Professional Development

2019 Paving the Way to Educational Success Conference

October 15-17, 2019 | Kalahari Resort and Convention Center, Pocono Manor, Pa.

Hundreds of professionals participated in the 2019 Paving the Way to Educational Success Conference and were inspired and better equipped to serve students experiencing homelessness or in foster care. This was the first joint conference of Pennsylvania’s Education for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness (ECYEH) and Educational Stability for Foster Care Youth in Pennsylvania programs.

2019 Paving the Way to Educational Success Conference was a joint conference of the Pennsylvania Department of Education Programs’ Education for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness and Educational Stability for Youth in Foster Care, and was sponsored by the Pennsylvania Departments of Education and Human Services.


2018 ECYEH Conference Presentations

The 2018 ECYEH Conference, “Meeting the Challenge: Educating Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness”, was held October 24-25, 2018 in Harrisburg Pa. The conference provided homeless education information and resources to 240 professionals from across Pennsylvania who work with students and families experiencing homelessness. Following are select slide presentations from the conference.

Developing Policies and Procedures to Identify and Serve Out-of-School and Unaccompanied Homeless Youth

Presented by Jennifer Kenny, Home and School Visitor, Elizabethtown Area School District; David Lehman, Superintendent, Conemaugh Valley School District; and Jillian Sitjar, Higher Education Program Manager, SchoolHouse Connection

Don’t Panic! Surviving McKinney-Vento LEA Monitoring

Presented by Michelle Connor, ECYEH Region 8 Coordinator, Bucks County Intermediate Unit; Jane Hershberger, ECYEH LEA Monitor; and Barbara Naradko, ECYEH LEA Monitor

The Effective Use of Title I Funds to Meet the Needs of Students Experiencing Homelessness

Presented by Maria Garcia, Regional Coordinator, Division of Federal Programs, Pennsylvania Department of Education; and Erin Keating, Chief of Leadership Development and School Operations, Scranton School District

Exemplary Liaisons – What Makes Them So Special?

Presented by Erin Keating, Chief of Leadership Development and School Operations, Scranton School District; Katie Reiff, Home/School Visitor, Conestoga Valley School District; and Kerri Ruck, Principal-Student Registration, Stroudsburg Area School District

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

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

Supporting Post-Secondary Opportunities for Students Experiencing Homelessness Part 1

Presented by Tiffanie DeVan, Higher Education Access Partner, Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency; and Stacey Havlik, Assistant Professor, Villanova University

Training All School Staff to Support the McKinney-Vento Requirements

Presented by Kristen Hoffa, ECYEH Region 2 Coordinator, Berks County Intermediate Unit; and Tabitha Kramer, ECYEH Region 2 Program Specialist, Berks County Intermediate Unit

What You Always Wanted to Know About Being a Homeless Liaison But Were Afraid to Ask – McKinney-Vento 101

Presented by Nicole Anderson, ECYEH Region 4 Coordinator, Allegheny Intermediate Unit; Melissa Gosnell, ECYEH Region 3 Program Liaison and Foster Care Point of Contact, Lincoln Intermediate Unit; and Yolanda Yugar, Evaluation 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.