Upcoming Webinars

Please note: All webinars are recorded. Archived recordings, powerpoint presentations, materials, and transcripts from the Q&A are posted on our archived webinars page. Certificate of attendance is available upon completion. If you watched the webinar as a group, please contact us to receive individual certificates.

Thursday, March 18, 2021 | 2:00 – 2:45PM ET

Centering Anti-Racist Approaches in Conversations with McKinney-Vento Families and Colleagues

[Certificate of Attendance available upon completion]

McKinney-Vento liaisons are responsible for the identification, enrollment, and the removal of educational barriers for students experiencing homelessness, and can create meaningful change in their districts and the lives of students experiencing homelessness. Unfortunately, due to systemic racism across many aspects of American life, Black, Latinx, Native American, and Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities experience homelessness at disproportionate rates compared to White and Asian communities. It is crucial for McKinney-Vento liaisons to reflect on school and district protocols and narratives that reinforce racial bias and inequity. Even small intentional changes, such as the words we use, can have positive effects on family relationships and ultimately, the well-being and success of students.

Join us for a conversation with NYS-TEACHS about their new resource, “Centering Anti-Racist Approaches in Conversations with McKinney-Vento Families and Colleagues.” We’ll hear about why they developed this resource and insights on having conversations about racial equity with McKinney-Vento staff to inform work with families.


  • Jennifer Pringle, Project Director, NYS-TEACHS
  • Anasofia Trelles, Education Specialist, NYS-TEACHS
  • Erin Patterson, Director of Education Initiatives, SchoolHouse Connection

Educating the New Congress: Step-by-Step Advocacy Training Series for Homeless Educators and Service Providers

[Certificate of Attendance available upon completion]

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 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.


  • Aarti Chandorkar, Account Executive, RALLY
  • Devin McMahon, Account Associate, RALLY

>> Click Here to Register for Part IV – Shining a Light: Using Media (and Social Media) to Boost Legislative Advocacy

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.


  • Yorri Berry-Harris, Director of Youth Partnerships, National Network for Youth
  • Jordyn Roark, Director of Youth Leadership and Scholarships, SchoolHouse Connection

>> Click Here to Register for Part V – How To Engage Parents and Youth with Lived Experience in Advocacy

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.


  • Alleanne Anderson, Policy and Outreach Associate, SchoolHouse Connection
  • Tamara Lewis, Senior Manager for State Policy and Legal Affairs, SchoolHouse Connection
  • Patricia Julianelle, Senior Strategist for Program Advancement and Legal Affairs, SchoolHouse Connection
  • Alex Slabosky, Board Director from Family Promise of Greater Indianapolis

>> Click Here to Register for Part VI – How to Apply These Lessons Closer to Home

Pin It on Pinterest