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Racial Equity and Students Experiencing Homelessness
Students of color are overrepresented among students experiencing homelessness. Black, Hispanic/Latinx, and American Indian/Alaska Native students are all more likely to experience homelessness than their white peers. Systemic inequities in the housing, employment, and education systems often leave families and students of color to be overlooked, discriminated against, and traumatized.
What can be done? SchoolHouse Connection is hosting a monthly conversation series to acknowledge these disparities and lift up local and state efforts to take action.. We invite state McKinney-Vento coordinators, LEA liaisons, educators, community partners, advocates, and others to join us each month and learn about resources, tools, and strategies that your peers are implementing.
Black Students Experiencing Homelessness in LA County: Planning for Racial Equity
Tuesday, May 18, 2:00-2:45PM ET
- Earl Edwards, UCLA Black Male Institute and Doctoral Candidate
- Dr. Jennifer Kottke, Homeless Education Coordinator, Los Angeles County Office of Education
Bust Out of the Box! Bold Ideas for Using Unprecedented ARP Homeless Children and Youth Funding
The American Rescue Plan included $800 million in funding specifically to support the identification, enrollment, attendance, and school participation of children and youth experiencing homelessness, including through wrap-around services. Funds can be used flexibly to meet a broad range of needs. 25% of these funds already are available to states and will be hitting some LEAs soon; the remainder will go out later this summer. Some LEAs will be receiving two or more times their typical McKinney-Vento grant, while others will be receiving McKinney-Vento funds for the first time. This creates an unprecedented opportunity for states and LEAs to reframe, refresh, and refocus their entire McKinney-Vento program, from our youngest children through youth transitioning to post-secondary education, and with equity at the core of all decisions. Join us as our weekly conversation series continues, and we hear and share bold, out-of-the-box ideas for maximizing the impact of ARP Homeless Children and Youth Funding.
Part I: Friday, May 7, 2PM Eastern
Norma Mercado, Family and Social Services Coordinator, District Foster care & McKinney-Vento Liaison, Bastrop Independent School District, TX
Part II: Friday, May 14, 2PM Eastern
Liliana Godinez, McKinney-Vento and Foster Care Coordinator, Bellevue School District, WA
Part III: Friday, May 21, 2PM Eastern
To be announced
Part IV: Friday, May 28, 2PM Eastern
Jani Koester, TEP Resource Teacher, Transition Education Program (TEP) of Madison Metropolitan School District, WI
Supporting High School Students Experiencing Homelessness: Lessons from Reading, PA
Tuesday, 6/1, 11:00am-12:15PM Eastern
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
- Jillian Sitjar – Senior Higher Education Program Manager, SchoolHouse Connection
- Eric Turman, Principal of Reading High School
- Leanne Eckenrode, LCSW Families in Transition Coordinator