Upcoming Webinars

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

Wednesday, June 27, 2018, 2:00 – 3:15PM EDT

Title: Understanding Federal Student Aid Policy and Practice for Unaccompanied Homeless Youth

Description: 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.


  • Kerri Moseley-Hobbs, Policy Liaison and Implementation, Federal Student Aid, U.S. Department of Education
  • Aaron C Washington, Policy, Planning and Innovation, Office of Postsecondary Education, U.S. Department of Education
  • Barbara Duffield, Executive Director, SchoolHouse Connection
  • Jillian Sitjar, Program Manager – Higher Education, SchoolHouse Connection

Tuesday, August 14, 2018, 1:00 – 2:00PM EDT

Title: Homelessness and Housing Insecurity in Higher Education

Description: Homelessness and housing insecurity are emerging as important issues in higher education. Although often invisible, emerging research suggests that lacking stable housing has a direct and significant impact on persistence and retention. This webinar highlights some of the largest studies that explore how college students experience housing insecurity and provides promising practices for how postsecondary institutions can respond to student needs. The overarching goals of the webinar are to first share findings from their research and connect those ideas to a definitional framework for understanding how housing insecurity and homelessness manifest in higher education settings. Further, researchers and practitioners will discuss how to incorporate a trauma-informed approach to working with students. Finally, presenters will provide a current campus program model developed to support students experiencing lacks in their basic needs. 


  • Rashida Crutchfield, Assistant Professor, California State University, Long Beach
  • Ronald Hallett, Associate Professor, University of the Pacific
  • Jeff Klaus, Associate Vice President for Student Life/Development, California State University, Long Beach

Thursday, August 30, 2018, 2:00 – 3:30PM EDT

Title: Special Education, Homelessness and Foster Care

Description: When McKinney-Vento and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) face off in a school, which law wins? This webinar will discuss the intersection of these two laws and how they work together in practice. We’ll address questions such as surrogate parents for unaccompanied youth and children in foster care, evaluating students who have missed a lot of school or whose achievement may be impacted by homelessness or foster care, immediate enrollment for students with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs), transportation, private schools, and everyone’s stickiest question: Who pays?


  • Katie Brown, SchoolHouse Connection
  • Patricia Julianelle, SchoolHouse Connection
  • Nancy Reder, National Association of State Directors of Special Education

Monday, September 17, 2018, 2:00 – 3:15PM EDT

Title: Educating Homeless Students in Large Urban School Districts

Description: Large urban school districts face many challenges in supporting students experiencing homelessness. From identification to transportation, from early childhood through high school graduation, learn how three large urban school districts have implemented the McKinney-Vento Act to help children and youth find educational success. Presenters will share strategies suitable for large school districts, as well as information that may spark ideas for districts of all sizes – including unique partnerships with higher education, housing agencies, and other community-based organizations. 


  • Debra Albo-Steiger, LCSW, Program Manager, Project UP-START, Homeless Education Program, Title I Administration, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, FL
  • Deidra C. Thomas-Murray, MSW, LMSW, Homeless and Foster Care Liaison, Students-In-Transition Office, Saint Louis Public Schools, MO
  • Melissa Schoonmaker, L. C. S. W., Consultant II, Homeless Education, Division of Student Support Services, Los Angeles County Office of Education, CA

Wednesday, September 19, 2018, 2:00 – 3:15PM EDT

Title: Head Start and McKinney-Vento: Natural Partners

Description: This webinar will cover working agreements (MOUs) between Head Start programs and local education agencies to better serve children experiencing homelessness and their families.


  • Grace Whitney, Director of Early Childhood Initiatives, SchoolHouse Connection

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