Collaboration

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A New Wave of Evidence: The Impact of School, Family, and Community Connections on Student Achievement

This review of the research examines the growing evidence that family and community connections with schools make a difference in student success. It is a synthesis of 51 studies about the impact of family and community involvement on student achievement, and effective strategies to connect schools, families, and community.
Download the research review.


Building Successful Collaborations: Ten Principles of Sustainable Partnerships

This brief from the National Center on Family HomelessnessNational Alliance to End HomelessnessZero to Three, and the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, provides service providers who are contemplating collaborations with important knowledge and tools needed to create robust, sustainable partnerships that benefit their communities as well as each participating agency. The ten principles outlined in the brief provide practical guideposts for organizations that are considering or planning collaborative partnerships. Further, organizations that have already embarked on this work, and have encountered one or more of the challenges described in the brief, may find the suggestions helpful.
Download Building Successful Collaborations: Ten Principles of Sustainable Partnerships.


Promising Practices for Agencies Serving Homeless Students

This booklet from the Family Service Provider Network Children's Committee, a housing and service provider network in southeastern Pennsylvania, serves as a resource for building strong partnerships between family service providers and schools. It offers a framework to help providers develop and maintain relationships with key personnel in their children's schools, provide academic support, lower truancy, and improve parental involvement.
Download Promising Practices for Agencies Serving Homeless Students.

NCHE Resources

Coordinated Entry Processes: Building Mutual Engagement between Schools and Continuums of Care

This brief, part of NCHE's Best Practices in Interagency Collaboration series, is designed for educators and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Continuum of Care Program recipients. It provides a brief overview of HUD coordinated entry processes, and suggests strategies for building local coordinated entry engagement and collaboration between schools and CoCs.
Download Coordinated Entry Processes: Building Mutual Engagement between Schools and Continuums of Care.


Homeless and Special Education Administrative Collaboration: Recommendations

This proceedings document, originating from a policy forum hosted jointly by NCHE and Project Forum, introduces the reader to the unique challenges that administrators face as they support the implementation of services for homeless children with disabilities. The document presents findings from an online forum in the areas of policy, practice, and recommendations for change. Recommendations focus on the areas of expediting enrollment and the provision of services, and coordinating programs and services. The appendices contain additional information and sample forms.
Download Homeless and Special Education Administrative Collaboration: Recommendations.


Housing and Education Collaborations to Serve Homeless Children, Youth, and Families

This brief, part of NCHE's Best Practices in Interagency Collaboration series, is designed for staff of homeless assistance programs and members of Continuums of Care (CoCs) funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), as well as for State Coordinators for Homeless Education and local homeless education liaisons who operate under the guidance of the U.S. Department of Education (ED). The brief provides basic information to help homeless service providers and homeless education staff understand each other's role in supporting children, youth, and families experiencing homelessness; explains HUD and ED requirements for housing-education collaboration; and offers tools to enhance collaboration among agencies.
Download Housing and Education Collaborations to Serve Homeless Children, Youth, and Families.


Housing and School Partnership on the January 2017 Point-In-Time Count

This NCHE fact sheet, geared towards a school audience, provides information about the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's annual Point-In-Time (PIT) count, and suggests strategies for how schools can help ensure the most comprehensive and effective count of youth experiencing homelessness.
Download Housing and School Partnership on the January 2017 Point-In-Time Count.


Research Summary: Homelessness and Education Cross-System Collaboration - Applied Research Summary and Tools

This NCHE publication provides local homeless education liaisons and homeless service providers with a framework, strategies, and tools for more effective collaboration to improve the academic outcomes, well-being, and lifelong trajectory of young people who have experienced homelessness or trauma. The publication explores a framework for collaboration that accounts for stakeholders' assumptions, vision, incentives, rules and regulations, organizational cultures, needs, and experiences; and includes resources and tools for practitioners to use in their efforts to collaborate more effectively.
Download Homelessness and Education Cross-System Collaboration - A Literature Review and Tools.

Supporting In-School and Out-of-School Youth Experiencing Homelessness Through Education and Workforce Partnerships 

This brief, designed for education and employment services providers, provides a brief overview of education and workforce programs that may serve youth experiencing homelessness, and suggests strategies for cross-system collaboration to support these youth. Local program spotlights also are included.
Download Supporting In-School and Out-of-School Youth Experiencing Homelessness Through Education and Workforce Partnerships.


Supporting School Success for Homeless Children of Veterans and Military Service Members

This brief, developed collaboratively by NCHE and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), is designed for local VA staff, state McKinney-Vento coordinators and school district McKinney-Vento liaisons, educators, and other providers of services to active members of the military and veterans, and their children. It provides basic information to assist homeless children of veterans or active military to enroll in school and receive education and other services available to them.
Download Supporting School Success for Homeless Children of Veterans and Military Service Members.


The Educational Rights of Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness: What Service Providers Need to Know *updated Aug 2018*

This brief provides providers of services to homeless children and families with a summary of the main points of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act.
Download The Educational Rights of Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness: What Service Providers Need to Know.