SAVE THE DATE: February 1-2, 2021 | Sheraton Austin Capitol Hotel, Austin, Texas (Virtual Option Available)

EDUCATION LEADS HOME 2021
A National Convening on Student Homelessness
February 1-2, 2021 | Sheraton Austin Capitol Hotel, Austin, Texas
#ELH2021

Education Leads Home 2021 (ELH 2021) will bring together diverse stakeholders in a unique, action-oriented convening to share strategies to make specific, measurable progress toward each of ELH’s three goals. 

This first-of-its-kind, two-day intersectional event will highlight proven practices from across the country and bring stakeholders together for facilitated action-planning. Attendees will learn specific strategies to advance ELH’s goals and receive hands-on guidance and support from expert practitioners, so they can begin implementing those strategies as soon as they return to their communities, and develop them over time.  Attendees will receive session synopses in advance, and a proceedings document after the event. By building and supporting community teams, ELH2021 will promote action to drive progress toward ELH goals.

About the Education Leads Home (ELH) Campaign

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

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

 

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We understand that planning for an in-person conference now is difficult.

We are taking precautions to ensure the safety of everyone. Below are the contingencies we have in place.

Will this conference occur in-person, virtually, or both?

Both, we hope. Currently, we are planning an in-person conference with a virtual attendance option. However, if health or safety conditions in February 2021 make an in-person gathering impossible, we will transition to a fully virtual conference with the option to convert in-person registrations to virtual registrations.

What happens if I register to attend in-person, but then travel restrictions are put into place, making travel impossible?

Due to the current uncertainty about travel, we will convert in-person registrations to virtual registrations upon request, until December 15, 2020 (check this date with Sue/Jeff). After December 15, 2020, we will convert in-person registrations to virtual registrations if travel or gathering restrictions make an in-person conference impossible. In both cases, registrants will receive a refund of the difference in price between the applicable in-person and virtual registration. We will not charge an administrative fee or penalty.

It Takes a Team: Information for Team Registration

Homelessness is a complex, multi-sector issue.  In order to ensure the educational success of homeless students, we need all hands on deck – we need teams!

The purpose of ELH2021 is to generate sustainable, productive interagency partnerships that will take concrete actions to improve outcomes for students experiencing homelessness. We seek to build partnerships across service sectors/agencies, seed innovation, and grow teams in communities.  Therefore, team participation is fundamental to the conference’s goals and ultimate success.

Initially, registration will be open only to teams. A team consists of at least two people representing different agencies/service sectors. For example, a team could be one person from a school district, and one person from a Head Start agency, housing/homeless services agency, institution of higher education, or local or state government. Registration may be open to individuals later in the process.

What Do Teams Get?

Early Registration. Team registration opens on DATE (soon). Individual registration will not open until later this fall. Since we expect the in-person ELH2021 event to sell out, there may not be space remaining for individual registrants.

Discounted Registration. In-person registration for each team member is $375. Virtual registration for each team member is $199. If we are able to open the event to individual registrations later this year, the price will be $425 for in-person registration, and $250 for virtual registration.

Facilitation and Support from SchoolHouse Connection. Before, during, and after the event, SHC will help teams put what learn at ELH2021 into action as a community. This will include receiving session synopses before the convening; facilitated action planning with content experts at the convening; a proceedings document after the convening; and ongoing opportunities for teams to receive guidance and support with plan implementation from expert practitioners and SHC staff.

What Constitutes a Team?

A team is at least 2 individuals, from at least 2 separate agency categories/service sectors in the same geography. Agency categories are:

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

Examples:

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

Team Pricing* (per person)

*Exclusive team registration and pricing end on October 31, 2020. After that, an in-person ticket is $425, and a virtual ticket is $250.

Team Registration is Now Open!

Register Your Team Here

This first-of-its-kind, two-day intersectional event will highlight proven practices from across the country and bring stakeholders together for facilitated action-planning. Attendees will learn specific strategies to advance ELH’s goals and receive hands-on guidance and support from expert practitioners, so they can begin implementing those strategies as soon as they return to their communities, and develop them over time.  Attendees will receive session synopses in advance, and a proceedings document after the event. By building and supporting community teams, ELH2021 will promote action to drive progress toward ELH goals.

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Tentative Snapshot Agenda

Monday, February 1, 2021

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

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

10:45am – 11:00am: Refreshment Break

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

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

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

3:30pm – 3:45pm: Refreshment Break

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

5:30pm – 7:00 pm: Cocktail Networking Reception

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

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

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

11:00am – 11:15am: Refreshment Break

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

12:45p – 1:45pm: Networking Lunch

2:00pm – 3:00pm: Team-work Breakout Session and Facilitated Action Planning

3:00pm: Conference Wrap-Up and Adjourn

The convening’s content will include:

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

Sheraton Austin Capitol Hotel

Address: 701 E 11th St, Austin, Texas 78701

Telephone: 512-478-1111

 

We probably should provide a link to the hotel webpage, information for how to reserve at the conference rate (ask Sue to get this from hotel), and the rates:

The Sheraton Austin Capitol Hotel is offering conference attendees the special rate of $215 per night for single or double occupancy, from January 28 through February 4, 2021 (based on availability).

Southwest Airlines

 

Given travel and gathering restrictions currently in place, we are fully prepared with contingency plans to ensure all attendees have an excellent conference experience. Currently, we are planning for an in-person conference, with a virtual attendance option. However, if health or safety conditions in February of 2021 make an in-person gathering impossible, we will transition to a fully virtual conference.

Given the uncertainty about travel, we will convert in-person registrations to virtual registrations upon request, until December 15, 2020 (check this date with Sue/Jeff). After December 15, 2020, we will convert in-person registrations to virtual registrations if travel restrictions make travel impossible. In both cases, registrants will receive a refund of the difference in price between the applicable in-person and virtual registration. We will not charge an administrative fee or penalty.

Frequently Asked Questions
Where and when is the conference?

This conference will take place at the Sheraton Austin Capitol Hotel in Austin, Texas on February 1-2, 2021.

How much is this conference?

The in-person ticket costs $375 and the virtual ticket costs $199.

Where should I stay?
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Is there food?

Yes! There will be hot breakfast and lunch over two days, plus a cocktail reception. 

Why do I need to register in teams?

Homelessness is a complex, multi-sector issue.  In order to ensure the educational success of homeless students, we need all hands on deck – we need teams!

The purpose of ELH2021 is to generate sustainable, productive interagency partnerships that will take concrete actions to improve outcomes for students experiencing homelessness. We seek to build partnerships across agencies, seed innovation, and grow teams in communities.  Therefore, team participation is fundamental to the conference’s goals and ultimate success.

Initially, registration will be open only to teams. A team consists of at least two people representing different agencies/sectors. For example, a team could be one person from a school district, and one person from a Head Start agency, housing/homeless services agency, institution of higher education, or local or state government. Registration may be open to individuals later in the process.

How do I register a team?
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Who should attend this conference?

We welcome participants from:

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

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

What is the refund policy?

Due to the current uncertainty about travel, we will convert in-person registrations to virtual registrations upon request, until December 15, 2020 (check this date with Sue/Jeff). After December 15, 2020, we will convert in-person registrations to virtual registrations if travel restrictions make travel impossible. In both cases, registrants will receive a refund of the full difference in price between the applicable in-person and virtual registration. We will not charge an administrative fee or penalty.

If a person wants to completely cancel a registration (rather than convert to virtual), we will provide full refunds upon request until DATE. After DATE, will refund 50% of the registration fee. There will be no refunds after DATE.

Team Registration is Now Open!

Register Your Team Here
Core Partners
As national leaders in their fields, SchoolHouse Connection, America’s Promise Alliance, CIVIC, EducationCounsel, and the Institute for Children, Poverty and Homelessness have released groundbreaking research and powerful resources relevant to education and child and youth homelessness.

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

Have a Question or Comment? Contact Us.

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

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