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 30, 2018, 2:00 – 3:30PM EDT

Title: Special Education, Homelessness and Foster Care

[Certificate of Attendance available upon completion]

Description: When the McKinney-Vento Act, Every Student Succeeds Act, and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) face off in a preschool or school, which law wins? This webinar will discuss the intersection of these three laws and how they work together in practice, from preK through high school. 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?
Presenters:

  • Katie Brown, SchoolHouse Connection
  • Patricia Julianelle, SchoolHouse Connection
  • Nancy Reder, Esq.

Thursday, September 6, 2018, 2:00 – 3:15PM EDT

Title: Back to School: A Primer on Helping Homeless Students

[Certificate of Attendance available upon completion]

Description: There are more than 1.3 million students in our country’s public school system with no safe place to call home. If you suspect or discover that a student in your classroom or school is experiencing homelessness, you may wonder what you can do to help. This webinar will discuss the basics of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act–the primary federal law that protects the educational rights of students experiencing homelessness. We’ll share helpful demographic data about this vulnerable population, explain the effects of homelessness on student achievement, and walk through best practices in getting students to graduate from high school. This webinar will empower educators new to the issue to both better understand their students’ needs and support their day-to-day and long-term achievement.

Presenters:

  • Barbara Duffield, Executive Director, SchoolHouse Connection
  • Katie Brown, Program Manager, SchoolHouse Connection
  • Josef Kannegaard, Institute for Children, Poverty, & Homelessness

  • Matt Atwell, Civic Enterprises

  • Erin Ingram, Civic Enterprises

Thursday, September 6, 2018, 3:45 – 5:00PM EDT

Title: Learning from Higher Education Liaisons: Best Practices in Supporting Homeless College Students Pt 1

[Certificate of Attendance available upon completion]

Description: One of the best practices in supporting homeless college students is having a specific individual to support these students. Many institutions across the country have incorporated this practice of a homeless higher education liaison or single point of contact (SPOC), similar to the K-12 McKinney-Vento Liaisons. California in particular has state legislature (AB 801) that requires the California Community College and California State University systems to designate a Homeless Higher Education liaison on their campus. This webinar features three homeless higher education liaisons representing all three California systems, their roles and responsibilities under AB 801, best practices in supporting homeless college students, and considerations of implementing this role on a college campus. We look forward to continuing this conversation with other homeless higher education liaisons across the country in Learning from Higher Education Liaisons: Best Practices in Supporting Homeless College Students Part 2.

Presenters:

  • Barbara Duffield, Executive Director, SchoolHouse Connection
  • Jillian Sitjar, Program Manager, SchoolHouse Connection
  • Bianca Bisi, Student Equity Coordinator, Imperial Valley College
  • Danielle Muñoz, Student Affairs Case Manager, Sacramento State University
  • Shahera Hyatt, Director, California Homeless Youth Project
  • Rosalinda Gallegos, Dean of Students Coordinator at University of California, Santa Cruz

Wednesday, September 12, 2018, 2:00 – 3:15PM EDT

Title: State Advocacy Institute, Episode 1

[Certificate of Attendance available upon completion]

Description: Open to anyone, this webinar will provide an overview of our state advocacy methodology. Starting with surveying young people, service providers, liaisons and other stakeholders, we identify state policy barriers. We then convene advocates to discuss state policy barriers and engage in a series of group activities that leave the attendees ready to engage in state policy advocacy united behind a shared agenda on youth homelessness. This webinar will share our surveys, suggest key stakeholders to include in advocacy, provide a sample State Advocacy Institute agenda and the activities we use in our trainings, and share strategies to engage young people in advocacy from the beginning. We also will address restrictions on “lobbying” and how to be sure your advocacy activities do not cross that line.

Presenter:

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

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

Title: Educating Homeless Students in Large Urban School Districts

[Certificate of Attendance available upon completion]

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. 
Presenters:

  • 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

[Certificate of Attendance available upon completion]

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.
Presenters:

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

Tuesday, September 25, 2018, 1:00 – 2:15PM EDT

Title: Homelessness and Housing Insecurity in Higher Education

[Certificate of Attendance available upon completion]

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. 
Presenters:

  • 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

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, 3:00 – 4:15PM EDT

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, 2:00 – 3:15PM EDT

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, 4:00 – 5:15PM EDT

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

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