Students Experiencing Homelessness: Awareness and Understanding

Social and Behavioral

Homelessness affects hundreds of thousands of children every year and can be a barrier to education in many ways. This course will educate the user on the prevalence of homelessness, federal laws related to homeless students, and strategies for identifying and assisting the homeless student population. Topics covered include identifying homeless students using the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (reauthorized by the Every Student Succeeds Act), enrollment and transportation policies that can ease the negative of student mobility, two special populations of homeless students (unaccompanied youth and preschool children), and facilitating success in school for homeless students.

  1. Full Course - 28 minutes
    This version is designed for all school employees.
  2. Full Course (en Español) - 26 minutes
    El objetivo de este curso es educar al personal escolar sobre el predominio del problema de la falta de vivienda, informar al personal sobre las leyes federales en relación a los estudiantes sin hogar y describir estrategias para identificar y ayudar a la población de estudiantes sin hogar.
Course Authors
Barbara Duffield
Barbara Duffield is the Policy Director for the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth, a national grassroots organization working to ensure the school success of children and youth whose lives have been disrupted by the lack of safe, permanent, and adequate housing. With over 20 years of involvement with homeless issues, Barbara has worked closely with educators, service providers, federal agencies, and Congressional offices to strengthen policy and practice on children's issues. She has conducted hundreds of trainings on the McKinney-Vento Act and has published several academic articles on policy and advocacy issues relating to the education of homeless children and youth.