Please note: All webinars are recorded. Archived recordings, powerpoint presentations, materials, and transcripts from Q&A are posted on our archived webinars page.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018, 2:00 – 3:15PM EDT

Title: How Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) Agencies are Supporting Young Children Experiencing Homelessness

[Certificate of Attendance available upon completion]

Description: This webinar will highlight the ways in which Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) Agencies and early childhood and housing providers are working together to increase participation of young children experiencing homelessness in early childhood programs. National and state leaders and local CCR&R staff will share information on trends and resources being used to build capacity, engage families, enroll children and support providers. Emphasis will be on partnering across provider systems to better understand community needs and implement comprehensive strategies to ensure success.
Presenters:

  • Grace Whitney, PhD, MPA, IMH-IV, Director, Early Childhood Initiatives, SchoolHouse Connection, Washington, DC
  • Sara Shaw, Ph.D., Research Scientist, Early Childhood, Child Trends, Bethesda, MD
  • Kim Engelman, PhD, Chief Family & Community Engagement Officer, Child Care Aware of America, Arlington, VA
  • Marsha Basloe, President, Child Care Services Association, Chapel Hill/Durham, NC
  • Tracy Duarte, Director, PA Head Start State Collaboration Office
  • Michele B. Robson, Intake/Resource & Referral Manager, Child Care Information Services Northeast, Philadelphia, PA
  • Alice Ross, TANF Manager, CCIS South and West Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

Tuesday, October 23, 2018, 1:00 – 2:15PM EDT

Title: Supporting Students in Foster Care: ESSA and Fostering Connections

[Certificate of Attendance available upon completion]

Description: Both the Every Student Succeeds Act and the Foster Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act contain provisions designed to help students in foster care remain stable in school and have the support they need to succeed in school. This webinar will explain the basics of these provisions. Three state-level experts will talk about how they are implementing the laws in their states, with strategies and sample procedures you can replicate in your school district, child welfare agency, or state. Learn more about how child welfare agencies and schools can work together to help students in foster care graduate high school and transition into higher education.
Presenters:

  • Sara Bigley, State Program Coordinator, Foster Care, NC
  • Matthew Butensky, PA State Education Foster Care Point of Contact
  • Peggy Carlson, Foster Care Program Supervisor, WA
  • Patricia Julianelle, SchoolHouse Connection

Thursday, October 25, 2018, 11:00 – 12:15PM EDT

Title: State Advocacy Institute, Episode 2: Northeast and Midwest

[Certificate of Attendance available upon completion]

Description: This webinar will be an advocacy “how-to” guide. While it will focus on state-level advocacy, the tools and skills shared can be applied to local and federal advocacy, as well. This session is for participants from New England, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, DC, Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota (HHS and HUD Regions I, II, III and V). Topics we will cover include:

  • How to find your state legislators, relevant committees, and legislative calendar
  • Strategies to connect youth homelessness to existing gubernatorial and legislative priorities, such as trafficking, the opioid crisis, infrastructure, and economic growth
  • Data and research to support legislative action: what they are and how to find them
  • Sample legislative issue briefs, including length, format and content
  • How to set meetings with key legislators
  • Legislative meeting role play
Presenters:

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

Thursday, October 25, 2018, 1:00 – 2:15PM EDT

Title: State Advocacy Institute, Episode 2: Southeast

[Certificate of Attendance available upon completion]

Description: This webinar will be an advocacy “how-to” guide. While it will focus on state-level advocacy, the tools and skills shared can be applied to local and federal advocacy, as well. This session is for participants from Tennessee, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands (HHS and HUD Region IV). Topics we will cover include:

  • How to find your state legislators, relevant committees, and legislative calendar
  • Strategies to connect youth homelessness to existing gubernatorial and legislative priorities, such as trafficking, the opioid crisis, infrastructure, and economic growth
  • Data and research to support legislative action: what they are and how to find them
  • Sample legislative issue briefs, including length, format and content
  • How to set meetings with key legislators
  • Legislative meeting role play
Presenters:

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

Thursday, October 25, 2018, 2:00 – 3:15PM CDT

Title: State Advocacy Institute, Episode 2: South and Great Plains

[Certificate of Attendance available upon completion]

Description: This webinar will be an advocacy “how-to” guide. While it will focus on state-level advocacy, the tools and skills shared can be applied to local and federal advocacy, as well. This session is for participants from Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, and Nebraska (HHS and HUD Regions VI and VII). Topics we will cover include:

  • How to find your state legislators, relevant committees, and legislative calendar
  • Strategies to connect youth homelessness to existing gubernatorial and legislative priorities, such as trafficking, the opioid crisis, infrastructure, and economic growth
  • Data and research to support legislative action: what they are and how to find them
  • Sample legislative issue briefs, including length, format and content
  • How to set meetings with key legislators
  • Legislative meeting role play
Presenters:

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

Friday, October 26, 2018, 12:00 – 1:15PM MDT

Title: State Advocacy Institute, Episode 2: Rocky Mountains

[Certificate of Attendance available upon completion]

Description: This webinar will be an advocacy “how-to” guide. While it will focus on state-level advocacy, the tools and skills shared can be applied to local and federal advocacy, as well. This session is for participants in Montana, Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, North Dakota, and South Dakota (HHS and HUD Region VIII). Topics we will cover include:

  • How to find your state legislators, relevant committees, and legislative calendar
  • Strategies to connect youth homelessness to existing gubernatorial and legislative priorities, such as trafficking, the opioid crisis, infrastructure, and economic growth
  • Data and research to support legislative action: what they are and how to find them
  • Sample legislative issue briefs, including length, format and content
  • How to set meetings with key legislators
  • Legislative meeting role play
Presenters:

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

Friday, October 26, 2018, 1:00 – 2:15PM PDT

Title: State Advocacy Institute, Episode 2: Northwest and Pacific

[Certificate of Attendance available upon completion]

Description: This webinar will be an advocacy “how-to” guide. While it will focus on state-level advocacy, the tools and skills shared can be applied to local and federal advocacy, as well. This session is for participants in Arizona, California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Nevada, Hawaii, and Alaska (HHS and HUD Regions IX and X). Topics we will cover include:

  • How to find your state legislators, relevant committees, and legislative calendar
  • Strategies to connect youth homelessness to existing gubernatorial and legislative priorities, such as trafficking, the opioid crisis, infrastructure, and economic growth
  • Data and research to support legislative action: what they are and how to find them
  • Sample legislative issue briefs, including length, format and content
  • How to set meetings with key legislators
  • Legislative meeting role play
Presenters:

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

Monday, October 29, 2018, 12:00 – 1:15PM EST

Title: Shelter and Services for Homeless Youth in Higher Education

[Certificate of Attendance available upon completion]

Description: Many institutions of higher education provide resources and on-campus support to students experiencing homelessness. Community-based organizations outside of college campuses, too, are beginning to focus on the needs of homeless youth in higher education. This webinar highlights partnerships between colleges and outside supportive services that work to promote student access and success. We’ll hear from three organizations from across the country to learn how they support college students and their relationships with colleges.

Presenters:

  • Abe Morris, Chicago Dax program, Director Depaul USA
  • Ely Sepulveda, Youth CES Regional Coordinator, Safe Place for Youth (SPY)
  • Brandy Gros, Founder/CEO, Dorm Room Dreamz L3C
  • Jillian Sitjar, Program Manager, Higher Education, SchoolHouse Connection

Tuesday, November 13, 2018, 2:00 – 3:15PM EST

Title: Positive School Discipline Practices for Students Experiencing Homelessness

[Certificate of Attendance available upon completion]

Description: What are the impacts of an out-of-school suspension for a student without a home? Where do they spend their day? What do they eat? Who cares for them? Research has shown the effectiveness of positive school discipline for all students, but it has particular relevance for students experiencing homelessness. At the same time, research also shows that students experiencing homelessness are disproportionately suspended and expelled from school. This webinar will discuss the importance of trauma-informed practices in school discipline and the benefits of school-wide positive behavior support. Two McKinney-Vento homeless liaisons will share their replicable strategies for ensuring positive approaches to discipline for students experiencing homelessness and how their strategies have impacted students and schools. Most importantly, a student who experienced homelessness in high school will share the trauma-informed practices she uses in her current job and the importance of these practices for youth.
Presenters:

  • Kara Freise, SchoolHouse Connection Young Leader; Senior Psychology major at the State University of New York at Fredonia
  • Linda Long, Support/Homeless Services Program Director at Haysville Schools, Kansas
  • Norma Mercado, Parent Involvement & Homeless Liaison at Bastrop ISD, Texas.
  • Patricia Julianelle, Director of Program Advancement and Legal Affairs, SchoolHouse Connection

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