Information by Topic: Curricula: Educating Students Others About Homelessness
Videos: Awareness Videos on Homelessness and Homeless Education
16:49 - Sixteen Hours, Forty-Nine Minutes
Project 16:49 is run by HEAT, the Homeless Education Action Team, which is a subcommittee of the Rock County Homeless Intervention Task Force (Beloit, Wisconsin). Project 16:49 is a group of service providers and concerned citizens who have been working to provide a safe and stable place for homeless Rock County teens since February 2008. In 2010, HEAT, in conjunction with R.E. Burgos of Films With a Purpose (F.W.A.P.) Studios, created and produced 16:49, a film about the 16 hours and 49 minutes homeless children and youth must live through between the end of one school day and the beginning of the next. Featuring the stories the experiences of Kayla, Cory, and Brandon, three unaccompanied homeless youth, 16:49 is a powerful look into the daily lives of some of our nation's most vulnerable kids.60 Minutes: The Hard Times Generation | 60 Minutes: Families Living in Cars
Host Scott Pelley takes a closer look at family and youth homelessness in Central Florida. Pelley profiles several different families in homeless situations, including a family doubling up with a neighbor, a family living in a motel, and a family living in a truck.America's Invisible Children
Host Joan Lunden looks at the dire state of homeless children and their struggle to get a basic education. America's Invisible Children shares the personal stories of some of the 1.3 million homeless children in the U.S. who overcome unimaginable obstacles every day, in order to stay in school and break the cycle of poverty. This video shatters preconceived notions of homelessness, reminding us of the hidden victims of homelessness—the children.Faces of Homelessness
This 13-minute video from the National Coalition for the Homeless is a great resource to begin a group discussion about homelessness in America or to use with a "Faces of Homelessness" panel presentation. The video features images taken by award-winning photographers from around the country. Photographs are accompanied with powerful music that enables the viewer to see the many men, women, and children of America who experience homelessness every day.Fly Away Home
This educational resource from The Reading Rainbow includes a feature book, Fly Away Home; a video about families in homeless situations (available on VHS or DVD); a teacher's guide; a social sciences guide; and a family activities guide.Great Beginnings: Enrolling Homeless Children and Youth in School
This video from the Texas Region XIII Education Service Center Homeless Education Project explores the issue of the immediate enrollment of children and youth experiencing homelessness. Through information and interviews, the video explores what federal law states about the immediate enrollment of homeless students and what schools can do to overcome the perceived obstacles to immediate enrollment.Home at Last: Books and videos for children about homelessness
Home at Last, from the Institute for Children and Poverty, is a collection of animated videos on family homelessness and poverty for grades K-5, based on the children's books by Ralph da Costa Nunez. Visit the Home at Last webpage for bonus content, including a Learning Toolbox for educators, author interviews, activities and games, ideas for helping in your community, and more.Idaho Homeless Education Training Series
This video series from the Idaho State Department of Education covers important homeless education topics, including: Definitions and Eligibility; Enrollment; School of Origin and Transportation; Identification and Notices; Liaison Responsibilities; Dispute Resolution; Collaboration with Community Agencies; and Title IA Requirements. The videos were created as training tools for local liaisons, district staff, and school staff.In Their Own Voices
This 16-minute video from the Santa Barbara County Education Office presents what children experiencing homelessness have to say about school and homelessness: the challenges of not having a home to go to after school, or enough food, or a warm bed in which to sleep. For more information, contact Melody Stankosky at 805-964-4710 x4410.The McKinney-Vento Act in Our Schools
Patricia Julianelle (Legal Director, National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth [NAEHCY]) has created a series of videos that can be used to make training sessions more dynamic. These videos build awareness of homelessness while providing basic information about the McKinney-Vento Act. Each DVD includes 10 short videos featuring interviews with real educators and designed for specific audiences, including: registrars, principals, counselors, federal programs administrators, and community groups. A preview of three of the videos is available at http://vimeo.com/user7111515. To order, contact Patricia Julianelle at email@example.com.Montana Focus: Homeless Schooling
They're not as visible as homeless populations in large metropolitan areas of the country, but the growing number of homeless families in Montana face the same challenges of finding food and shelter. More often than not, homeless kids don't have a place to study or sleep. They show up for school hungry and are expected to compete for higher grades with students who are much better off financially. Montana Focus, a program of the Montana PBS affiliate, introduces us to homeless students around the state and documents their struggles and successes. How prepared will they be to complete K through 12, get a diploma and attend the university or college of their choosing? You might be surprised.My Own Four Walls 2009
My Own Four Walls 2009 is a unique documentary featuring accounts of homelessness from children and youth. My Own Four Walls 2009 is a collection of short documentaries depicting homelessness as experienced by children and teens in non-urban areas of the country. These young homelessness experts share their challenges and their dreams, common to over 1.5 million children and youth in this country who typically remain invisible, struggling to get into and succeed in school. My Own Four Walls 2009 incorporates new content, including the REACH training film, an 11-minute easy-to-understand overview of McKinney-Vento Homeless Education rights.NYS-TEACHS Homeless Education Video Simulation
This video simulation, created by NYS-TEACHS, highlights something often encountered but rarely examined - the way discussions about homelessness impact whether students in temporary housing are properly identified and enrolled in school. The simulation demonstrates the powerful effect of speaking with sensitivity, and conversely how the lack of sensitivity can derail a conversation with a parent. Conversation choices can make an enormous difference between whether the school district gets the information it needs to make a decision about eligibility under McKinney-Vento and ultimately whether the district is able to carry out its mandates properly under McKinney-Vento. Use this video simulation exercise to increase staff competence and confidence in working with families and students in temporary housing, while ensuring that conversations are productive for all involved.REACH: Connect Your Children with Education
This video from Hear Us explains the educational rights of children and youth experiencing homelessness, with special emphasis on educating incarcerated parents on how to advocate for their children's education during periods of incarceration.
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