Archived Webinars

VoYC’s Missed Opportunities: Policy and Practice Opportunities
Date Recorded: December 5, 2017

Join NN4Y for a webinar discussion with the Principal Investigator of Voices of Youth Count, Dr. Matthew Morton. VoYC is an unprecedented initiative to understand, address and prevent youth homelessness. Chapin Hall has conducted the most comprehensive research to date on youth homelessness, incorporating youth voices to develop achievable solutions. This research creates a foundation on which we can build solutions – effective policies and practices – to end homelessness for young people.
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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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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.
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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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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 immigrationattorney 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.
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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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Federal Policy Update on Child, Youth, and Family Homelessness
Date Recorded: September 26, 2017
Note: This is a repeat of the September 21 webinar. Only difference is this webinar was presented by Barbara Duffield and Darla Bardine, Executive Director of the National Network for Youth

This webinar will provide the latest updates on federal legislation related to child, youth, and family homelessness. Topics to be covered include the FY2018 budget; two new bills to improve access to higher education for homeless and foster youth; the reauthorization of the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act; the Homeless Children and Youth Act (HUD Homeless Assistance reform), and the AHEAD Act (school-housing partnership legislation). Learn about the latest developments, get your questions answered, and find out what you can do to help.
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Federal Policy Update on Child, Youth, and Family Homelessness
Date Recorded: September 21, 2017

This webinar will provide the latest updates on federal legislation related to child, youth, and family homelessness. Topics to be covered include the FY2018 budget; two new bills to improve access to higher education for homeless and foster youth; the reauthorization of the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act; the Homeless Children and Youth Act (HUD Homeless Assistance reform), and the AHEAD Act (school-housing partnership legislation). Learn about the latest developments, get your questions answered, and find out what you can do to help.
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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.
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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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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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