"One measure of a society is to look to those who are most helpless and see how society treats them. Murphy and Tobin offer a sobering assessment of how the United States treats one of our most vulnerable and least understood populations—homeless youth. No child wants to be homeless and the stigma attached to homelessness almost assures they will not be treated fairly, without societal protections. They are prone to social isolation, health problems, and victimization, to name but a few. Murphy and Tobin’s book patiently, dispassionately, and depressingly outlines the demographic, socio-historical, and psychological challenges homeless youth face, making it a helpful resource for those who work with at-risk youth. This book is the most comprehensive analysis of homeless youth that exists."
"Homelessness Comes to School provides a fresh look at one of the most challenging issues facing educators worldwide: How to best support children and youth experiencing homelessness. Joe Murphy and Kerri Tobin offer a comprehensive text thatall educatorswill find valuable in helping these students gain access to and experience success in school."
James A. Cox
"From handling absenteeism and expulsion to ensuring access and understanding the impact of homelessness on kids, this is a wide-ranging blend of research results and applied solutions perfect for any urban educator's library."
"The authors look at five general categories of homeless school-age children and consider the damaging impact of no home or no consistent home on them. They believe ending child homelessness is within reach, if it is made a priority by policy makers. Recommended."
Joseph F. Murphy is the Frank W. Mayborn Chair and associate dean at Peabody College of Education at Vanderbilt University. He has also been a faculty member at the University of Illinois and The Ohio State University, where he was the William Ray Flesher Professor of Education. In the public schools, he has served as an administrator at the school, district, and state levels, including an appointment as the executive assistant to the chief deputy superintendent of public instruction in California. His most recent appointment was as the founding president of the Ohio Principals Leadership Academy. At the university level, he has served as department chair and associate dean.
He is past vice president of the American Educational Research Association and was the founding chair of the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC). He is co-editor of the AERA Handbook on Educational Administration (1999) and editor of the National Society for the Study of Education (NSSE) yearbook, The Educational Leadership Challenge (2002).
His work is in the area of school improvement, with special emphasis on leadership and policy. He has authored or co-authored 18 books in this area and edited another 12. His most recent authored volumes include Understanding and Assessing the Charter School Movement (2002), Leadership for Literacy: Research-Based Practice, PreK-3 (2003), Connecting Teacher Leadership and School Improvement (2005), Preparing School Leaders: Defining a Research and Action Agenda (2006), and Turning Around Failing Schools: Lessons From the Organizational Sciences.\
About the Authors
Part I. Portraying Homelessness
1. Understanding the Concept of Homelessness
2. A Brief History of Homelessness
3. Demographics of Homelessness
Part II. The Effects of Homelessness
4. Impact of Homelessness on Children and Youth
Part III. The Role of Society in Addressing Homelessness
5. Addressing Homelessness
Part IV. The Role of Schooling in Helping Homeless Children and Youth
6. The Legal Framework and Ensuring Access
7. Ensuring Success