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

Tuesday, February 26, 2019, 9:45 – 11:00AM EST

Title: Addressing Student Homelessness and Financial Distress at UCF

[Certificate of Attendance available upon completion]

Description: It is estimated that every year, more than 3 million students drop out of college due to a relatively small expense (usually under $1,500) that must be paid. In response, colleges have created emergency aid programs. Participants in this webinar will:

  • Learn how the University of Central Florida identifies and supports homeless college students on their campus
  • Identify campus resources to prevent student homelessness, including emergency aid
  • Implement new and innovative strategies such as dining scholarships and partnering with AmeriCorps Vista


  • Jillian Sitjar, Program Manager, Higher Education, SchoolHouse Connection
  • Angela Williams, Case Manager, Student Care Services, UCF
  • Jeannie Kiriwas, Associate Director, Student Union, UCF

Tuesday, February 26, 2019, 1:00 – 2:15PM EST

This webinar is brought to you by the Education Leads Home Campaign.

Title: Be Attentive to Attendance: Leveraging Chronic Absenteeism Data to Help Students Experiencing Homelessness

[Certificate of Attendance available upon completion]

Description: 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 is often a sign of underlying challenges and may signal a student is experiencing homelessness. How can we use available attendance data to help identify these children and youth in crisis? During this webinar, we’ll talk with district homeless liaisons and researchers about the significance of attendance data for homeless students, how we can turn data into substantive interventions, and how we can transform those best practices into meaningful policy.


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

    • Rachel Barth, Policy Analyst, Institute for Children, Poverty, & Homelessness

    • Victoria Vohland, Children in Transition High School Liaison, Washoe County School District

    • Brittney Kucera, Program Coordinator, Washoe County School District

    • Katie Brown, Program Manager, Education Leads Home – SchoolHouse Connection

    Thursday, February 28, 2019, 1:00 – 2:15PM EST

    Title: Paving the Way To and Through Higher Education: Learning from Indiana’s Homeless Liaisons

    [Certificate of Attendance available upon completion]

    Description: This webinar focuses on supporting students to and through the transition from high school to higher education. In this webinar, participants will:

    • Identify at least one strategy to better support homeless students during the transition from high school to higher education
    • Hear from two higher education liaisons about their roles and responsibilities on college campuses
    • Learn best practices in supporting homeless college students and considerations for implementing the role of higher education liaison


    • Jillian Sitjar, Program Manager, Higher Education, SchoolHouse Connection
    • Tonya Monnier, Pike Township McKinney-Vento Liaison
    • Michael Kendall, Assistant Director of Scholar Support Programs at IUPUI
    • Tiffany Peters, Assistant Dean of Students at Ball State University

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