Educating Homeless Students: Promising Practices

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Appraises challenges faced by homeless children, youth, and families, and describes promising practices to help them, created by individuals and organizations in diverse communities. Many of the solutions described are built through partnerships with families, youth, schools, shelters, health and social services, and universities. Introductory chapters provide an overview of educational challenges, federal responses, and practices in serving homeless students. Remaining chapters focus on students, families, school, and communities. Stronge teaches educational policy at The College of William and Mary; Reed-Victor teaches early childhood special education at Virginia Commonwealth University. The volume is not indexed. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781883001896
  • Publisher: Eye On Education, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/1/1900
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 290
  • Product dimensions: 9.02 (w) x 5.98 (h) x 0.31 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
1 Educating Homeless Children and Youth: An Introduction 1
What Is the Status of Homelessness? 2
What Educational Problems Do Homeless Students Face? 4
What Are Promising Practices for Educating Homeless Students? 6
Where Do We Go from Here? 14
References 16
Additional Resources 18
Endnotes 19
Part 1 Focus on the Student
2 Meeting the Developmental and Educational Needs of Homeless Infants and Young Children 21
What Are the Developmental Needs of Infants and Young Children? 22
What Are the Particular Needs of Young Homeless Children? 24
What Practices Support the Development and Education of Young Homeless Children? 30
What Practices Support Resilience in Homeless Infants and Young Children? 31
What Services Are Necessary to Meet the Needs of Young Homeless Children? 37
References 41
Additional Resources: Children's Books about Homelessness 42
3 Meeting the Educational Needs of Intermediate and Middle School Homeless Students 45
What Developmental Issues Confront Homeless Middle School Students? 46
How Can Middle Schools Address Educational Issues of Homeless Students? 49
What Can Middle Schools Do to Improve Peer Awareness of Homelessness? 55
Summary 58
References 60
Additional Resources: Homelessness Curriculum Materials for Middle School Students 61
4 Meeting the Educational Needs of Homeless Youth 63
What Is the Status of Homeless Youth? 63
In What Contexts Do We Find Homeless Youth At-Risk? 64
What Are Some Ways to Build Developmental Alliances with Homeless Youth? 68
Where Do We Go from Here? 71
References 75
Resources 77
Endnotes 78
5 Moving to Educational Success: Building Positive Relationships for Homeless Children 79
Relationships as a Focus for Educational Practice 80
Building Positive Relationships: Strategies for Success 85
Broader Perspectives: The Total School Picture and Policy Implications 93
References 94
Additional Resources 97
Endnotes 98
Part 2 Focus on the Family
6 Resilience and Homeless Students: Supportive Adult Roles 99
Introduction 99
What Is Resilience? 100
How Can Adults Foster Resilience in Children and Youth? 102
How Does Homelessness Affect Families' Protective Roles? 102
How Can the Family's Role Be Supported? 105
How Can Other Adults Actively Support Homeless Children and Youth? 107
Conclusion 109
References 111
Additional Resources 113
Endnotes 114
7 Supporting Family Learning: Building a Community of Learners 115
Parent Involvement in Children's Education: Roles and Challenges for Homeless Families 116
Building a Community of Learning: Helping Homeless Parents to Help Their Children Succeed 119
How Can I Establish a Community of Learning? Addressing the Basics 126
An Opportunity for Today and The Future 130
References 131
Additional Resources 132
Endnotes 133
Part 3 Focus on the School
8 Removing Educational Barriers for Homeless Students: Legal Requirements and Recommended Practices 135
Introduction 135
Removing Barriers to Access 136
The Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act 3 138
Compliance 141
Implementing The Mckinney Act: Compliance Strategies 144
Endnotes 159
9 Building Effective Awareness Programs for Homeless Students among Staff, Peers, and Community Members 165
How Can We Build Awareness and Support for the Learning Needs of Homeless Students Among Teachers and Staff? 166
How Can We Build Awareness and Support for the Learning Needs of Homeless Students Among All Students? 171
How Can We Build Awareness and Support for the Learning Needs of Homeless Students among Community Members? 174
Conclusion: Where Do We Go from Here? 178
References 181
Additional Resources 182
10 Designing Effective School Programs for Homeless Students 183
Components of Effective School Programs for Homeless Students 184
Planning Effective School Programs for Homeless Students 189
What Are the Steps for Designing Responsive School Programs? 190
Conclusion 198
References 198
Additional Resources 200
Part 4 Focus on the Community
11 Advocating for Homeless Students 203
Advocacy 101: The Basics 204
Effective Practices in Advocating for Homeless Students 208
Conclusion 222
References 222
Additional Resources 223
Endnotes 224
12 Enhancing Collaboration on Behalf of Homeless Students: Strategies for Local and State Educational Agencies 225
Why Is Collaboration Important? 226
What Is the Role of Collaboration in Serving Homeless Students? 229
What Is the Nature of Collaboration? 230
How Can Collaboration Serve the Multi-Faceted Needs of Homeless Students? 232
How Can the Effectiveness of Collaboration Be Assessed? 237
Conclusions 240
What Electronic Resources Are Available for Educators? 240
References 243
Endnotes 245
13 Educating Homeless Students: Linking with Colleges and Universities 247
Introduction 247
Why Are College and University Linkages Important? 248
What Do College and University Linkages Look Like? 250
What Are the Elements of Successful Linkages? 258
What Stages Can Be Anticipated? 260
Conclusion 261
References 263
Additional Resources 265
Meet the Authors 266
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