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Archived Homeless List Serve Messages

SUBJECT:  McKinney-Vento Homeless Act Webinars

LISTSERVE MESSAGE DATE:  January 6, 2012

The National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE)  will be offering webinars free of charge during the month of January.  To register for any of these webinars, please visit their website at:  http://center.serve.org/nche/web/group.phpFeel free to refer interested colleagues to participate, as well.  Start the year off right and take advantage of these opportunities for quality professional development.

Supporting Unaccompanied Homeless Youth in Accessing Higher Education
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
2:00 - 3:00 pm ET (please adjust for your time zone)


Webinar Description: This webinar, geared towards the homeless education community, provides important information about College Cost Reduction and Access Act provisions allowing unaccompanied homeless youth to apply for federal financial aid for college as independent students. Topics include:

- A brief primer on the McKinney-Vento Act* and unaccompanied homeless youth
- Determining student status for unaccompanied homeless youth filling out the FAFSA
- Building collaboration to support unaccompanied homeless college students

(*The McKinney-Vento Act is the primary piece of federal legislation dealing with the PreK-12 education of children and youth experiencing homelessness. It establishes the definition of unaccompanied homeless youth used in the College Cost Reduction and Access Act.)

Presenters:  Christina Dukes, Program Specialist, National Center for Homeless Education and Misti Ruthven, Director of Outreach and Access for College, Colorado Department of Higher Education

McKinney-Vento 101: Knowing and Applying the Law
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
2:00 - 3:30 pm ET (please adjust for your time zone)


Webinar Description: In this interactive webinar, NCHE presenters will discuss the educational rights and protections provided to eligible students under the McKinney-Vento Act. Topics covered include:
Determining eligibility, Immediate Enrollment, School Selection, Transportation, Unaccompanied Youth, and Coordination with Title IA.

Participants will be invited to discuss scenarios to apply the knowledge presented during the webinar.

Presenters: NCHE Staff

Supporting the Education of Unaccompanied Homeless Students
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
2:00 - 3:30 pm ET (Please adjust for your time zone)


Webinar Description: In this interactive webinar, NCHE staff will review the main points of the McKinney-Vento Act referring to the education of unaccompanied students experiencing homelessness. Presenters will also highlight important points of other federal laws dealing with the education of unaccompanied homeless students, including IDEA and the College Cost Reduction and Access Act. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss best practices.

Presenters:  NCHE Staff

Determining Eligibility for McKinney-Vento Rights and Services
Monday, January 30, 2012
2:00 - 3:30 pm ET (Please adjust for your time zone)


Webinar Description: In this interactive webinar, NCHE staff will discuss the McKinney-Vento definition of homeless, including categories such as doubled-up, awaiting foster care placement, unaccompanied youth, and substandard housing. Guiding principles to use when determining McKinney-Vento eligibility by the definition will be presented. Participants will be invited to discuss scenarios to apply the knowledge presented during the webinar.

Presenters:  NCHE Staff

Donna Cash

Supervisor, Federal Compliance

Coordinator, McKinney-Vento Program

Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

P.O. Box 480, 205 Jefferson Street

Jefferson City, MO  65102-0480

Office:  573-522-8763  Fax:  573-526-6698

dese.mo.gov

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