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DPI Training Modules
DPI has created a training module to support educators and staff who interact with students experiencing homelessness. The module provides in-depth professional development for school staff on the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. The module addresses the law’s purpose and requirements, as well as scenarios for participants to test their knowledge. There is a review built into the end of each situation and an option to receive an email notification upon completion of the module.
The Unaccompanied Homeless Youth (UHY) module is intended for homeless liaisons and other school staff to gain an understanding of the circumstances UHY experience and the requirements under McKinney-Vento to support these students. The module covers topics such as the difference between unaccompanied youth and unaccompanied homeless youth, how to identify homeless youth, and understanding for which services UHY are eligible. There is a review built into the end of each situation and an option to receive an email notification upon completion of the module. NOTE: Before completing this module, it is recommended that you complete the McKinney-Vento Training Module located above.
Video: Supporting Students Experiencing Homelessness
NEW: Anti-Human Trafficking and Students Experiencing Homelessness
DPI Presentation, UMOS Presentation, and Webinar
DPI State Homeless Coordinators, DPI School Social Work Consultant, UMOS Anti-Human Trafficking Coordinator, February 2020
- Supporting Young Children Experiencing Homelessness Presentation and Webinar
DPI State Homeless Coordinators, April 2019
- McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act State (DPI) to CESA/District Training
DPI State Homeless Coordinators, April 2017
- Wisconsin Education for Homeless Children and Youth Fall Webinar
DPI State Homeless Coordinators, November 2017
- Wisconsin McKinney-Vento Homeless Liaison Webinar PowerPoint Presentation
DPI State Homeless Coordinators, September 2016
- McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act PowerPoint Presentation
National Center for Homeless Education and the U.S. Department of Education. A great resource for district and school in-service presentations.
- Supporting Students Experiencing Homelessness - Video
This short, animated video is recommended for the homeless liaison to share at an all-staff in-service to promote awareness of the issues facing students who are experiencing homelessness and the district’s responsibilities to help meet those needs.
- The McKinney-Vento Act as Amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015
This short video explains the changes to the McKinney-Vento Act under ESSA. Local educational agencies and LEAs can use this information to update school board policies, procedures, promotional materials including brochures and public notices, and other information to reflect the updates to the law. Please see the Legal Updates section of the Monitoring page for more information.
- Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District Transition Program Video Addressing Homeless Children and Youth. This 15 minute video includes interviews with students and parents/guardians who are experiencing homelessness. The video sheds light on the unique experiences of these individuals and is a resource that promotes awareness of the barriers to participation and achievement in school and the effects on homeless children and youth.
- Enrolling a Family Sample Video Simulation
New York State Technical and Education Assistance Center for Homeless Students
- Sample Questions to Ask the Students or Parents for Information Gathering
The following questions are designed to assist in gathering information from families or youth to determine the extent to which their living arrangement is fixed, regular, and adequate.
Interactive poverty simulation. SPENT was launched as a collaboration between McKinney and Urban Ministries of Durham.
- National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE) Online Training
- National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE) Homeless Liaison Toolkit
The most comprehensive resource for local liaisons for homeless children and youth.
Local Educational Agency (LEA) Assessment
The McKinney-Vento Compliance Review LEA Assessment is a tool developed by DPI for LEA use. The purpose of this assessment is to allow an LEA to evaluate the current state of its homeless education program. Along with a more comprehensive needs assessment an LEA can more effectively coordinate efforts to address barriers to the academic success of children and youth experiencing homelessness.
Consider answering the following questions in conjunction with the LEA Assessment:
What does your LEA do well?
What opportunities do you see for your LEA to create awareness of the educational rights of students experiencing homelessness?
What opportunities do you see for your LEA to create awareness of the challenges facing students experiencing homelessness?
What barriers do you see that your LEA could eliminate?
What collaborative partnerships could be expanded or reinforced?