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

Thursday, August 29, 2019, 1:00 – 2:15PM ET

Title: The Power of Relationship: How Mentorship Can Support Chronically Absent Homeless Students

[Certificate of Attendance available upon completion]

Research shows that chronically absent students, especially those also experiencing homelessness, are less likely to meet grade-level proficiency standards and more likely to drop out of school–and that even absences in early grades have lasting impact. Research also indicates, however, that strong relationships can be a powerful protective factor in supporting improved school attendance and success. In this webinar, we’ll learn about the core components and foundational theories of Check & Connect: an evidence-based intervention used with students who show warning signs of disengagement from school and who are at risk of dropping out. Participants will also learn about the basic steps involved in implementing Check & Connect, and will hear from a school district homeless liaison about one district’s promising results in implementing Check & Connect. Finally, participants will hear from a young person who experienced homelessness in high school and how mentorship supported her path to graduation.

Presenters:

  • Joseph Angaran – Training Director and National Trainer, Check & Connect – Institute on Community Integration at University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

  • Sarah Miller – McKinney-Vento Liaison – Spokane Public Schools, Spokane, WA

  • Rebecca Camejo – SchoolHouse Connection Youth Scholar

Wednesday, September 11, 2019, 1:00 – 2:15PM ET

Title: Addressing the Challenges of Homelessness Using a Two-Generational Lens: Meeting the Needs of Young Children and Parenting Youth

[This program is Approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval # 886808546-4917) for 1 continuing education contact hour.]

This webinar will focus on the developmental, educational and learning needs of young children and their young parents who are experiencing homelessness. Presenters will describe the impact of homelessness on the development and learning of infants, toddlers and preschool-aged children and describe the impact of homelessness on the development and education of young parents, as well as their role as parents. Presenters will address the importance of ensuring that the needs of the young child, the young parent, and the parent-child relationship are all addressed, despite the narrow focus of programs that serve each age group separately. Two-generational programs will address all of these needs through teamwork and partnerships with others.

Presenters:

  • Grace Whitney, PhD, MPA, IMHE®, Director of Early Childhood Initiatives, SchoolHouse Connection

  • Melissa A. Kull, PhD, Researcher, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago

  • Sarah Neil, MPH, Manager of Effective Practice, National Head Start Association

Tuesday, September 17, 2019, 1:00 – 2:15PM ET

Title: Implementing the McKinney-Vento Act: Replicable Practices and Top Tips from Experts

[This program is Approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval # 886808546-8062) for 1 continuing education contact hour.]

This interview-style webinar will share replicable strategies and top tips for implementing key aspects of the McKinney-Vento Act from four experts representing urban and rural school districts. We’ll ask our guests some hard-hitting McKinney-Vento questions, such as:

  • When, how, and whom do you train to help with identification in your school district?
  • Who are your most important community partners, for identification and also for services?
  • What are 2-3 key LEA policies you have in place that help you implement the McKinney-Vento Act?
  • What are 2-3 key parts of your enrollment forms or process that help ensure immediate enrollment?
  • What 2-3 interventions have you seen be the most successful in increasing attendance for McKinney-Vento students?
  • What 2-3 interventions have you seen be the most successful in increasing high school graduation rates and transitions to higher education for McKinney-Vento students?

Don’t miss this engaging opportunity to learn effective, trauma-informed strategies you can implement in your district, and to ask questions of seasoned liaisons.

Presenters:

  • Debra Albo Steiger, Homeless Liaison, Miami Dade Public School, FL

  • Ayesha Buckner, Homeless Liaison, Orleans Parish School Board, LA

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

  • Gail Lavassar, Homeless Liaison, South Whidbey School District, WA

  • Dr. Josephine Moccia, Superintendent, South Whidbey School District, Washington

Wednesday, October 2, 2019, 1:00 – 2:15PM ET

Title: Making the Case for Homeless College Students: A Case Manager Perspective

[Certificate of Attendance available upon completion]

Case managers are often the first point of contact with college students in crises or distress, providing essential support for students in a time of need. This webinar will examine how case managers can be more intentional when working specifically with students experiencing homelessness. In this presentation, participants will:

1. Learn about general best practices for assisting college students experiencing homelessness
2. Hear from two case managers about their roles and interactions with college students experiencing homelessness
3. Get ideas for how to implement new and innovative strategies to identify and support college students experiencing homelessness

Presenters:

  • Jillian Sitjar – Higher Education Program Manager, SchoolHouse Connection

  • Danielle Haynes – Coordinator for Student Case Management, Bowling Green State University

  • Roseann Martinez- Assistant Director for Student Advocacy and Support, University of Washington, Tacoma

Wednesday, October 9, 2019, 1:00 – 2:15PM ET

Title: Partnerships that Connect Child Care and Head Start with McKinney-Vento Liaisons and Public Schools

[NASW CEUs pending]

This webinar will share models for connecting child care and Head Start programs through partnerships with McKinney-Vento liaisons and local school districts. Presenters will describe how they are connecting systems and changing practice to enhance enrollment of young children experiencing homelessness in early childhood programs offering quality child care and Head Start services. After an overview of relevant regulatory expectations and requirements of school districts, early care and housing to work together, presenters will describe their efforts from their positions within local school districts and housing to engage child care and Head Start providers in ways that ensure timely access to and full participation in early care and education programs and create sustainable systems that support families.

Presenters:

  • Grace Whitney, PhD, MPA, IMHE®, Director of Early Childhood Initiatives, SchoolHouse Connection

  • Joe Willard, MS, Vice President of Policy, People’s Emergency Center, Philadelphia, PA

  • Beth Branagan, BASW, School Social Worker and Homeless Education Liaison, Transylvania County Schools, Brevard, North Carolina

  • Katie Kaiser, Program Manager, Child Care Resources, Washington

Wednesday, October 23, 2019, 2:00 – 3:15PM ET

Title: Supporting Students Experiencing Homelessness: What the Youth Risk Behavior Survey Teaches Us About Health Risks, and How Professionals Can Mitigate Them

[This program is Approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval # 886808546-5069) for 1 continuing education contact hour]

Join two SchoolHouse Connection Young Leaders to talk about specific strategies for social workers, family and youth service providers, high schools, colleges, and universities to support students experiencing homelessness. The webinar will share information from SHC’s analysis of Youth Risk Behavior Survey data, showing the prevalence of homelessness among high school students; racial and ethnic disparities; and health risks such as substance abuse, suicide, and physical and sexual violence. Then, two young people who have experienced homelessness will talk about how social workers, service providers, educators and others can help prevent and mitigate those health risks.

Presenters:

  • Destiny Dickerson, SchoolHouse Connection Young Leader, CA

  • Kara Freise, SchoolHouse Connection Young Leader, NY

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

Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 1:00 – 2:15PM ET

Title: Be Attentive to Attendance: How Chronic Absenteeism Affects Students Experiencing Homelessness

[This program is Approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval # 886808546-5127) for 1 continuing education contact hour.]

Students who miss 10 percent or more of days enrolled are defined as chronically absent–including both excused and unexcused absences. When students consistently miss school, it often is a sign of underlying challenges and may indicate a student is experiencing homelessness. How can we use available attendance data to help identify children and youth in crisis? During this webinar, we’ll talk with researchers, program administrators, and a school district homeless liaison about the significance of attendance data for homeless students, how we can turn data into substantive interventions, and trauma-informed supportive strategies at the school and district level.

Presenters:

  • Joseph Angaran, Training Director and National Trainer, Check & Connect, University of Minnesota

  • Jennifer Erb-Downward, Senior Research Associate, Poverty Solutions, University of Michigan

  • Sue Lenahan, Middle School Counselor, Homeless Liaison, Big Rapids Public Schools, Big Rapids, MI

  • Katie Brown (facilitator), Program Manager, Education Leads Home, SchoolHouse Connection

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