      1. Learn at an introductory level about college student homelessness.
      2. Get an overview of various services and resources colleges and universities offer to this distinct population, including exemplary programming and approaches from one of the leading institutions, Kennesaw State University.
      3. Identify changes to policies and procedures to better support students experiencing homelessness in light of COVID-19.
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      Women Experiencing Homelessness in Higher Education: Two Innovative Initiatives
      Date Recorded: March 18, 2020

      In honor of Women’s History month, we’re featuring two innovative education initiatives that focus on women. From this webinar, participants will learn about:
      1. The distinct challenges and needs that women experiencing homelessness face in obtaining postsecondary education.
      2. Services and resources that are available for single mothers at Misericordia University in Dallas, Pennsylvania.
      3. Initiatives at Our Friends Place, a transitional living and outreach program in Dallas, Texas, that helps support young women experiencing homelessness pursue and maintain their educational goals.
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      How A Small Rural Community College Supports Students Experiencing Homelessness
      Date Recorded: January 23, 2020

      College of the Redwoods is a small rural community college committed to supporting students experiencing homelessness. With tremendous support from the leadership team, College of the Redwoods has created innovative programming, including a merit-based housing and meal scholarship program that provides students with year-round housing and a meal plan free of charge. From the webinar, participants will:
      1. Hear from College of the Redwoods staff, including senior leadership, about how and why they created a support program for students experiencing homelessness
      2. Learn how a small rural community college creates a system of support, both on and off campus, to identify and support students experiencing homelessness
      3. Identify 2-3 strategies that can be adapted and implemented on campuses to better support students experiencing homelessness
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      Creative Solutions for Supporting Homeless College Students in an Urban Environment
      Date Recorded: October 24, 2019

      The University of Massachusetts Boston is committed to evolving with their students by responding to the unique needs of college students experiencing homelessness. This webinar explores UMass Boston’s new initiatives for supporting students experiencing homelessness through U-ACCESS, an office that helps students who lack basic needs achieve academic success. From this webinar, participants will:
      1. Hear from three professionals at UMass Boston who serve as an emergency committee to create support for students experiencing homelessness;
      2. Learn about the challenges homeless and housing insecure students face living in an urban city and the creative solutions that UMass Boston professionals are using to meet housing needs, such as the Nesterly app; and
      3. Identify how a basic needs office/hub can specifically reach and support students experiencing homelessness.
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      Identifying College Students Experiencing Homelessness
      Date Recorded: October 23, 2019

      The Education Leads Home campaign has established a goal of a 60% postsecondary attainment rate for youth experiencing homelessness by 2034. Identifying these students is the first step in helping them complete their postsecondary education. From this webinar, participants will:
      1. Hear from 3 institutions around the country about their processes for identifying students experiencing homelessness
      2. Discover on-campus partnerships necessary to build a system of referrals to identify students experiencing homelessness
      3. Learn 2-3 implementation strategies for identifying students experiencing homelessness
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      [Handout] Application Questions – Food Assistance Program

      Making the Case for Homeless College Students: A Case Manager Perspective
      Date Recorded: October 2, 2019

      Case managers are often the first point of contact with college students in crises or distress, providing essential support for students in a time of need. This webinar will examine how case managers can be more intentional when working specifically with students experiencing homelessness. In this presentation, participants will:
      1. Learn about general best practices for assisting college students experiencing homelessness
      2. Hear from two case managers about their roles and interactions with college students experiencing homelessness
      3. Get ideas for how to implement new and innovative strategies to identify and support college students experiencing homelessness
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      Student Advocacy in Action: An Interview with the University of South Alabama’s Housing and Food Assistance Program
      Date Recorded: April 25, 2019

      Student advocacy has always been a common occurrence on college campuses. Within the last year, more and more students are advocating for institutions to address their housing and food concerns. It was no different at the University of South Alabama. Join us on this interview webinar with the University of South Alabama’s Housing and Food Assistance Program to hear how one student helped create, design, and implement this new program. We’ll hear the steps that the student took, the successes, lessons learned, and what to expect in the future.
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      Removing Barriers to Financial Aid for Unaccompanied Homeless Youth (Hosted by NASFAA)
      Date Recorded, April 10, 2019

      Approximately one in 10 American young adults ages 18 to 25, and at least one in 30 adolescent minors ages 13 to 17, is estimated to endure homelessness on their own over the course of a year. Youth who experience homelessness face unique barriers to accessing and completing higher education, including barriers to financial aid. Yet higher education is their best opportunity for economic independence and healthier lives.

      In this webinar, participants will:

      • Review the federal definition of homelessness, and the causes and consequences of homelessness among unaccompanied youth.
      • Review current policies in the Every Student Succeeds Act and the Higher Education Act designed to remove barriers to financial aid.
      • Learn practical strategies from higher education professionals, including financial aid administrators, for implementing these policies and supporting homeless youth.

      Webinar Handout
      FAQ Handout
      Making UHY Determinations Tool
      Independent Student Status of UHY Determination for 19-20 FAFSA Letter

      Paving the Way To and Through Higher Education: Learning from Indiana’s Homeless Liaisons
      Date Recorded: February 28, 2019

      This webinar focuses on supporting students to and through the transition from high school to higher education. In this webinar, participants will:

      • Identify at least one strategy to better support homeless students during the transition from high school to higher education
      • Hear from two higher education liaisons about their roles and responsibilities on college campuses
      • Learn best practices in supporting homeless college students and considerations for implementing the role of higher education liaison

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      Download the Senior Checklist

      Addressing Student Homelessness and Financial Distress at UCF
      Date Recorded: February 27, 2019

      It is estimated that every year, more than 3 million students drop out of college due to a relatively small expense (usually under $1,500) that must be paid. In response, colleges have created emergency aid programs. Participants in this webinar will:

      • Learn how the University of Central Florida identifies and supports homeless college students on their campus
      • Identify campus resources to prevent student homelessness, including emergency aid
      • Implement new and innovative strategies such as dining scholarships and partnering with AmeriCorps Vista

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      Learning from Higher Education Liaisons: Best Practices in Supporting Homeless College Students Pt 2
      Date Recorded: December 6, 2018

      Many institutions across the country have incorporated the practice of a homeless higher education liaison or single point of contact (SPOC), similar to the K-12 McKinney-Vento Liaisons. In this webinar, participants will:

      • Learn about the EMBARK statewide network in Georgia.
      • Hear from three Georgia homeless higher education liaisons about their roles and responsibilities.
      • Identify best practices in supporting homeless college students and considerations of implementing this role on a college campus

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      Shelter and Services for Homeless Youth in Higher Education
      Date Recorded: October 29, 2018

      Many institutions of higher education provide resources and on-campus support to students experiencing homelessness. Community-based organizations outside of college campuses, too, are beginning to focus on the needs of homeless youth in higher education. This webinar highlights partnerships between colleges and outside supportive services that work to promote student access and success. We’ll hear from three organizations from across the country to learn how they support college students and their relationships with colleges.
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      Homelessness and Housing Insecurity in Higher Education
      Date Recorded: September 25, 2018

      Homelessness and housing insecurity are emerging as important issues in higher education. Although often invisible, emerging research suggests that lacking stable housing has a direct and significant impact on persistence and retention. This webinar highlights some of the largest studies that explore how college students experience housing insecurity and provides promising practices for how postsecondary institutions can respond to student needs. The overarching goals of the webinar are to first share findings from their research and connect those ideas to a definitional framework for understanding how housing insecurity and homelessness manifest in higher education settings. Further, researchers and practitioners will discuss how to incorporate a trauma-informed approach to working with students. Finally, presenters will provide a current campus program model developed to support students experiencing lacks in their basic needs.
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      Learning from Higher Education Liaisons: Best Practices in Supporting Homeless College Students Pt 1
      Date Recorded: September 6, 2018

      One of the best practices in supporting homeless college students is having a specific individual to support these students. Many institutions across the country have incorporated this practice of a homeless higher education liaison or single point of contact (SPOC), similar to the K-12 McKinney-Vento Liaisons. California in particular has state legislature (AB 801) that requires the California Community College and California State University systems to designate a Homeless Higher Education liaison on their campus. This webinar features three homeless higher education liaisons representing all three California systems, their roles and responsibilities under AB 801, best practices in supporting homeless college students, and considerations of implementing this role on a college campus. We look forward to continuing this conversation with other homeless higher education liaisons across the country in Learning from Higher Education Liaisons: Best Practices in Supporting Homeless College Students Part 2.
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      Understanding Federal Student Aid Policy and Practice for Unaccompanied Homeless Youth
      Date Recorded: June 27, 2018

      Unaccompanied homeless youth face unique barriers in accessing financial aid. This webinar will provide homeless education professionals, higher education professionals, and community-based organizations with information and tools to assist homeless youth to apply for Federal Student Aid. Presenters from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Postsecondary Education and the Office of Federal Student Aid will discuss financial aid policies and practices for homeless youth. Presenters from SchoolHouse Connection will provide a brief background on unaccompanied homeless youth, and review requirements in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) that support the transition to post-secondary education.
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      Housing Homeless Students: Jovenes’ College Success Initiative
      Date Recorded: June 19, 2018

      One in five Community College students in Los Angeles experiences homelessness. In response, a non-profit housing provider for homeless youth is taking its resources onto community college campuses to directly house homeless students. Learn how Jovenes, Inc. (www.jovenesinc.org) is partnering with schools like Rio Hondo College to reach out to homeless students and how housing support is helping homeless students succeed in school and life. This webinar is designed to help participants develop actionable ideas to connect homeless students to housing resources in their local communities.
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      Federal Legislation to Promote Access and Success in Higher Education for Youth in Foster Care and Experiencing Homelessness
      Date Recorded: September 27, 2017

      In September, two important pieces of legislation were introduced in Congress to promote higher education success for youth experiencing homelessness and youth in foster care, “Higher Education Access and Success for Homeless and Foster Youth Act” and “Fostering Success in Higher Education Act.”  These bills seek to address barriers to higher education access and success by streamlining access to existing financial aid, enhancing assistance and support for retention and completion, and improving collaboration, outreach, and data collecting.  Opportunities are also provided for institutions to establish or expand statewide initiatives to assist foster and homeless youth in enrolling in and graduating from institutions of higher education.  
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      Understanding Federal Student Aid Policy and Practice for Unaccompanied Homeless Youth
      Date Recorded: June 28, 2017

      Unaccompanied homeless youth face unique barriers in accessing financial aid. This webinar will provide homeless education professionals, higher education professionals, and community-based organizations with information and tools to assist homeless youth to apply for Federal Student Aid. Presenters from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Postsecondary Education and the Office of Federal Student Aid will discuss financial aid policies and practices for homeless youth. Presenters from SchoolHouse Connection will provide a brief background on unaccompanied homeless youth, and review requirements in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) that support the transition to post-secondary education.
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      Download the Powerpoint and Sample Forms (Link to Dropbox folder)

      Connecticut Head Start on Housing Pilot Program
      Date Recorded: October 12, 2022

      Head Start and Early Head Start programs are uniquely positioned to see the needs of families experiencing homelessness, including the need for direct housing assistance. While programs are able to identify a family’s housing needs, they are rarely equipped with the direct resources to help house a family…until now. The Connecticut Head Start on Housing Voucher pilot program has shown tremendous results after the first year, including successfully housing families by putting housing vouchers directly into the hands of Head Start programs.

      This webinar is part of a series hosted by SchoolHouse Connection and its State Policy Fellows for residents of targeted states who want to learn more about youth homelessness issues and convenient ways they can advocate for effective policy change, and get others in their community to do the same.

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      How an Affordable Housing Program Supports College Students
      Date Recorded: May 11, 2022

      Homelessness and housing insecurity have become an ever-increasing problem for college students across the country. College Housing Northwest (a nonprofit in Portland, Oregon) has been housing college students for over 50 years and is leading the way to increase regional affordable housing options. In this webinar participants will:

      • Hear from leaders of the new Affordable Rents for College Students (ARCS) program, college and community partners, as well as a student who has benefited from the program.
      • Learn how an equity focus, strategic partnerships, and a student-centered approach are the cornerstones of this unique and growing program
      • Have an opportunity to ask questions and identify partnership opportunities that may exist in your community

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      Download the Powerpoint
      Download the ARCS One-pager

      Youth-Supportive Transitional Housing Programs As An Essential Resource for Addressing Youth Homelessness
      Date Recorded: June 8, 2021

      On June 8th at 3 PM ET, join Covenant House International, National Network for Youth, and SchoolHouse Connection as we share the key findings and policy recommendations from our new report on transitional housing for youth and young adults, including young families. The report, to be released the morning of June 8, shares new data demonstrating that transitional programs for youth and young adults are effective, and an essential and core element of efforts to prevent and end youth homelessness. These data underscore the vitality of transitional housing programs with robust supportive services as an effective pathway out of homelessness for young people, including families with children headed by young parents. Other findings demonstrate that transitional programs have positive outcomes in both rural and urban areas, and for minors as well as young adults.

      The webinar will feature young people for whom transitional housing was transformative, and review key policy recommendations.
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      Women Experiencing Homelessness in Higher Education: Two Innovative Initiatives
      Date Recorded: March 18, 2020

      In honor of Women’s History month, we’re featuring two innovative education initiatives that focus on women. From this webinar, participants will learn about:
      1. The distinct challenges and needs that women experiencing homelessness face in obtaining postsecondary education.
      2. Services and resources that are available for single mothers at Misericordia University in Dallas, Pennsylvania.
      3. Initiatives at Our Friends Place, a transitional living and outreach program in Dallas, Texas, that helps support young women experiencing homelessness pursue and maintain their educational goals.
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      Improving School Attendance for Students Experiencing Homelessness: A Model School-Shelter Partnership
      Date Recorded: May 6, 2019

      This webinar will share the innovative model developed by the Improving School Attendance for Homeless Children (ISAHC) program in New York City, which provides new training and coordination resources to identify, address, and manage multiple systemic, intergenerational, and logistical barriers to improving school attendance among students experiencing homelessness.

      Participants will learn how the program is data-informed and purposefully designed to rely predominantly on existing resources (adding only minimal new costs; use a team approach, and employ evidence-based practices at the individual and systems levels. The collaborative ISAHC team, the most significant feature of the model, brings together staff from the New York City Department of Education (DOE) and shelter provider staff to analyze and address the issues underlying school absences. Participants will also learn how to track student attendance progress using simple data analysis techniques and how to use attendance data as a tool for identifying families with complex challenges. Finally, participants will hear about methods for improving school attendance from the first day of homelessness, at coordinated entry systems, schools and shelters.
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      Shelter and Services for Homeless Youth in Higher Education
      Date Recorded: October 29, 2018

      Many institutions of higher education provide resources and on-campus support to students experiencing homelessness. Community-based organizations outside of college campuses, too, are beginning to focus on the needs of homeless youth in higher education. This webinar highlights partnerships between colleges and outside supportive services that work to promote student access and success. We’ll hear from three organizations from across the country to learn how they support college students and their relationships with colleges.
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      Pregnant and Parenting Youth Experiencing Homelessness: Best Practices in Drop-In and Residential Services
      Date Recorded: August 8, 2018

      Research shows that approximately 1.1 million children have an 18- to 25-year-old parent who experienced homelessness during the past year. The instability associated with homelessness can have a profound impact on childhood development and on the health and well-being of parents, so it is critical to connect young parents with programs that can meet both their needs and those of their children. This webinar will provide an overview of the common challenges faced by young people who are pregnant or parenting while experiencing homelessness, and will share the experience and expertise of drop-in services, early childhood development providers, and residential programs that have successfully partnered to serve young families experiencing homelessness.
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      Housing Homeless Students: Jovenes’ College Success Initiative
      Date Recorded: June 19, 2018

      One in five Community College students in Los Angeles experiences homelessness. In response, a non-profit housing provider for homeless youth is taking its resources onto community college campuses to directly house homeless students. Learn how Jovenes, Inc. (www.jovenesinc.org) is partnering with schools like Rio Hondo College to reach out to homeless students and how housing support is helping homeless students succeed in school and life. This webinar is designed to help participants develop actionable ideas to connect homeless students to housing resources in their local communities.
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      Strategies for Success: Partnering with Housing Authorities
      Date Recorded: April 25, 2018

      When housing and education systems work together, outcomes for children and families can improve. This webinar will present an overview of public housing authorities and the programs they administer, and highlight two school district collaborations with housing authorities that are focused on children and families experiencing homelessness. Practitioners will share strategies for approaching partners, and how to sustain relationships to ensure comprehensive services are provided for short- and long-term success for children, youth, and families.
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      Unaccompanied Homeless Youth: Legal Rights and Strategies
      Date Recorded: November 16, 2022

      The SHC team leads an interactive conversation about the legal rights of unaccompanied homeless youth. We delve into youth’s rights in relation to parental rights under the McKinney-Vento Act and FERPA; review access to public benefits, vital documents, and health care; discuss complex scenarios; and answer your questions.

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      NV AB 197: Healthcare for Unaccompanied Youth Under 18
      Date Recorded: August 4, 2021

      Intro to AB 197: Medical and behavioral health services for youth, without parental consent. This virtual brown bag lunch provided information about Nevada’s AB 197, which went into effect last year. AB 197 created new rules allowing youth under age 18 to access physical, behavioral, dental, and mental health care without parental consent.

      This webinar shares detailed information about the law, demonstrates how it should work in practice through role plays with young people, a health care professional and a service provider, and an extended Q&A. Although designed specifically for health care providers, the webinar is a useful tool for service providers, educators, advocates, and youth.

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      Making Youth Homelessness Visible with Data Visualization
      Date Recorded: June 22, 2021

      Identifying youth homelessness can be difficult due to the different definitions of homelessness and methods for counting. California Homeless Youth Project will share their “You Count” data visualization tool to expand the picture of youth homelessness in California. Funding, policies, and subsequent services are often responsive to the community data that is available. Accessible robust and expansive data is critical in supporting the increase in early childhood program access, high school student graduation, and post-secondary access for youth and young adults experiencing homelessness and housing insecurity. Participants will:

      • Learn about the new data visualization tool, have the opportunity to expand the discussion and visibility on youth homelessness
      • Receive a toolkit on replicating the “You Count” tools in their community, and;
      • Learn about SchoolHouse Connection’s federal advocacy to align the definitions of homelessness and support youth experiencing homelessness.

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      Principles of Youth Engagement
      Date Recorded: April 27, 2021

      Youth with lived experience are our strongest partners and our greatest resource. They are experts that bring invaluable perspectives, innovative ideas, and critical feedback that inform our practice. If we want to improve our programs, policies, and practices, we must engage as many youth as we can, as often as we can. This webinar will provide an overview and discussion on how to ethically and efficiently engage youth with lived experience in education, program design, and advocacy. Attendees will learn from SchoolHouse Connection Scholars, and Jordyn Roark, SchoolHouse Connection’s Director of Youth Leadership and Scholarships.
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      Our Names are Destiny, Lorinda, and Jose: Navigating Homelessness During COVID-19
      Date Recorded: April 30, 2020

      From closed campuses to canceled graduation ceremonies, over 14 million college students have been impacted by COVID-19. Many students also lost their housing and access to food. Youth with previous experiences of homelessness have even fewer back up resources. From this webinar participants will:
      1. Hear the perspectives of three SHC Youth Leadership & Scholarship students who are navigating college during the coronavirus pandemic
      2. Learn what higher education practitioners, service providers, and others can do to better support students experiencing homelessness during this time
      3. Have the opportunity to ask questions to our youth panel about their experiences and their insights

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      Research and Lived Experience: Unaccompanied Youth Reflect on Voices of Youth Count
      Date Recorded: October 11, 2018

      As liaisons, social workers, educators and service providers, our work should be informed by research and the lived experiences of children and youth. This webinar will bring recent research to life as three SchoolHouse Connection Young Leaders reflect on Chapin Hall’s Missed Opportunities research and their own experiences. They will discuss key findings from the research; how these issues impacted their K-12 and higher education; and insights for changes in policy and practice. Voices of Youth Count (VoYC) is a national initiative designed to fill gaps in the nation’s knowledge about the scope and scale of youth homelessness, as well as the life circumstances and experiences of runaway and unaccompanied homeless youth between the ages of 13 and 25 years old.
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      Breaking Down Educational Barriers: Insights from Students
      Date Recorded: November 30, 2017

      Two young people, one who has graduated from college and one who is in the second year of a degree program, will share their tips for schools and service providers on how to identify youth who are experiencing homelessness, keep them engaged in and attending school, and work with them as true partners to get them to high school graduation and into (and through) post-secondary education. They will identify the challenges they have faced, and continue to face, as a result of experiencing homelessness, and describe the efforts that have been the most successful for advancing their academic careers and life goals. The webinar will include ample time for Q&A and conversation.
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      Federal Funding Outlook and Strategy on Child and Youth Homelessness
      Date Recorded: February 22, 2023

      A divided Congress, the debt ceiling showdown, and proposed budget cuts make this year’s federal appropriations process more difficult and complicated. But these challenging dynamics also mean that it is essential to educate Members of Congress about the needs of children, youth, and families experiencing homelessness, and the programs that serve them. Key deadlines are approaching, and we need all hands on deck! This webinar will provide:
      • An update on the current federal budget climate and its implications for child and youth homelessness programs
      • Step-by-step information for how to advocate for RHYA and EHCY funding (including sustaining ARP-HCY levels) and how to request Community Project Funding/Congressional Directed Funding (the rebranded “earmarks”) for specific local programs and projects
      • Tips for using a new searchable database to educate Members of Congress on child and youth homelessness in their states and Congressional districts

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      Advocating for Students Experiencing Homelessness in Oklahoma
      Date Recorded: December 21, 2022

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      Advocating for Students Experiencing Homelessness in Indiana
      Date Recorded: November 30, 2022

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      Advocating for Students Experiencing Homelessness in Michigan
      Date Recorded: November 18, 2022

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      Advocating for Students Experiencing Homelessness in California
      Date Recorded: November 10, 2022

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      Advocating for Students Experiencing Homelessness in North Carolina
      Date Recorded: November 9, 2022

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      Live Q&A With SHC
      Date Recorded: November 8, 2022

      The SchoolHouse Connection team answers viewer questions about the legal requirements of McKinney-Vento, strategies for supporting students experiencing homelessness, and more.

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      Advocating for Students Experiencing Homelessness in Massachusetts
      Date Recorded: October 20, 2022

      This webinar is part of a series hosted by SchoolHouse Connection and its Policy Fellows for residents of targeted states who want to learn more about youth homelessness issues and convenient ways they can advocate for effective policy change, and get others in their community to do the same.

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      Advocating for Students Experiencing Homelessness in Missouri
      Date Recorded: October 14, 2022

      This webinar is part of a series hosted by SchoolHouse Connection and its Policy Fellows for residents of targeted states who want to learn more about youth homelessness issues and convenient ways they can advocate for effective policy change, and get others in their community to do the same.

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      Fall Professional Development and Training Webinar Series: McKinney-Vento 101
      Date Recorded: September 15, 2022

      This 90-minute webinar provides an overview of child and youth homelessness, provisions of the McKinney-Vento Act, and ideas for schools and districts to better serve students experiencing homelessness.

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      Advocating for Students Experiencing Homelessness in Connecticut
      Date Recorded: August 18, 2022

      This webinar is part of a series hosted by SchoolHouse Connection and its Policy Fellows for residents of targeted states who want to learn more about youth homelessness issues and convenient ways they can advocate for effective policy change, and get others in their community to do the same.

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      Research Roundup: The Empirical Basis for Current Bills Supporting College Success for Foster Youth and Youth Experiencing Homelessness
      Date Recorded: July 20, 2022

      This webinar highlighted the empirical basis for two federal bills that are designed to remove barriers to college for youth who have experienced homelessness and foster care: the Higher Education Access and Success for Homeless and Foster Youth Act of 2022 (HEASHFY) and the Fostering Success in Higher Education Act. Leading researchers shared how existing research supports the efficacy of the provisions included in the bills and next steps to move these important pieces of legislation forward.

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      Supporting Higher Education Success for Youth With Experience in Foster Care and Homelessness: A Congressional Briefing on Four Legislative Proposals that Can Make A Difference
      Date Recorded: May 11, 2022

      A virtual Congressional briefing organized by SchoolHouse ConnectionJohn Burton Advocates for Youth, and the Youth Law Center was held on May 11th, 2022, in collaboration with the Offices of Representative Danny Davis and Senator Bob Casey. Senator Patty Murray was an honorary co-host.

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      Latest Federal Policy Developments: Child, Youth, and Family Homelessness
      Date Recorded: December 8, 2021

      As we approach the end of the Congressional session, the stakes are high for children, youth, and families experiencing homelessness. The fiscal year 2022 budget and Build Back Better Act contain many far-reaching provisions, from child care and universal pre-k, to youth employment and housing. This webinar will provide an overview of the latest developments on the specific provisions related to homelessness in both bills, as well as higher education, homelessness assistance, and the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act reauthorization. Find out what’s happening, and how we can help you meet virtually with your Congressional delegation.
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      Making Legislative Victories Matter: Implementing State Legislation on Youth Homelessness
      Date Recorded: October 26, 2021

      Tremendous energy is put into proposing, lobbying, and passing bills to refocus government interest and efforts toward youth homelessness. But too often, even after the successful passage of legislation, little change or improvement is experienced or witnessed. In this interactive webinar, participants will:

      • Learn about the California Homeless Youth Project’s latest report on California’s legislative progress and ongoing gaps faced by youth experiencing homelessness
      • Participate in a discussion around accountability for and implementation of enacted state legislation that be carried out in other states

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      Child and Youth Homelessness and the American Rescue Plan Act
      Date recorded: March 17, 2021

      The American Rescue Plan Act, H.R. 1319, contains several new funding streams and policies that directly impact education, services, and housing for children and youth experiencing homelessness. These include $800 million in dedicated funding to support the identification, enrollment, and school participation of children and youth experiencing homelessness, including through wrap-around services, an extension of Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) for unaccompanied homeless youth and youth from foster care at 18, even if they are full-time students, and many housing, nutrition, income, and other supports. This webinar will provide an overview of the final law, and what happens next, with plenty of time for questions and answers.
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      Educating the New Congress: Step-by-Step Advocacy Training Series for Homeless Educators and Service Providers

      From COVID-19 relief to long-term economic recovery, the new Congress must address many challenges. But whether or not Congress takes effective actions to address child and youth homelessness depends on grassroots advocacy – especially from educators and service providers who work directly with, or for, families and youth experiencing homelessness.

      SchoolHouse Connection is hosting a series of six mini-webinars to equip you with the knowledge, skills, and tools to confidently educate Congressional offices on behalf of children, youth, and families experiencing homelessness.

      Speakers include current and former Congressional staff, as well as young people and local and state educators who have taken part in advocacy efforts. We’ll also provide direct assistance for those who’d like support connecting to and communicating with Congressional offices.

      Part I: Getting Grounded: Advocacy in the New Congress
      Date Recorded: February 16, 2021; 3:30pm

      This webinar will describe why constituent engagement in the legislative process is the only way to make progress for children, youth, and families experiencing homelessness; take a look at the dynamics of the 117th Congress; examine what is at stake with respect to potential legislation related to children, youth, and families experiencing homelessness; and explain the difference between lobbying versus advocacy.
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      Part II: How to Effectively Communicate with Congress
      Date: February 23, 2021; 2:30pm

      This webinar will cover the nuts and bolts of communicating with Congressional offices — even virtually. We’ll cover how to prepare, follow up, and maintain relationships, and some basic do’s and don’ts. You’ll hear directly from Congressional staff about what works best, with time for questions and answers.
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      Part III: What Does Successful Advocacy Look Like? Learning from Peers
      Date: March 2, 2021; 3:30pm

      This webinar will be an interactive conversation with homeless educators and service providers who have educated their members of Congress and/or participated in legislative advocacy. Learn from peers about how easy advocacy can be, and the impact it can have.
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      Part IV: Shining a Light: Using Media (and Social Media) to Boost Legislative Advocacy
      Date: March 9, 2021; 3:30pm

      Members of Congress pay close attention to the media: especially local media in their constituencies, and, increasingly, social media. Smart and strategic use of media is therefore a critical element of educating and influencing legislators. This webinar will discuss basic tips for integrating traditional and social media into your advocacy strategies.
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      Part V: How To Engage Parents and Youth with Lived Experience in Advocacy
      Date: March 16, 2021; 3:30pm

      One of the most powerful ways to educate and persuade policymakers is by engaging youth and parents with lived experience of homelessness. This webinar will share considerations and provide tips in preparing and facilitating the participation of youth and parents in advocacy.
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      Part VI: How to Apply These Lessons Closer to Home
      Date March 23, 2021; 3:30pm

      State-level advocacy serves the dual role of creating meaningful statewide changes, and informing national policy conversations. State policy change is also an especially important strategy to address youth homelessness, since many of the laws that most directly impact youth experiencing homelessness – the rights of minors, health care, housing, employment, education, and child welfare – fall within the purview of state legislatures. This webinar will cover how to effectively engage your state legislators, and directly impact policy in your state.
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      Family and Youth Homelessness in the Wake of COVID-19: A Virtual Congressional Briefing Series In Collaboration with the Congressional Caucus

      Co-Hosted by SchoolHouse Connection, National Network for Youth, Family Promise, and First Focus Campaign for Children

      Prior to the coronavirus outbreak, public schools and early childhood programs reported the highest number of children and youth experiencing homelessness on record. These numbers are expected to rise in the wake of the health and economic crises. Three unique briefings provide youth perspectives, parent perspectives, and provider perspectives on the current state of child, youth, and family homelessness, including the impact of COVID-19, long-standing racial disparities and equity challenges, gaps in current policies, and various legislative proposals, including the Emergency Family Stabilization Act and the Homeless Children and Youth Act.

      Briefing #1: Youth Voices
      Date Recorded: July 14, 2020

      The briefing is a facilitated discussion with five young people about their experiences prior to and during the coronavirus pandemic.
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      Briefing #2: Parent Voices 
      Date Recorded: July 16, 2020

      The briefing is a facilitated discussion with four parents about their experiences prior to and during the coronavirus pandemic.
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      Briefing #3: Provider Voices
      Date Recorded: July 22, 2020

      The briefing is a facilitated discussion with family and youth service providers about their experiences serving children, youth, and families experiencing homelessness during the coronavirus pandemic, and how the Emergency Family Stabilization Act would bring urgent relief through the systems and programs to which youth and families are most connected.
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      Federal Policy Update on Child, Youth, and Family Homelessness
      Date Recorded: July 1, 2020

      In July, Congress will pick up the pace on the next coronavirus relief package, as well as FY2021 appropriations. Learn about what’s at stake for children, youth, and families experiencing homelessness, including the newly-introduced, innovative, and necessary bipartisan Emergency Family Stabilization Act, S. 3923, which provides flexible funding directly to community-based organizations. We’ll cover other COVID-19 legislation, including the HEROES Act, as well as FY2021 funding for the Education for Homeless Children and Youth program, the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act program, HUD homeless assistance programs, and other programs serving children, youth, and families experiencing homelessness. Learn the latest and find out what you can do to help protect the futures of vulnerable youth and families.
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      Federal Policy Update and Advocacy Techniques: Preparing for Hill Visits and Other Ways to Communicate with Congress
      Date Recorded: October 18, 2019

      Congressional action is heating up on a number of bills relating to children, youth, and families experiencing homelessness. This webinar will provide an up-to-the-minute update on pending federal legislation, including FY2020 funding for education and homelessness programs; higher education legislation for homeless and foster youth; and reforming HUD homeless assistance to better serve children, youth, and families (including HUD’s definition of homelessness). We’ll provide a brief primer for the most effective ways to educate and advocate with your Members of Congress, including basics for meeting with Congressional staff on the Hill, or back home – what to bring, how to prepare, and how to follow up afterwards. Lastly, we’ll provide an overview of our new online advocacy center, which allows you to send letters to Congressional offices with just a few clicks.
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      Powerpoint presentation
      Homeless Children and Youth Act Dear Colleague
      Hill Visits “Dos” and “Dont’s”
      SHC Priorities
      Sample Local Handout

      Child, Youth, and Family Homelessness in the 116th Congress
      Date Recorded: January 31, 2019

      A new Congress means new members and new committee assignments — and, in the case of the U.S. House of Representatives, a new majority. In addition to addressing completing federal funding for the rest of the current fiscal year following the recent partial government shutdown, the 116th Congress will continue to work on new legislative areas, annual matters like annual budget and appropriations legislation, as well as other legislative matters that were not resolved in previous Congresses.

      With family and youth homelessness at unprecedented levels across the nation, the stakes are high. In this webinar, we’ll review pending or anticipated legislation related to child, family, and youth homelessness, including services, housing, early care, and education. We’ll also look at the committees and members with greatest influence, and discuss strategies for engaging them on youth and family homelessness.
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      State Advocacy Institute: Episode 2
      Date Recorded: October 25, 2018

      This webinar will be an advocacy “how-to” guide. While it will focus on state-level advocacy, the tools and skills shared can be applied to local and federal advocacy, as well. Topics we will cover include:

      • How to find your state legislators, relevant committees, and legislative calendar
      • Strategies to connect youth homelessness to existing gubernatorial and legislative priorities, such as trafficking, the opioid crisis, infrastructure, and economic growth
      • Data and research to support legislative action: what they are and how to find them
      • Sample legislative issue briefs, including length, format and content
      • How to set meetings with key legislators
      • Legislative meeting role play

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      State Advocacy Institute: Episode 1
      Date Recorded: September 12, 2018

      This webinar will provide an overview of our state advocacy methodology. Starting with surveying young people, service providers, liaisons and other stakeholders, we identify state policy barriers. We then convene advocates to discuss state policy barriers and engage in a series of group activities that leave the attendees ready to engage in state policy advocacy united behind a shared agenda on youth homelessness. This webinar will share our surveys, suggest key stakeholders to include in advocacy, provide a sample State Advocacy Institute agenda and the activities we use in our trainings, and share strategies to engage young people in advocacy from the beginning. We also will address restrictions on “lobbying” and how to be sure your advocacy activities do not cross that line.
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      All the Facts About the Homeless Children and Youth Act 
      Date Recorded: July 10, 2018

      Efforts to advance the Homeless Children and Youth Act, HR 1511/S 611, have picked up in recent weeks. This important bipartisan legislation would make it easier for communities to help children, youth, and families who experience homelessness, no matter where they happen to be staying. Over 50 national groups and hundreds of community-based service providers have endorsed the legislation. Find out what the bill does and does not do, why it is critically important to addressing youth and family homelessness, and what you can do to help advocate for its passage. Get the facts in this special webinar co-hosted by Family Promise, First Focus Campaign for Children, National Network for Youth, and SchoolHouse Connection.
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