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New Resources: October – December 2017

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College and Career Counseling for Students Experiencing Homelessness: Promising Practices for Secondary School Counselors
The McKinney-Vento Act requires school counselors to support students experiencing homelessness in their college and career readiness. In order to equip school counselors to meet this requirement and to contribute to the overall success of students experiencing homelessness, this research summary provides an overview of the research, issues, and practices related to secondary school counselors’ roles in supporting students experiencing homelessness in their postsecondary planning.
Download College and Career Counseling for Students Experiencing Homelessness: Promising Practices for Secondary School Counselors.
Date posted: 12/11/17

Serving Students Experiencing Homelessness under Title I, Part A *updated Nov 2017*
This NCHE brief explains how Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and Subtitle VII-B of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act intersect, and suggests strategies for effective collaboration. Sections include: Statutory Requirements for Cross-Program Collaboration; Automatic Eligibility for Title I, Part A Services; Serving Students Experiencing Homelessness under Schoolwide and Targeted Assistance Programs; Serving Students Experiencing Homelessness with Set-aside Funds; and Strategies for Collaboration to Improve Student Outcomes.
Download Serving Students Experiencing Homelessness under Title I, Part A.
Date posted: 11/30/17

Massachusetts Caregiver Authorization Affidavits
This affidavit from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education authorizes an adult with whom a minor resides to consent to certain types of medical treatment, obtain certain documents, and make educational decisions on behalf of the minor.
Visit the Massachusetts Caregiver Authorization Affidavits webpage.
Date posted: 11/28/17

Dispute Resolution *updated Nov 2017*
This brief identifies the key provisions of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act dealing with dispute resolution and offers strategies for implementation.
Download Dispute Resolution.
Date posted: 11/22/17

Ensuring Full Participation in Extracurricular Activities for Students Experiencing Homelessness *updated Nov 2017*
This brief, part of NCHE's Best Practices in Homeless Education series, is designed to help local homeless education liaisons and school district administrators ensure that children and youth experiencing homelessness can overcome the barriers they often encounter to full extra-curricular participation.
Download Ensuring Full Participation in Extracurricular Activities for Students Experiencing Homelessness.
Date posted: 11/22/17

Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) Rule 6702: Intramural, Interscholastic, and Corollary Athletic Programs
This BCPS policy ensure full participation in scholastic athletic activities for students experiencing homelessness, including through guaranteeing participation even if the student missed participation deadlines while homeless.
Download BCPS Rule 6702.
Date posted: 11/21/17

Faces of Human Trafficking Video Series
This video series from the U.S. Department of Justice's Office for Victims of Crime is intended to be used for outreach and education efforts of service providers, law enforcement, prosecutors, and others in the community. The series includes information about sex and labor trafficking, multidisciplinary approaches to serving victims of human trafficking, special considerations for youth victims, victims' legal needs, and voices of survivors. Accompanying the video series is a discussion guide, four fact sheets, and four posters that can be used to augment trainings and generate discussion.
Visit the Faces of Human Trafficking Video Series webpage.
Date posted: 11/20/17

Local Educational Agency Informal Needs Assessment
Local liaisons should undertake an annual review of data and activities in their local educational agency (LEA) to ensure that the local Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) program is identifying and meeting the needs of homeless children and youth. This informal needs assessment tool provides a series of questions that local liaisons may use to determine the status of their services for homeless children and youth and to identify where to focus efforts to meet the most critical needs of these students.
Download the Local Educational Agency Informal Needs Assessment
Date posted: 11/20/17

State Educational Agency Informal Needs Assessment
State Coordinators should undertake an annual review of data and activities to ensure that the State Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) program is identifying and meeting the needs of homeless children and youth through activities conducted at the State level, as well as through activities to oversee and support local educational agencies (LEAs) in serving homeless children and youth.
Download the State Educational Agency Informal Needs Assessment
Date posted: 11/20/17

Standards and Indicators for Quality LEA McKinney-Vento Programs (2017 Revision)
In a time of high stakes accountability for program quality, every program needs a set of standards to guide program planning. Standards provide a common basis for establishing measurable goals and implementing a program. NCHE's standards and indicators, updated in 2017 to incorporate amendments included in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), are intended primarily for local- and state-level homeless education staff with oversight responsibilities for the implementation of the McKinney-Vento Act. The standards align with Federal agency and program office priorities to help improve State and local homeless education program performance and educational outcomes for students experiencing homelessness through a variety of means, including monitoring, technical assistance, and making LEA-level homeless student enrollment and school-level homeless student achievement data publicly available.
Download Standards and Indicators for Quality LEA McKinney-Vento Programs (2017 Revision).
Date posted: 11/20/17


Missed Opportunities: Youth Homelessness in America
This brief from Voices of Youth Count Initiative at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago is the first in a series of Research-to-Impact briefs by Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago on understanding and addressing youth homelessness. The brief highlights results from a national survey on unaccompanied youth homelessness in America. The study captures youth homelessness broadly, including sleeping on the streets, in shelters, running away, being kicked out, and couch surfing. Significantly, the lack of a high school diploma or GED correlates more strongly than any other risk factor with experiences of youth homelessness, with young people without a diploma or GED being 3.5 times (346%) more likely to experience homelessness than their peers who completed high school.
Visit the Missed Opportunities: Youth Homelessness in America webpage.
Date posted: 11/15/17

The Most Frequently Asked Questions on the Education Rights of Children and Youth in Homeless Situations
This document, created collaboratively by the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY) and the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty (NLCHP), and updated in October 2017, provides answers to many of the most frequently asked questions on the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act and the educational rights of children and youth in homeless situations.
Download The Most Frequently Asked Questions on the Education Rights of Children and Youth in Homeless Situations.
Date posted: 10/26/17

Annotated Bibliography: Basic Needs Insecurity Among College Students
This annotated bibliography from the Wisconsin HOPE Lab provides an annotated list of research studies on basic needs insecurity (including food and housing insecurity) among students in post-secondary education.
Download Annotated Bibliography: Basic Needs Insecurity Among College Students.
Date posted: 10/26/17

NCHE Higher Education Poster
This 8½ x 11 color poster, based on the unaccompanied youth provisions of the College Cost Reduction and Access Act, alerts unaccompanied youth experiencing homelessness to contact the relevant authorities in order to receive a determination of independent student status on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The poster provides a place to add local contact information, and is appropriate for posting across high school and college campuses, in HUD-funded and RHYA-funded shelters, and in other community locations where youth experiencing homelessness on their own may gather.
Download the NCHE Higher Education Poster in English/en español.
Date posted: 10/25/17

Homeless Children and Youth: Indicators of Child and Youth Well-Being
This 2015 report from Child Trends explores key indicators from data collected by the U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, including data regarding living situation, race, age, gender, and more.
Download Homeless Children and Youth: Indicators of Child and Youth Well-Being.
Date posted: 10/16/17

Making Student Status Determinations for Unaccompanied Homeless Youth: Eligibility Tool for Financial Aid Administrators
This NCHE form is to be completed by a college financial aid administrator (FAA) who is evaluating a student's eligibility for independent student status. It provides guidance to assist FAAs in making a determination if a student seeking independent student status as an unaccompanied homeless youth comes to the attention of a FAA, including when a determination by a local liaison or shelter is not available.
Download Making Student Status Determinations for Unaccompanied Homeless Youth: Eligibility Tool for Financial Aid Administrators (for 2018-2019 FAFSA).
Date posted: 10/2/17

Pretesting a Human Trafficking Screening Tool in the Child Welfare and Runaway and Homeless Youth Systems
Despite the fact that youth involved in the child welfare (CW) and runaway and homeless youth (RHY) systems are particularly vulnerable to being trafficked, there is no consensus screening tool to identify trafficking experiences among such youth. This study from the Urban Institute, developed a Human Trafficking Screening Tool (HTST) and pretested it with 617 RHY- and CW-involved youth. This research established that the screening tool is accessible to youth and easy to administer, and that both the full-length tool and a shorter version were effective in identifying youth who are trafficking victims in RHY and CW systems, though additional research with more youth is needed.
Download Pretesting a Human Trafficking Screening Tool in the Child Welfare and Runaway and Homeless Youth Systems.
Date posted: 10/2/17

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