Student and Family Support (SFS)

Educational Stability Office Hours and Training Resources

Office Hours

This forum is hosted by Educational Stability Team for homeless liaisons, foster care points of contact, and DCF, district, provider staff to ask questions, discuss current issues and share best practices for supporting highly mobile students and their access to a public education. Offices Hours are optional. There is no registration. Join when you are ready or need technical assistance. Stay as long as you like, leave when you are ready. All we ask is that student privacy is maintained.

Office hours are scheduled through the 2021- 2022 school year:

This year regular office hours will take place in September. Starting in October, training office hours will include a webinar and be extended by a half hour to allow for presentation and time for follow-up Q&As. Please see table below for training topics.

Regular Office Hours:

  • First Wednesday of each month from 1:00 to 2:00pm
  • Third Thursday of each month from 9:00 to 10:00.

Training Office Hours:

  • First Wednesday of each month from 1:00 to 2:30m
  • Third Thursday of each month from 9:00 to 10:30.

Regular Office HoursThursday, September 16, 20219:00 to 10:00
Acronyms and TerminologyWednesday, October 6, 20211:00 to 2:30
The BasicsThursday, October 21, 20219:00 to 10:30
Best Interest Determination (BID)Wednesday, November 3, 20211:00 to 2:30
Foster CareThursday, November 18, 20219:00 to 10:30
LEA AssignmentsWednesday, December 1, 20211:00 to 2:30

Access the login information for these office hours sessions.

Training Resources

Educational Stability Training Modules

Developed in-house by the Team these modules are each 30 to 40 minutes long, topic focused and Massachusetts specific. Feel free to use them for your own reference or as part of staff training. The Team will be adding modules on an ongoing basis to cover the Nuts and Bolts as well as Hot Topics. We hope you find these helpful. If you have any questions, join us for Office Hours (see above) or contact us at .

  1. 1. Awareness
  2. 2. Identification
  3. 3. Enrollment
  4. 5. Transportation

Coming Soon:

  1. 3A. Best Interest Determinations
  2. 4. Student Support
  3. 6. Dispute Resolution

And More….

Additional DESE Resources and Events that Support Educational Stability

National and Other Resources

Last Updated: September 7, 2021

Contact Us

Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA 02148-4906

Voice: (781) 338-3000
TTY: (800) 439-2370


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