Newsletters

SchoolHouse Connection e-newsletters provide timely information on federal and state policy, new resources, research, and local and state guest perspectives on innovative practices and programs.  Our newsletters are archived below, and you can sign-up for updates here.

November

October

September

  • September 26, 2017 – This newsletter highlighted the new research, rights, and resources of preschool to prevent homelessness; scholarship reminder; and a featured Q&A.
  • September 19, 2017 – This newsletter introduced several resources (immigration brief, Making the Case #2: Extra-curricular activities, Early Childhood Self-Assessment, new Early Care website); announced our sponsorship for an education track at the National Network for Youth’s 2018 National Summit on Youth Homelessness; and a guest perspective on how schools and individuals can help during disasters.
  • September 13, 2017 – Two bills were introduced in Congress to help homeless and foster youth transition successfully to higher education and receive the financial aid and other supports they need to complete their degrees. This newsletter provides resources on how to support the bills.

August

  • August 30, 2017 – This newsletter provides a guide for schools dealing with students displaced by disasters; introduces “Making the Case” – sharing real students’ situations and making the legal case for providing the support the students needs; welcomes SHC’s new Communications Manager, Leconte Lee; announces SHC staff’s conferences, trainings, and webinars; and a guest perspective on how a McKinney-Vento liaison experienced homelessness.
  • August 8, 2017 – This newsletter announces new back to school ESSA tools on extra-curricular activities; provides an update on FY2018 appropriations for federal programs for homeless children and youth; announces SHC’s Fall webinars and “office hours,” eight new Questions and Answers from our inbox; summarizes recent media coverage, including a policy perspective on the 30th anniversary of the McKinney-Vento Act and an OpEd in Education Week, and a guest perspective on person-first language from Jordyn Roark.

July

  • July 11, 2017 – This newsletter discusses why increasing numbers of students experiencing homelessness reported by school districts might be a good thing; provides a look at an innovative school-housing partnership in Chicago that serves homeless families who are “doubled-up;” summarizes provisions on homelessness in the recently-passed House bill on career and technical education; announces many new resources, including archived webinars and a new legal network for homeless youth; provides five new Questions and Answers from our in-box; and includes a powerful guest perspective from Dakota Chronis on health care, homelessness, and education.

June

  • June 20, 2017 – This newsletter announces two new reports on children and youth experiencing homelessness, including state progress reports; describes SchoolHouse Connection Young Leaders visit to the U.S. Capitol and to the U.S. Department of Education; offers two guest perspectives from SHC Young Leaders; and announces two June webinars to kick off SHC new webinar series.
  • June 6, 2017 – This Special Edition describes a Congressional briefing on family homelessness; a premiere of the short film, Nowhere to Go: Family Homelessness in America; and a guest perspective on HUD homelessness policy from Kera Pingree, a Youth Advisor for the National Network for Youth.

May

  • May 24, 2017 – This newsletter describes the President’s FY2018 budget proposal and homelessness; announces SHC’s new early childhood initiative, and two upcoming Congressional briefings; provides information on three new early childhood resources, including Sesame Street in Communities and state child care plans; includes more questions and answers from our inboxes; and offers a guest perspective on three case studies in early childhood, by Lisa Berglund.
  • May 9, 2017 – This newsletter summarizes funding levels for federal education and homeless programs in the final Fiscal Year 2017 budget; provides an in-depth look at new opportunities for serving children and youth experiencing homelessness in Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act as amended by ESSA; announces SHC’s new state policy program; includes more questions and answers from our inboxes; and offers a guest perspective by Nakita Scott, school social worker, Polk County, FL, about how she uses policy and practice to meet the needs of unaccompanied homeless youth.

April

  • April 24, 2017 – This newsletter announces SHC’s new Youth Leadership and Scholarship Program; a proposed change to the 2018-2019 FAFSA that would make it easier for unaccompanied homeless youth to access financial aid; three new ESSA resources, including guidelines for designated LEA and building liaisons, a summary of state credit accrual policies, and a practical webinar; more questions and answers from our in-box from liaisons and state coordinators; and a guest perspective essay from Lizzy Shoben, who shares her experiences seeking financial aid as a unaccompanied homeless youth.

March

  • March 27, 2017 – This newsletter includes a call to action on protecting funding for homeless children and youth programs; an update on the Homeless Children and Youth Act; a new PowerPoint template for ESSA training on homeless children and youth; more questions and answers from our in-box from liaisons and state coordinators; and a guest perspective essay from Anne Giordano, Early Education Consultant with EduCare in Litchfield, CT.
  • March 15, 2017– This Special Edition includes information on new bipartisan legislation to help homeless children, youth, and families; three new studies that show the significant and harmful impact of homelessness on children and youth, from early childhood through post-secondary education; and the U.S. Department of Education’s new ESSA state plan template.
  • March 9, 2017 – This newsletter includes an update on budget cuts and homeless children and youth; the Senate vote to rescind the ESSA regulations on state plans and accountability; new guidance from the U.S. Department of Education; a new short article on ESSA and the McKinney-Vento Act; new state laws empowering homeless youth; more questions and answers from our in-box from liaisons and state coordinators; and a guest perspective essay from Roxana Parish, liaison from Bellingham Public Schools, WA.

February

  • February 21, 2017 – This newsletter includes an update on ESSA regulations and McKinney-Vento state plans; a new SchoolHouse Connection report on the challenges that unaccompanied homeless youth face in accessing federal financial aid; more cogent questions and answers from our in-box; an essay from Anthony Kibble about his work as a new McKinney-Vento state coordinator, including Oklahoma’s new state law defining homeless children and youth; and a new resource of short training videos.
  • February 7, 2017 – This newsletter includes Betsy DeVos’ comments on the needs of students experiencing homelessness and in foster care; an update on the status of Congressional efforts to prevent implementation of ESSA regulations; important child care resources, with a spotlight on Idaho and Florida; a new online housing resource; excellent questions from our in-box; and “No Quitting Today!,” a powerful essay on the importance of stability for students, and for homeless liaisons.

January

  • January 27, 2017 – This newsletter includes a federal policy update on Congressional budget debates; an article on the importance of state policy change, including a proposed bill to help unaccompanied homeless youth in Wyoming; new resources on ESSA and preschool; and powerful guest perspectives from a formerly homeless student and a school district liaison.

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