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. Registration Is Now Required to Receive Log in. 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 2022-2023 school year:
This year office hours will start in October and will include a 45 – 60 minute webinar and an additional half hour to allow for follow-up Q&As. Please see table below for training topics and registration.
Previously Offered Sessions (Fall 2022)
Developed in-house by the Team these modules are each 30 to 60 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 email@example.com .
These full-day in-person training sessions went over the nuts and bolts of ensuring access to a public-school education for students who are homeless, in foster care, or in migratory or military connected families. Federal and state educational rights, student needs and best practices for providing support were covered. Orientations were for homeless education liaisons, foster care points of contact, and district staff and administrators who support our highly mobile students. State and local service providers and DCF social workers and staff were all welcome.
Dates and locations:
All dates/locations followed the same agenda and ran from 9:00am to 3:00pm The agenda included a break for lunch-on-your-own.
2022-23 Orientation Presentation
The National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE) — The US Educational Department's technical assistance center offers monthly webinars, a wide library of topic briefs and a self-paced training system. NCHE covers both homeless and foster care education.
National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY) — Provides an annual national conference, technical assistance, and periodic webinars. NAEHCY covers both homeless and foster care education.
School House Connections Provides technical assistance, numerous briefs and frequent webinars. Schoolhouse connections includes foster care education covers both homeless and foster care education.
Massachusetts Migrant Education Program at the Collaborative for Educational Services (CES).
Military Interstate Children Compact Commission (MIC3)
Last Updated: March 7, 2023
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