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Connecting Schools and Displaced Students Handbook Series
This handbook series explains how the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act applies to students displaced by disaster and how the Act can assist these students and their families. Each handbook in the series targets information to either parents of displaced children, relief agencies, or educators.U.S. Department of Education 2006 Report to Congress
This report, submitted to Congress by the U.S. Department of Education, incorporates information received from states about their homeless education programs and the children and youth they serve. It includes a summary of data received from states, information on barriers to the education of homeless children and youth and strategies used by school districts (LEAs) to remove these educational barriers, and a nationwide status report on homeless education.Guiding the Discussion on School Selection
This brief, from NCHE's Best Practices in Homeless Education series, identifies the key provisions of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act dealing with the homeless student's right to attend either the school of origin or the local attendance area school. The brief includes a helpful checklist to use when approaching the school selection decision.When Legal Guardians Are Not Present: Enrolling Students on Their Own
This brief identifies the key provisions of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act dealing with how to handle the enrollment process when legal guardians are not present and offers strategies for implementation.Bearers of Hope
This article from the February 2006 edition of Educational Leadership explores the qualities that enable teachers to work effectively with students who are homeless or live in extreme poverty. The article maintains that the most effective strategy seems to be maintaining high expectations. Successful teachers “cut deals” with students, finding ways to connect school work to students’ life concerns and helping them to complete requirements successfully in spite of the obstacles that accompany living in poverty.Students on the Move
This article from the February 2006 edition of Educational Leadership discusses how student mobility hurts both mobile and non-mobile students. It maintains that, although internal factors such as expulsion can trigger these moves, external triggers such as the residential instability of the housing market predominate. It asserts that a caring school culture, school awareness programs, improved recordkeeping on student mobility, and strong links between housing and education can help reduce student mobility.Homeless Education Issue Briefs: Connecting Schools and Displaced Students Series
This brief series discusses important issues related to enrolling and serving students displaced by disaster.Draft Standards and Indicators of Quality
The Standards and Indicators of Quality were developed collaboratively by homeless education program representatives from around the country that participated in NCHE’s 2001 Standards and Indicators Work Group. The standards express general characteristics of high quality homeless education programs; the indicators are specific concrete evidences that can be counted or measured in order to assess the degree to which the standard is being met. NCHE, once again in collaboration with Work Group members, has updated the standards and indicators and is inviting colleagues from the field of homeless education to review the draft standards and indicators and provide feedback. Please submit all feedback to Kathleen Mooney via e-mail at email@example.com or via phone at 336-315-7401 by 2/01/06.
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