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Self-Paced Online Training

individual, self-paced online training Self-paced online training allows you to review training materials at your own pace and at a time of your choosing. Many materials used for self-paced training (e.g. training videos) are the same as those used in live, interactive group training; however in self-paced training, you review these materials on your own.

Self-Paced Training Options

NCHE Online Tutorial Videos

Homeless with Homework: An Introduction to Homeless Education

Description: This tutorial provides an overview of issues related to the education of children and youth experiencing homelessness in the United States. Topics include
  • the definition of homeless,
  • statistics related to family and youth homelessness,
  • causes of family and youth homelessness,
  • educational barriers and challenges faced by homeless children and youth,
  • educational rights and services available to homeless children and youth, and
  • ways to become more involved in supporting the education of homeless students.
Length: 18 minutes

Serving Homeless Students Under Title I, Part A

Description: This tutorial provides information about how children and youth experiencing homelessness can be served under Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended. Topics include
  • contextual information about Title I, Part A and the McKinney-Vento Act;
  • Title I, Part A requirements for serving homeless children and youth;
  • the Title I, Part A reservation of funds for homeless children and youth and acceptable usages of these funds;
  • Title I, Part A authority for serving homeless children and youth included in federal omnibus spending bills; and
  • strategies for state- and district-level collaboration between Title I, Part A and McKinney-Vento programs.
Length: 22 minutes

Recorded NCHE Webinars

To view recorded webinars, you may be asked to provide basic registration information.

Paving the Way to College for Students Experiencing Homelessness

Description: In this interactive webinar, presenters review important information about supports available to homeless youth as they seek to attend college. Viewers can hope to gain a better understanding of:
  • Fee waiver options for college entrance exam and college application fees
  • College Cost Reduction and Access Act provisions pertaining to unaccompanied homeless youth and the FAFSA
  • The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) process for both accompanied and unaccompanied homeless youth
  • Options for seeking financial assistance beyond federal financial aid
  • Options for undocumented youth wishing to attend college
Presenters: NCHE Staff
Date recorded: August 25, 2016
Length: 1 hour, 3 minutes
Webinar recording:

Homeless Youths' Access to Federal Student Aid for College

Description: In this webinar, staff members from the U.S. Department of Education and the National Center for Homeless Education will summarize key points related to homeless youths' access to federal financial aid for college. Topics to be covered include:
  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Basics
  • FAFSA changes for 2017-2018, including the new "early FAFSA" and "prior prior tax year" practices
  • An overview of the calculation of federal aid for dependent and independent students
  • Determining and documenting unaccompanied homeless youth status for purposes of federal aid
  • Resources for more information
    U.S. Department of Education and NCHE Staff
    Date recorded: July 26, 2016
    Length: 1 hour, 5 minutes
    Webinar recording: (Note: No recording key is required)
  • Determining Eligibility for McKinney-Vento Rights and Services

    Description: In this webinar, NCHE staff members discuss the McKinney-Vento definition of homeless, including categories such as doubled-up, awaiting foster care placement, unaccompanied homeless youth, and substandard housing. Presenters also recommend guiding principles to use when determining McKinney-Vento eligibility. Participants discuss discuss scenarios to apply the knowledge presented during the webinar and ask clarifying questions to presenters.
    NCHE Staff
    Date recorded: November 20, 2015
    Length: 1 hour, 5 minutes
    Webinar recording:

    McKinney-Vento 101: School Access and Stability under the McKinney-Vento Act

    Description: In this webinar, which serves as Part 1 in a 2-part webinar series, NCHE staff members provide an overview of important foundational concepts outlined in the McKinney-Vento Act. Specifically, the webinar explores:
    • The role of the local homeless education liaison
    • Determining eligibility for McKinney-Vento rights and services
    • A homeless student's right to school selection
    • The immediate school enrollment of homeless students
    • The provision of school of origin and comparable transportation
    • The resolution of disputes
    Participants discuss discuss scenarios to apply the knowledge presented during the webinar and ask clarifying questions to presenters.
    NCHE Staff
    Date recorded: January 22, 2016
    Length: 1 hour
    Webinar recording:

    Supporting the Education of Unaccompanied Homeless Students

    Description: In this interactive webinar, presenters review the main points of the McKinney-Vento Act referring to the education of unaccompanied students experiencing homelessness. Presenters also will highlight important provisions of other federal laws dealing with the education of unaccompanied homeless students, including the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and the College Cost Reduction and Access Act. Attendees engage with presenters and fellow attendees through interactive polls and Q&A periods.
    Presenters: NCHE Staff
    Date recorded: December 11, 2015
    Length: 1 hour, 13 minutes
    Webinar recording:

    Understanding Doubled-Up

    Description: In this 45-minute coffee break, participants join presenters from the National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE) in an exploration of the issue of doubling-up. Doubled-up is the informal wording used to describe a concept included in the McKinney-Vento Act's definition of homeless. It refers to shared living arrangements, some of which may be considered homeless, while others may not be, depending on various factors. In this session, participants explore some of these factors in greater detail and ask questions about concepts covered throughout the session.
    NCHE Staff
    Date recorded: October 21, 2015
    Length: 43 minutes
    Webinar recording:

    Print Resources

    NCHE has a wide variety of print resources available to use in training yourself or others about the McKinney-Vento Act. A selection of printed resources appears below.

    Homeless Liaison Toolkit (2013 edition)
    NCHE's Homeless Liaison Toolkit is a comprehensive resource that will assist both new and veteran local liaisons in carrying out their responsibilities. Drawing on the expertise of practitioners with over ten years of experience in implementing the McKinney-Vento Act, the 2013 edition of the Homeless Liaison Toolkit includes requirements of the law, good practices, sample forms, and links to resources. Seventeen chapters on topics essential to implementing the McKinney-Vento Act synthesize in an easy-to-read format the essentials that local liaisons must know in order to carry out their responsibilities.

    NCHE Homeless Education Issue Briefs
    NCHE Homeless Education Issue Briefs provide a summary of legislative provisions on specific homeless education topics and offer implementation strategies. NCHE Issue Briefs include briefs from four brief series: Best Practices in Homeless Education, Connecting Schools and Displaced Students, Helping You Help Your Child: Information for Parents, and McKinney-Vento Law Into Practice.

    NCHE Resources by Topic
    The Resources by Topic portion of the NCHE website offers a broad array of homeless education resources provided by varying agencies organized by topic. Resources include websites, reports, briefs, videos, curriculum materials, and more.

    PowerPoint Presentations for Downloading

    NCHE staff members provide onsite technical assistance at national, state, and local training events. Following are some of NCHE's training presentations in PowerPoint format. They may be downloaded and used for one's own information or for providing training to others.

    NOTE: Trainings may be customized by adding state and/or local contact information; if, however, the content of the training is modified beyond adding state and/or local contact information, please delete the NCHE logo from each slide, as needed.
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