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.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020, 1:00 – 2:15PM ET

Title: Women Experiencing Homelessness in Higher Education: Two Innovative Initiatives

[Certificate of Attendance available upon completion]

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.


  • Jillian Sitjar – Higher Education Program Manager, SchoolHouse Connection
  • Katherine Pohlidal – Director Ruth Matthews Bourger Women With Children Program, Misericordia University
  • Libby Woolverton – Non-Residential Program Director, Our Friends Place

Wednesday, April 1, 2020, 1:00 – 2:15PM ET

Title: Federal Policy Update: Funding and Legislation on Child and Youth Homelessness

[Certificate of Attendance available upon completion]

The President’s budget proposal kicked off the FY2021 appropriations season, and included a call to consolidate the McKinney-Vento Act’s Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) program into a block grant with 29 other education programs, essentially eliminating dedicated educational services and protections for children and youth experiencing homelessness. While the President’s proposal is just a proposal, it nonetheless adds urgency to FY2021 appropriations advocacy. Learn what’s next in the budget process, as well as updates on the Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act, the Homeless Children and Youth Act, the Higher Education Access and Success for Homeless and Foster Youth Act, and other legislation on child and youth homelessness. Learn about the latest developments, get your questions answered, and find out what you can do to protect and strengthen resources and policy for children, youth, and families experiencing homelessness.


  • Darla Bardine, Executive Director, National Network for Youth
  • Barbara Duffield, Executive Director, SchoolHouse Connection
  • JoAnn Paanio, Director of Policy & Advocacy, National Network for Youth

Wednesday, April 22, 2020, 2:00 – 3:15PM ET

Title: FERPA and Students Experiencing Homelessness

[Certificate of Attendance available upon completion]

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.


  • Patricia Julianelle, Director of Program Advancement and Legal Affairs, SchoolHouse Connection

Tuesday, April 28, 2020, 3:00 – 4:15PM ET

Title: Undocumented Students Experiencing Homelessness

[Certificate of Attendance available upon completion]

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.


  • Patricia Julianelle, Director of Program Advancement and Legal Affairs, SchoolHouse Connection
  • Kathi Sheffel, Homeless Liaison, Fairfax County Public Schools
  • Mirka Mendez, University of Texas, SchoolHouse Connection Young Leader

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