Professional Development

2018 Meeting the Challenge – Pennsylvania’s Education for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness Program Statewide Conference

October 24-25, 2018 | Sheraton Harrisburg Hershey Hotel, Harrisburg, Pa.

The conference will support the requirements of the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 that enhance and expand professionals’ work with students experiencing homelessness including: responsibilities of school district homeless liaisons; components of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act integral to student success; effective identification and use of school and community resources to remove barriers to learning related to homeless situations; and best practices, programs, services and collaborative strategies to better serve students and their families experiencing homelessness.

School district homeless liaisons, shelter staff, educators, pupil services personnel, guidance counselors and other professionals working with children and youth experiencing homelessness are encouraged to attend.

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The Foundation of Dropout Prevention

Analyzing assessment, attendance and dropout data and determining strategies to support academic success for students experiencing homelessness

Pennsylvania’s Education for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness Program Regionals 2018

Monday, November 12, PaTTAN, Pittsburgh, Pa.
Wednesday, November 14, PaTTAN, Harrisburg, Pa.
Thursday, November 15, PaTTAN-East, Malvern, Pa.

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Upcoming Webinars

Upcoming webinar sessions will be announced on this page.


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.

Recording Understanding Dropout Prevention (Vimeo)
Transcript Understanding Dropout Prevention (PDF)

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.

Recording College and Career Readiness (Vimeo)
Transcript College and Career Readiness (PDF)

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.

Recording Claims, Red Flags (Vimeo)
Transcript Claims, Red Flags (PDF)

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.

Recording Youth Homelessness in PA (Vimeo)
Transcript Youth Homelessness in PA (PDF)