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The Importance of Fostering Positive School Climates for Homeless High School Students

The Importance of Fostering Positive School Climates for Homeless High School Students
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This report from the Institute for Children, Poverty & Homelessness (ICPH) discusses how supportive school climates can help improve academic and mental health outcomes for high school students dealing with housing instability. According to ICPH, a supportive school climate can provide these students with a sense of safety and stability. ICPH uses self-reported data from the 2016-2017 Youth Risk Behavior Survey to look at school climate indicators: school engagement, safety, and environment of homeless students compared with their housed peers. The report measures the cumulative impact of school climate by these negative indicators: bullying; missing school due to feeling unsafe; lacking positive relationships with teachers or adults at school; and being offered, sold, or given illicit drugs on school property.

Accession number
25848
Type new
Paper/Research Report
Organization

Institute for Children, Poverty & Homelessness

Year published new
2019
Availability

Available for free download on the ICPH website at: https://www.icphusa.org/reports/the-importance-of-fostering-positive-sc…

Quick Guide for Counseling Staff Working With Students Experiencing Homelessness

Quick Guide for Counseling Staff Working With Students Experiencing Homelessness
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This guide provides information on how school counseling personnel can support students who are experiencing homelessness. It includes a list of questions to assess their immediate needs related to safety, food, health, family dynamics, transportation, employment, and school. In addition, the guide provides school counselors with action steps they can take based on the outcome of the initial assessment. A checklist for graduation planning is also included. The author discusses issues such as trauma and other barriers that school counselors should consider when working with this student population.

Accession number
25448
Authors
Hurt, Dee
Type new
Guide/Toolkit
Organization

Schoolhouse Connections

Year published new
2017
Availability

Available for free download on the Schoohouse Connections website at: https://www.schoolhouseconnection.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Quick-…

No Barriers: A Legal Advocates Guide to Ensuring Compliance with the Education Program of the McKinney-Vento Law

No Barriers: A Legal Advocates Guide to Ensuring Compliance with the Education Program of the McKinney-Vento Law
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This manual provides legal advocates an understanding of the relevant provisions of the McKinney-Vento Act and the tools needed to implement these legal protections for homeless children and youth. The first section summarizes the key concepts and provisions of McKinney-Vento as well as the appellate process for homeless students who receive adverse determinations from their school systems. In addition, the manual delineates the responsibilities of state educational agencies (SEAs) and local educational agencies (LEAs). The second section covers other federal and state education laws, initiatives, and resources that are relevant to helping homeless children and youth succeed in school. The third section focuses on specific populations of homeless children and youth who may face additional barriers to their education. The fourth section outlines challenges to implementing, enforcing, and complying with McKinney-Vento. The criminalization of youth homelessness is also addressed. The fifth section is a compliance list of dos and don’ts to avoid expensive and time-consuming litigation. The last section on lessons learned from previous litigation presents case summaries related to procedural and substantive issues. 

Accession number
25466
Authors
National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty
Type new
Guide/Toolkit
Year published new
2016
Availability

The full document is available for free download on the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty website at: https://www.nlchp.org/documents/NoBarriers

Extracurricular Activities and Transportation for Students Experiencing Homelessness

Extracurricular Activities and Transportation for Students Experiencing Homelessness
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This brief from the National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE) summarizes key provisions in the McKinney-Vento Assistance Act regarding extracurricular activities for students experiencing homelessness. This resource discusses the requirements of providing transportation to and from these activities and strategies for funding transportation.

Accession number
25703
Type new
Brief
Organization

National Center for Homeless Education

Year published new
2018
Availability

Available for free download on the NCHE website at: https://nche.ed.gov/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/extra-curr-trans.pdf

Evicted? Doubled Up? Your Child Has the Right to Stay in School! A Know Your Rights Toolkit for Families who Lack Stable Housing

Evicted? Doubled Up? Your Child Has the Right to Stay in School! A Know Your Rights Toolkit for Families who Lack Stable Housing
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This toolkit provides information about how the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act protects the rights of children and youth to stay in their schools while their families are experiencing homelessness or housing instability. It provides resources to help parents understand their children’s educational rights and whom they can contact at the school system level and how to seek legal representation.

Accession number
25730
Type new
Guide/Toolkit
Organization

National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty

Year published new
2019
Availability

Available free of charge on the NLCHP website at: https://nlchp.org//wp-content/uploads/2019/02/mvtoolkitfederal2019.pdf

Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness: What Service Providers Need to Know

Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness: What Service Providers Need to Know
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This brief from the National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE) provides information to service providers about the educational rights of children and youth under the McKinney-Vento Law. It outlines eligibility and implementation requirements according to the law. NCHE discusses how community agencies and school districts can more effectively coordinate services for homeless children and youth.

Accession number
25701
Type new
Brief
Organization

National Center for Homeless Education

Series
McKinney-Vento Law Into Practice Brief Series
Year published new
2018
Availability

Available for free download on the NCHE website at: https://nche.ed.gov/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/service_providers.pdf