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This sourcebook is intended to help educators discover new and effective ways to serve the students experiencing homelessness in their own districts. (Authors)
Each chapter addresses an important aspect of an effective homeless education program. Chapter one explores the liaison’s role and gives criteria for selecting the right person for the job to ensure that the homeless liaison is the single most important point of contact. Chapter two shows how district staff, parents, and the community at large can build awareness of homelessness and its effect on students. Chapter three describes the vital areas of enrollment and attendance, how to make sure enrollment proceeds as it should, and how to keep the students in school once they’re there. Chapter four gives a variety of techniques for addressing the transportation needs of students experiencing homelessness and how to keep mobility from undermining even the best-laid educational plans. Chapter five reveals how to set up effective tutoring and summer programs to help students get the academic support they need to succeed in the classroom. Chapter six shows how to help students in special situations that exacerbate the difficulties of being homeless, such as teen pregnancy, motel living, and domestic violence. Chapter seven discusses how to obtain effective counseling, link students with community-based service providers, and help students deal with the considerable psychosocial factors presented by homelessness. (Authors)
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