Professional Development

2019 Education for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness Conference: Meeting the Challenge

October 16-17, 2019 | Kalahari Resort and Convention Center, Pocono Manor, Pa.

Join us for discussions regarding academic stability for students experiencing homelessness.

School district foster care points of contact, homeless liaisons, child welfare agency points of contact, shelter staff, educators, school social workers, pupil services personnel, school counselors and other professionals working with children and youth experiencing homelessness and children and youth in foster care are encouraged to attend.

More information and registration will be available later.


2018 ECYEH Conference Presentations

The Foundation of Dropout Prevention: Analyzing Assessment Data and Determining Strategies to Support Academic Success for Students Experiencing Homelessness

Pennsylvania’s Education for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness Program held this regional training November 12, 2018 at PaTTAN in Pittsburgh, and on November 14 at PaTTAN in Harrisburg. Approximately 60 individuals learned about foundational principles of successful dropout and truancy prevention initiatives and how to access, review and assess relevant data in order to determine students’ needs. This slide presentation (slightly revised) can be used as an internal training tool, and shared with other staff interested in supporting dropout and truancy prevention for students experiencing homelessness.

Presented by Jacinda Goodwin, Program Specialist, National Center for Homeless Education and Yolanda Yugar, Data Specialist, Allegheny Intermediate Unit


Recorded Webinars

Understanding Dropout Prevention: Strategies to Support Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness

Dropping out of school is often a process of disengagement that occurs over time. The complexity of this process points to the need for systemic solutions that address root causes, necessitating changes in the way we “do” school. Over a million children and youth in the U.S. have been identified as homeless, a traumatic circumstance that can place them at greater risk for low achievement and school dropout. These students present their own specific challenges that schools and the greater community must be aware of and address in order for our children and youth to be educationally stable, successful and fully prepared for college, career or civic life. Attend this webinar to explore the challenges faced by students experiencing homelessness, and how we as educators and agency personnel can have a positive impact on their success.


College and Career Counseling for Students Experiencing Homelessness

The webinar will provide information about the new McKinney-Vento requirements for counselors and liaisons related to supporting the career and college readiness of secondary students experiencing homelessness. Dr. Havlik will discuss the challenges that these students face becoming career and college ready and provide specific strategies to enhance their career and college counseling preparation.


Claims, Red Flags and What to Do About Them

Learn how to investigate claims of homelessness, where to turn when a red flag is raised, and how to ensure you are making the most accurate determination based upon your findings. The webinar highlights the rights and responsibilities of both families and LEAs with regard to the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, and provides specific strategies to use in your work.


Youth Homelessness in Pennsylvania: Statistics and Solutions

Experts estimate there are at least 1.3 to 1.7 million youth who experience at least one night of homelessness each year. Through data submitted to the U.S. Department of Education, 95,032 unaccompanied homeless youth were counted during the 2014-15 school year. In Pennsylvania during the 2015-16 school year, 20 percent – or 5,607 – of identified students served were unaccompanied youth. This number is rising both nationally and in Pennsylvania. This webinar features a panel of professionals with experience in addressing the needs of students who are homeless and unaccompanied. The panel provides more information about the national epidemic among young people, the expectations for serving this population per the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, and specific strategies and solutions, which can help these students meet their academic and life goals.